Create this festive Christmas Card Keepsake Box using a Cricut Machine and a nested box from Hobby Lobby. This box is perfect to hold past holiday cards until you log them in your tracker; or to hold current received Christmas cards; or even still to hold cards that have special meaning to you.
If you caught my post where I shared a Christmas Card Tracker Printable I talked about saving your holiday cards for at least a little while. I also shared a handful or so reasons why you should keep them and I suggested you create a keepsake box.
That is exactly what this post is going to be about! I happen to love buffalo check in both the red and black, as well as, the white and black check. So naturally when I found this black and white buffalo check magnetic closure nested box at Hobby Lobby I knew it would be perfect for my project.
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Each year I love to save the Christmas cards we received and I love even more looking back on them. But keeping them organized has been a challenge. That is until I decided to create a keepsake box for them!
This easy craft project is super simple and involves just a box, vinyl and a decorative charm pull. For this craft project I decided to go with a poinsettia theme since it really was inspired by the poinsettia charm I found.
So let’s get started with this fun and festive craft project that will help you get organized for the upcoming holiday!
DIY Christmas Card Keepsake Box Tutorial
In this tutorial I will share the supplies and instructions for making the box I created to organize my cards. But you could easily use these same instructions for any box, design or holiday you want!
Supplies You’ll Need
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (or Cricut machine of your choice)
- Magnetic Flap Box in a print of your choice (I used a nested box from Hobby Lobby that was under $5; it measures 8.9 inches x 8.9 inches x 5.5 inches)
- Cricut Vinyl in a color of your choice (shown above is Cricut Permanent Vinyl Tomato Red and Cricut Removable Vinyl Cardinal Red)
- Vinyl Squeege Tool
- Charm or button for the box flap (I used a poinsettia charm from Hobby Lobby)
For my craft project I had to choose between two different shades of red vinyl. I felt the cardinal red color matched the poinsettia charm better so I went with that vinyl color for my project.
Create your images and/or quotes in Cricut Design Space and cut them out on removable red vinyl.
Cricut Design Space font used was BFC Farmhouse Christmas.
Give your keepsake box a truly custom design by using images and/or words that have special meaning to you. I chose a poinsettia because my mother loved Christmas time and that was also one of her favorite flowers.
Weed your design. Just go slowly and if needed cut away pieces that you’ve already weeded out. That way, it’s easier to make sure you don’t accidentally weed away part of the actual design.
As you weed words/quotes that have a lowercase “I” in them make sure the dot on the “I” is left behind. I’ve done craft projects where I missed this and had to go back and cut the word/quote out again so I could get that dot!
Apply transfer tape to your design then burnish the vinyl design to the transfer tape using a scraper tool.
This was a big Cricut project so if needed, separate any images from the letters/quotes, like I did. When my vinyl design was cut the poinsettia image was not centered with the words because I was trying to get the best use out of the vinyl space.
Apply the design to the top of the box. Again, if needed separate all quotes/letters from the image to get it centered exactly how you want it.
Another fun tip for this project is to cut the center dots of the poinsettia image in gold vinyl. That would give a little sparkle to the center of the design and another color can easily be added right over the top of the red vinyl!
Add a festive button or charm pull to the box flap. While the box I chose has a magnetic flap I wanted to add just a little extra holiday charm to it. I found the Christmas poinsettia charms at Hobby Lobby but note that they are only available during holiday time.
Now you are ready to get organized for the holiday by getting all your Christmas Cards in one place. Use this easy tutorial to create a keepsake box to hold past cards or to hold current received Christmas Cards.
If you are inspired to create your own DIY Christmas Card Keepsake Box don’t forget to share by tagging me on Instagram and using #btdinspired, I’d love to see your work (and I just might repost your photo)!
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