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How to make a macaron box with laser foil.
Did you know that you could make your own macaron boxes with your Cricut Maker? In my shop, I have a bunch of different box sizes that are perfect for sharing your macarons. The best part is that each folds into a compact one-piece box.
To take these to the next level, I’m decorating the macaron box with laser foil to add a really cool metallic detail.
What you need to decorate a macaron box with foil:
To get a color background for this design, I first printed one layer with an inkjet printer. This will not react with the foil.
A laser printer is key here- this printer uses toner instead of ink. That’s what the foil sticks to.
Toner reactive foil
This foil is heat reactive and will stick to the toner from the laser printer when it is run through the MINC machine.
A MINC is like a laminator, but it heats up to a higher temperature, essential for this craft. The heat will make the toner sticky and will bond with the foil. The foil will only stick to the areas where there is black toner, leaving behind the shiny foil.
SVG Box Template
When using toner foil, it is important that you have a really smooth card stock.
Double Sided Tape
1/8″ double sided tape is used to adhere the flaps of the box together.
I designed these boxes to work with my Cricut Maker. The cut and score lines are all built into the SVG file. You can also cut the box out by hand (like I do in the Instagram video below)
How To Make The Box:
First, you will need to make your design. I created my design in Photoshop using my Box Template for 4 Macarons- Solid (SVG) as a guide. I made the color parts of the design on one layer and the foil parts on another layer so that I could print each separately.
Print the color portions with your inkjet printer.
Next, print the laser portion of the design on the piece of card stock with the inkjet design (be sure to feed it into your printer the correct way!).
Now that both parts of the design have been printed, you can pick out your laser foil. There are so many colors to pick from, have fun and get creative!
Cut the foil to size and cover all of the toner (black) areas of the design. Place it inside a clear sleeve and run it through the MINC machine.
Now for the best part! Peel back the foil to reveal the metallic design!
Assemble the Macaron Box
Each Macaron box SVG comes with a PDF instructional guide to help you make your box-from uploading the file in Cricut Design Space, to the exact spot to apply the double-sided tape. It can be tricky to line up the printed design to cut with your Cricut, but I have successfully used the SnapMat feature. You can also cut the box out by hand (like I did in the video above).
After you have the box cut and scored, follow the instructions to assemble the box. For an extra touch, I like to add a piece of parchment paper to the bottom of the box. Fill with your macarons and enjoy your foil-decorated box!