Cardboard gift box
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a classy and individual gift box out of a simple sheet of corrugated board.
- cardboard, min. 45 x 60 cm, 3 mm thick
- double-sided adhesive tape, extra strong
- covering material
- Speedy 500, 200 watt
- 2.5" lens
- small cone or cone with special cap (depending on availability)
- aluminum cutting grid table
For this sample you can use any of the machines from the SP laser cutter Series, or you may use either the Speedy 360 or Speedy 400 laser engraving machines.
Use the smallest possible cone. This prevents the material from being stained with burn marks.
Step by step
Step 1: Import print and laser template
Download our graphic and adapt it according to your requirements. Send the graphic to the laser using the settings below.
|Process mode||Resolution||Cut line|
|Cut job||1000 dpi||none|
|Color||Optimized geometries, inner geometries first|
Step 2: Laser process cardboard
Position the cardboard inside your laser face down. Cover the rest of the working area so that you get a sufficient vacuum to hold the material in place. Then enter your material settings. Our recommended parameters can vary depending on laser type and available laser power.
|Color||Process||Power (%)||Speed (%)||ppi/Hz|
|cutting slowly: red||Cut CO2||30||1.5||5000|
|scratching: blue||Cut CO2||10||3||5000|
|cutting fast: green||Cut CO2||50||3||5000|
Use the external compressed air (= Gas 1) with 4 bar pressure to blow the smoke through the cutting slots. This ensures clean-cut edges.
Step 3: Cleaning and assembly
Create a "gutter" along the scratched cutting lines to achieve a nice fold. You can either use a ballpoint-pen or a folding stick. Apply double-sided adhesive tape on the six flaps. Crease all folding lines to remove the tension from the cardboard. Then glue the box together to complete the project.
You Will Need
- Cardboard, min. 45 x 60cm, 3mm thick
- Double-sided adhesive tape, extra strong
- Covering material
- SP500, 200 Watt
- 2.5" lens
- Small cone or cone with specialty cap (depending on availability)
- Aluminium cutting grid table
You can use any machine from the SP series as well as either the Speedy 360 or even the Speedy 400 to create this sample.
Ensure that you use the smallest cone possible! This will prevent the material from being dirtied or damaged by burn marks.
Step by step
Step 1: Import Print & Laser Template
Download our graphic and make any adaptations you require. Then, send the graphic to the laser machine using the following settings:
|Process Mode||Resolution||Cut Line|
|Cut Job||1000 dpi||None|
|Colour||Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries First|
Step 2: Laser Process - Cardboard
Place the cardboard inside your laser engraving machine with the material facing down. Make sure you cover the rest of the laser bed with scrap paper to ensure you get sufficient suction from the vacuum and the cardboard stays in place. Then, enter the material settings. Please note that the parameters can vary depending on the laser machine you are using as well as the laser power.
|Colour||Process||Power (%)||Speed (%)||ppi/Hz|
|Cutting Slowly: Red||Cut CO2||30||1.5||5000|
|Scratching: Blue||Cut CO2||10||3||5000|
|Cutting Fast: Green||Cut CO2||50||3||5000|
Be sure to use the external compressed air (= Gas 1) with 4 bar pressures. This will blow the smoke directly through the cutting slots. This will ensure clean-cut edges every single time!
Step 3: Cleaning & Assembly
Now, gutter the scratched cutting lines to achieve a nice fold. You can use either a ballpoint pen or a folding stick for this. Apply some double-sided adhesive tape onto the six flaps. Now, make a crease on all the folding lines to remove any tension from the cardboard. Glue the box together, and you're all done! You now have a beautiful, individual, cardboard gift box!
- To make your box special and different, try painting the box once you've finished cutting.
- Try placing a piece of wood or acrylic underneath the cut-out design. You can create an individual engraving here that will appear when you open the box.
- Feel free to replace the words 'Happy Birthday' with any message, date or image of your choice. This is a great way to offer your customers something unique and personalised!