These carrot-shaped cardstock treat boxes come together quickly with the help of a Cricut machine, and they make a perfect seasonal gift for Easter! Get the free SVG cut file and step-by-step instructions to make your own.
With Easter quickly approaching, I'm sharing a simple yet beautiful way to give a unique gift with this carrot-shaped treat box that can be used two different ways. Keep reading to get the full step-by-step tutorial and free template!
Embrace Easter full-force with the carrot design, filling it with paper grass and eggs or other seasonal goodies. Various shades of orange paper and green ribbon make simple and impactful boxes.
For a more colorful approach, swap acetate sheets for the cardstock and fill the treat box with a rainbow palette of candies! You can customize the colors of the goodies inside, which make them perfect favors for so many occasions.
Both versions are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Table of Contents
Carrot Box Materials:
- Solid Core Cardstock or Acetate Sheets
- Tacky Glue or Clear Adhesive Rollers
- Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, or Other Cutting Machine
- Fine Point Blade
- Scoring Stylus or Scoring Blade *If using acetate sheets, you'll need the scoring blade
- Ribbon or Twine
- Bone Folder *Optional but helpful
- Treat Box Filling such as Candy, Cadbury Eggs, Paper Grass, etc.
Step One: Upload SVG to Design Space
Download the free template to your computer. Click here to learn how to upload an SVG file to Design Space.
Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the image to your canvas
Adjust the size of the design file to your desired dimensions. Without making any adjustments, the finished box measures approximately 7" tall x 2" wide. Sized as is, you can cut one carrot from one piece of 8.5" x 11" paper, and two carrots on one piece of 12" x 12" paper.
This design has two different layers. When the design is first imported it will show two cut layers. The smaller layer needs to be switched from a "Basic Cut" to a "Scoring" layer. Scoring this design is what gives you a guideline for your folds to make the design 3D.
To switch the cut layer to score, go to the layers panel on the right-hand side, select the top layer of lines that you want to be score lines. Once selected, it will turn dark gray in the layers panel.
Go to the operations panel in the upper toolbar and change the operation from “cut” to “score”
Select both sets of lines on your canvas and “Attach” them together. Now the machine knows these two designs are actually one design with two layers.
Attaching the two layers together keeps them together so they don't shift when you go to the next screen.
Once you're ready to cut, select “Make it”
Step Two: Cut the Design with your Cricut Machine
For this project, you can use a scoring stylus or a scoring wheel. You can use the scoring stylus with the Cricut Explore or the Cricut Maker in the accessory clamp.
The scoring wheel, on the other hand, can only be used with the Cricut Maker. Both options will work for this project.
If you decide to go the acetate route, you will need to use the scoring wheel (the double wheel is ideal for this material) as opposed to the stylus. The stylus does not have a sharp enough point to penetrate the acetate.
Make sure you select the tool you are planning on using in the tool options.
Load your correct tools into your Cricut machine, place your cardstock onto a standard grip cutting mat, load them into your machine, and begin the cut.
Unload your mat from the machine and peel away your cutting mat from the cardstock.
Constructing the Box
Fold the cardstock along the score lines of the carrot box. A bone folder will help you to create sharp fold lines for your box.
Apply glue or adhesive to the tab that runs along the side of the box.
Fold the box into a carrot shape and secure the adhesive to the other side of the box to hold it together.
Fill with treats or trinkets and tie with ribbon or twine.
Fold the two rectangular tabs inward. Thread a ribbon through the two holes at the top of the rounded tabs to join the top of the treat box together.
Clear Easter Treat Box - Acetate Version
If you want to make the clear version, you can buy a pack of 6, 12x12" sheets of clear acetate from Cricut. Design Space has a cutting setting for the sheets, so it makes it very easy to cut.
As I mentioned earlier, you will want to use the Scoring Wheel instead of the scoring stylus. The stylus is not sharp enough to really make an indent in the acetate.
Once the design is cut, fold it just like you would the paper carrot. The bone folder is still very helpful.
To glue closed, you can use the same roller adhesive, as long as it is the permanent version. Removable adhesive will not provide a tight seal and it will come loose once you fill it with treats.
I bought a variety of candies and sorted them by color to give a bit more dimension to the boxes.
Tie each box with a coordinating colored ribbon. The great thing about using acetate is this file can be used year-round for any type of treat or holiday.
Tell me: Which version are you going to try first?!
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