Introduction: Laser-cut Cardboard Gift Box With Template
I designed these gift boxes to package my home made snow-skin mooncakes (see instructable here) for friends and family.
These templates are designed so that the top and bottom parts each fit into a single sheet of A3 (or 11x17") cardstock. The external dimensions are about 80x200x60mm and internal dimensions are about 70x190x50mm.
I've included the design files so you can customise them as needed. [note: I will upload these soon, after I clean up the files a bit]
Step 1: Templates for Laser Cutting or Manual Exacto Cutting
The top and bottom are designed to each fit one A3 (or 11x17") sheet of cardstock.
The PDF files attached are each A3 sized, although you can scale them to whatever size you like. The solid blue lines are the cut outlines, and the dashed green lines are the score lines for folding.
The reason I designed them this size is so that I can cut them out on my A3-sized desktop laser cutter. I use the 4W Emblaser from Darkly Labs, and I highly recommend it! The settings I used were different for the black and white card, as black absorbs laser energy better than white. I tried to reduce the cut settings to the minimum needed to cut cleanly, but there were still some burn marks on the underside (inside) of the white cardboard cut-out. Luckily these end up on the inside so it is not very noticeable.
If you don't have access to a laser cutter or a plotter-type vinyl cutter (eg Silhouette), you can also print out these templates and cut them out with an Exacto knife. Of course you may want to omit the Voronoi filigree window in the box top unless you have infinite patience and amazing knife control!
Step 2: Fold the Box Top
Follow the steps to fold the box top.
Step 3: Fold the Box Bottom
Follow the steps to fold the box bottom.
Step 4: Enjoy
I hope you find this useful! This template is just a base, that you can adjust to fit different dimensions. Right now I just adjust the template manually by stretching certain sections in AutoCAD, but it would be amazing if I knew how to create a parametric version of this that can generate the template just by typing in the dimensions that you want!
If anyone knows how to do that, let me know.
I've entered this into the cardboard competition. Enjoy!