Saturday, 2 February 2008

Thinking outside the box

The second demonstration at my workshop was a cool little box like this (decorated slightly differently). I’ve adapted it to metric so that it works with our cardstock and renamed it the 5-10-15-20 box.

Here’s how you make it:

1. Take a sheet of A5 cardstock (half a sheet of A4). Score down the length at 5cm.
2. Turn it the other way and score along the width at 5cm, 10cm, 15cm and 20cm.
3. There will be a small, narrow rectangle (the shaded area in the diagram); cut this away.
4. Cut along the short score lines – these are shown as solid lines in the diagram below.
5. Fold along all the score lines in the same direction. Apply adhesive to the narrow flap and join the box together.
6. You now have a box with four square flaps. Stand the box up with these flaps splayed outwards. Apply adhesive to three of them. Only three!
7. Turn the box upside down and assemble.

Flower box
Stamps: Birthday Best (p34)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Paper: Prints Designer Series Papers - Certainly Celery (p73)
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (chalks) (p82), brads – Rich Regals (p85), tissue paper shredded in paper shredder

I gave this box a cardstock handle but have also made them with ribbon handles, or pushed in the sides and closed, as in the cake example below. You could also cut the box down to make it shorter, to suit whatever you want to put inside. I think it's perfect for a small Easter egg.

Cake box
Stamps: Birthday Best (p34)
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (chalks) (p82), Gingham ribbon – Black (p86), ¼” circle punch

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  1. I love your cake box Helen, very cute.

  2. Cute boxes , I must try and make one sometime !

  3. Love them AND you made a pattern for us - you rock!!! CC

  4. Fabulous!! The first box is perfect for Easter projects! Thanks for the template!

  5. These are great - will definately try these. TFS!

  6. well aren't you just the cat's pajamas? these are too fabulous, helen!! terrific job, and excellent directions!

  7. Oooh I like it, I like it! What a great idea for V-Day gifts! TFS!

  8. Thanks for the pattern for the box and for converting to metric. lol It's just fabulous.

  9. hi
    thanks for coming on my blog !!
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    a bientot

  10. Love your boxes. I especially love the colors you used. Will definitely use that color combo!
    Happy Sunday!

  11. Your boxes are adorable! People are always asking me for boxes, I will have to try some of these - thanks for the pattern!!!

  12. I love these boxes!!

  13. I LOVE this box.. great job. Thank you for sharing!!

    Jessica Lynn


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