Day 6–25 Days of Cricut (Crafting ) Holiday Fun FREE Files

Happy Monday crafters!
Hope you all had an enjoyable and productive holiday weekend. My neighborhood is looking so festive. Several neighbors have their outdoor decorations up and it looks so nice in the evening.

Today’s project is for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. This week over at FCCB our challenge was all about gifts. We needed to make a gift or gift packaging.
So here is my take on the challenge:

gift bag and card by melin

I made this gift box and matching gift card holder. The base of the box and the gift card holder are made from one sheet of cardstock! Gotta love that! The directions for making these is below. I have also put the directions on a pdf document so you can easily download and save them :-)

Be sure to head over to FCCB and join in the challenge this week! Some wonderful prizes are up for grabs.  You can also get some more great holiday inspiration from the super talented design team!  GO HERE

For my box decorations:
  • The French Horn is from the Quarter Note Cartridge.
  • The Present is From Christmas Cheer
  • The Rejoice Tag and For You Tag are digi stamps I created.
  • I embossed the French horn and present with Gold Embossing powder. Simple yet really pretty.
  • I made a simple “belly band” that slides of the gift card holder. This is just a .75” strip of paper wrapped around. Tight enough so it won’t slip, yet loose enough for the recipient to easily remove it.
So here are some directions for making this gift set. I have the original directions on my SCRAPBOOKEDEN.COM  so I am copying them over here for you today!

Bag and Gift Card Tutorial

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Box Instructions

  • Scor Pal or scoring blade or other scoring tool.

  • 12 x 12 Cardstock

  • Scissors

  • Adhesive

  • Circle Punch, Tag Punch or Other Punch as desired.

  • Corner Rounder

  • Bone Folder

  • Patterned paper and embellishments as desired.

Step #1: Cut your cardstock 9” x 12”

Set the 3” strip aside. You will use this for making the gift card holder.

Step #2: With the 12” side of your cardstock across the top, score at 4”, 5-1/2”, 9-1/2” and 11”.


Step #3: With the 9” side of your cardstock across the top, score at 2”, 3”, and 8”        

Step #4: Cut out all the striped areas as shown in the diagram.

cutting and folding diagram

Step #5: With your scissors, cut on all the red lines. (Refer to diagram) When done properly your piece should look like the photo below. Note: photo is flipped and turned from the diagram...sorry for any confusion.


Step #6: Round corners on the two main wide flaps (This is optional).


Step #7: Using your Circle Punch, or key hole or tag punch or any desired, punch the holes for your handles. Do this step BEFORE you adhere your box together. 
You can line them up and do them at the same time so your holes match up.


Step #8: Apply adhesive to one of the large bottom panels.


Step #9: Crease all score lines with your bone folder and assemble your box.

Step #10: Decorate your box as desired.

Gift Card Holder
Step #1:  Taking your 3” x 12” piece of paper, score at 4”, 6” and 8”.  Crease all your folds with a bone folder.

fold for card

Create a pocket in the center and adhere the outer edges.

glue placementCut the middle fold. This is where the gift card will slide in and hold in place.

trim for card

NOTE: Please click each link THEN check out once! Otherwise your IP address may get blocked and you may not be able to download all the files.

This is a picture of the box with "My Version of a French Horn Cutting File".

Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to come by and share in a little holiday crafting fun with us. We sincerely appreciate it.  Please be sure to let all your crafting buddies know about our fun!  We are wanting to share this with as many crafters as possible!  Thank you so much!


  1. merci beaucoup pour le partage de tous ces fichiers

  2. These are beautiful and thank you for the free files. You are awesome and very talented.

  3. What perfect timing for that box. I have been looking for some cute ones for cute gifts to neighbors and friends. I was looking for one like yours and also a candy box with a window. I think yours is adorable, so now I have one down and one more to go. TFS. I also am hoping to play with your horn. Love, Love your site. Thanks for all the give aways.

  4. So elegant...love it! Thank you for the freebies and tutorial.

  5. omg!!! amazing... thanks hun!

    -- dalis

  6. Awesome!!! Just awesome!!! Thank you so very much.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing. Not because of the season, but because that is who you are.

  8. Wow thank you for the idea. I was looking for a box.

  9. Thank you so much your box is gorgeous

  10. Love your box, Melin! Thank you so much for sharing.

    ~Saundra :)

  11. Adorable! Thank you!

  12. Fabulous projects and thanks for the freebies!!

  13. So very elegant! What a lovely set - and the bow on the gift box is gorgeous! Thanks for the instructions for the box too!

  14. Wow, these are just Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing and for the tutorial!!


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