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Create Your Own Paper Gramophone – With Music Box

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Posted on January 13, 2022 by Jan Hunter

Take a step back in time as you make this fun Gramophone from The Cutting Room Designs Store.  The box is roomy enough to add a display turntable and a sound box with just a few adjustments to the original design. Add an Art Deco stand for the horn and a few other embellishments and you’re on the way to a fun conversation starter.

You’ll need:

  • Electronic cutting machine and associated software (Skycut C24, SCAL 5 pro)
  • Black, white, Rose gold metallic cardstock, silver metallic cardstock
  • Black vinyl (optional)
  • ½ inch foam (cut 2 or 3 at the measurement of the box top)
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Display turntable (Amazon – 8” diameter)
  • Recordable Soundbox (Invite By Voice)
  • Music (Kindness by Vlad Gluschenko)
  • Cabbage Rose embossing folder (8.5 x 12 Teresa Collins – retired)
  • Wide-format embossing machine (Eg. Big Shot Pro, Cut ‘n Boss, etc)
  • Hot glue gun

Before you begin cutting, you’ll need to alter a couple of pieces of the cutting file.

Box Top

Center a circle measuring 6” wide on the box top SVG.  Once the circle has been centered, highlight both the square and the circle and select Path in the toolbar and back minus front.  You’ll need to cut two (2) of these pieces.  One from some chipboard and the other from cardstock (if no chipboard is available, cut 3 pieces of cardstock), to provide a little more stability for the box top.


Do not cut the piece that has the opening for the drawer.  You won’t be needing the drawer for this version.  Cut an extra of the side piece.  They are all the same measurement.  In the center and near the lower edge of one piece, place a ½ inch circle.  This will be used to thread the power/USB cord that is attached to the display.

Cut two box bottoms.  One for the inside and a second for the outside.  They will help to support the weight

Holder for the horn

If you want the art deco look used for this piece, assemble the pieces going left rather than going right as instructed in the pdf included in the file.  You will still follow the number sequence (1, 2, 3, ….), but just go the opposite way.  Fold in and glue the extra “tabs” on the pieces.  Add decorative panels (cut an extra set of these pieces and trim the tabs off) if desired.  None were used for this project.


Assemble as directed in the pdf.  All of the panels were embossed and glued in place.  Trim any excess if needed.  This will add some additional weight to the horn, but it does add a beautiful touch to finish that piece off.  TIP:  Adding the embossed panels to the horn is easy. If you have a problem getting an end to “stick,” use a clothespin, small binder clip, or paper clip to hold in place while the glue dries.

Record Label

Using the record with the spiral, highlight the small circle and the circle as shown below.

Copy and paste both circles to another part of the mat.  Once again, you’ll use the Path dropdown and select back minus front.  You now have the shape of your label.  Using the color palette, select pattern and fill the label with the Rose Gold Floral pattern of your choice.  If desired, personalize the label.  In this case, the name of the music, Kindness, and the name of the composer was added to the label.  Make sure to set the type to Print to Cut Print.  Print and cut according to your software’s instructions.


Cover a piece of cardstock with a piece of matte or glossy vinyl.  You’ll use the same cutting settings as for cardstock.  Make sure the spiral section of the record is set to score.

Reminder:  Do not cut the pieces for the drawer. You won’t be using them.

Turntable cover

Cut an 8” circle in black cardstock or black velvet for the turntable if it is white.  The record will not fill the turntable.

Cut the remaining pieces for the box and decorative panels (if desired) and organize them for assembly.  Before you begin assembly, read through the pdf included with the file.  There are some good tips in there and it will help things go smoother as you “build” the gramophone.

Follow the steps for assembly of the box.  However, adhere one of the two box bottoms to the inside of the box.  Do not glue the top corners of the box together yet.  Leave that step for a little bit.

Stack the foam sheets in the box bottom.  Set the display turntable on the top of the foam – you want the turntable to rise above the point where the top of the box would be.

Make any adjustments.  The foam used here required 3 sheets.  Remove the foam and using some double stick tape, secure the sheets together.  You can add a piece of tape to the base of the stack and secure it in the center of the box bottom.  Set the turntable in the center of the stack.  Thread the power cord/USB through the hole in the back of the box.  Set the box to the on position.  The turntable will rotate when the cord is plugged into the power source.

Record the music to the soundbox following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Place the box in a corner (but on top of the foam).  Make sure that the box is turned on.  The button will be attached to the outside of the box.  Again, a repositionable glue dot was used for the project so if the batteries run down, you can remove the soundbox and replace the batteries without damaging the outside of the gramophone box.

NOTE:   remove the turntable before removing the soundbox if you need to change recordings or batteries.

Once these two components are in place, Glue the upper sides of the box together. Adhere the box top. Add the turntable. Place the record as desired.  Determine exact placement of the horn, needle, and soundbox button and secure.  Use some hot glue for the horn and a glue dot for the button.

If desired, add additional embellishments and decorations as desired. The label was created using a shape from the library, the icon was added and sized to fit on the label.  Use the foil quill and rose gold foil to draw the icon and established date.  Make sure you add a couple of holes for the brads.  Pop up the label using some dimensional foam.

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