Friday, May 14, 2010

Lotsa Boxes Tutorial - Again

With the summer craft fair season almost upon us, I thought I would share this post again. These make up fast and easy and are quite addictive!  They are a great extra give-away to include with jewelry sales.  I know my customers love them.

These cute little boxes are a good way to use up all those leftover greeting cards.  I have also picked up greeting cards at yard sales and thrift shops EXTREMELY cheap!  They are lots of fun to make and go together really fast.  I made a ton of them one evening and put them in a big basket in my craft fair booth and gave them away as an extra little gift to each of my customers.

Step 1:  Gather the following tools and supplies:
- Leftover Greeting card
- Quilting ruler
- Glue stick
- Rotary cutter
- Bone folder

Step 2:  Cut the greeting card in half at the fold with the rotary cutter for a nice straight cut.

Step 3:  Cut about a 1/16 inch sliver off one short end and one long end of the inside half.  That way the bottom of the box will fit nicely into the top.

Step 4:  Take the bone folder and score both cards 1 inch (2.5 cm) from every edge and then cut 1 inch (2.5), using the score lines as a guide, on the short ends only to the score lines (see the picture).  If you would like a deeper box, then make your score lines farther away from the edge.

Step 5:  Bend in all score lines on both cards.  Glue the short tabs on the ends inside the longer end tabs.

And now you're done!  You have just made a cute little gift or treasure box from a recycled greeting card.  Anyone have any ideas for what to do with all the leftover envelopes?


Unni Strand said...

That looks fun! Maybe I should go through the greeting-card box we have and use the cards no one will use! (The ones with underwear adverts and so on.)

How is the new studio house project going?

Mary Zoom said...

Have fun making boxes! They really do go so fast! I did a ton of them in one evening watching TV.

The house is going slow but sure. I am applying for a grand to restore the front porch. Wish me luck!