Camping Papercraft: Paper Lantern and S’mores Treat Box

Paper Smores Box and Lantern Banner

It’s camping season!  I can smell the campfires, hear the trees rustling in the wind and taste the toasted marshmallows. 

Growing up, camping was a big part of our summers.  Our days were spent swimming, hiking, having picnics and of course my favourite, making smores!

With the current global pandemic, camping is one of the ways families are still able to enjoy the outdoors during this unprecedented time. 

With that being said, I found these super awesome crafts anyone can do on their Cricut.  

Today we’re making a Smores Treat Box and a Paper Lantern.  What I love about these is they are both kid-friendly. 

Each child can have their own personal Smores Box with all the fixins’! 

The Paper Lantern contains a battery-operated, flameless tea light. It’s super fun for the kids to have and enjoy in their tent without any potential hazard.

Let’s start with the Smores Paper Box.

Materials for Smores Box

Materials for Smores Box

List of Materials:

  1. Cricut Explore Air 2
  2. Nicapa Cutting Mat or Cricut Standard Grip Machine Mat
  3. Cricut Fine Point Blade
  4.  Scor Tape
  5.  Brown & Beige Cardstock
  6.  Woodgrain Cardstock
  7.  Red, Yellow, Orange & Grey Cardstock
  8.  Black Cardstock
  9. Acetate Sheet
  10.  Glue
  11.  Smores Box SVG

Before beginning, I just have to rave about this fantastic cardstock I am using for the panels of the smores box and some of the elements on the lantern.

This is a Woodgrain Embossed Cardstock!  The texture, look and feel of this paper is out of this world.  I use it whenever possible!

   

Because we are doing two projects at once, I recommend getting a couple of baskets to put each project in one.  The baskets will keep the projects separate and all of the little pieces together with their project.

I purchased these baskets at the dollar store for about $1 each.  They are quite pretty and hold all of the elements well.

Baskets with Project

Step 1 – Add Project to Cricut Design Space

1. First, purchase and download the Camp Smore SVG Kit on SVGCuts.com.

 

2. Once downloaded, move to an easily accessible location in your files.

 

3Open Cricut Design Space and select “New Project.”

4. Select “Images” on the left sidebar and insert all of the images in the Smores File.

 

5. Once they are all added, select each one and click “Insert Images.”

Step 2 – Cut

1. Your first mat will be your acetate for the Smores Box window.  Adhere to your cutting mat.

2. Change the dial on your Cricut machine to “Custom.”

3. In Design Space, browse materials and search “foil acetate.”  Use this setting to cut your window.

4. Continue cutting until all pieces are cut.

 

Step 3 – Create

1. Starting with our brown box, adhere tape or glue to all the necessary closures.  

 

2. Attach your acetate window to the inside of the box.

 

3. Next, I glued all the letters of Camp Smore to our black backing.

 

4. I then adhered all of the small elements of our box to their rightful places.

 

5. Attach all of the woodgrain panels to the sides and top of the Smores Box.

 

6. Remove the backing of the tape on the sides of your Smores box and attach it to the second piece of your box. 

Then, remove the backing of the tape on your bottom edges and attach it to the bottom flap of the box.

 

7. Attach all of your fun elements.  You can add even more embellishments if you’d really like to WOW your kids!

 

8. Last, but certainly not least, add your graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows!

 

Okay, let’s move on to our Paper Lantern.

Materials for Paper Lantern

List of Materials:

  1. Cricut Explore Air 2
  2. Nicapa Cutting Mat or Cricut Standard Grip Machine Mat
  3. Cricut Fine Point Blade
  4.  Scor Tape
  5.  Brown Cardstock
  6.  Woodgrain Cardstock
  7.   Grey Cardstock
  8.  Black Cardstock
  9.   Vellum Paper
  10.  Battery Tealight (I got mine at the dollar store)
  11.  Paper Lantern SVG

 

Step 1 – Add Project to Cricut Design Space

1. First, purchase and download the Camp Smore SVG Kit on SVGCuts.com.

(If you’ve already done this in the first step, skip to the next).

2. Once downloaded, move to an easily accessible location in your files.

3Open Cricut Design Space and select “New Project.”

4. Select “Images” on the left sidebar and insert all of the images in the Lantern File.

5. Once they are all added, select each one and click “Insert Images.”

Step 2 – Cut

1. Your first mat will be your vellum for the lantern window.  Adhere to your cutting mat.

2. Change the dial on your Cricut machine to “Custom.”

3. In Design Space, browse materials and search “vellum.”  Use this setting to cut your window.

4. Continue cutting until all pieces are cut.

Step 3 – Create

1. Adhere tape to all folds on all of the pieces.

2. Fold along all of your cut lines.

 

3. Remove the backing off all tape and adhere where necessary.  All pieces will create a round shape.

If you prefer more guidance on creating this lantern, refer to SVG cuts video tutorial.

 

3. Next, add on all of your elements, including the handles, moths and embellishments.

4. Slip your tealight through the back opening of the vellum.  Look at how amazing the light shines through.

 

4. We’re now ready to go on a super awesome camping trip.  Just in time for Canada Day!

 

The Smores Treat Box and Paper Lantern are sure to excite your children.  We love that they can have their own personal treat boxes and lantern in their tent.

I recommend watching the svgcuts.com video tutorial for an in-depth guide to putting together these papercrafts.  I myself watched them just to get a better understanding of all the lantern elements.

We can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!  Send me a message and let me know how your camping crafts turned out on your next camping trip.

Happy Canada Day everyone!

 

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