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3D Music Box – Intricate Cut File Project

I hope you’re in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, and a large helping of charm. Today I’m bringing another one of my intricate paper craft dreams to life. Take in all the lovely details of my whimsical, 3D music box, and see how you can make one for yourself.

3D Music Box

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I don’t know if music boxes are nostalgic for you, but they are for me. My great grandmother collected music boxes, and I remember admiring them on her shelf. When she passed away, my grandmother actually gave one to me!

3D Music Box

The other memory of music boxes that I have is a bit sillier. As a kid, I always liked the movie The Great Mouse Detective (I’m pretty sure I was the only one). If you happen to be one of the few fortunate individuals to have enjoyed this bygone Disney film, you may remember the unique, wind up musical ballerina that Mr. Flaversham gives his daughter. It starts out as a flower, and blossoms into a beautiful ballerina that dances across the table when it is wound up.

Recently, I watched that movie with my husband (thank you Disney Plus)! While I knew I couldn’t make something quite that enchanting, seeing that toy gave me the idea to design my own version of a 3D music box.

3D Music Box

Supplies

3D Music Box

How to Make

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the music box pieces.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re not using the SVG file that includes score lines, you can use the PDF version as a reference to know where your folds should go.

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2. Start by assembling the base of your music box. Layer your rectangular shapes behind your 5 base panels as well as the face of your drawer. Fold and glue your base as shown. Fold and glue the drawer as well. Attach your handle, making sure to leave the paper raised from the surface slightly, so that you can pull the drawer in and out later.

Next, use three strips of paper to create a level platform for your drawer to slide on. Within the design, I’ve included some score marks on the base piece to give you an idea of where these should go. Make sure that they are level with one another and that they are approximately 4mm off the ground.

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3. Add your decor. Attach a “window” liner to the inside of each of the holes in your side panels and top pieces. Then, add a frame around each window (inside and out). Along the top and bottom of your side panels, attach your border detail. Then, fold your side pieces and glue on the top sections.

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4. Assemble your ballerina. Attach your ballerina pieces together like so, making sure that each ballerina is a reflection of the other.

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For the Skirt

How I Did It

I tried making my skirt our of cardstock at first, but didn’t like how stiff it looked, so I switched to a thinner, more flexible material (vellum). The skirt pieces include partial score lines on one side. Use those score marks to create pinch folds, alternating direction (like folding a fan, but without creasing all the way across). Then, hot glue each pinch fold together: one or two at a time. Let the hot glue dry before moving on, and don’t forget to do the backside as well!

Because of the stiff nature or vellum/cardstock, this can be a slow, tedious process (and be hard on the fingers). So, even though I personally love the way the skirt turned out, there are some great, alternative materials you could use to make your ballerina unique and beautiful!

Other Material Options

  • Tulle
  • Lace
  • Tissue Paper
  • Fabric

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5. It’s time to add your stage decor! Layer your stage pieces together and insert the tabs into your music box base. Glue the tabs down (on the backside).

Note: As you can see, I placed my ballerina turntable in before doing this, and it made it much more difficult to add my stage decor, so learn from my mistakes!

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6. Now, add your ballerina turntable! Trim your lollipop stick to the height of your ballerina (I trimmed mine down to go just below her neck), making sure to account for the length that will be beneath the base. Then, use hot glue to attach the bottom of the lollipop stick to the center of the large wheel (It’s really important to make sure it’s perfectly centered, so I’ve included a scored circle in the center of the wheel that you can line yours up with).

Then, add your small circle piece to the top, and attach your ballerina figures opposite each other on the stick. After that, you can attach the skirt. I just used a dab of hot glue on the center of my skirt pieces and placed them on my ballerina’s torso. I also added a semi circle to the top of each skirt to cover the hot glue marks beneath.

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7. Nest, insert the other lollipop stick into the back hole in the base (this is going to be the “hinge” for your doors).

Note: To make the base of my hinge a little sturdier, I added a few layers of cardstock (glued together).

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8. Now it’s time to form your hinge loops. You can do this by folding the strips on the edge of your side pieces and glueing the edges down. For me, the easiest way to do this was to use another lollipop stick to wrap the strips around as I glued, and pulled it out when I was done. Then, I carefully wove my interchanging loops over the hinge.

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9. The cardstock I used for my music box doors was fairly heavy, so, in order to keep them from sagging while open, I added a couple “kickstands” that fold in/out. Depending on the weight of your paper, you may want to do the same. If so, the “kickstand” pieces are included in the template.

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10. Finally, you can add your clasp to the front of your music box! Attach the little handle on one side (the same way you did the drawer handle), and then glue the left side of the swirly hinge on the other door like so.

Note: If you’d like your clasp to be able to rotate, you could include a brad or something similar instead of glueing. Otherwise, the doors are flexible enough, that gluing it in place still allows for easy opening and closing of the box.

3D Music Box

I am just so thrilled with how this 3D music box turned out! I really wanted to make a box that can be opened and closed, and include a ballerina that actually spins! The idea for the little keepsake drawer came later, and once it popped into my head, I just had to include that as well.

Overall, it was a tall order, but I’m glad I pushed through the challenges in order to bring this beauty to life!

3D Music Box

3D Music Box

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other awesome 3D projects available on my blog!

Enjoy putting this stunning 3D music box together! When you do, I’d love to see how it turned out! You can always share your creations with me on Instagram, and by using #designsbymissmandee.

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39 Comments

39 Comments on 3D Music Box – Intricate Cut File Project

  1. Margaret
    January 23, 2020 at 6:10 am (7 months ago)

    Absolutely beautiful! You’re an amazing artist and designer! How very wonderful of you to share with us your lovely creations. Thank you SO much! I caught a glimpse of this beauty on Instagram a few minutes before your email popped into my inbox and I’d already begun looking for it 🙂. Have a blessed day!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:38 am (7 months ago)

      Margaret, you are too kind! I’m so glad you enjoy my designs! And I’m glad you caught the sneak peek on Instagram—this one has definitely been in the works for a while, so I’m excited to finally be sharing it!!

      Reply
  2. linda sheets
    January 23, 2020 at 6:29 am (7 months ago)

    wow very nice and such detail, thanks for sharing

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:38 am (7 months ago)

      You are most welcome! Glad you like it. 😊

      Reply
  3. Dawn Tyson
    January 23, 2020 at 6:58 am (7 months ago)

    Omg will have to make this for my dressing table. It amazing thank you so much for sharing your hard work. When I make it I will send photo. Thank you again. X

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:39 am (7 months ago)

      You are very welcome Dawn! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!! 😀

      Reply
  4. Lisa
    January 23, 2020 at 7:09 am (7 months ago)

    This is so beautiful! I’m thinking this would make a lovely thank you gift for my daughter’s dance teacher

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:39 am (7 months ago)

      Aww, that would be such a special gift!!

      Reply
  5. CHERYL Wood
    January 23, 2020 at 8:12 am (7 months ago)

    This music box is so beautiful Mandee!

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:40 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you so much Cheryl! 😊

      Reply
  6. fanchon favez
    January 23, 2020 at 8:50 am (7 months ago)

    QUELLE MERVEILLE !!! MERCI BEAUCOUP !

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 8:55 am (7 months ago)

      You are most welcome! 😀

      Reply
  7. Danielle Howard
    January 23, 2020 at 9:04 am (7 months ago)

    So Cute, and such a great idea! Thank you.

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 10:20 am (7 months ago)

      You’re very welcome Danielle!!

      Reply
  8. Kathy
    January 23, 2020 at 9:50 am (7 months ago)

    Incredible, I really don’t know how you come up with such beautiful, detailed and original works! It breaks my brain just following the directions, I have a friend who comes to visit each year and since she is mainly a card maker, I try to have projects to work on that are a little different. Your music box will be a perfect project for this year. Now, I just need to get all the parts cut out and put into kits for the get-together. She doesn’t have a cutting machine and doesn’t do anything with files from the internet. Consequently, she is fascinated by 3d projects and it gives us something other than cards to work on. Your music box is the perfect project for a couple of old gals. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful design!

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 10:22 am (7 months ago)

      Kathy, your thoughtful comments always brighten my day!! I’m so glad to have my designs be a part of your friendship and crafty get togethers. 3D projects can be tough, but they are certainly fulfilling!

      Thanks for you kind words, and enjoy working on this new project. 😊

      Reply
  9. Charlotte Silber
    January 23, 2020 at 9:56 am (7 months ago)

    Thank You so much. I know a little girl who will love this for her birthday. You are so kind to share your talent. Have a wonderful day.

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 10:23 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you Charlotte! You are too kind. Have fun putting this together!!

      Reply
  10. Cindy M
    January 23, 2020 at 10:04 am (7 months ago)

    Beautiful!! Wishing I had a little girl to gift it to.

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 10:23 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you Cindy!

      Reply
  11. Antonella
    January 23, 2020 at 1:18 pm (7 months ago)

    I remember the movie you wrote and I love it, me too…
    I remember the gift too 😍 and your 3D is lovely lovely lovely!
    I want to try it even if I find it complicated…
    Thanks for sharing!
    Love from Italy

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    • Mandee
      January 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm (7 months ago)

      Ya! I’m glad someone understood that reference!! 😀

      And I’m glad you’re going to give it a go—it will be worth it!

      Reply
  12. Sharon
    January 23, 2020 at 5:29 pm (7 months ago)

    This is so gorgeous! Can;t wait to make it!

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    • Mandee
      January 24, 2020 at 8:28 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you Sharon! Have a blast. 😊

      Reply
  13. Nippon
    January 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm (7 months ago)

    Great Job Buddy!!

    Reply
  14. Debra Wright
    January 24, 2020 at 7:05 am (7 months ago)

    This is amazing. You have out done yourself. I haven’t tried paper crafts yet, so I may try a few of the simpler ones before tackling this one. Bravo. And yes.. I collect music boxes too. Over 100 of them now.

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    • Mandee
      January 24, 2020 at 8:30 am (7 months ago)

      Aww, thank you so much Debra!! That’s so awesome that you collect music boxes—they are so lovely and nostalgic to me. 🙂

      Reply
  15. TERRY SMITH
    January 24, 2020 at 11:00 am (7 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this beautiful file! You are truly generous with your ideas and time and it is much appreciated!

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    • Mandee
      January 27, 2020 at 12:04 pm (6 months ago)

      You are very welcome Terry! I’m so glad you enjoy my work.😊

      Reply
  16. Janice Dubuque
    January 26, 2020 at 12:58 pm (6 months ago)

    I really want to make this beautiful project but not sure which cardstock colours to use. do you have any recommendations?

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    • Mandee
      January 27, 2020 at 12:08 pm (6 months ago)

      I really enjoyed working with metallic cardstock for this one (white, champagne, and gold) along with regular blue cardstock as my highlight color, but I had reader do it using purples, and I really loved how it turned out! I also think a burgundy with gold could be a good look as well. 🙂

      Reply
  17. Andrea L Clark
    January 31, 2020 at 7:15 pm (6 months ago)

    Just…WOW! This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talent so freely with us!

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    • Mandee
      February 3, 2020 at 8:37 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Andrea!! ❤️

      Reply
  18. CAROLINA AZEREDO DE OLIVEIRA
    February 24, 2020 at 6:23 pm (6 months ago)

    I was amazed !! Perfect !! When I was a little music box, I was fascinated. Thanks!!!

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    • Mandee
      February 25, 2020 at 8:12 am (5 months ago)

      You are very welcome Carolina!

      Reply
  19. Sandy
    April 21, 2020 at 9:11 am (4 months ago)

    Thanks very much Mandee,
    This music box is very gorgeous.
    I will try to make a music box Beauty and the Beast.
    Meantime my daughter will do the project “It’s small world”

    big big thanks for all project
    Sorry if my english is not perfect but I’m french.

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    • Mandee
      April 21, 2020 at 11:17 am (4 months ago)

      How lovely! Those are going to be a beautiful pair!! So glad my designs can be a part of your lives right now. 😊

      Reply
  20. Mario Garcia
    May 25, 2020 at 12:45 pm (2 months ago)

    Good day, I don’t understand the instructions very well. Is there a video I can use to put it together?

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    • Mandee
      May 26, 2020 at 11:18 am (2 months ago)

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a video for this design as of right now, but I do hope to find time to make on in the future!

      Reply

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