Cardboard gift box

Step by step instructions

Use our instructions and design files below to create a personalized gift box out of heavy cardstock or corrugated cardboard.


Required material:

  • One sheet of Trotec Laser Paper Metals Galvanized 300gsm
  • double-sided adhesive tape, extra strong
  • covering material

Machine used:

  • 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 design files or use template

Start by downloading our graphic. You can add your own design elements and/or adapt it according to your requirements. Then send the graphic to the laser using the settings below.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut job 1000 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Optimized geometries, inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser process cardboard

Position the card stock 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.

Laser Parameters

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
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 Gas 1 - -
1 Gas 1 - -
1 Gas 1 - -


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.


  • For an individual look, you can paint the box after cutting.
  • Put a piece of acrylic or wood underneath the cut-out design. An individual engraving becomes visible when you open the box.
  • Replace the words "Happy Birthday" with other messages or dates, so you can quickly and easily offer your customers the option to personalize the box.

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