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For a special holiday treat, this year I’m screen printing my macaron boxes.
If you have a Cricut Maker, you can create customizable boxes to share your macarons. I have a few different size box templates in my shop. For this project, I’m using a solid box for 4 macarons.
What you need:
Macaron Box Supplies
SVG Box Template
I have downloadable SVG files in my shop. The files are designed specifically for Cricut Design Space and have cut and score lines
I like this card stock-it comes in 12 x 18″ (perfect for over sized projects!) and has a super smooth texture. It is the closest, most affordable option I’ve found to cake box board.
Double Sided Tape
1/8″ double sided tape is used to adhere the flaps of the box together.
Screen Printing Supplies
The design gets cut out of Oracal 651 Vinyl and attached to the back of the screen.
This is the best transfer tape! It is awesome for all kinds of projects. The vinyl transfers so easily!
For this project, I used red Speedball Acrylic Ink.
Screen Printing Frame with a Hinged Base
This hinged screen printing frame is great for projects like this. After aligning up the first design, it’s really easy to print multiples.
For projects on paper, you’ll need a graphic squeegee.
How To Make The Macaron Boxes:
Each macaron box SVG file comes with an instructional guide. It walks you through all the steps, from uploading the file in Cricut Design Space, to the exact spot to apply the double sided tape. My design is really convenient because all of the scoring and cutting is done by the Cricut Maker.
The first step is to upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space. Follow the simple instructions to ensure that the score lines are assigned correctly and insert your logo or text, if desired.
When you go to remove your box from the Cricut Mat, be sure to curl the mat-not the card stock. This will ensure that the card stock doesn’t warp.
Screen Printing the Macaron Boxes:
After you cut out the boxes, its time to make the design.
I created a red and white sweater pattern to wrap around the sides of the box. For this effect, you just need to design four panels.
Be sure to orient the pattern correctly, so everything matches once the box is together. I align the designs inside a rectangle with the same overall dimensions as the box. Cut out the design with your Cricut. Weed out the design then transfer the vinyl onto the back of the screen with transfer tape.
Place the first box onto the board and align the edges of the box to the edges of the vinyl. Mark the edges on the board, then tape off all exposed areas of the screen with blue painters tape (to prevent any ink bleeding).
Add a little acrylic paint to the screen, swipe once to flood the screen with ink, and once pressing firmly to print the design.
Carefully remove the box and allow to dry. Continue until all of the boxes have been printed.
Once the ink is dry, crease all of the score lines and use double sided tape to adhere the tabs together. Your boxes are now ready to share!
To learn more about screen printing, check out Pigskins & Pigtails, there are lots of tutorials and great craft ideas!