DIY Mug Gift Boxes: Cute Designs for Cricut Mugs

Instructions

STEP 1: GET MY FREE MUG GIFT BOXES TEMPLATES

First, download my free Mug Gift Boxes templates (Design #298) available in SVG/DXF/PDF formats from my free resource library. There are three different designs—a basic box with or without a window, a milk carton style box also with or without a window, and a mug explosion box. The Zip folder also includes gift tags and toppers to match some of my infusible ink mug designs (Design #288, #289 and #291), which are also all available in my free resource library. 

Each Mug Gift Box design comes in two sizes (one fits an 11″ oz mug and is 4″ W x 4″ L x 4.125″ H and the other fits a 15 oz mug and is 3.5″ W x 4.75″ L x 4.5″ H). The designs can be scaled up or down to fit your particular mug. Just choose the size closest to your mug size as a starting point.

Each box and its related components are in its own SVG. There are also separate files for the toppers and gift tags.

If you’re going to cut components on your cutting machine, upload the appropriate file to your design software. 

This is what the basic mug gift box, with a corner window, looks like once you upload it to Cricut Design Space:

Importing basic mug gift box with window into Design Space

Here’s how the milk carton style box, with windows and line drawings, imports:

Importing mug gift boxes with lineart drawings on milk cartons into Design Space

And here’s the milk carton style box, with decorative wraps:

Importing mug gift boxes with decorative wraps on milk cartons into Design Space

The mug explosion boxes look like this:

Importing explosion mug gift boxes into Design Space

And the mug gift box tags and toppers import like this:

Importing tags and toppers for mug gift boxes into Design Space

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

STEP 2: SET UP THE MUG GIFT BOXES FILES IN DESIGN SPACE

Each Mug Gift Box design is split into two sections that will cut out on a 12″ x 12″ piece of Kraft board. These designs include many score lines, which makes the box easier to fold. I’ve pre-set and attached these score lines for for you, so there’s nothing you need to do. Scoring your box is very helpful, but not necessary. If you don’t have a scoring stylus or scoring wheel, the easiest thing to do is just set your Cricut to use a scoring stylus and then go ahead and cut it without the stylus in place—it will take a little longer, but it means you don’t have to go through and hide all of your score layers.

To make this super easy for you, I colored the layers. I did this so you can click Make It right away and know that the pieces will cut out in order from the Kraft board layer first, then the vinyl or cardstock decorative layers, and finally the acetate layer (if you choose to cut out a window). 

If you are making these boxes to give mugs as gifts, I recommend you make your boxes out of Kraft board for strength since the mugs are quite heavy. You may then decorate them with vinyl or cardstock, like I did. However, if you choose to use only cardstock, I suggest you use the heaviest cardstock you can (100lb works best). I made the bottom flaps extra big so you can glue them together using tacky glue or your favorite glue. Gluing the flaps will add the necessary strength and peace of mind that the box will hold the mug without accidentally falling open at the base.

Basic Mug Gift Boxes With Optional Window

The Basic Mug Gift Box comes in either a small square size (to fit an 11 oz mug) or large rectangle size (15 oz mug), and you can select a version that includes a corner acetate window or a version without. You can choose from the four SVG files in the Basic Mug Box SVG folder. This is an example of what the basic boxes with a window look like:

Mug gift boxes - basic window boxes

All of these basic boxes can be decorated with vinyl or cardstock. To do this, you will need to create extra Cut layers by shift-clicking on the two Attached groups to select them and then clicking on Duplicate on the right side at the top of the Layers panel. 

Duplicating layers of the mug gift boxes with a window

You can change the colors of these two new layers to match your vinyl or cardstock if you want, so you have a reminder that those are the decorative layers when you start to cut. 

Note: I also made decorative toppers to match my cute animal mugs (Design #291), which work perfectly with these basic boxes. The toppers are in the Tags & Toppers folder. Each topper has two layers: a larger bottom layer and a smaller top layer. I used two different cardstock colors (glitter cardstock is the top layer) to make this adorable elephant.

Elephant topper on finished window mug gift box

Milk Carton Style Mug Gift Boxes

The Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes also come in a small 11 oz or large 15 oz version, and can be cut either with or without a window. There are six templates in the Milk Carton Box SVG folder. There are two plain templates that can be decorated any way you choose. Again, you can decorate these with vinyl or cardstock by duplicating the two Attached groups and cutting them using your favorite vinyl or cardstock.

There are four additional files in this folder that are my two special decorative versions that match my infusible ink mug designs (each version comes in a small 11 oz or large 15 oz size):

Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes #1: Wraps with hand lettered quotes

These SVGs include a selection of decorative designs to match my Infusible Ink mugs with Fancy Wrap Mug Designs (Design #288). I will show you how you can add any of my inspirational quotes on them like I did to match my Handlettered Quote Decals for Mugs (Design #289). I used vinyl on my box, but you can also cut these wraps using cardstock if you prefer.

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Mug gift boxes - milk carton box with decorative vinyl wrap

The decorative wraps are already sized and included in this file so you can mix and match to your heart’s content. You can get the handlettered quote designs in my free resource library (Design #289).

Choose which size box you want to make and import it into Design Space. Begin by ungrouping everything, including all the wraps and the gray box segments. To do this, make sure everything is selected and select Ungroup on the right at the top of the Layers panel.

Ungroup wrap layers of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Choose the wrap you want and delete all the others (you may choose to simply hide them, but I find it’s less confusing to get rid of the ones I’m not going to use). Now Ungroup the wraps you’ve chosen so the back and front layers are separate. You may need to Ungroup them a few times until you see they are separated layers. This is what my file looks like when I’ve ungrouped the wrap I’ve chosen.

Ungroup wrap layers of the milk carton mug gift boxes

If you want to add a quote, upload the SVG file containing the quote you want to use and insert it into your Mug Gift Box project. In the case of my hand lettered quotes, you will see several within one file. Delete any extra quotes you don’t want to use.

Once you’ve selected and isolated a quote decal, make sure the decal layer is ABOVE the vinyl wrap layer. Use the arrows on the bounding box to resize or rotate it, and click and drag it into place over the front wrap on the side of the box WITHOUT the tent folds (the triangular score lines), like this.

Add decal to wrap of milk carton mug gift boxes

Carefully hold down your Shift key while clicking on the quote decal Basic Cut layer and the vinyl wrap Basic Cut layer that will appear on the front of your box. Select Attach at the bottom.

Attach decal and wrap layers of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Now the quote decal will cut out of the vinyl so you will see the box layer below when the box is assembled. This is an example of what your file will look like when it’s ready to cut.

Milk carton mug gift boxes with decorative wraps ready to cut on Cricut

Now we’re ready to start cutting!

Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes #2: Line drawings with a window

The other decorative Milk Carton Mug Gift Box files include line drawings to match my Infusible Ink Pen Mugs (Design #292). These designs are intended to be drawn with Cricut pens or markers directly on your Kraft board (or cardstock) as you cut them. You can also upload other pen art such as my Mandala Monogram Pen Art for Mugs designs (Design #293).

Mug gift boxes - mik carton box with lineart drawing

Choose which size box you want to make and import it into Design Space. Begin by hiding everything by clicking on the eye icon next to the very top layer labeled with the file name. Everything will disappear from your canvas. Now, go through the layers showing and hiding the line drawings until you find the one you want to use. There are several individual Pen layers per line drawing (one layer for each color). So you’ll want to click on the eye icons on the layers that say Attach so the entire group of all drawings (all colors) are shown together.

Show lineart layers of milk carton mug gift boxes

Once you find the drawing you’d like to use, select all the other Attached groups and delete them by clicking on Delete at the top of the Layer panel.

Delete extra lineart layers of milk carton mug gift boxes

If you choose to cut out a window shape, repeat the process to select one of the pre-made shapes to match the pen drawing you chose. Delete all the other window shapes you’re not going to use.

TIP: You can also make your own window shape! To do this select a Shape in the Shapes menu on the left side of the canvas. Click on the shape to insert it onto your canvas. Use the arrow and rotate icons to move and change the shape, or click and drag it to move it. 

Make custom window for milk carton mug gift boxes

Now show all layers that are left. This is what my canvas looks like:

Canvas when milk carton mug gift box with lineart is ready to cut

The pen colors on the drawing are already designated, but you can change those to customize your design. Select a Pen layer (or Group of layers if you want them all to be the same color) and then click on the color square at the top Operation menu next to where it says Pen. Select the pen style and color you like. Your image color will change to reflect the change.

Select lineart pen colors of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Now is the time to make any final adjustments to your design. Nudge the window shape layer if you need to, and hide any extra Pen layers that you don’t want. Be particularly aware of how the Pen layers interact with the window. Any part of the drawing that is WITHIN the window shape will be cut out and removed, so you may want to delete any layers that will be partially cut off by the window. This is an example of when you might want to remove an extra pen layer—in this case I would remove the butterfly Pen layers that are being cut off by the window:

Delete pen layers cut off by window of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Next, you need to attach the Pen layers along with the window Basic Cut layer to the FRONT of the box. You also need to Attach the Pen layers to the BACK of the box.

To do this, first Ungroup everything by clicking on the top layer to select all the layers and then clicking on Ungroup at the top of the Layers panel. Repeat the ungrouping process for the Pen layers, too, until everything is ungrouped.

Ungroup layers of milk carton mug gift boxes

Now we need to Unattach the pen layers. Click on the layer that says Attach to select all the pen layers. Click on the Detach button at the bottom of the Layers panel. You also need to Detach each of the Gray box layers. Note: Both the front AND the back segments need to be Detached before you can proceed.

This is what your canvas will look like when everything is Ungrouped and Detached:

Ungrouped and detached layers of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Carefully hold down your Shift key while clicking on all the Pen layers, the window Basic Cut layer and also the Score and Basic Cut (Gray) layers that will appear on the FRONT of the box (all the parts on the left side of the canvas). Select Attach at the bottom.

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Attach front layers of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Now select all the remaining Pen layers and the Score and Basic Cut (Gray) layers associated with the BACK of the box (all the parts on the right side of the canvas). Click on Attach at the bottom.

The only layer that remains unattached is the acetate Basic Cut layer (shown in Dark Blue).

This is an example of what your file will look like when it’s ready to cut. You will have two Attached groups (one for the front of the box and one for the back) and a single acetate cut layer:

Milk carton mug gift boxes file when ready to cut on a Cricut

Now when you click Make It, your Pen layers and the window Cut layer should stay aligned on the Gray box segments just like you had arranged them.

Explosion Mug Gift Boxes

The Explosion Mug Gift Boxes also come in two sizes, but they are slightly larger to make space for the pockets, and treats or tea bags.

Mug gift boxes - mug explosion boxes

The smaller 11 oz box measures 4.5” W x 4.5” L x 4.125” H, while the larger 15 oz box is 3.75” W x 5” L x 4.5” H.

Each file is set up and ready to cut. It has an exterior layer (colored in Gray), which I cut using Holographic Kraft board. The interior liner layer (colored in Orange) was cut using Shimmer paper or cardstock. There are also four pockets set up to cut using two different colors of cardstock. This is what the file will look like when imported into Design Space:

Importing explosion mug gift boxes into Design Space

Idea: If you want to write special labels such as “coffee,” “tea,” “sweets,” or “treats” on the envelopes in this project, you can have your Cricut do the work for you! Read my Cricut Writing and Pen Tutorial for tips, tricks, and font ideas.

STEP 3: CUT THE MUG GIFT BOXES

Once you’ve selected the box you’d like to make and have finished customizing it, click Make It, then Continue, and choose your material—I am cutting my Kraft board using the Kraft board (or Holographic Kraft board) setting with the Scoring Wheel selected (you may use the Scoring Stylus if you prefer, but I find the wheel gets a deeper score on thicker materials like Kraft board, which is helpful for getting cleaner folds). Then just place the material you want for your first cut onto your cutting mat that correlates to your layer color (Gray=Kraft board, Other Colors=vinyl or cardstock), load it into your machine, and press the flashing “C” button to begin cutting.

TIP: For those of you using textured cardstock, double-sided patterned cardstock, or holographic Kraft board: put the side you want to appear on the outside of your box face down on your mat. That way your score lines will be on the side of the cardstock that is inside the box, which is where you want it to be.

When the cut is finished, unload your mat, flip your mat over onto your surface, and peel your mat away from the paper to avoid ripping or curling your material. 

Remove the mug gift box materials from the mat

Now just continue cutting until all sections and parts are cut out.

NOTE: if you are drawing any designs, you will be prompted to load pens at the appropriate time. The flower design is quite intensive so allow for 30 minutes to draw each mat (for a total of one hour). The other line drawings will take less time, but may require more pen colors to swap out. Design Space will prompt you to load the corresponding pen color that you selected per layer, which is very helpful at this stage, but you may use any pen color you wish.

Repeat the cutting process for any gift tags or toppers.

STEP 4: ASSEMBLE THE MUG GIFT BOXES

Let’s assemble our boxes!

Basic Mug Gift Boxes With Optional Window

These are all the materials I cut for the basic Mug Gift Box with a window. This is for the version I made with the cute elephant topper.

Materials used to make a basic mug gift box with a window

Fold along the score lines on all your pieces. Remember, if you used decorative Kraft board or cardstock, the score lines will be on the INSIDE of your box. You may want to use a scraper tool to get a sharp fold. 

Folding along score lines of mug gift box with a window

Once everything is folded, glue the decorative exterior cardstock pieces to the Kraft board. They should fit together perfectly if your cardstock isn’t too thick (I use 65lb paper).

Apply glue to decorative cardstock layer of the mug gift box with a window

Attach layers of mug gift box with a window

If you cut out the optional window and acetate, attach the acetate to the INSIDE of the box to fully cover the window.

Apply glue around window interior of mug gift boxes

Attach acetate window to mug gift box

Be careful not to crease the acetate while folding it around the corner.

Carefully fold corner acetate window of mug gift boxes

Align the front and back sections of the basic Mug Gift Box.

Align sections of mug gift box with a window

Now, put glue along the outer part of the tabs and attach the two sections.

Apply glue to tab of mug gift box with a window

Attach sections of mug gift box with a window

Repeat until your box is enclosed.

Attach sections and close the mug gift box with a window

Fold in the base tabs of the box and assemble them with the long straight side first, then the two shorter sides, and tucking in the long flap so it’s on the inside and holds everything together snuggly.

Folding in bottom flaps of mug gift boxes with a window

Bottom flaps on outside of mug gift boxes with a window

Bottom flaps on inside of mug gift boxes with a window

TIP: If you are using cardstock for your entire Mug Gift Box instead of Kraft board, I recommend you glue your bottom tabs together to add strength so the box holds the weight of the mug.

Now add a mug and fold the top down. If you cut decorative toppers or vinyl decorations, add those at the end. For the elephant topper, I used 3D dot tape to add dimension between each of the layers.

Attaching 3D tape to elephant topper for the mug gift boxes

Attaching elephant topper layers together for the mug gift boxes

Attaching 3D tape to elephant topper for the mug gift boxes

Attaching elephant topper to the top of a mug gift box

I added vinyl butterfly stickers around the box. I got the butterflies from the cute elephant mug design (Design #291).

Decorate the mug gift boxes with vinyl stickers

This is what my finished, decorated window boxes look like! The one on the left is the large 15 oz version made with Holographic Kraft board. The mug gift box on the right is the smaller 11 oz version made with white Kraft board covered in cardstock and decorated with a topper and vinyl butterflies.

Mug gift boxes - basic window boxes

Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes #1: Wraps with handlettered quotes

Here are all the materials I cut and used to make the mug milk carton box with a vinyl wrap:

Materials used to make a milk carton mug gift box with a decorative vinyl wrap

First, we attach the vinyl wraps or glue any decorative cardstock pieces to the Kraft board. If you are using vinyl, you will first need to weed it by removing all the parts you don’t want. 

Weeding the decorative vinyl wrap for a milk carton mug gift box

Depending on how complicated your design is, you may need to use transfer tape to transfer your design to the Kraft board. To do this, cut a piece of transfer tape the same size as your vinyl design. Remove the backing from the transfer tape. Apply the transfer tape to your vinyl decal. Smooth the tape over the decal from the center outward to remove any bubbles. Use a scraper tool or other hard and flat-edged item (like a store loyalty card) to transfer the vinyl decal design to the transfer tape. It’s important to scrape it well to transfer the vinyl decal.

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Apply transfer tape to the vinyl wrap of the milk carton mug gift box

Carefully peel the carrier sheet off the decal. If little bits don’t want to transfer to your tape, scrape it again and pay careful attention to those problem areas.

Remove transfer tape carrier sheet after attaching it to the vinyl wrap of the milk carton mug gift box

Now place your design on your surface, being mindful that it is straight and centered. You’ll want to align the bottom of the vinyl with the bottom of the milk carton, along the score lines just above the bottom flaps.

Align the decorative vinyl wrap to the milk carton gift box

Using a scraper tool, scrape the surface of the transfer tape down to transfer the design to the Kraft board. 

Burnish the decorative vinyl wrap to the milk carton gift box

Now just pick up a corner of the transfer tape and slowly remove it from your decal. Repeat for the second piece of Kraft board.

Remove the transfer tape from the vinyl wrap on the milk carton mug gift box

You should end up with two sections wrapped in vinyl.

Fold along the score lines of your two Kraft board pieces. You may want to use a scraper tool to get a sharp fold. TIP: Remember, if you used decorative Kraft board or cardstock, the score lines will be on the INSIDE of your box.

Fold along the score lines of the milk carton mug gift box

Now, put glue along the outer part of the tabs and attach the other section. Repeat until your box is enclosed, like this.

Apply glue to the section tabs of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Align the milk carton mug gift box sections

Attach the milk carton mug gift box sections

Attach the milk carton mug gift box sections to enclose the box

Fold in the base flaps of the box gluing them to each other as you fold them in. Place your mug gift box on a flat surface and apply pressure from the inside, making sure your box is straight and not crooked, until the glue sets.

Apply glue to the bottom flaps of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Fold in the sides of the box like this. Notice the direction of the tent folds.

Fold in sides of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Now put a mug inside the box and pinch the top pieces together.

Squeeze the top shut of the milk carton mug gift boxes

I threaded ribbon front-to-back through the holes on one side, and back-to-front on the other side.

Tie ribbon to close milk carton mug gift boxes

Tie a pretty bow and now your box is held together! I also cut gift tags and attached them using matching spare ribbon.

This is what my finished, decorated milk carton mug box with a vinyl wrap and handmade quote looks like!

Mug gift boxes - milk carton box with decorative vinyl wrap

Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes #2: Line drawings with a window

Here are all the materials I cut and used to make the Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes with lineart drawings:

Materials used to make the lineart milk carton mug gift boxes

Fold along all the score lines on both the front and back sections.

Fold along the score lines of the lineart milk carton mug gift boxes

Notice the direction of the tent folds.

Making a tent fold along the score lines of the milk carton mug gift boxes

If you cut out the optional window and acetate like I did on the pen-drawn version, attach the acetate to the INSIDE of the box to fully cover the window. 

Apply glue around the window cutout of the milk carton mug gift box

Attach an acetate window to the lineart milk carton mug gift box

Now, put glue along the outer part of the tabs and attach the sections. Repeat until both sections of your box are attached to each other.

Apply glue to tab of milk carton mug gift box

Align tabs of milk carton mug gift box sections

Apply glue to tab of milk carton mug gift box

Attach sections of milk carton mug gift box

Fold in the base flaps of the box gluing them to each other as you fold them in. Place your box on a flat surface and apply pressure from the inside, making sure your box is straight and not crooked, until the glue sets.

Apply glue to bottom flaps of milk carton mug gift boxes

Fold in and attach bottom flaps of milk carton mug gift boxes

Fold in and attach bottom flaps of milk carton mug gift boxes

Fold in the sides of the box like this. Notice the direction of the tent folds.

Fold in sides of milk carton mug gift boxes

Now put a mug inside the box and pinch the top pieces together.

Pinch closed the top of the milk carton mug gift boxes

I threaded ribbon front-to-back through the holes on one side, and back-to-front on the other side.

Thread ribbon through the holes of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Thread ribbon through the holes of the milk carton mug gift boxes

Tie a pretty bow and now your box is held together! I also cut gift tags and attached them using matching spare ribbon.

Tie ribbon to close the milk carton mug gift boxes

This is what my finished, decorated milk carton mug box with line art drawings looks like!

Mug gift boxes - mik carton box with lineart drawing

And this is what both my decorated Milk Carton Mug Gift Boxes look like. The one on the left is the smaller 11 oz version with line art drawn directly on white Kraft board. The one on the right is the larger 15 oz version made of white Kraft board covered in a pretty vinyl wrap. 

Mug gift boxes - milk carton boxes

Explosion Mug Gift Boxes

These are all the materials I cut for the Explosion Mug Gift Boxes.

Materials used to make the explosion mug gift boxes

Fold along the score lines on all your pieces. Remember, if you used decorative Kraft board or cardstock, the score lines will be on the INSIDE of your box, except for your cardstock liner if you cut one. You may want to use a scraper tool to get a sharp fold.

Fold along score lines of the mug explosion gift boxes

Fold along score lines of pockets of the mug explosion gift boxes

Once everything is folded, attach the interior liner to the exterior Kraft board with glue. 

Apply glue to the liner of the explosion mug gift boxes

Attach liner to the exterior layer of the explosion mug gift boxes

You will end up with two box segments. Now add plenty of glue to the base square and press them together.

Apply glue to the bases of the explosion mug gift boxes

Align and attach bases of the explosion mug gift boxes

Add glue to the pocket tabs and attach them to the interior sides.

Apply glue to the tabs of the pockets of the explosion mug gift boxes

Attach pockets to the inside of the explosion mug gift boxes

Assemble the lid by first attaching the liner to the Kraft board with glue, and then gluing the tabs closed. TIP: If using tacky glue, it helps to use binder clips or gator clips to hold the tabs closed while the glue sets. This step isn’t necessary, but it keeps you from having to hold them closed while the glue sets!

Apply glue to the tabs of the lid of the explosion mug gift boxes

Attach the tabs of the lid of the explosion mug gift boxes

Cut long pieces of ribbon for each side (I measured each piece at 48″ but had extra that I trimmed off). Attach each ribbon to the inside box, and then thread from the inside of the lid to the outside. Repeat this for all sides. 

Attach ribbon to the explosion mug gift boxes

Thread ribbon through the lid of the explosion mug gift boxes

Fill the pockets with tea bags, instant coffee packets, or other treats. Add a mug to the middle, and align the lid over the four sides as you squeeze them closed.

Close the explosion mug gift boxes

Close lid of the explosion mug gift boxes

Pull the ribbons tight and tug them down under the box. Flip the box upside down and twist the ribbons of each opposing side together and thread them back up the sides to the top.

Wrap ribbon around explosion mug gift boxes

Bring them all together and tie a pretty bow snuggly on top. Your fun explosion box is ready! 

Tie bow on top of explosion mug gift boxes

This is what my finished Explosion Mug Gift Boxes look like. The one on the left is the closed smaller 11 oz version. The one on the right is the open larger 15 oz version. Both are made of Holographic Kraft board.

Mug gift boxes - mug explosion boxes

STEP 5: SHOW IT OFF

This is what all my fancy decorated mug gift boxes look like!

Mug gift boxes

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