It’s another day of spring…in quarantine. But, to keep your spirits up (and mine as well), I am excited to share a brand new 3D cut file project! Perfect for storing treats or hidden treasures, and adding a hopeful springtime feeling to your home, these flower pot boxes are just the paper craft you’ve been looking for.
I’m not gonna lie, being stuck at home all day every day (particularly with three small, unbelievably energetic and demanding little ones) is starting to get to me. Plus, having to cancel a vacation we were really looking forward to, and not being able to visit friends and loved ones…it really stinks.
I am seeing so many people showing a remarkable amount of positivity online, and it really is inspiring! And even though I’m not handling it as well as them (or it at least seems that way), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t finding any joy in this time.
Because this is a time in life/history I feel like my kids will ask me about someday, I have been trying to find little ways to make the most of things: including doing a small craft with the kids each night. It is usually something very simple: involving construction paper, glue, and googly eyes more often than not (you just can’t go wrong with googly eyes).
We have also been going on a lot of walks: rain or shine! And it’s been amazing to see all of the spring flowers poke their heads out a little more each day. So, as a tribute to something that has brought a small glimmer of joy into my life during these weird times we live in, I thought I would make some flower pot boxes featuring the lovely daffodils and tulips that are starting to bloom in my neighborhood.
- Hot Glue
- Floral Wire & Wire Sheers
- Floral Tape
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the flower pot 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.
2. Start by assembling the main pot shape. Fold all of the tabs, and glue them to the inside of the base circle one at a time. Then, glue the liner circle to the inside in order to cover them up and add a little reinforcement to the base of the pot.
3. Next, piece your lid together. Tack down the tabs to the inside of your lid shape the same way you did with the base of the pot. Add the liner to the inside to cover up the mess.
Then, attach your “dirt” circle to the top. Once that is in place, poke a small hole in the center.
Note: If you are using the version that includes score line, this circle will have a very small circle scored into the center This is just to make it easier to tell where the middle is, so you won’t have to eyeball it.
To finish off the lid of your pot, wrap the long rectangular piece around the edge (leaving a slight overhang on both the top and bottom of the lid), glueing at intervals to keep it tacked down.
4. Create your flower. I’ve included both daffodils and tulips in this template, so you can take your pick!
For the Daffodil
Curl the edges of the petals slightly. Layer and glue the two pieces together (with all the petals going the same direction).
Make the center of the daffodil the same way as the pot, but this time, glue the tabs to the outside of the circle shape.
Attach it to the center of your petals.
For the Tulip
Curl all fo your petals inward. Attach them together with a dab of glue on the center of each petal pair, and layering them together.
5. Now, to make the stem! Cut a piece of floral wire (length is up to you, mine were in the 5″-7″ range). Wrap the wire with floral tape, and add your leaves. I did this with a little bit of hot glue and then another layer of floral tape around the base of each leaf.
As a finishing touch, attach the green star-shaped piece to the back/bottom of your flower.
6. Finish by sticking the bottom of your wire through the small hole in the lid, bending it, and gluing it in place (on the inside).
The part that made me the most nervous about this craft was that the flowers/wire would be way too heavy for the lid, but I was happily surprised when I did a test-run and it turned out to be just fine!
Two toned dandelions are my favorite, so that’s why I decided to go with the contrasting cream and dark yellow colors, but if you prefer the classic yellow, and want to make those instead, you most certainly can!
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 3D projects available on my blog!
Have fun putting these cute flower pot boxes together! What is your favorite spring bloom?
Watch the video tutorial for this design here:
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