Cricut Tutorial: Handmade Pop-Up Box Wedding Place Cards

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How to make a handmade pop-up box Place Card

Hello, fellow Crafters! Today we’re making Handmade Pop-Up Box Place Cards for MY wedding.  Yes, that’s right, we’re getting a little more personal today doing a tutorial for my wedding place cards.

I’m thinking many of you may find me a little crazy for wanting to do this. Fortunately, with the wedding having to be postponed due to COVID-19, I have much more time to spend the time on these.

This is, indeed, quite a timely project I am doing, but I just couldn’t resist.  They came out stunning, and its the perfect way to incorporate all the information necessary for our place cards.

For an introduction to the Pop Up Box Card and my tips and tricks, visit my previous blog post An In-Depth Guide to the Pop Up Box Card before starting this project.

I also recommend checking out my Beginners Guide Pop Up Box Card Tutorial.  This will equip you with the right tools to start this project.

Before we begin, I can’t help but screech with how cute these little guys are.  I have to show you the comparison between my regular sized Pop-Up Box Cards and these mini Pop-Up Box Placecards.  

They are the absolute perfect size for your wedding place settings, being roughly 1.75″ W x 2.6″ H.  Cute, right?

Pop Up Place Cards Comparison

 

EEEEP! So cute, I can hardly stand it.

Materials Needed

Here is everything I am starting with to put my pop-up box place cards:

Materials for Wedding Place Cards

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-Pal Tape
  5. Box Card Template from myscrapchick
  6. Watercolour Floral Graphics from RichDreams
  7. Printer (I use HP Photo Envy 7155)
  8.   Stardream Punch Cardstock – 105 lbs.
  9.  Stardream Kunzite Cardstock – 105 lbs.
  10.  Silver Glitter Cardstock
  11. White Printing Cardstock – 80 lbs.

 

CREATING THE Pop-Up Box PLACE CARDS

Upload Images to Project

1. First, download the SVG cut for the Pop-Up Box Card (it’s only $1.00!) The file will save in your Downloads under MSC-BoxCardA2.

Look for SVG file in downloads

2. Secondly, Open Cricut Design Space

3. Select “New Project” in the top right corner of your screen.

4. Add your A2RndCornr images to your project.

 

5. Insert your downloaded images onto your Cricut Design Space project.  I used Watercolour Floral Elements in the colour plum from RichDreams on Etsy.

Elements for Pop Up Box Place Cards

 

Design – Box & Pop-Out Elements

1. Attach your score lines to the card base and inserts.

 

2. Change the colours of each of your pieces.  My card base will be plum, the exterior panels will be lavender, and my interior panels will be white because we will be putting our text there.

Colour change for pop up box place cards

 

3. Move your interior and exterior panels to the card base in their rightful spots.

4. Drag your cursor from the top left corner of your card base down to the bottom right corner to highlight all of the elements of your card box.

Select the unlock button on the bottom left corner of your card base.

On the top toolbar, change the dimensions of your card base.  Our dimensions will be W: 2.644″ and H: 7.268″.

 

5. We will also need to change the dimensions of our inserts. 

Our dimensions will be W: 0.588″ and H: 2.86″.

6. To add some more texture to my Pop-Up Box Place Cards, I added a strip around the bottom exterior panels in grey, which we will cut using glitter cardstock.

To do this, I copied one of the bottom exterior panels and kept the width the same but shortened the height.  I then copied it two more times so that I would have one for each side.

 

7. Now on to our floral elements.  Copy and paste a few of them and start moving them around your inserts to get an idea of your layout.

Size base of place cards

 

8. I decided I wanted to add a little pop of texture to these, so I found an outlined heart in Cricut Design Space images and added this to my project.

 

9. As you can see from the below, I added four hearts to my Pop-Up Box Place Card design.  I’m not sure if this is precisely where I will place them until I have it all cut, but let’s try this out for now.  

I will use the same silver glitter cardstock that I am using for the bottom exterior strips along the panels.

Glitter heart elements for place cards pop up box

 

10. I ended up adding another row of floral elements to go at the very front of my Pop-Up Box to fill it up.

 

Design – Text

1. First, for the front interior panel, I will be incorporating the guest’s names.  I used two different fonts and colours for the first and last name.

2. On the left interior panel, I will put their table number and an image of their food option.  I searched through Cricut Design Space images to find a cow, chicken, and vegetable for our meal choices.

3. I changed the colours to match the colours on our front interior panel.

4. On the right interior panel, I will put “K + S” for our initials, and the date of our wedding.  Again, making the font and colours the same as the other panels.

5. I then ensured to flatten the text to each of the panels.

Text on Pop-Up Box Place Cards

6. To create the Pop-Out element of my guest’s name, I found a font I liked and entered the name into a textbox.  I then shifted the letters closer together and selected “weld” on the bottom right corner.

If this step is skipped, your letters will cut individually instead of as one.

I changed the colour to grey to match my heart elements and bottom exterior strips.  The dimensions of this are about 3″ wide and 1″ H.

 

Cut and Make

1. Save your project and select “Make It” on the top right corner of Cricut Design Space.

2. Print and cut each of your mats in using the appropriate colours.

3. Adhere double-sided tape or glue to all of your interior and exterior panels, as well as your closure tab on the base of the box.

4. Attach your exterior panels and glitter cardstock strips to the bottom of your box.

Adhered panels to exterior of place cards

 

5. Attach your interior panels to the base of the box.

 

6. Attach your closure tab to the other side of the base of the box.  

 

7. Attach your inserts to the inside of the box and a couple of your hearts to the back interior panel.

 

8. Now, my favourite part, attach all of your pop-out elements to your inserts.  Play around with it and find what you love best.

I ended up deciding to put the extra two hearts on the front exterior panel of my box.

9. Attach our pop-out guest name to the middle insert, on top of the floral elements.

Wedding Place Cards

All Wedding Place Cards

 

Now, to make 100 more!  It may seem a little nuts, but to anyone who loves making every detail as creative as possible, this project is for you.

I cannot wait to see how they look at all the place settings on our wedding day!

I’d love to see how these look at your very own wedding. Please feel free to share.

Next time, we will be learning how to make Pop Up Box Cards using digital stamps. Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

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