Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How to Make a Dispenser Box

Hello everyone.  Today's post is in response to the "How did you do that" questions regarding the Dispenser Box from yesterday's BBTB2 post. 

 First, a quick note- a few of you noticed that I had posted the Craft Room cut file for the Dispenser Box yesterday evening. However, around 11:30 pm EST, I updated the design, so if you downloaded the file prior to that time, you may want to delete and download the latest version!! 

I originally used George and Basic Shapes to create my dispenser box.  Having received a number of requests for the cut file, I decided to redesign the cut file using a cartridge that more people might have access to.  The newly designed dispenser box was created using Cricut Font and Basic Shapes - which many of us received for free with the purchase of a Cricut machine.  Note - the digital cartridge is on sale today at Cricut.com!!!

Using the geometric shapes and the welding feature in Cricut Craft Room, I created the three pieces needed to complete the box.  Note: There is one oval on the front of the box that is purposely NOT welded.  It creates the negative arch area for the bottom front.   This updated design is a bit wider than the original box so that it may more easily "dispense".

You will need to complete a number of scores on each of the three pieces.  On the back/lid cut, above, you will need to score the folds for the flaps - begin by scoring across where the top flap meets the back (#1).  Then score the where the three flaps meet the back (2, 3, 4).  Finally, measure 3 inch from your first score and score the fold flap for the front of the lid (5).

For the front cut, above, your will need to score in the areas marked in the photo.  Score the two fold lines on the front section first.  Next you will score the fold on the flaps.

The score lines on the back/top cut are a bit more complicated.  You will begin by scoring 1/4 inch from the bottom edge of the rectangle.  Next, measure up three inches and score parallel to the first line.  Score the between the scalloped areas down to the side edges.  And last, score a line in off of the extended edges - this score line should start at the edge of the extension pieces and come into the middle area where it will meet the score line going across.  See the next two images below for an up close view of where these score lines meet.

You will need to make a few small cuts to the design.  First, cut the area where the extension piece meets the front of the dispenser.  Cut just to the score line.

If it would be easier for you, you can cut out time triangles.

Next you will need to make two cuts on the front of the box.  Measuring from  the bottom edge of the front arch - cut a 1/2 inch slit on each side.  My left side needed to be a tiny bit longer, so do not be surprised if you have to make adjustments.

Now that you have scored and snipped, you are ready to assemble.  Begin by applying adhesive to the extension pieces on the dispenser cut.

 You will slide the dispenser piece into the opening on the bottom of the front area.  Aline the bottom edge and slid the scalloped edges up so that they slip into the trimmed slits.  Affix the extension pieces up to the sides of the box.    The view below is from the inside of the box.

 This is the front view of fitting the dispenser piece to the front piece.

Next you will need to put a strip of adhesive across the INSIDE edge of the back/lid piece - apply the adhesive on the area that you scored the 1/4 inch line.

Next, apply adhesive the bottom flaps of the front/side pieces - this adhesive goes on the OUTSIDE.

Finally, apply adhesive to the flap areas on the back/lid cut.  Apply the adhesive to the outside of the cut.

Fold under the bottom flap on your back/lid and line up the scored edge with the score line on the 1/4 inch lip at the bottom of the box.  Ease the sides of the back into the inside of the box and gently rub to seal.  Flip up the 1/4 inch flap and rub to seal.

Your box should resemble the box below.

And while this is a cute little box, it does need a bit of embellishment.  Also included in the updated cut file is a page with the canister cuts I used.  The canister is on the From My Kitchen cartridge.  If you do not own from my kitchen, you can cut a tag and stamp the tag.  Also, if you do not own FMK, go ahead and delete this page from your cut file so that Craft Room does not continue to ask you for the cartridge.

For my canister I used this cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.  This set is called ENJOY and retails for $13.95.  Best of all, this stamp set coordinates with your Art Philosophy cartridge!!!!  See the little number printed beside some of the stamps?  That is size you should make the Cricut cut for the stamp to perfectly fit your cut!!!  Easy-peasy!!  I love how wonderfully easy the stamps are to use with Art Philosophy!!

I used the ENJOY stamp on the front of the canister - close up above.

Here it is, my little hot pink dispenser box all ready for the Splenda packages!!

Before I close, I would like to add one more shameless self-promotion:  You can purchase the Enjoy stamp set, the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, or any of the NUMEROUS stamp sets that coordinate with Art Philosophy at my on-line Close to My Heart store!!! 

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Great project...thanks for the tut!

  2. FABULOUS Dispenser box tutorial! I would love the cut file with George Basic Shapes.I have used the Cricut Craft room yet.This project maybe worth trying the craftroom. Thank you for inspiring.


  3. This box is so cute. It brings back memories of a metal box that shape we had in our kitchen. You could put a large box of matches in it opened so you could easily get one. A necessity when you had to light the oven with a match (no pilot). It could have lots of uses now.

  4. As my niece in England would say I am absolutely gobsmacked. What an amazing project and great tutorial. You are amazing!


    I don't have that cartridge, but do have the George & Basic Shapes so I think that with this post, I can figure it out on my Gypsy. Thanks for going to all the trouble.

  6. Thanks Susan for the fab tutorial.
    I'm going to give this a go as a sweet dispenser.
    Jayne x

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