Sunday, February 24, 2013

Making treasures from trash {birthday box and card}

I created the following tutorial for  You can find all of the supplies I used in the ACOT shop!

We have a favorite cupcake shop in town, that has such cute little take-out boxes.  I am a sucker for containers and packaging, and as I was disasembling the box to put it in the recycling bin, I started to think dangerous crafty thoughts!  I thought that surely I could use this box as a template to create my own little box.  It was a great size box because when it was opened up, it fit on a 12x12 sheet of paper.  Today I'd like to show you what I created, as well as share some inspiration and resources so that you can become a box-making master! 

In addition to basic tools, here are the supplies I used today:

This is the box that inspired my project.  It's basically like an elongated "chinese take-out box".  

Sweet By Holly treat box

My first step was to carefully disasemble the box and trace it onto paper. Then I cut the outer shape.  Using the original box as a guide, I then began to fold and score the necessary lines.  I used my Scor-Pal to help me achieve clean edges.
Think about the paper you'll use.  I chose My Mind's Eye patterned paper, which is a cardstock weight paper,  but depending on what you plan to fill your box with, you may want to use thicker weight cardstock, like 100#, for heavier treats.  (Bazzill Card Shoppe is a great heavy thickness, if your template fits on 8.5x11)

treat box tutorial by laura williams, for

After trimming and scoring the box shape, I used the original  as a guide for gluing any edges that needed to be secured.  (I apologize for the lack of pictures of this step -sometimes I just don't have enough hands to fold, hold, secure, and photograph all at once!) 
To embellish my box, I kept it pretty simple.  I used stickers from SRM Stickers - this is my favorite sticker company! They make fabulous stickers that are so versatile and easy to use.  I especially love their collections for parties, weddings and graduations.  I  used a cheery cupcake sticker and adhered it to a diecut kraft circle.  I punched a hole in it, and tied it around my box with baker's twine from The Twinery.  Quick and simple, but perfect for birthday goodies! 

treat box tutorial by laura williams, for

To finish off my project, I created a matching card.  I used another sticker, and another diecut circle, and then assembled my card with layers of patterned paper, cardstock, plus a sentiment and scalloped border stickers, also from SRM.  

treat box tutorial by laura williams, for

I can totally see this box going in to my child's teacher, filled with treats - or even a small gift.  It would be great for a coworker or neighbor too! 

treat box tutorial by laura williams, for
Now, although I was completely inspired by my garbage (giggle giggle) there are other ways to create quick and easy gift boxes even if you don't have a take-out box to disassemble.  Thanks to the internet, if you Google the words "free printable box templates" you will find more resources than you can imagine.  Trust me - you will be totally inspired.  All you have to do is print the template on cardstock, trim, and score -  or print it on paper, trim it, and use THAT as a template.  For even more ideas, check out a lot of inspirational projects in Score, Fold, Create! by Annie's Attic.
Thanks for stopping by today to see my new take on recycling! I hope you're inspired to look differently the next time you see some unique packaging, and that you'll think twice about your trash - I mean treasures!


Sue D said...

Your card and box turned out really cute!!

Nancy Durant said...

Great tutorial, the photos are excellent and the box is adorable. So clever and crafty!

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