3D Vending Machine – Cute Cut Files

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling a bit parched. I think I will smooth out a couple of dollars and see what I can find in this super cute, 3D vending machine!

3D Vending Machine

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After all of the calendar craziness that has been my life for the past couple of weeks (good crazy, don’t get me wrong, but crazy nonetheless), I’m back to creating 3D papercrafts! And boy was this one a fun project to start the year with.

Not only is this an adorable design, but it also works as a gift box. So, if you have an avid soda drinker in your life, this could be the perfect way to package a little present for them!

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

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3D Vending Machine

Learn how to assemble my vending machine gift box papercraft.

Materials

Instructions

  • Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of the 3D vending machine.
    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

  • Start by layering all of the decorative bubbles and side panel pieces together. Then, attach them to the outside of the vending machine box pieces. Attach the Dura-lar film piece to the inside of the front window, and the little “push” door to the inside as well.
    Note: I added a little bit of hand-drawn details to my pieces, including the word “push” on my little door flap. This isn’t 100% necessary if you don’t want to worry about it for this project.

Assembling the Box

  • Take the larger box piece and fold along all of the score lines. Attach the tabs to the inside of the right wall.
    Next, take the front/left-side piece and fold along the score lines. Attach the left side to the tabs provided.

Assembling the Shelf

  • Take your shelf encasement piece and fold along the score lines. Connect the sides together using the little tabs, and flare the long tabs outward.
    Next, take the rectangular liner (with slits in it), and attach the two shelves.
    Glue the liner/shelves inside of the encasement.
    Layer your beverage pieces together and attach them to the shelving piece using foam tape (or glue). I also included a sleepy little kitty who decided to take a nap on one of the shelves. You can include this detail, or leave it out if you so choose.

Finishing Up

  • Finish your project by gluing the shelving unit inside the front flap of your vending machine box—framing your window area. Use the tab on the right side to close the box.

Notes

When assembled, this project is about 4.5" wide, 6.5" tall, and 2" deep.

View the full-size photo tutorial below.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of the 3D vending machine.

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. Start by layering all of the decorative bubbles and side panel pieces together. Then, attach them to the outside of the vending machine box pieces. Attach the Dura-lar film piece to the inside of the front window, and the little “push” door to the inside as well.

Note: I added a little bit of hand-drawn details to my pieces, including the word “push” on my little door flap. This isn’t 100% necessary if you don’t want to worry about it for this project.

 

Assembling the Box

3. Take the larger box piece and fold along all of the score lines. Attach the tabs to the inside of the right wall.

Next, take the front/left-side piece and fold along the score lines. Attach the left side to the tabs provided.

 

Assembling the Shelf

4. Take your shelf encasement piece and fold along the score lines. Connect the sides together using the little tabs, and flare the long tabs outward.

Next, take the rectangular liner (with slits in it), and attach the two shelves.

Glue the liner/shelves inside of the encasement.

Layer your beverage pieces together and attach them to the shelving piece using foam tape (or glue). I also included a sleepy little kitty who decided to take a nap on one of the shelves. You can include this detail, or leave it out if you so choose.

 

Finishing Up

5. Finish your project by gluing the shelving unit inside the front flap of your vending machine box—framing your window area. Use the tab on the right side to close the box.

As I was designing this little project, I remembered a video I saw of a cat taking a nap inside of a vending machine. I wasn’t sure if I had made this up in my head, though, so I did a quick Google search. Well, apparently this sort of thing happens more often than you’d think because I found dozens of pictures and news stories featuring cats getting into trouble by climbing into vending machines! So, I thought it would be fun to feature a little kitty chaos in this papercraft.

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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 3D vending machine for yourself! I’d love to see your results, so be sure to show off your project by either sharing your work in my Facebook Group or tagging me on Instagram.

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2 Comments

2 Comments on 3D Vending Machine – Cute Cut Files

  1. Helen J Roberts
    January 10, 2024 at 11:28 am (6 months ago)

    5 stars
    Another hit in your arsenal of crafty 3D items. Thinking on making a second one with bag snack items. LOL. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      January 11, 2024 at 9:02 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Helen!! I always appreciate your kind comments.

      Reply

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