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How to Make an Easy Heart Box for Valentine’s Day

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I'm so excited because today I’m going to show you two methods for How to Make an EASY Heart Shaped Box for Valentine’s Day. At first, I was worried this would be really hard, but it actually turned out to be much simpler than I thought.

This is a beautiful craft that you can make for yourself or give as a gift. Or maybe both – make one for you and a friend.

Best of all, as a subscriber to my email newsletter, you also get access to my Free Resource Library where you can get the pattern and pretty vintage graphic for the top of the box for FREE!

Valentine’s Day projects are some of my favorite to make. I’ve also wanted to learn how to make a paper box and it was fun to tackle this challenge. And now, I’ve done the hard work for you!

While the box itself is a great gift, it also makes a gorgeous presentation and container for anything you may want to put inside – from homemade chocolate truffles to jewelry – it’s a nice sized box for holding a treasure.

I’m planning to keep this on my dresser because I love how sparkly and sweet it is.

How to Make a Heart-shaped Box for Valentine’s Day

Today I’m going to show you two ways to make this box. The first method will be to make the box using the “print then cut” feature with a Cricut paper cutting machine.

The second way is for those of you who do not have a cutting machine, I’m going to show you how to make these with an editable pdf and some scissors.

Method 1: How to Create a Heart-shaped Box with Your Cricut Paper Cutting Machine

If you are new to Cricut or have one but feel intimidated by it, it’s my goal to help you get comfortable with it. For me, it is probably one of my most used craft supplies. And it wasn’t always this way because I hadn’t taken the time to properly learn how to use it but once I did, it really changed the quality and amount of projects that I could make.

SUPPLIES FOR METHOD 1:

Download the Free Valentine Heart-shaped Box Pattern

First, you will need to get the Free Valentine Heart-shaped Box Pattern from my blog’s Free Resource Library. 

When you sign up to receive my email newsletter you are automatically sent a password to access the library. You’ll also receive my weekly newsletter with behind the scenes details, notes from me, and links to the latest happenings on my blog.

Once you’ve logged in, the file you need is called Valentine Heart-shaped Box Pattern. Click to download the zip file.

Launch Cricut Design Space Software

Now, launch Cricut Design Space;

click “New Project;”

click “Upload”;

choose “Upload Image” navigate to the file,

find the PNG file and click “Open”;

choose “Complex”;

don’t do anything with the next screen except click “continue”;

Choose the “Save as Print then Cut Image”. It may take a moment.  

This will add the image to your library.

Select the image and click “Insert Images”

As you can see it’s a large image.

One of the great things about Cricut Design Space is that you can make projects any size that you want. For our box today I’m going to show you the size and details I used to make mine. But, just know that you can make these any size that you need.

I sized my box top to “4 inches” wide. It will automatically keep it in the proper scale.

Now you need to upload the SVG shape files for the sides and the bottom of the box. Repeat the same steps for uploading and inserting the image.

This time, when the blue shapes appear on the canvas you will notice they are already the right size but they are in a group. We want to click on the shapes and Ungroup them. You can do this by right-clicking and choosing “Ungroup”.

Now, we will want to adjust a few of these lines from cut lines to score lines.

Let’s start at the top. Let’s click the line on the first rectangle and you will see it in the menu on the right. See how it says “cut”? We want to change that to “Score” so come go to “line type” and change that to Score. Now on the menu, you see that it says “score”.

CRITICAL STEP: DON'T FORGET TO ATTACH!

Now you can select the rectangle AND the score line and we want to “Attach” these items together by clicking “attach” here at the bottom right of the screen.

Repeat the steps of modifying the cut lines to score and attaching the shapes together for the remaining rectangles.

Be sure to notice that the thing rectangles have TWO lines that are for scoring – a horizontal and a vertical line. Choose three items to attach on those two smaller rectangles.

Once you have attached everything you are ready to print.

Note the other heart is slightly smaller than our heart with the design on it. That’s so that the top will fit over the bottom. Leave it at the 3.821” measurement.

Click Make it and ta-da! It will prepare the mats for you.

PRINT & CUT 

Be sure that you have set the paper size correctly for EACH Mat BEFORE you begin. Once you’re ready press continue and begin printing and cutting the first mat.

Be sure you cutting machine and your printer are connected to your computer, or iPad or phone or whatever you’re using to connect to the software.

Click Continue

The settings I used for cutting are Medium Cardstock and more pressure.

Repeat the cutting process for your 2nd mat.

Load your label paper into the printer.

Press the Send to Printer button and press Print.

Once the printer prints now you need to put the paper on your cutting mat.

And Set your Material in the Design Software.

I chose Medium Cardstock. And then I also chose the more pressure button. I didn’t want to take any risks of this not cutting through.

Now, simply load the mat into the machine; and press the flashing arrow button; once it’s loaded press the flashing “C” button and the machine will do the rest. Once it’s done cutting for you press the flashing arrow button to eject it.

Now you need to offload the cutting mat.

EASY Offloading

I prefer to offload mine by placing the cut side face down in front of me and roll the mat away. This helps whatever I’ve cut to not bend and curl disturbing how it will look.

Now you are ready to print the shapes for the rest of the box.

Choose Mat 2, make sure you have the correct paper size selected and your materials set. Again, I used Medium cardstock and more pressure.

Now, load the mat into the machine; press the flashing arrow button and once it’s loaded, press the flashing “C” button and the machine will do the rest. Once it’s done cutting, press the flashing arrow button to eject it.

Now you’re ready to assemble but first I want to show those of you who do not have a paper cutting machine how to print this pattern with a PDF.

Method 2: How to Make a Heart-shaped Box for Valentine’s Day with a PDF + Scissors

If you don’t have a Cricut but still want this beautiful box, here’s a method just for you.

SUPPLIES for Method 2:

Download the Free Valentine Heart-shaped Box Pattern

First, you will need to get the Free Valentine Heart-shaped Box Pattern from my blog’s Free Resource Library. 

When you sign up to receive my email newsletter you are automatically sent a password to access the library. You’ll also receive my weekly newsletter with behind the scenes details, notes from me, and links to the latest happenings on my blog.

Once you’ve logged in, the file you need is called Valentine Heart-shaped Box Pattern PDF version. Click to download the PDF file. Make sure you don’t accidentally download the Print then Cut version.

Open in Adobe Acrobat Reader

Open your downloaded file in Adobe Acrobat Reader and print the pattern onto card stock.

Print & Cut

Once you have your pattern printed, use scissors to cut it out. Remember, you can then either make this box with the cardstock or you can use that as a pattern to trace the shapes onto thin cardboard.

How to Assemble a Heart-shaped Box

OK, Now we’re ready to assemble our boxes!

Make sure your glue gun is plugged in and ready to go.

Prep the Side Panels

First, we want to bend the “teeth” of our rectangle sides so they’re ready to attach. You also want to bend this little flap on the end of the top pieces.

Assemble the Bottom

Let’s assemble the bottom first.

Take one rectangle and place it at the center “v” of the heart. You want to hold it firmly against that point.

Then you want to add a drop of hot glue to a few of the tabs and begin adhering them immediately to the bottom. Work quickly here because the glue will start to set, fast.

Keep adding a drop to a few tabs and keep shaping the box around the heart until it’s all attached. Now repeat starting at the other side of the “v”.

You will have some wrap around. Give that a little squeeze to encourage the crease and add a drop or two of glue to attach it.

I also recommend taking a little strip and folding it in half and attaching it the “v” at the inside top to help secure that seam.

The bottom is done. yay!

Assemble the Top

Now, let’s do the top. In a similar manner as we did with the bottom we’re going to attach the top except for this time we have are gluing to the underside.

This might feel a little tricky but I promise, you’ll get the hang of it. Put a dot of glue on a couple of tabs and attach following the curve of the heart.

Once you have one side complete, pick up your second rectangle and be sure to start with the tab at the opposite side to help “secure” the pieces together with a bit of glue.

Add Glitter!

Now the box is finished but let’s make it sparkle!

To do this we need some Mod Podge, glitter, a foam brush, and some glitter trays to make this easier to manage.

Simply brush on a thin coat of mod podge and sprinkle your glitter onto the side of the box, over your glitter tray.

Repeat as you work your way around the sides of the box.

I used a combination of coarse and fine glitter for interest. Use the colors and styles of your choice.

Allow it to dry and Ta-da! You have created a beautiful heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day or anytime you need a pretty container or a gift or just decoration!

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