How to Make a Christmas String of Lights Using a Cricut or Silhouette

How to Make a Christmas String of Lights Using a Cricut or Silhouette

Make this festive paper Christmas string of lights like this with the Christmas Light Bulb Box SVG.

Christmas Lights String SVG

Things you Need

  • First, you need to own a cutting machine like Cricut, Silhouette or ScanNCut.
  • Purchase & download the Christmas Light Bulb SVG file.
  • You need some cardstock and/or paper for the panels.
  • Twine, cord or string to hold lights

Cardstock Used:

How to Make the Christmas Boxes & String

  • After purchasing the file, download, unzip and upload the SVG files to your cutting software like Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. Help is readily available on our SVG Cutting Help Page.
  • After Unzipping the file, the files you need are located within SVG Files folder under the String Version folder.
  • Upload/Import the SVG Files to your Cricut Design Space, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or other cutting machine software.

I recommend uploading/importing the complete file version, found under the Complete Files folder. The xmas_bulb_string_complete.svg has perforated/dashed scorelines that cut. If you want to use a score tool or score wheel, you would use the solidlines version. It is just harder to fold. For Silhouette users, I recommend the xmas_bulb_string_complete.svg.

Blog Christmas String SVG Files
  • If you are using Cricut Design Space, make sure you prep the scorelines. If using the perforated scorelines, attach the scorelines. If using the solidline versions, change the lines to score and attach the scorelines. Reference Cricut Help if you are unsure how to do this.
  • Cutout all the pieces for the string. I made 5 different color lights and a 4 foot length of cording.
  • Watch our Christmas Light Bulb Box Assembly tutorial on assembling the box. Make sure you are using the box that has holes and not the box without holes. The video shows how to assemble the box version. They are identical except for the holes in the top of box and sides/top of socket. These are the finished bulbs before stringing.
Blog Paper Christmas String of Lights

The instructions to string the lights starts about 27 minutes into the video. The video only explains how to string one light, but then you can add more to create the string. String as many as you want. Just make sure you have enough string/cord to hold them all!

Have fun!

Pin 3D Paper Christmas String of Lights
5 Spooky Halloween SVG Designs for Treats (or Tricks)

5 Spooky Halloween SVG Designs for Treats (or Tricks)

Where are my Halloween peeps?  We have some DIY Halloween Ideas for you to make with your Cricut, Silhouette or ScanNCut. 

Give your room or porch a spooky glow with the Spider and Skulls Halloween Lantern design.  

Spider and Skulls Halloween Lantern SVG File

This 7″ tall Frankenstein Head Box is one of three Creepy Halloween Head Boxes available. Perfect for decor and to hold Halloween treats!

Frankenstein Head Box SVG File

Make this scary Spider Candy Box to hold a few goodies.

Spider Candy Box SVG File

The Eyeball Treat Box makes a fun table decoration for a Halloween Party.

Eyeball Treat Box SVG File

This Bats Lantern will create a eerie glow to your Halloween festivities.

Bats Lantern SVG File

Save these Halloween Craft Ideas to Pinterest

Happy Haunting!

Celebrate Father’s Day!

Celebrate Father’s Day!

Celebrate Father’s Day with Simply Crafty SVGs

It’s not hard to find the perfect gifting solutions for Father’s Day (or any day, for that matter) with files from Simply Crafty SVGs.  Jan has selected 3 files and added some additional details to make each one a little unique.  The Tool Caddy, Tie Gift Box and the Dad Easel Card all work well with each other when you use a fun digital paper collection such as, Gentlemen Folk, from NitWit Collections.  Let’s take a little closer look at how you can add that special touch. 

Tool Caddy

Tool Caddy – add a coupon book using some print and cut images and add your coupon details on the back. Fill the caddy with a favorite treat and add a fun word strip to the front details of the caddy. 

Tie Gift Box

The Tie Gift Box is the perfect size for a tie or some dress socks.  Add a belly band, word strip AND a tie clip to finish it off. 

Dad Easel Card

And the Dad Easel card is a fun and easy to cut file.  Jan added an extra layer of lettering with no changes to sizes, just off-setting them slightly for that layered look.  Add another word strip from the graphic file and you’ve got the perfect card for that someone special on Father’s Day. 

For these ideas and more, click here.

Additional Father’s Day Ideas

We’d love to see your makes using our files – so be sure to share on the Simply Crafty SVGs Creator’s page on FB. 

(graphics by under License #115854)

Graduation Explosion Box Up-Grade

Graduation Explosion Box Up-Grade

Graduation Explosion Box SVG upgrade

It’s that season of the year.  Graduation time! And what would be more fun than creating an explosion box with a little bit of an upgrade for your favorite grads!  Jan used the Graduation Explosion Box SVG and added a few additions to it.  Take a peek:

The upgrades? She changed the mortar board top into a shaker box, filled with all sorts of sprinkles and die cuts.

Graduation Explosion Box -Upgrade with shaker box and inserts

Jan then created an extra layer of flaps for some additional options (adding pictures and sentiments (not all shown) and then using the Gift Card holder that comes with the file, she used stamps and transparent inserts as a “pop-up” for the central focal point once the box lid is lifted off.  Jan will have more info about the “upgrades” on her blog

Play with school colors, add images from the year and a few other details that will make this a one-of-a-kind gift never to be forgotten for your special grad this year. 

Need some other options if an explosion box upgrade isn’t your first pick?  Check out these ideas:

Graduation SVG files

Lots of options and different ways you make them perfect for this year’s gift to your favorite grad!  You’ll find these and more here
Be sure to post your Simply Crafty SVG makes and share them with us on our Facebook Creator’s page.  You’ll find it here.  If you’re posting to other social media, be sure to tag us!  #simplycraftysvgs! 

Antique Stationery Box – How to Make this Vintage Gift Box

Antique Stationery Box – How to Make this Vintage Gift Box

Spring has brought out the need to have a few extra gifts on hand and something to hold them in.  How about this Antique Stationery Box for a beautiful vintage gift giving option this Spring?  There are lots of boxes to choose from in the shop – and choosing just a couple of boxes from the list (319+ choices) make the challenge even more daunting at times. However, the FlipTop Box was a perfect choice for this project by Jan! The paper is from an old stack (Haberdashery by Paper Studio).  It adds to the finished vintage look for this stationery box. You’ll need three 12 x 12 sheets with the same design (patterned on one side and plain on the other), to construct this box. 

Let’s peek at the finished box

Antique Stationery Box

cut oUT THE svg fiLE, assemble & fILL WITH gIFTS

Cut the box using the wrong side of the paper (the plain side) as the outside of the box.  Cut the panels.   Assembly is a breeze even for beginners.  As always, there’s a great assembly video available here.    

Fill the inside with a stack of notecards decorating using a vintage floral image, wrapped in ribbon and tied with a bow.  Don’t forget to include a special pen to go with those notecards!  Jan chose to use one of the vintage fountain pens used by her father and packaged it in the Glitter Pen box, cut in a cream colored cardstock. Perfect additions to the Antique Stationery box using the fliptop box file.

Antique Stationary Box with pen
Interior of Antique Stationery Box

Once your box is filled with those special treasures, use some satin or organza ribbon, tie in a bow and add a small tag if desired to finish off this beautiful vintage looking box.


As noted above, there are more than 321 box choices available in the store at Simply Crafty SVGs.  The selection varies from standard rounds and squares to stylized boxes in nearly every shape and size possible!  Explosion boxes, Canisters, Steampunk, Birthday, Camping, and Treat boxes are just a few of the many themed boxes available.  And we can’t leave out the holidays either!  Have fun choosing!  You’ll want to plan on spending a little bit of time browsing and adding a few to your collection of files.  Check them out here

Boxes, Boxes & More Boxes

What kind of box is your favorite? 

We’d love to see your interpretation of one or more of your favorite boxes.  Be sure to share your makes with us on the Simply Crafty SVGs Creator Group on Facebook.  We’ll be watching for them! 

Decorate the Easter Egg Box inside and out

Decorate the Easter Egg Box inside and out

Easter Egg Box with fun inserts

Create a whole different twist to the Easter Egg Box by adding a few fun details to the outside and inside of the Easter Egg Box file.  It’s always fun to change things up a bit. 

To recreate this project, you’ll also need the bunny, grass and eggs from the Bunny in a Basket Card; and the chick from the Easter Chick Treat Box for the inserts. 

Once cut, the Easter Egg box is a very quick to assemble.  The box panels are cut from the same color as the box base, the added details include foiled leaves (from and the flowers on the upper panels are made using some ink and a cotton swab.  The two colors of the ink, create a soft, subtle look and the finished pattern almost looks like purchased printed paper.  Bonus:  It only takes a few minutes to add those flowers to the panels. 

Easter egg panels with foiling

For the bottom panels, Jan used a basket weave embossing folder… and swipe the raised areas with the darker of the two inks used for the flowers on the upper panels.  Lightly ink the edges of the panels before adding them to the egg base.  Choose any pattern to decorate the panels…. That’s half the fun!

bottom embossed panels

For the inserts on the inside of the egg, the grass, eggs, chick and bunny were resized to fit inside the egg.  Measure the egg bottom opening from side to side to determine fit.  Elements and placement will determine the size and height.  Adhere them as desired on strips of cardstock and attach the strip to the inside of the egg box bottom with glue or strong tape.  

There are so many different ways you can decorate the Easter Egg Box, inside and out!

Easter Egg Box finished

If desired, add some “grass” and a few jellybeans or chocolate in the back of the egg bottom.  Add the top and your Easter Egg box is ready for gifting!  Additional details for this project can be found on Jan’s blog. Besides the Easter Egg Box, there are several other products you might be interested in.

Additional product ideas

For a full list of Easter themed products, click here.  And for additional ideas from other crafters, check out the blog

Share your Easter makes with us on the  Simply Crafty Svgs Creator’s page.  We’d love to see your work.