Mermaid Box Cards

LEARN HOW TO MAKE FUN MERMAID IN A BOTTLE BOX CARDS USING YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

This month for our Design Squad group, we needed to create a free cut file with a mermaid theme. Coming up with a mermaid card seemed odd to me at first. However, I started seeing these message in a bottle type cards as I was searching for nautical decor for our cabin. Intrigued, I set out to create on of my own and this Mermaid in a Bottle Box Card was born!

It is a bit different from my other box cards in that you don’t use glue to adhere the sides to front and back pieces. Everything fits together with slits and tabs. It can be a little tricky to fit everything into place but don’t give up. Take your time and believe me. Once you do, the result is incredible!

This card folds flat for easy mailing and makes for beautiful decor. In fact, I made a few designs and are displaying them in our cabin right now!

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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MERMAID BOX CARDS – MATERIALS LIST

Mermaid in a Bottle Box Cards

Mermaid in a Bottle Box Cards

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

Create fun 3D cards with a mermaid scene using this easy tutorial.

Materials

  • My FREE Mermaid in a Bottle Box Card SVG Cut File
  • Heavy weight cardstock for the bottle (100 lb or higher)
  • Cardstock for the scene overlays. I am using white medium weight cardstock.
  • Glue

Tools

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

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Mermaid in a Bottle Box Card (#87) 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.

You will see I have set all the score lines for you.

Click the GREEN Make It button.

click the green make it button

STEP 3 - MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS AND PREPARE YOUR MATS

You will see the six layers for this card in the mat preview. You can cut that number down to five if you move the envelope pieces to one mat. Click the CONTINUE button.

click continue

For this tutorial, I am using a combination of Heavy Cardstock for the bottle pieces and Medium Cardstock for the scene overlays and envelope. Select your materials accordingly.

for this project I am using a combo of medium and heavy cardstock

I suggest you change your pressure setting to MORE.

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

STEP 4 - 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.

load your mat by pressing 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.

begin the cut by pressing the flashing "C"

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 4 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 5 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

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

time to assemble

Start by adding the scene overlays to the blue bottle pieces.

begin by adding the white overlays to the bottle pieces

Add glue to one side of the message panel.

add glue to one side of the messaging panel

Place the message panel on the solid blue bottle piece making sure to center it.

place on top of the solid bottle piece

Next, add the brown embellishments to the side pieces as well as the corks on the corresponding bottle pieces.

add the brown embellishments to the side pieces and corks

Now, place the back bottle piece onto your table so the blue side is facing you.

take the back bottle piece and flip it so the blue side is facing you

Add the mermaid layer on top of the back piece making sure to line up the slits.

place the mermaid layer on top of the solid blue piece

Add dots of glue around the mermaid where you want the fish to swim.

add dots of glue around the mermaid where you want the fish to be

Place the fish on the glue. The Cricut Tweezers can help tremendously with this!

place the fish on top of the glue

Next, take a look at side pieces. Make sure the tabs can move freely from the slots.

make sure the tabs on the side pieces can move freely

Starting from the back, begin to add the bottle pieces to the side pieces.

starting from the back, carefully slide the bottle piece into the slits on the side pieces

Carefully lower the bottle piece into the slits on the side piece. You may need to use your fingers to move the bottle piece into place.

make sure the piece slides all the way down. You may need to move the side piece a bit for it all to fit properly

Once the bottle piece sits all the way into the slit, make sure the tabs on both pieces are through the holes.

make sure the tabs on the side and bottle pieces have fit into place.

Continue this process until all bottle pieces are placed into the side piece.

continue this process until all bottle pieces have fit into the side piece

Repeat this process for the other side.

repeat the process for the other side piece

Once complete, the top of your card (looking down) should look like this.

your bottle should look like this

Take a look at the side pieces to make sure everything is sitting right.

check to make sure the tabs are all fitting as they should

Use your fingers to help nudge things in place if need be.

use your fingers to press or expand an area to ensure a proper fit

The card itself is done. Now, give the card a fold to check alignment.

your box card is done

STEP 6 - ASSEMBLE THE ENVELOPE

Begin by folding the side flaps along the score line.

fold the flaps along the score line

Burnish the folds with your scraper.

burnish the folds with your scraper

Fold the main envelope piece along the score lines and burnish.

fold the main piece along the score linesburnish the fold with your scraper

Place glue on the underside of the top flap.

add glue to the underside of the top flap

Add the colored inlay panel to the top flap.

place the inside panel over the glue

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

add glue to the tabs of the side flaps

Place on either side of the envelope making sure the edges line up and they point inward.

lining up the edge, place on either side of the envelope

When folded out, the envelope should look like this.

your envelope will look like this

Add glue to the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue to the bottom edge of the side flaps

Bring the bottom flap up forming the envelope.

bring the bottom flap up and press to form the envelope

You are ready to mail your card!

you are ready to add your message and send this fun card in the mail

I just love the little scene of this card. I hope you do too!

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 your cards turn out!

MORE FREE MERMAID CUT FILES

Want more Mermaid cut files and designs? See the links below to see fun cut files from some of my favorite designers and bloggers!

Tattoo Style Salty Mermaid – Persia Lou

Print and Cut Mermaids – Amy Robison

Seashell Mini Pinata – Studio Xtine

Mermaid Mode – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

Mermaid Zipper Pouch – Oh Yay Studio

Mermaid Scales Banner – Gina C. Creates

Forever Mermaid Tail – Pen + Posh

Make a Big Splash – Kayla Makes

Salty and Sweet Mermaid – Poofy Cheeks Blog

Mermaid Craft Container – Me and My Inklings

Mermaid Scales Heart – Liz on Call

Mermaid Box Cards – The Bearded Housewife

Vintage Sunset Salty Mermaid – The Walnut Street House

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes – Sunshine and Munchkins

Sparkle Shine Make a Splash – Lettered by Stephanie

Mermaid Vibes Only – Tam’s Sweet Life (link no longer available)

Vitamin Sea Mermaid – Spot of Tea Designs

Mermaid Essentials – Simply Made Fun

Free as the Ocean – Tried & True Creative

Summer Mermaid – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Love this! My daughter is a mermaid fan, so will probably make this for her birthday next year! I love these shadowbox cards – the mother’s day one was a big hit with my mom!

  2. This mermaid in a bottle card is adorable! I love the whole scene, so much cuter than a ship in a bottle. lol Love all your mermaid projects, they are all so cute for that little girl on one’s life. Hugs, Brenda

  3. Thank you so much for this super cute card! It was quick and easy to make, and now I have to figure out who the lucky recipient will be! I love all your designs, and I really appreciate that they are free for all of us “thrifty” crafters!

  4. I love it and I made it!! My envelope is all wonkie…there weren’t any score lines but for my first time I am impressed with myself!! Thank you

  5. I recently stumbled upon ‘Mermaid Box Cards – The Bearded Housewife’ and I must say, I am blown away by the creativity and attention to detail put into each unique card. The intricate and vibrant designs depict stunning underwater scenes featuring beautifully illustrated mermaids, seahorses, and other aquatic creatures. They’re perfect for special occasions or just as a little pick-me-up for a loved one. I highly recommend checking out The Bearded Housewife’s work for yourself!

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