These custom DIY mini shoeboxes make the perfect party favor treat box or gift card holder. Follow along for a tutorial on how to easily make them using your Cricut. 

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Need help finding that perfect Valentine or party favor that is cool and interesting; that kids and adults of all ages will love? Found it! 

It took me days of designing and testing, but when I presented the shoebox to my 10 year old son, who is too cool for Valentine’s, he couldn’t hide his smile. When he said, “I guess that works.” I knew I had hit the jackpot!  

In fact, my 8 year old daughter saw them and decided that was her Valentine this year too. Double win!

These tiny shoeboxes are not only perfect for class Valentine’s, they are great for party favors. I even designed one size that perfectly fits a gift card. 

Supplies

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Watch for a step by step tutorial. Prefer written instructions, keep reading.

Easy to Cut and Assemble

Since I actually make these in bulk for my kids to give out, I had extra motivation to design these files to be easy to cut and assemble. There is no glue needed in the assembly process, and as long as you follow the score lines, everything lines up perfectly. When you are making a lot of these at one time, they have to be quick and easy.

Shoebox Dimensions

The shoeboxes come in the following sizes:

 

Tiny Shoebox – perfect for candy treats or a gift card

  • Minimum Paper Size Needed: 8.5″ x 11″
  • Assembled Box Dimensions: 3.5″ x 2.4″ x 1.5″
  • Label Dimensions: 1.6″ x .75″

Small Shoebox – perfect for larger treats or gifts

  • Minimum Paper Size: 12″ x 12″

  • Assembled Box Dimensions: 4.4” x 3.0” x 1.8”

  • Label Dimensions: 2.1” x 1”

Cutting the File in Design Space

Need help uploading the file Cricut Design Space? How to Upload Files to Cricut Design Space.

Change the Cut Lines to Score

Once you have the Shoebox Template into Cricut Design Space, you will notice it has cut lines. The first thing you need to do is change those cut lines to score lines or your shoebox will be cut to pieces. 

  • In the layers panel, select the lines.
  • Go over to Operations and drop down and select Score.

How to make a mini shoebox

  • Next, in the layers panel, select the box and the score lines.
  • With both highlighted, select the Attach button.
    • This keeps them together on one mat.
  • Select the Make button.

Cutting Out the Template

  • Next, select your material. Since I’m using Michael’s Recollection 8.5″ x 11″ 65lb cardstock, I’m selecting Medium Cardstock.
    • I recommend using 65-80 lb cardstock for these shoeboxes.
  • The first operation the Cricut will do it score. The Cricut Maker line and Explore Air line both score. The Explore Air line uses a scoring stylus and the Maker line uses a stylus or a scoring wheel. 
    • If using a scoring stylus put it into clamp A. 
    • If using a scoring wheel put it into clamp B (remove the fine point blade).
Scoring tool options on the Maker. The Explore Air only uses a stylus.
Scoring tool options on the Maker. The Explore Air only uses a stylus.

Tip: Use a brayer to attach your cardstock to the mat.  

  • Your Cricut will score first and then cut. If you are using the scoring wheel, you will need to switch the wheel for the fine point blade. 
  • Then, carefully remove the shoebox cut out from your mat by flipping your mat upside down and peeling the mat away from the cardstock.

Assembling the Shoebox

Once the box is cut out, you will need to fold and assemble it.

Folding the Shoebox Along the Score Lines

  • Fold along all score lines. I use a bone creaser to get nice crisp folds. 

No Glue Assembly

Now it’s time to assemble. 

  • Start by folding the side flaps in towards the center on one side of what will be the bottom of the box. 

  • Next, pull the end flap up and over the side flaps. The key here to to make sure it’s fully over the sides. 

  • Keeping the end flap over the sides, slide the flap into the slots. You will bend the flap along the crease to get it in. 

  • Repeat on the other side.

  • If the sides are sticking out al all, just push them towards the center. They will slide right in.

  • The bottom is done, now it’s time to fold the lid. Fold the lid tabs in towards the center. 

  • Bring the flap over top of the tabs. Push the tabs into the slots. They should push right in, but if you are having trouble, use the end of a pencil or toothpick, etc. to push them in.

  • Your gorgeous little shoebox is assembled. Congrats! Now it’s time to customize and print the label.

Customizing and Printing the Shoebox Labels

The shoebox is adorable on it’s own, but when you put a teeny tiny custom label on it, it definitely takes it up a level. 

Uploading the Shoebox Label

Each shoebox comes with two different options for the label. One label I call the logo label because there is a box in the lower right hand corner where you could put a logo and one that has lines for more writing.

Each shoebox comes with two label options. One with a spot for a logo and one with lines for more words.
Each shoebox comes with two label options. One with a spot for a logo and one with lines for more words.
  • First you will need to upload the svg label file into Cricut Design Space. Both labels are in the same file.

  • Once both labels are in Design Space, select which label format you would like to work with and delete the other label.
  • You will notice the label is pre-sized for the shoebox, so it is very small and hard to see. To fix this we are going to temporarily change the size. 
    • For the Tiny Shoebox, I changed the size from .75″ high to 5″ high. 
    • We will put it back when we are done, so note the original size.

 

Customizing the Color and Adding Text to the Shoebox Label

The great thing about this shoebox label is you can change it to any color you wish and add any text you like. 

  • The reason why this file is a svg file type and not a png (print then cut is normally a png) file type is because we want flexibility. As a svg file you can change the color of the label.
    • Select the colored boxes from the layers panel, go over to Material colors and change it to whichever color you wish. All of the boxes are grouped together so it’s easy to change.

  • I’m going to change it back to orange, but you can make it whatever color you wish.
  • Next, add your text by selecting the text box. 
  • Select the size, font and placement of your text and put it over top of the label where you would like it to print.

 

 

Preparing the Label for Printing

  • Once you are finished, select every from the layers panel or highlight everything on your canvas.
  • With everything selected go down and select the Flatten button in the bottom right hand corner.

  • You will notice that everything changed from individual basic cut pieces to one Print Then Cut piece.
  • Next, take the label back to it’s original size.
    • With the width and height locked, but your original height back in. In this case it was .75″.
  • If you making more than one box this is the point where you want to make all your labels. You want to print them all at once so you don’t waste sticker paper.
  • Select Make.

  • You will send it to your printer. I highly recommend printing on sticker paper. It makes the shoebox look so real. 

  • Once the label is printed, let it dry at least 60 seconds so the ink doesn’t smear. 
  • Attach the sticker paper to your green mat with a brayer.

  • To get a kiss cut (cuts the sticker, but not the backing paper) on the sticker paper I use, select the setting Printable Waterproof Sticker Set – White. This setting will give you a message about adding the laminate on top, just ignore that. Our sticker paper does not come with that.

  • Peel of the label after it’s cut and put it on the bottom side corner of your shoebox. 

Finishing Touches

I found the cutest sour sneaker gummies to put in the shoebox. My 10 year old said the sneaker candy made it even cooler, so I’m going with that. 

You can also add logos from sneaker brands to the boxes. I cannot show you because those logos are trademarked, but if you cut them out from vinyl and apply them like a sticker to the box, it’s the ultimate finishing touch to a real miniature sneaker shoebox.

 

 

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