Saturday, April 26, 2008

Simple Little Box Tutorial

This is a variation- of a really simple little box I designed back in January for Valentine treats. One of my blog readers asked me to help her with resizing it to accomadate a project she was doing for her scout troop...the finished size for this resized box is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2. Click HERE to see those Valentine boxes from my January post...their finished size is 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2". So, as I've been promising, here is that tutorial (the directions below are for the larger box...the one pictured today) ~

Basic Supplies needed~

Fiskar Cutter/scorer

(optional, but very helpful) Scor-Pal


Roll on adhesive

Stamps, Ink & Accessories to decorate the box

Step 1: Cut Cardstock 9 1/2 x 5 1/2

Step 2: Score (long) 1 1/2" on both sides

Step 3: Score (short) 1 1/2, 4, 5 1/2 & 8"

(See photo below...all black lines are score lines)
Step 4: Cut into score lines on the sides, cut out 2 outer squares on one end (see left side of photo) and trim/cut-out all shaded areas (see photo)
This is what your box will look like after all the trimming and cutting has been done ~ Step 5: Flip box over so you're looking at the outside and apply adhesive to the 4 small flaps and adhere those flaps to the inside of the box (the flaps with the black squigly lines are the adhesive flaps) ~ This is what the box should look like when it's finished ~

When I first designed this box, I wanted all the flaps to fold in, so it would hold itself closed. But you can also tuck the side flaps in and use a ribbon, magnetic button or velcro to hold the front flap closed if you prefer (click HERE to see an example of the flap being left out in my Elzybells box).
Another option is to make a sleeve for the box as I did here...I just took a 2" x 10" strip of paper, decorated it, crimped it, then wrapped it around the box and adhered it together. Very, very simple : ) !

If you want to make the smaller Valentine Boxes (which hold a peppermint patty) just cut your cardstock 3 x 5", score (long) both sides 1/2", and score (short) 1/2, 2 1/4, 2 3/4 & 4 1/2".

Here is another example of the smaller Valentine box . Great example of how you can completely change to look of a project just by changing the cardstock and stamp set. I used the Baroque Motifs stamp set, SU Brushed Silver Cardstock and Shimmery White Cardstock. The Tiny Red rhinestone brad & polka dot sheer ribbon were the finishing touches. The ribbon was mostly for decoration, but it does help to hold the box closed.

So, there you have it. It's a very simple little box that can be made with just a few basic supplies and can be used in lot of different favorite kind of project...Easy and Versatile : ) ! Hope you enjoy the tutorial, let me know what you think!!

Supplies for the blue box ~ Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Fast Flowers Wheel Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Pink Passion Ink: Ballet Blue, Pink Passion Accessories: 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle punches, Paper piercing tool, Silver brad

Supplies for the silver box ~ Stamps: Baroque Motifs Cardstock: Brushed Silver, Shimmery White, Basic Black Ink: Basic Black, Real Red Accessories: Red rhinestone brad, polkdot black ribbon

Have a great weekend : ) !!!


pescbrico said...

Really lovely! Thanks for sharing! Just to let you know, the second link where you said click HERE... those not work for me but maybe it was just for me! :) Have a wonderful day.

nancy likttrell said...

Nance, I love your professional easy to follow tutorials. Your little boxes are so versatile. I esp. like the last box with the ribbon closure. TFS

Janean Campbell said...

Great little box. I've gonna give this a try and see if it'll work for a project I'm working on.

Dawn Easton said...

Fabulous tutorial Nancy!!! Very well written and fantastic pictures to follow all along the way! Will have to give this a try soon! TFS!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

These boxes are so cute! I'm gonna have to try one!

Marion said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial Nancy. We're off to the coast with friends for the weekend and your boxes will make the perfect after-dinner-chocolate holders to place on the table.

Thanks again!

Terry Molineux said...

Nancy grat tutorial..TFS Your creativity amazes me and how you can accmmodate different size. Just whaat I need because I am directon challenged.

Leslie Miller said...

What a fabulous design, Nancy! Each style is so clever. I love the crimped sleeve, too. Great tutorial!