Carnival Shaker Box – Gift Box Cut File

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Carnival Shaker Box

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When I first set out to create this design, I wasn’t at all sure what I wanted to do. The only thing I really knew was that I wanted to make something that incorporated balloon animals. Growing up, my little sister learned how to tie balloon animals as a hobby. I had forgotten about that little talent of hers until recently when she entranced my kiddos by making them some fun balloon animals during Easter.

Because of that experience, I wrote down “balloon animals” in my inspiration notebook. So, without anything else to go off of, I eventually came up with this.

Carnival Shaker Box

Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.

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Carnival Shaker Box

Learn how to assemble this carnival-themed gift box.

Materials

Instructions

  • Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of your carnival shaker 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 them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

Prep Work

  • Layer the decorative panels on the outside of your main box pieces, like so.
    Then, attach the box pieces together, gluing the little tabs inside and creating a hole/frame in the front of the box.
  • Next, layer together the balloon animals, tickets, and lollipop pieces.
    Note: I did include a couple of extra layers for some of these. For the ones with an extra layer, I attached them together with foam tape in order to give them a little more dimension than the others.
    Attach lollipop sticks to the back of the lollipop designs.
    Attach one of the balloon animals to the pink backing wall with foam tape (this wall will go in the interior of the box later and support the filler beads).

Assembling the Box Structure

  • Fold along all of the score lines. Then, attach the bottom tabs of the right and left sides to the base. Do not attach the back side just yet.
    Then, fold your Dura-lar film piece. Use the places where the tabs meet as a guide if the score lines didn’t show up very well (which they didn’t for me).
    Add some glue around the interior of the window section of your box and insert the Dura-lar film.
  • Take your pink backing wall and fold each of the tabs outward. Carefully attach the bottom and sides to the inside of your box, lining it up with the edges of the window. Don’t attach the top portion just yet.
    Fill your shaker window with beads or other filler. Then, seal the top of the backing piece.
  • With everything else in place, attach the back of the box to the base and to the opposite side.
    Fold the top portion like a milk carton. Fill your box with goodies and glue the top closed.

Finishing Touches

  • Attach the rest of your decorative pieces around your box, wherever you’d like. Your festive carnival box is complete!

Notes

The finished size of this project is about 6.25" tall and 3" wide.

View the full-size tutorial photos below.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of your carnival shaker 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 them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

 

Prep Work

2. Layer the decorative panels on the outside of your main box pieces, like so.

Then, attach the box pieces together, gluing the little tabs inside and creating a hole/frame in the front of the box.

3. Next, layer together the balloon animals, tickets, and lollipop pieces.

Note: I did include a couple of extra layers for some of these. For the ones with an extra layer, I attached them together with foam tape in order to give them a little more dimension than the others.

Attach lollipop sticks to the back of the lollipop designs.

Attach one of the balloon animals to the pink backing wall with foam tape (this wall will go in the interior of the box later and support the filler beads).

 

Assembling the Box Structure

4. Fold along all of the score lines. Then, attach the bottom tabs of the right and left sides to the base. Do not attach the back side just yet.

Then, fold your Dura-lar film piece. Use the places where the tabs meet as a guide if the score lines didn’t show up very well (which they didn’t for me).

Add some glue around the interior of the window section of your box and insert the Dura-lar film.

5. Take your pink backing wall and fold each of the tabs outward. Carefully attach the bottom and sides to the inside of your box, lining it up with the edges of the window. Don’t attach the top portion just yet.

Fill your shaker window with beads or other filler. Then, seal the top of the backing piece.

6. With everything else in place, attach the back of the box to the base and to the opposite side.

Fold the top portion like a milk carton. Fill your box with goodies and glue the top closed.

 

Finishing Touches

7. Attach the rest of your decorative pieces around your box, wherever you’d like. Your festive carnival box is complete!

Seriously, I can’t get over how cute and colorful this box is! I think that it captures the feeling of celebration and child-like joy that can be felt when you are at a carnival or theme park pretty well.

Carnival Shaker Box

Carnival Shaker Box

I use Adobe Illustrator for all 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 fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making this carnival shaker box for someone special! And, as always, be sure to share your finished results with me on Instagram.

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4 Comments

4 Comments on Carnival Shaker Box – Gift Box Cut File

  1. auntie em
    May 11, 2023 at 7:43 am (1 year ago)

    This is so adorable and I love how you have included the fun ‘extras’ like the balloons, lollys and tickets. Your designs are always so fun and creative. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Mandee
      May 11, 2023 at 11:33 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, thank you Auntie Em! I’m so glad you like all the little details in this one. 😊

      Reply
  2. Helen J Roberts
    May 11, 2023 at 5:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the way your brain works! You are so creative and innovative with your files. Thank you for sharing this one.

    Reply
  3. zidane
    May 13, 2023 at 9:44 pm (1 year ago)

    5 stars
    thank you for the article

    Reply

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