Learn to make these Easter bunny boxes you can cut on your Cricut then fill with jelly beans or other delicious treats for a cute and fun way to bring a smile to someone this holiday season!
I just couldn’t resist making another paper box this time of year. The springtime woven basket in my last post was a lot of fun to make and got me in the mood to make another paper box. This Easter bunny box is styled after my Heart Box and my Shamrock Box, which means that the opening to the box is a door in the wall of the box instead of lifting off a lid.
I try to design all my boxes so you can cut them by hand or by using a craft machine. Of course, using a craft machine like the Cricut helps when you want to cut several of them.
Materials and Supplies for the Easter Bunny Box
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- 1 sheet (8-1/2″ x 11″ or larger) medium to heavy card stock
- 1 small sheet (3.75″ x 4.5″ or larger) for the insert – this is a good use for your scraps. This is the behind the bunny’s face. You can use papers, card stock, foils, lace, acetate, etc.
- Design files from my Resource Library
- A craft machine for cutting the files, such as the Cricut, or you can cut the pattern by hand
- Glue – For my card stock projects, I usually use Tacky glue
- Treats for filling your Easter bunny boxes
Making the Easter Bunny Box
The design files in my resource library contain both the .SVG for the Cricut users and the .SVG and .DXF for those with other craft machines. I also include a PDF for people who want to cut their Easter bunny box by hand.
Cutting by Hand
If cutting by hand, run your card stock through your printer on manual feed. This will save you the step of transferring the design to your card stock. For medium to heavy card stock, your printer may not be able to auto-feed the paper from your paper tray. This is why using the manual feed option is best. This design will fit on 8-1/2″ x 12″ paper. If your card stock is 12″ x 12″ then cut it to fit into your printer.
Cutting by Machine
Download the ZIP file and unzip it. There are files in both .SVG and .DXF formats for the Easter bunny box and a separate file for the insert.
Upload the .SVG to Cricut Design Space (or the appropriate file type for your brand of craft machine and application).
If you do not have a scoring tool, hide that layer then manually score those lines after cutting. In Cricut Design Space, to hide the layer, select the layer then click the eye on that layer.
If you have a scoring tool, select the layer that has the score lines then change them from cut lines to score lines. In the screenshot below, I show you which part of the design contains the score lines for the Easter bunny box. After changing the scoring layer from cut to score, remember to select the whole design and click “Attach” so the scores happen where they are supposed to happen.
I cut enough to make four Easter bunny boxes in these lovely pastels.
How to Assemble the Easter Bunny Box
Time to get hopping! I will walk you through how to assemble your Easter bunny box. There are several pictures with step-by-step instructions. You will start with these five pieces: The top, the bottom, the insert and two wall sections.
Step 1: Add the Insert
Add some glue to the back side of the cutout that has the bunny face then attach the insert. Set it aside.
Step 2: Folding the Score Lines
There are score lines for all the tabs of the wall sections and some score lines at places along the wall sections. You can use the pictures below to let you see where you have to fold against the score lines instead of into the score lines.
The score lines that are at the end that does not have any edge tabs (the left side of the left piece as shown in the picture below) should not get creased. Give them a slight fold. They are just there to give a gentle curve when closing the “door” of the wall of the box.
Step 3: Glue the Walls to the Bottom of the Box
Start with the wall section that has the two slots. Add a dab of glue to the first three tabs at the end opposite where those slots are.
Lay these glued tabs against the bunny ear. Line up the crease of the end-tab to the point between the two bunny ears and curve the paper around to follow the shape of the bunny ear. Hold long enough to let the glue begin to take hold. This takes up to a minute. Because I am making four of these, I set this aside and did the same thing to the other three bunny boxes – assembly-line style.
When the glue has set long enough that it won’t shift around when you’re working on the next section, add a dab of glue to the next three tabs that go over the point of the bunny ear.
Again, line these tabs up against the edge of the bunny box base and hold. Add glue to a few more tabs and line up the next score line to the point where the ear meets the Easter bunny face section. Hold while the glue sets.
Add glue to the last set of tabs on this side of the Easter bunny box and affix to the base.
Using the other wall section, start at the bunny ears again. Add a dab of glue to the first three tabs plus the wall tab on the other wall section that will attach the two wall sections together. Hold these in place for a minute.
Again, if you are making these assembly-line style, you will not have any “down-time” while waiting for glue to set. By the time you get to the last Easter bunny box in the group of boxes you are making, the glue on the first box will be set up enough to continue working.
Work around the rest of the bunny shape until you have all the tabs glued to the bottom section of the Easter bunny box.
Step 4: Attach the Top of the Box
Attaching the top of the Easter bunny box is faster than the previous steps. Tip all the tabs up so they are pointing a bit upward instead of pushed inside the box. At this point, you can add glue to all the tabs at once.
Lay the top portion of the box against the wall tabs and align the wall sections to the edges of the bunny box top/face section.
Hold in place until the glue takes hold.
Step 5: Fill the Easter Bunny Box with Treats
The only thing left to do is fill your Easter bunny boxes with treats then wait for the smiles.
If the “door” to your Easter bunny box wants to slip open, you can use a sticker or some washi tape to help seal it. For the boxes I need to transport, I seal the doors closed with washi tape so they don’t accidentally open up.
Select From All My DIY Boxes
I enjoy making little handmade boxes for gifts and treats. You can try some from this list of all the DIY boxes I have made:
- Square Paper Boxes
- Paper Treasure Chests
- Cupcake Boxes
- Heart Boxes (one of my most popular!)
- Shamrock Boxes
- Woven Paper Baskets
- Easter Bunny Boxes
I hope you have fun making more of these adorable gift boxes!