June 6, 2023
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Father's Day is around the corner and I am so excited to bring you this project (you can always change the words and make it for some one other than dad!). This 3D paper craft is fun to put together and sure to wow anyone you give it to. Let's get crafty!
You can use whatever you would like for all the details, I am only here to suggest, but here is what I used for my 3D paper toolbox.
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This set up is pretty easy - you can resize the file first. I made mine max out my 12 x 12 cardstock paper so it ended up being about 23 inches wide which gave me a nice sized tool box. Remember if you are resizing, please do the entire SVG for scaling.
Next, you can use the color sync panel in Cricut Design space to change around any colors but from here, there isn't much else to change. If you want to make more bolts, tools, or screws you can always duplicate in Cricut Design Space.
For the wording, you can delete and change it to whatever you would like! I cut this out in vinyl for ease of placement, along with the front of the level and the measuring tape. I cut the middle level pieces in acetate and the rest in card stock paper on medium cardstock in fast mode.
For full detailed instructions, I highlt suggest watching the full YouTube tutorial to see it hands on.
Keep your folds on the inside and I prefer to use my craft glue for this. The shorter piece will be the top.
Slip the handle pieces into the slits at the top of the top box piece and glue down on the inside.
Again, I used vinyl for this but you can use glue and paper. For vinyl use less stciky tranfer tape or painters tape, peel back gently.
My biggest suggestion for making a lot of detailed pieces like this is to refer back to the SVG file in Cricut Design Space to see all of the layers.
I used vinyl on this to give it a plastic look along with the acetate.
I used my Cricut Pen to draw on the lines for the measuring tape.
These each have two pieces that attach with a small amount of glue on the handle.
The circle goes around the center to give a 3D Look
The hinges on the back of the box should be pre folded and placed on as equidistant as possible. Fold over and place the lid on and make sure to hold until its fully set.
For the lock, you want to use foam tape on the top piece to give it a lip. Glue the bottom piece and latch on, but leave the top free so it can "lock".
Once everything is ready to go, this going together similarly to my Mother's Day Bouquet Basket!
You will fold in on the "legs" of the Father's Day Arch and glue them to the sides and bottom. The main thing to keep in mind when placing all of these items is - don't make them too tall or stick out the sides and make sure to secure them well so they don't fall.
I leave where you place everything up to you but this is my placement: my measuring tape and hammer were behind the sign, the level was on the Father's Day Arch, the screws were glued on top of the arch, then the wrench and screwdriver were placed together towards the front and I stacked the bolts and placed them up front as well.
I do provide extra "legs" which I only ended up using two for your pieces. The main things to keep in mind is that you want your box to close!!
I placed mine right in the front with a little glue!
And thats it! You've created a 3D Tool Box out of card stock paper! This project is excellent for new paper crafters who want to push their limits or advanced paper crafters looking for a fun new free Cricut project!
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