It's time for our next challenge over at Polkadoodles and this week we are 'MAKING BOXES'. It was my choice of theme this time and I love making projects that aren't always cards. My DT inspiration this week uses the 'A Home for Christmas CD', together with a template from the 'Paper Boutique - Volume 1 CD' and includes a tutorial on how to make my gift box, so here goes ...
Print out your chosen paper twice
and then put the two sheets back into the printer
and print the templates onto the reverse.
Cut out the box outlines, then score along the dotted lines
using the template as a guide.
Fold along all the score lines and burnish with a bone folder.
Ink all the edges with your chosen ink (optional).
Cut a piece of white scrap card to make a 8.7cm square
(these measurements are for the A4 template).
Stick this to the inside of one of the box sides to reinforce it
before cutting out an aperture using a Circle die.
Using a matching Scalloped Circle die and the next size down Circle die,
cut a frame from co-ordinating cardstock.
Cut a piece of acetate to fit the back of the aperture
and stick down on the inside.
Stick the die-cut frame to the front of the aperture.
Stick the flaps together on both sides to make the box whole.
(I use wet glue for this as it allows time to get the edges lined up).
Glue the flaps together to close the bottom of the box.
(Use a long handled paint brush to reach inside and flatten the flaps).
Add another 8.7cm square of scrap cardstock inside
to reinforce the bottom of the box.
Fold the top sections together,
pushing gently on the diagonal score lines
to create the 'milk carton' effect top.
Measure even spaces and punch two holes in the top of the carton.
Thread ribbon through the holes and tie to fasten.
Now your box is ready to decorate and fill!
Here's my finished sample with added embellishments from the CD,
all ready to fill with goodies for Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and found it easy to follow - I would love any feedback that you may have.
I shall look forward to seeing your projects over at the challenge blog.
Hugz, Jan xx