21 Feb 2018

Mini Bottle Boxes using the Exploding Wine Bottle Box by Simply Crafty SVGs

Hello.  Janet here with some unusual and useful gift boxes. I've used the SVG files for the Exploding Wine Bottle Box from Simply Crafty SVGs to make mini bottle boxes. The files are designed for a regular sized wine bottle, but I've reduced them to fit my mini bottles of fizz.

My bottles (bought in the UK) are 200 ml, similar bottles available in the USA, are 187 ml, and are roughly one quarter of the volume of a full size bottle. However, merely reducing the box to one quarter of the size would not fit the smaller bottle. The instructions that follow will show you how to adjust the file to fit almost any size of bottle.

I used the Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Studio software, but the file can be made with most cutting machines and software that can use SVG files. Check the FAQs for additional information.

Materials Used:
Black Heavyweight Cardstock
Printable Cardstock
Echo Park Fashionista Digital Papers
Black Grosgrain Ribbon
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Gift Tag
Baker's Twine
Clear Pearl Floral Sprays
Washi Tape
Silhouette Cameo

Files Used:
Simply Crafty SVGs Exploding Wine Box

Other Digital Files: 
Fashionista Paper Packs by Echo Park (pack #1 & #2)

Step 1: Open the Files
Open all the files in one window. The easiest way to do this is to open one of the files and then select File and Merge from the main menu, then to navigate to each of the other files in turn and click select.  This is a little time consuming, but places all the files in one tab so that they can easily be resized together. Select all the pieces, and group them.

Step 2: Measure your bottle
Measure the height and the diameter of the bottle at it's widest point. This is often the base, but if the bottle flairs out from the bottom then add extra to allow for it as best you can.

Step 3: Represent the Bottle in the Software
Draw a rectangle to represent the size of the bottle. It doesn't need to be bottle shaped, as long as it shows the height and the greatest width.  To easily make the rectangle the correct size, open the Transform panel and the Scale tab, enter the dimensions, and click apply.

Step 4: Adjust the file pieces
Rearrange one or more of the upper and lower side pieces as they would be joined when the box is assembled. Place the 'bottle' inside it. Select all the file pieces except the 'bottle'. Select one of the corner grab handles, and holding down the shift key (to keep the size proportionate) move the handle until the combined side piece is of a size where the bottle fits within it. Leave a little space around the bottle width to allow for the bottle to be added and removed easily. You can see in the diagram that the box is still a little tall. You could align the side flaps and slice off the excess using the Knife tool. I chose to cut them as they are, and to trim the excess with a paper trimmer later.

Step 5: Cut and Assemble
Cut the base pieces from black cardstock. Cut the panels from patterned card (mine were made using Print & Cut and digital pattern fills).  To read more about how to fill pieces with digital patterns, this link will take you to other projects where I've previously used Print & Cut. Follow the assembly instructions on the PDF document supplied with the files, or the YouTube video Sandy has made for this file.

Finishing Touches
If you have read any of my previous posts for Simply Crafty SVGs, you'll know that I like to make  adaptations and adjustments. Aside from the re-sizing, here are the other tweaks that I did to the boxes.

Additional Panels
I made additional panels for the lid and the lower part of the base, using the Offset feature.

Decorative Loop
I threaded a loop of grosgrain ribbon through a slit cut in the top of the finished lid. The ends were secured on the underside of the lid with strong liquid adhesive.

Gift Tag
I made some gift tags, with black and white baker's twine threaded through the top. The other ends of the twine were threaded through a hole punched in one of the side flaps.  On the rear of the side flap, the ends were knotted and trimmed.

Floral Sprays
I added some small clear pearl floral sprays, secured to the back of the bottle with some Washi tape (so they could later be peeled away without damaging the bottle label).

Here is the file I used to make the bottle boxes. Just click on the photo to visit the page in Simply Crafty SVGs online store.

As you can see, it is an easy job to resize the files to fit whatever bottles you choose to gift. My next challenge is to make boxes for miniature bottles. I'll post the results on Instagram when I do. Follow my account if you'd like to see how I get on.

Janet, DT Member Simply Crafty SVGs

Blog: Crafting Quine 
Instagram: @CraftingQuine

Simply Crafty SVG Files:
Exploding Wine Bottle Box


Jackie Trinder said...

Wow Janet these boxes are stunning I love them. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Janet Packer said...

Thank you Jackie, I just love these papers. I think you'll be seeing a lot more of them!

Brawny said...

Fabulous box

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

wow, great boxes Janet!