Easy Heart Boxes with Secret Hearts Inside - Free Pattern and Tutorial, cut by hand or on a Cricut cutting machine

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Learn how to make a crazy easy heart box from just one piece of cardstock … it even has hidden hearts inside!

I adore making boxes. I may have a dozen or more box designs at this point. A couple of years ago I made a heart box that was very intricate. Today, I’m making a super easy heart box from just one sheet of cardstock … it even has secret hearts inside it for your recipient to discover! Anyone can make this easy heart box — it’s simple to cut and fold, and no glue or tape is necessary! And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it in this tutorial. You can make this crazy easy heart box as part of our MAKE IT EASY Craftalong Challenge, filled with fun and EASY daily themed projects! Get the free SVG cut file for this project

Wondering about those secret hearts? They’re hidden at the edges of the box — when you open it, you’ll see them at the corners! Isn’t that cool?

Hidden hearts at the corners of a pretty pink easy heart box

Want to make your own easy heart box? I’d love to show you how! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make Easy Heart Boxes

View my Amazon shopping list with the exact items we used to make this project!

  • 65 lb. or 80 lb. Cardstock or posterboard — you can use any size from 12″ x 12″ down to 4.5″ to 8.5″ (to fit on a Cricut Joy)
  • (Optional) Scoring tool or stylus (this is only necessary if you make the scored version — if you don’t have this, you can make the perforated version)
  • A way to cut your paper heart boxes (I used the Cricut Explore cutting machine, but you can also use a Cricut Maker cutting machine, scissors, or a craft knife — you cannot use a Cricut Joy for this project)
  • Design #197 – My free SVG heart box design files (available in my free resource library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page) 

Jeweled color easy heart boxes in a variety of sizes!

Easy Heart Box

Yield: 1 Heart Box
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Here's how to make crazy easy heart boxes with secret hearts inside!


Step 1: Get the free Easy Heart Box Design

First, download Design #197 - my free SVG cut files or PDF from my free resource library. If you're going to cut it on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software.

Easy Heart Box SVG Cut File uploaded to Cricut 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.

Note: There are two SVG file versions for the Cricut -- the "scored" version and "perforated" version. If you want super easy, just do the perforated version. If you want to try your hand at scoring and have either a scoring stylus (works in Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker) or scoring tool for your Cricut Maker, use the scored version.

Easy Heart Box SVG Cut File uploaded to Cricut Design Space

Step 2: Cut Out Your Card Stock

You can cut the hat by hand, or cut it on a Cricut. If you cut the perforated version on your Cricut, just upload, resize if necessary, and click Make it!

If you want to cut the scored version on your Cricut, you'll need to change the score layer to "Score" in the Linetype menu, then attach it to the base layer (select both layers) by clicking the "Attach" button. Then you're good to go!

Choosing Score from the Linetype menu in Cricut Design Space

When you cut your cardstock or poster board, put the pretty side DOWN on your mat. This will produce a much better and cleaner result ... AND it puts the score lines on the right side (if you're scoring).

Step 3: Put Together Your Easy Paper Box

This is SO easy! First fold your box along all of the fold lines, as shown here:

Folding your easy heart box along the score or perforation lines

Note: Everything gets folded in EXCEPT for the hearts on the corners -- those get folded out along their center fold.

Next, bring the two long sides in and slide the heart together along the slits, like this:

Fold up the easy paper heart box so the two sides meet and slot

Fold up the easy paper heart box so the two sides meet and slot

Now, fold the top tab in to the heart box.

Fold in the top tab of your easy heart box

Finally, fold the bottom tab into the heart box.

Tucking the bottom tab into the heart box

Easy peasy!

Step 4: Show It Off!

Now just "fluff" up the heart on the top of the box so it sits up a bit and is more noticeable.

Fluff up the heart on your easy paper heart box!

That's all there is to it! Put something special in your heart box and give it to someone you care about ... share love!

A finished pink paper heart box!


You can add a secret love note under the big hearts on top for someone to discover!


Need more projects for today’s craft challenge theme?

Today’s MAKE IT EASY Craftalong Challenge is to “Share Love” by making something with kraft or poster board, a heart box, or something for a loved one!! If you are looking for other ideas, we have you covered!

Get my free SVG files to make your own easy heart boxes!

We’d love to see YOUR heart boxes! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

This project is a part of our MAKE IT EASY Craftalong Challenge with fun and EASY projects you can do to learn how to use your Cricut! You can share your photos in our daily challenge theme thread here!



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Easy Heart Boxes with Secret Hearts Inside - Free Pattern and Tutorial, cut by hand or on a Cricut cutting machine

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