July 7, 2023
Are you ready to unleash your creativity and take your crafting skills to the next level? Look no further than this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a 3D guitar box using your Cricut machine and my free 3D SVG File. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, this tutorial will guide you through the process of cutting and assembling a guitar box that will wow your friends and family. With easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips along the way, you'll learn how to transform a simple piece of cardstock into a work of art. Not only will you learn techniques for cutting and assembling a 3D object, but you'll also gain a deeper understanding of the endless possibilities that your Cricut machine offers. So, grab your materials, buckle up, and get ready to rock your creativity with this exciting tutorial.
*This blog post may contain affiliate links which help me earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Read my full disclosure here.*
To get started on your 3D guitar box, you'll need to gather a few materials. Here's a list of what you'll need:
The free 3D SVG File will contain the box portion but you can delete this in Cricut Design Space if you would like!! This free SVG download will be in my community vault towards at the bottom (I am working to get my SVGs numbered so please be patient!) - you can learn how to download here for desktop and here for iPad/iPhone. Please remember to sign up for my newsletter below to grab the password to the vault.
This SVG only has one thing to be changed. It is sized to fit on 12x12 paper so make any adjustments that you need. Make sure to resize the entire file so that the pieces still fit. Then ungroup the whole file. You will need to change the single line to a score line (delete this if you don't have a scoring stylist or use a light colored marker or even a pencil). Then attach it back to the black piece. This is to give you a guide on where to place the strings.
Once you have this sized, any color changes made, or any personalization done - you can send to your Cricut to cut. I always cut my cardstock crafts out on the medium cardstock setting on fast mode. However, these settings depend on your machine and your blade.
Note: I cut my guitar next three times to make it thicker - I am using 80 lb card but if you have 100 or more than use that! You want it to be stiff and not sag.
Step 1: Start with the body and adding the detailed pieces to get this out of the way.
Step 2: Assemble the neck and the tuning pieces.
Step 3: Assemble the bridge - this is a 3D piece so glue the tabs/flaps to the inside of the trapezoid piece. Glue this piece with the small side facing the bottom and about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch from the hole (this will depend on the size of your box).
Step 4: Assemble the tuning keys - these are 3D cylinders that I used a combo of craft glue and hot glue.
Step 5: Cut the fishing line and hot glue these to the bridge. Tip: Try to use minimal hot glue - you don't want gobs of glue sticking up.
Step 6: Glue the tuning keys down on the top of the neck - work from the outside in and bottom to top to attach the strings. You will grab the outside string and bring it up to the top, add hot glue to the side of the glued down cylinder, loop it around the glue and allow it to dry.
Tip: pull the string tight but not too tight where the paper starts to bend up and curve.
Go outside pieces to the bottom cylinders, next over to the middle cylinders, and two middle strings to the top cylinders.
Step 7: Glue the detail piece in between the tuning pieces.
Step 8: Assemble the Box - fold on the perforation lines and glue the four flaps to the inside of the box
Step 9: Attach the guitar pieces to the box
In this step-by-step tutorial, you've learned how to create a stunning 3D guitar box using your Cricut machine with a free 3D SVG file. By following the instructions and tips provided, you've successfully transformed a simple piece of cardstock into a work of art. Not only have you gained experience in cutting and assembling a 3D object, but you've also discovered the limitless possibilities that your Cricut machine offers.
Remember, this tutorial is just the beginning. With your newfound knowledge and creativity, you can explore other 3D designs and create even more impressive projects. So, keep experimenting, pushing boundaries, and rocking your creativity with your Cricut machine.