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I had an hour to kill, so I though I might put together some valentines cardstock boxes. I wanted to make them 'no glue' as I tend to get PVA glue everywhere when I use it!

You could use these to put anything inside; sweets, messages, a ring!?!

Date Made: Feb 2014
Approx Cost: £1
Approx Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy/Medium
 
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Step 1: Things You Need

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Materials You Need

* Card or Thick Paper (A4 or A3, coloured or not)
* Ribbon for box type 4


Tools You Need

* Computer/Printer
* Sharp Knife/Scissors
* A ruler for getting straight cuts
* Selotape or glue to fix down the templates

Step 2: Designs / Templates

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I drew up my templates as approx 50mm square boxes. I used autocad as I am familiar with it, but this could be done with any program.

I have attached the pdfs for you to use and I have also attached my autocad file in case you want to resize, adjust or edit anything.

Note that the templates here are newer/updated versions compared to the ones I made - basically they have had corner wings added which you can cut off if you wish...

Step 3: Print, Cut & Fold

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My pdfs have been designed to be printed on A3.

Once printed, they can however be orientated so that they can be used on an A4 piece of card.

The solid lines are generally cut lines (however there are a couple of exceptions as noted on each box type later).

These can be cut with scissors, a sharp knife or an electronic cutter. It would however be difficult to use scissors on the internal cuts as they are so small.

The dotted lines are fold lines.

Use the back of the knife or scissors to score the fold lines so that you get straight folds.

Step 4: Type 1

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The hearts on this one feed through the slots in the adjacent wings. The solid lines under the hearts are not cut lines. I left those lines on just to define the heart. I drew these lines on to the card.

wonderful! thank you for including the templates and very good instructions. I am going to make these with my 1st graders :-)

Mr_o_uk (author)  icelandinthesun5 months ago
If you are going to do multiple copies you may want to print 1no on A3, then orientate it to fit on A4. Then copy it multiple times on A4. Will save you some money/paper!
sunshiine5 months ago

Thanks for sharing this. I am faving now.

sunshiine

Mr_o_uk (author)  sunshiine5 months ago
No problem!
ntinumirov6 months ago
no lazer cutter? boring. but i have Cricut!
Mr_o_uk (author)  ntinumirov6 months ago
Unfortunately I don't have a laser cutter or an electronic cutter, otherwise I may well have used them. The files are there ready to convert and use on either though!

I have just been accepted in the papercraft contest, so voting for me might change that!
knitwitcharm6 months ago

That's so cool! I love how they don't need glue or tape. It makes them easier to reuse each year.

Mr_o_uk (author)  knitwitcharm6 months ago
And it saves ruining the carpet!!!
mrwolfe6 months ago

Very nice work!

Instead of Autocad, I use Draftsight. It is identical to Autocad R12, but is freely available for download from Dassault Systemes website: http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight/download-draftsight/

Mr_o_uk (author)  mrwolfe6 months ago
Nice tip. Work pay for mine, but hopefully that link will get people going.
YerGramma6 months ago
These are charming! I especially like #4, which is particularly well suited for a ring--or maybe just a truffle :-).
Mr_o_uk (author)  YerGramma6 months ago
Truffle sounds good to me!
Mr_o_uk (author) 6 months ago
If you like this, have a look at some of my other cardstock and valentines items, which are along similar lines...