Miniature Boxes for IKEA Kallax (Tutorial + Template or SVG)

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This is the first of a two-part tutorial: Miniature boxes for IKEA Kallax (part 2 being the Kallax bookcase itself). If you are an IKEA fan, this is a must-make!

The Kallax is definitely one of my favorites of IKEA products. It’s simple and versatile. I currently have 5 units of it and Expedit (the older model) throughout the house. Naturally I have to make a miniature version of the bookcase.

Here you’ll find the templates and instructions to make miniature IKEA Kallax boxes that will fit neatly inside the cube bookcase.

dollhouse miniature wooden box

Materials and Tools for Miniature Boxes

The measurements of these miniature boxes are based on using a 1/16″ (~1.5mm) material. I normally use 1/16″ basswood. You can also use balsa wood or backing board/matboard of the same thickness.

Material options:

Tools to make this project 100000% easier:

I highly recommend Cricut Maker if you use basswood (don’t forget the purple StrongGrip mat and Knife Blade). Not only it does the cutting for you, it also cuts more accurately than a human can with a craft knife and a ruler. With this machine, all of your cuts will be straight, and in the right measurements.

Templates for Miniature Boxes

I’ve made two types of templates for this project, and each one in 1:12 and 1:16 scale.

Importing and Resizing SVG file into Design Space

For more details on importing SVG files into Cricut Design Space and resizing each shape properly, go to this post.

How to Assemble the Miniature Boxes

The assembly of the boxes is relatively straightforward.

cut pieces of miniature box

Glue the sides to the bottom piece, making sure all edges are squared.

assembly of miniature box sides

Then glue the front…

miniature box front is glued on

… and back.

miniature box fully assembled

Repeat to make as many boxes as you need. I made 16 of these boxes to go into my 4×4 Kallax cube.

multiple completed miniature boxes

Now head on to part 2: Miniature IKEA Kallax Bookcase!

miniature wooden box held by hand

Made your own? I’d love to know!

What motivates me the most is seeing you use my tutorials to make your own minis! There are many ways you can share your projects:

  • comment below to let me know (or if you have any questions about it–for the benefit of others also!)
  • link back to my site or this tutorial,
  • tag me on Facebook or Instagram,
  • share your version on my Facebook group!

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