This fun and easy project can be altered in many ways to suit your specific needs. You can make several in decreasing sizes and stack them then tie them together in a stack for gift giving. Use plain chipboard and cover it with a pretty patterned paper for a different look. Add a spring ring attachment inside to create a photo album or recipe book. No matter what materials you use, the construction is the same and simple enough for beginners.
Currently the project is only available as a FREE Cricut Design Space file for members of my VIP Facebook group but I will be making it available as an SVG file for sale very soon. Click HERE for more information on how you can join my private VIP group.
Materials . . .
- Cricut Damask Chipboard (1 pack or 2 packs if you want matching covers. You will also use the solid piece of chipboard in the pack.
- Cricut White Kraft Board
- Cricut Brown Kraft Board
- White Acrylic paint – Optional if you want to simply white wash the spines and leave them – be sure to spray with sealer!
- Vintage Photo Distressing Ink
- Glue and Score tape (double sided tape)
- Cricut Faux Suede – 2 sheets *
- * OR Patterned Paper in place of the faux suede
- Prima Marketing Hardware Metal Knobs
NOTICE: If you choose to use the Cricut Faux Suede you will need the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade for cutting. For the Cricut Chipboard you will need the Cricut Maker Knife Blade. On other Cricut machines I suggest a patterned paper and the Graffix Medium Weight Chipboard with the deep cut blade.
Here is a visual guide for all parts of the project as well as materials used on each . . .
- Outside covers – Cricut Damask chipboard or chipboard covered with paper
- Outside covers with no closure holes
- Sides for inner box – white kraft board
- Supports for inner sides – brown chipboard
- Spine – brown kraft board
- Inner bottom – brown kraft board
- Outside spine covers – paper or cardstock
- Inner lid section – brown chipboard
- Inner box covers and closure – faux suede
- Inner lid and spine covers – faux suede
So now you are free to decorate the spine as you wish, as well as the rest of the box – based upon what you want to use it for. I’ve included spine covering sections for use with or without a book title. As you can see below I’ve added the title of my favorite book as I’m going to use it to store my EReaders when not in use. I might also make a couple more in smaller sizes to sit on top of this one, like a stack of books. Or perhaps I will build a mini house to sit on top.
TO MAKE THE SMALLER BOOK BOX ….
Click on the select all in Cricut Design Space then change the width to 31.50, letting the height set itself. This will change the outside covers to a 5″ by 7″ size as well as size the other pieces accordingly. The box is constructed in the same manner as the full size box.
NOTE: You can change the box to any size you like as long as you first use “select all” and then change the size by using the width measurement.
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy the project! Please feel free to leave comments or questions below.
Happy Crafting, Teri
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