How to Make Christmas Box Cards

LEARN TO MAKE PRETTY CHURCH BOX CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS USING YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

I admit, we do not go to church like we should. It is very rare that we go. Whether it be a baptism, wedding, or funeral, I always leave the service telling my husband that we need to start going regularly.

I remember Christmas Eve midnight mass. The church was so beautifully decorated and it seemed like the unity of the church-goers was almost palpable.

I created this box card in honor of those memories. It not only is super easy to assemble, it is beautiful on your table. Add a sentiment to the back, fold it flat, and mail it in the included envelope.

In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.

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CHRISTMAS CHURCH BOX CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Christmas Church Box Card

Christmas Church Box Card

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This tutorial will show you how to make a pretty church box card for Christmas.

Materials

  • My FREE Christmas Church Box Card SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock
  • Glue or adhesive

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker!
  • Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat (blue) or StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Tweezers (optional but so helpful!)

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Christmas Church Box Card (#100) from The File Vault. Get access by joining the club.

STEP 2 - UPLOAD THE SVG FILE TO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

If you aren't familiar with uploading SVG files into Design Space, take a look at my quick and easy tutorial here. Using your smartphone? Click here for my step-by-step guide on uploading SVG files with the Cricut App.

STEP 3 - UNGROUP CARD LAYERS

The file will upload into Cricut Design Space grouped together. You will want to hit the UNGROUP button to separate the layers.

ungroup the design

STEP 4 - CONVERT FOLD LINES TO SCORE LINES

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the envelope. Click the fold line.

find the fold line of the envelope

Change the fold lines to score lines by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to SCORE.

change the line to a score line under the operation menu

Attach the score line and the envelope by highlighting the GROUP and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group and select attach in the layers panel

Repeat this step for all layers with score lines.

Click the GREEN Make It Button.

click the green make it button

STEP 5 - MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS AND PREPARE YOUR MATS

You will see the six mats for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

you will see the six mats for this card

For this tutorial, I am using Medium Cardstock. Select your materials accordingly.

Attach your cardstock to the Cricut StandardGrip Mat using the Cricut Brayer.

STEP 6 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING YOUR MATERIALS

To load the mat into the machine, press the double arrows button. Do make sure that the mat is positioned under the mat guides.

to load the mat click the flashing arrows

You will know the machine is ready to cut your material when you see the flashing "C" button. Press that to start the cut.

to begin the cut, press the flashing "C" button

Follow Design Space prompts to change out the scoring wheel and fine point cutting blade.

Once the cut is complete, make sure to peel the mat away from the cardstock
rather than the cardstock from the mat. This will prevent any curling of your design.

Repeat Step 6 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 7 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

Now that everything is cut, we can start to assemble the card.

time to assemble your card

Begin by folding the church base along the score lines.

fold the church base along the score lines

Burnish the fold with your scraper.

burnish the folds with your scraper

Apply glue to the tab on the church base and adhere it to the apposing wall, forming the box.

add glue to this taband adhere to the other side forming the box

Add glue around the cutouts for the windows.

add glue around the cutouts for the windows

Apply the window trim over the cutouts.

place the window trim over the opening

Repeat for all windows.

continue with the other windowx

Add glue to the inside of one of the wreath pieces.

add glue to the inside of the wreath

Layer the second wreath piece on top.

add the other wreath layer to the glue and adhere

To form the bow, start by holding it with one hand.

Wrap the tail around the back, up, and around to the front again.

fold the tab around the backand bring over to the front again

Place a dab of glue on the underside of the tail and adhere into place.

add glue to the tabadhere in place

add glue to the tab

Adhere the ribbon tails to the bow by placing glue on the backside and pressing the tails into place.

add glueadhere the ribbon tails to the bow

Add the bow to the wreath.

add glue to the back of the bow and glue into place

Now, glue the wreath to the largest church window.

add glue to them back of the wreath and adhere to the church

Find the two accent pieces for the steeples. Fold them along the score lines.

Add glue to the tab (not the curved side) and place on the steeple.

now apply the pop ups to the steeplesfold along the score lines and add glue to the tabplace onto the steeple

Repeat for the second steeple.

repeat for the second steeple

Fold the connecting tabs along the score lines.

fold the connecting tabs along the score lines

Add glue to one of the tabs and adhere behind one of the steeples. Make sure to line up the edge of the tab with the edge of the window cutout on the steeple.

add glue to one side of the tabplace on the backside of one steeple

Repeat for the second connecting tab.

add the second connecting tab to the other side of the steeple

Now, add glue to the tabs on the other side.

add glue to the other side tabs

Place the second steeple onto the tabs making sure to line everything up as you did before.

place the second steeple onto the glue and press into place

Fold the tabs of the steeple facing away from each other.

fold the tabs on the steeple away from each other

Add glue to the tabs and adhere to the inside of the church base. Make sure to line up the top edge of the tabs with the top edge of the base.

add glue to the sides facing youplace inside the church base

Fold the card to make sure everything lays flat.

give the card a fold to make sure everything is laying as it should

STEP 8 - FORM THE ENVELOPE

To make the envelope, begin by folding along the score lines and press the folds with your scraper.

fold the envelope along the score linesburnish the folds with your scraper

Add glue to the outer edge of the inlay as well as around the cutout.

add glue to the outer edge of the inlayand around the cutout

Apply the inlay to the envelope.

adhere the inlay in place

Add glue along the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue along the side flaps

Bring the bottom flap up and press into place forming the envelope.

bring the bottom flap up to form the envelope

Your card is ready!

I know this card will put a smile on anyone’s face – religious or not!

Post a photo in the comment section or tag your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how yours turn out!!

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  1. Beautiful!!! I am going to make this for my mom. My dad built a church for our front lawn when I was growing up. It had lights in it and it played Christmas music for all to hear. People in our home town still talk about it. Sadly my dad has passed but this card will put a huge smile on my moms face. Thanks again for a beautiful creation Nick.

  2. My mom is facing the reality of leaving her home and church community of 38 years. This will be my gift to her this Christmas. Looking forward to making it and sending it to her.

  3. Oh my goodness, this box card is gorgeous! And I thought I was in love with day 2, then comes day 3 and I’m even more in love with this project! Thanks for the file Nick, I can’t wait to make this one too and send it out this Christmas. Hugs, Brenda

  4. Thank you for the beautiful card! When I upload the file into DesignSpace it re-sizes it and says it is too big to cut. Because we don’t know the dimensions of each piece, I can’t re-size the file so the components work. Is there a way to upload the file as is and NOT have DesignSpace re-size it?

  5. I am having the same issue as Anna, it’s because of the size of the envelope. I am using an Explore air2. The max dimensions are 11.5″ x 23.5″ or less on my machine.

      1. Thank you so much! I pray you find a church and a church family! It’s the best thing next to sliced bread. Merry Christmas!

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