Easter is coming and as well as celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, it is also a time for giving Easter eggs. Even though our children are all grown up now, we still give them Easter eggs and I always like to make a little something extra for each one of them. After all, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without Cadbury’s creme eggs now, would it ? 🙂
This year, I saw the Bunny Treats Print and Cut Files from Paper Garden Projects and knew they would be the perfect size for the creme eggs:
Aren’t they cute? Just perfect for little Easter gifts and so easy to use – you don’t even have to have a digital cutter as these can easily be printed and cut by hand. The cutting files come in SVG, DXF, PNG, PDF and AI file formats so all you really need to do is print and cut, so easy! I used to think that cutting files would be no use to me (before I had my Silhouette Cameo) but how wrong I was. There are so many “cutting” files out there today, that provided you don’t pick too complex a design (cutting out something like a picket fence can take several hours, as I know from experience 😉 ), you really just need a printer and a sharp pair of scissors.
So, apart from the cutting files (plus computer and printer), these are the materials you will need:
- Card stock to print the bunny treat boxes out on;
- Sharp scissors;
- Ruler or bone folder;
- Glue or double sided tape to adhere the box together; and
- Any other embellishments you want for the treat boxes (fake grass, green card stock to cut into grass, etc.).
So, the first thing you need to do is open up the files in your cutting machine. There are three different boxes in the set and each one comes with the outline of the box plus the picture of the bunny.
As you can see below, I have selected all of the cutting file for the bunny treat box and changed the colour to red.
Then I ungrouped the cutting file by right clicking my mouse and selecting “Ungroup”.
This actually splits (or ungroups) the cutting file from one complete box into all its constituent parts – the outline plus umpteen little dashes for the score lines.
I right clicked on the outline and changed the colour to blue. Having the score lines and the outline in different colours meant I could change the settings of each so that the score lines were not cut all the way through whereas the outline was. This is how it looked after I changed the colours:
Then I dragged the picture of the rabbit onto the cutting lines so that they fit one on top of the other. The picture was open in a separate file so I copied and pasted that on top of the cutting outlines and then moved them to fit.
Once the picture and the cutting lines matched up, I switched the registration marks on:
Finally, before printing I had to set the line style. By setting the line thickness to 0, this prevented the outline of the cutting lines and score lines from printing. Otherwise, if you leave the line thickness at 1, then the outlines will print as well as the rabbit. Just don’t ask me how I know that 😉 !!!
Here is the box straight out of my Cameo after printing and cutting:
Before cutting, I used the advanced feature on the cut menu (see my blog post on the card file cutting files for full details. You can find that HERE.) to set the blue outline as card stock with a blade setting of 3 and thickness of 33 but the red score lines as copy paper with a blade setting of 3 and thickness of 4. This gave the solid cut line for the outside of the box but did not cut the scoreline all the way through as you can just see in the photo below:
Then all I had to do was adhere the box together as shown below:
Hopefully you can follow how the box fits together.
I know that not everyone has a digital cutting machine, but never fear! These are such easy boxes to print and cut by hand you really do not actually need a machine. In fact, whilst I made a load of these treat boxes, probably half of them were just printed and cut our manually. Then all you have to do is make the score lines using a ruler and/or a bone folder:
Just use the ruler to gently bend the card stock along where the scoreline should be (or run the bone folder down the side of the ruler), then remove the ruler and press the score line or creased line down firmly.
Here is the finished bunny treat box:
I added fake grass and used green card stock and my fringe scissors to make a grass border around the edge of the box. However, if you don’t have any fringe scissors, you can use ordinary scissors, it just takes a little longer to cut the grass ;).
The finishing touch was, naturally, the creme egg!
So now I have a whole nest of bunny treat boxes, all filled with creme eggs so hopefully I will get to see my children before I eat all the eggs myself!
Why not give these a go yourself? Don’t let yourself be put off if you don’t have a digital cutting machine as the boxes are really easy to cut out by hand. There are still a few days before Easter so you have plenty of time to make several of these cute boxes and then you can post photos in the gallery to show how they turned out 😉 !
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Mad Hatters tea party - March 27th, 2016