These diy lightbox inserts are the perfect way to jazz up an already popular gift this holiday season, and make it a truly personalized item!
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One of my favourite things about my Cricut machine is that it gives me the ability to personalize almost every gift I give. Whether it’s for birthdays, Christmas, or baby showers, you can just about guarantee, I will be personalizing some part of the gift. This year, my daughter asked for a lightbox, but I wanted one that was sparkly and reflected her personality. Of course, that’s where Cricut came in.
*Note: I planned to do this project on my Explore Air 2, but for some reason, my Macbook would not connect to it’s bluetooth. Since I don’t have a usb port to connect via the cord, I had to use my Maker. However, this project is completely and 100% doable on an Explore Air 2.
To make your own DIY lightbox inserts using your Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker, you will need:
- vinyl (I used the holographic sparkle, because it reminded me of unicorns, which my daughter loves!)
- acrylic sheet
- scissors or a trimmer (this one from Cricut cut the acrylic amazingly)
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- You can view my project here in Design Space
DIY Lightbox Inserts
Open design space, and create a box (using shapes) that equals the size of your light box. Add your text in another layer.
Select both layers, and hit slice. Delete both layers of text, so that the only thing remaining is the outside area of the text.
Add another box, which will be equal in height to the height of your lightbox divided by 3 (or however many sections you have). To ensure it is in the middle of your original box, select both layers and use the Align tool.
Delete the layers that you don’t need, and you now have your image divided into three equal sections.
While the machine is cutting the vinyl, use a trimmer to cut the acrylic into three even sized strips, equal to the size of your letter box openings. Apply the vinyl, and trim off any excess around the edges. Slide into your lightbox and voila! You are done! You’re very own DIY Lightbox Inserts.
I love that Cricut helps me elevate my gift game to give it a little extra touch. Whether you use the Explore Air 2 with vinyl or iron on, or the Maker with their expansive line of new tools, you’re sure to give the best gifts this side of the North Pole with Cricut on your team. (Also, check out the Infusible Ink line that Cricut launched – it’s a perfect partner for the new EasyPress Mini 2!)
What about you? Do you personalize your gifts? Or how does Cricut help you up your gift giving game? Leave a message below so we can chat, or as always, you can find me on instagram at @simplycraftedlife.
You can also check out more Cricut tips, tutorials, and gift giving ideas HERE!