The project is for you if you already have the Suitcase Explosion Box SVG, from the Cricut Crafting Adventure. (It’s in your VIP pass if you got it.)
I’ve added a long photo filmstrip in a box and fun pop-up cubes to make an amazing gift.
How to use the SVG in Design Space
Download the free SVG – it’s #105 – Filmstrip Photo Box – Bonus for the Suitcase Explosion Box in the Free Files Folder.
Upload the file Filmstrip-Box-inside-suitcase_minorDIY.svg to Design Space and Ungroup.
To make the filmstrip photo box – Change the layer to Score and Attach to the cut piece as shown below.
The box lid – Change the layer to Score and Attach to the cut piece as shown below.
To make the filmstrip – Change the multiple layers to Score as shown below.
Attach each group.
The strip with the pull tab is the first one, and the one with no tab is the last one.
Duplicate the middle two groups to make as many additional film strips as you like.
Tip: Make several different film strips for the box. One long one (as I did for the example) is kinda awkward to handle.
The red piece is to go behind the pull tab if you like.
If you have 100-lb. cardstock, cut the box and lid out of it to make the box more sturdy.
Use 65-lb cardstock for the film strip.
For the photos – use the Print and Cut method I showed you my Cricut Crafting Adventure Workshop.
Alternatively, you can cut up photos you already have, or use another program to edit your photos. The photos should be 2 inches tall and 1.6 inches wide when you are finished.
If you use Canva or PhotoShop or another image program, you could make full sheets of photos and then have them printed out locally at a place like UPS, FedEx, or Walgreens.
Want to learn more? Check out my workshop.
To assemble the filmstrip photo box –
Burnish along all of the score lines.
Apply glue to the back tabs of the film strip box. (The rear of the box is taller than the front.)
Glue the tabs to the outside of the box.
Glue the front tabs to the outside of the box.
Glue the decorative pieces on. You have:
– one piece for the bottom of the box
– two side pieces for the box outside
– two pieces for the front, both inside and outside
– two pieces for the back, both inside and outside
Glue the decorative sides to the lid.
Glue each tab to the side next to it, making sharp corners.
Glue each tab of the filmstrip to the flat side on another one.
I’ve used Print then Cut on Zicoto Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper to make it very easy.
No glue needed – just peel and stick!
Finally, fold the film strip up and put it in the box.
the Pop-up Cubes
Download the free SVG – it’s #106 – Pop-Up Cubes – Bonus for the Suitcase Explosion Box in the Free Files Folder.
Upload the file Pop-Up-Cubes-for-inside-suitcase-explosion-box_minorDIY.svg to Design Space and Ungroup.
To adjust the drawer in Design Space
For the drawer and tab – change the layers to Score as shown below.
Select each group and click Attach as shown below.
For the wrapper – Do the same thing. Change one layer to Score and Attach to the cut piece below.
Your project should look like this now.
To assemble the drawer
Glue the back tabs to the outside of the drawer.
Glue the front tabs to the inside of the drawer.
Fold the tab so that the middle forms a peak and the tabs are flat against the tab. Apply glue to the tabs.
Slide the tab through the drawer to create the handle.
Glue on the decorative pieces.
Glue on the bottom of the drawer.
For the wrapper, fold it so that the smaller side is on the bottom. It’s quite hard to tell which side is actually smaller, but the box will be slightly more square.
Glue the longer side on top of the smaller one.
To make the pop-Up Cubes
Change the layer to Score as shown below.
Select the group and click Attach.
Duplicate the cube so that you have six total.
The purple triangles and squares are the decoration. Get creative with them however you like.
Cut the cubes out of 65-lb cardstock. They snap up the best with this weight. (Check out my comparison below!)
Use the Cardstock for Intricate Cuts material setting.
Tip: Cut out three cubes on one 12×24 mat to make it go quicker. (You’ll have to trim down the paper to do this.)
Be careful when you remove the cubes! The corners can easily stick and tear.
Flip over the mat. Use your scraper to hold the paper flat on the table while you roll the mat back slowly with the other hand.
Decorate the cubes.
How to assemble the cubes
This is the trickiest part! I’ve made a short video for you showing you exactly how to do it.
One question that I get a lot is “How do I know what rubber band to use?“
A quick way to judge the correct size is to hold it against the cube. The rubber band should be just a bit smaller than the cube.
Choose the slightly thicker one if you have the option. (Both will work, but the thicker one will have a bit more snap.)
Fold all of the cubes into the box and you’re finished!
Tip: Don’t keep the cubes in the box. They won’t pop out as dramatically. Store them outside of the box and then fold them in just before you use it.
Questions? Leave them in the comment section below!