Learn How to Make a 3D Baseball Hat Gift Box Out of Cardstock Paper. Perfect for Birthdays or Father's Day! Free SVG File Template and Step-By-Step Tutorial and Video.
Hit your next gift out of the park with this thoughtful 3D Baseball Hat Gift Box! It’s sure to be a big hit with the sports fan in your life.
I designed this file to look just like a baseball cap. Can you believe it's made out of cardstock?
The best part of this hat is that it's a fully functioning gift box! You can hide a present or even a few treats inside of this 3D gift box.
Give this gift box for a birthday, on Valentine's Day, or as a Father's Day gift!
It's a thoughtful gift that can be customized to fit the recipient's favorite sports team.
This post comes with a free SVG file download so you can make this project with your cutting machine.
Looking for even more Father's Day gift ideas? Click the links below!
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What Size are the 3D Baseball Cap Gift Boxes?
This box measures approximately 4.5” wide, 6.8” long and 4” tall.
You can increase the size of the hat gift box in design space, but be sure to increase all of the pieces at the same time or they will not fit together properly.
If you use a 12" x 24" piece of cardstock you can increase this box to be even larger than the hats in the photos.
Scoring Tips & Tricks for the Best Results
This project works best in combination with the Cricut Maker and the Scoring Wheel Tip. The scoring wheel applies up to 10x more pressure than the scoring stylus which allows you to use thicker materials with ease.
The scoring wheel leaves extra-deep score lines which make it easier to fold your 3D projects.
You can still use this project with an Explore machine paired with the scoring stylus but the score lines won’t be as deep.
It's possible to make this hat without a scoring stylus or wheel but you will need to manually fold the paper where the score lines would be.
Before you cut out this project, don’t forget to change the cut lines along the box to scoring lines. This is really important!!
3D Paper Baseball Hat Gift Box Supplies
- Baseball Hat 3D Gift Box Template Cut Files (linked below)
- Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
- Fine-Point Blade
- Metallic Cricut Pen
- Scoring Stylus or Scoring Blade
- StandardGrip Mat
- 3 Sheets of 12" x 12" Cardstock
- Cricut Scraper (for shaping the hat)
- Craft Clips
- Bearly Arts Craft Glue (This is my favorite tacky adhesive)
- Use the code SRP10 to save 10%
STEP #1: UPLOAD THE 3D BASEBALL HAT GIFT BOX CUT FILES
Need help uploading your SVG file? Click here to read my blog post that will walk you through this process.
Open Cricut Design Space and click the + to create a new project.
In the Design Panel on the left, select "UPLOAD."
If you are a Design Space PRO, you can skip to step #2.
Click "UPLOAD IMAGE."
Click "BROWSE" or drag and drop the file.
Navigate to the file on your device to click "OPEN" to add it to Cricut Design Space.
On the Prepare Screen, you can change the name of the project and add tags. Click "UPLOAD."
Once you have the file uploaded, select it and click "INSERT IMAGES" to bring it onto your canvas.
STEP #2: PREPARE THE BASEBALL CAP CUT FILES IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
Begin, by selecting your file. Then click, "UNGROUP" in the layers panel.
Next, switch the cut lines along the tabs of the hat to “SCORE.” After that, switch the cut lines on the rectangular pieces to "SCORE."
Don't SKIP this step!
Next, switch the cut lines (that look like stitching) the hat to “PEN.” This needs to be done to both hat pieces as well as the brim.
Here's a closeup of the file. Be sure to set the pen line to the inner most line and the score line to the outermost line.
Attach the "SCORE" and "PEN" lines to their associated cut lines to ensure they stay in the correct position.
STEP #3: CUT OUT THE 3D BASEBALL HAT GIFT BOX
Start by removing the clear liner from your Cricut mat and then set it aside.
Place the cardstock paper onto the mat and press down firmly on the paper to adhere it to the mat. This step is really important when cutting out cardstock to ensure you get the best results possible.
*PRO TIP - For the very best results, always check your blade before cutting cardstock. If it's covered in tiny cardstock pieces, push on the plunger to reveal the blade and gently blow on it to remove any debris.
Don't forget to load your scoring stylus or scoring wheel so that the machine can create your score lines. This helps to give you a guide for where to fold.
Insert the mat into the cutting machine and press "GO."
Once the machine has finished cutting the design, remove the mat from the machine. Repeat this process until you've cut out all of the pieces for your Baseball Hat Gift box.
Flip the mat right side facing down and gently peel the paper away from the mat.
Lay out all of the baseball hat giftbox pieces. You should have a total of eight pieces cut out.
STEP #4: ASSEMBLE 3D BASEBALL BRIM
Let's begin by assembling the baseball brim.
There are two pieces that create the baseball hat brim. Apply adhesive to the brim that does NOT have a stitching lines.
Place the piece with the stitching lines on top and press down firmly to seal the pieces together. This creates a sturdy base for your gift box.
Now let's work on assembling the side supports.
Begin by applying adhesive to the tabs and aligning the two pieces together.
Fold the tabs along the score line along the entire length of the side supports.
Apply adhesive to the tabs along the entire length of the side supports.
The side supports will now be placed around the circle. Make sure to tuck the tabs underneath the circle. This creates a clean finish.
Join the ends of the side supports together with adhesive.
Adhere the circular base to the brim. Press down firmly along the inside of the circle to make sure the two parts fully join together.
STEP#5: ASSEMBLE BASEBALL HAT
Let's begin by shaping our hat pieces. This step is REALLY important if you want your hat to have a rounded shape.
The pointed part of the hat should be shaped inward to mimic the shape of a baseball cap.
To do this you can use a cricut scraper of the edge of a table. (This technique is clearly illustrated in the video tutorial)
The bottom of the hat pieces should be rounded so they will fit around the circular base.
Your hat pieces should resemble the photo below.
Taking the time to shape your pieces before assembling them together will ensure they fit together and gives the hat a more realistic finished look.
Gently fold all of the tabs along the hat panels inward towards the wrong side of the hat.
Now it's time to begin assembling the hat.
Warning, this is the trickiest part of this project! It might take a round of practice before you get it just right!
Apply a line of adhesive along the wrong side of the hat following the curve of the hat panel.
Wait about one minute to allow the line of craft glue to become tacky.
Bend the hat panels inward towards each other and line the score line along the tabs with the edge of the other panel.
I find it's easiest to do this in sections. I start by aligning the first 3-5 tabs at the bottom of the hat. Hold them in place for a few seconds while they dry and then move upwards onto the next section.
Be sure to look at the hat from both the front and the back to make sure the score line is aligned with the edge of the other panel.
Repeat this process with the remaining section.
Use a craft clip to clip the top of the sections together and allow it to dry.
Repeat this process with the remaining hat piece that has two sections.
Now it's time to bring the two sections together.
To do this apply adhesive along the tab and overlap the sections, making sure to align the bottoms of the hat. Allow the adhesive to dry before moving on to the next step.
There should be an equal amount of spacing in between the stitching lines that mimics the other sections that are joined.
Join the remaining panels together using the same technique.
Adhere the "button" to the top of the hat.
STEP #6: FILL GIFT BOX WITH TREATS
Now it's time to fill your Baseball Hat Gift Box with paper shred and your recipients favorite treats! Once you've filled up the gift box, place the lid on top.
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