Monday, June 2, 2008

Grad Gift Box

Today's "Try a new technique" challenge (TLC171)at SCS was to make a 3" gift box, decorate it, and make coordinating 3" notes and envelopes to go with it. I used this challenge to create a graduation gift box for my daughter Katie...she'll be receiving a Bachelor Degree in Radiologic Science next week : ) ... doesn't that sound impressive? I'm very proud of my girl and all her hard work, and wanted a special way to give her a little graduation cash. I have to admit, this isn't an entirely original idea...I saw a box similar to this at Walmart last week. It looked pretty simple, so I thought I'd give it a try. I think I'll roll the cash up inside the "diploma"! I'll add some chocolate and maybe some tissue paper, but for the sake of the photo, kept it simple. Here how it looks when the box is opened ~ I used a "Build A Brad" for the center of the cap : ) ... it was perfect ~ And here is a classic black, white & silver set ... the box closed ~
The box opened ~

The envelope ~

You can't really see it in the photo, but the brad on top of the cap is a Hodgepodge Hardware Silver Star embossed brad. I also used a star for the "seal" on the envelope and on the notecard too.

You can find directions for a simple 3" box template and envelope template at SCS...just click HERE. I created mine as I went...starting with a basic 3" box template I have, but the SCS resource above is great, especially for the envelopes.

This isn't a complete tutorial, but I'm happy to share the basic dimensions of my pieces and the basic steps...I hope it helps:

Cap top layers: 4 7/8", 4 5/8" & 4 3/8" (for the DP version, the 2 smaller layers are 4 3/8 & 4 1/8)

Piece under cap to make it a lid: 6 x 2 7/8, scored at 1 1/2 & 4 1/2

Box base: 6" square, scored at 1 1/2" on each side

My notecards are slightly smaller than 3" square. I made the box first, then realized the 3" notecards would be too small, so I adjusted the dimensions a bit. The envelopes are a lot like the ones suggested at SCS, but I just folded and scored mine around the notecards, so I'm not sure about the exact dimensions. Here's are a couple photos of the envelope:


This box is really pretty easy to assemble. I adhered the 3 cap layers together. Added the brad. Then decorated the lid piece, and adhered it to the cap, using carpet tape (it's a lot like sticky strip, but comes in wider strips). That way, the brads from both sides are hidden between the layers. I used stretchy silver cord to create the tassel.

Supplies for the Pink Cap~ Stamps: Fresh Cuts (for you), It's all good (dream big) Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Bali Breeze DP, non-SU silver Ink: Regal Rose Accessories: Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Build a Brad, Rose brads, Ticket corner punch, 3/4 & 1/2" punches, Designer Label punch, Small oval punch, 1/4" gg Burgundy ribbon, Silver stretch ribbon, Self adhesive clear rhinestone

Supplies for the Black Cap ~ Stamps: Fresh Cuts (for you, It's all good (dream big) Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, non-SU silver paper & reflective cardstock Ink: Basic Black classic ink Accessories: Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Small Oval punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Square punches, Small star punch, 1/4" gg Black ribbon, Silver stretch cord, self-adhesive clear rhinestone

Dream Big & Have a great day : ) !!!

25 comments:

ScrappyHappy said...

Those are so adorable and creative! I love the pink one!

Nancy Riley said...

OMG, Nancy! These are AMAZING!!!!!! You are somethin' else, my friend! So very creative!

Dannie Graves said...

WOW! These are incredible. I never would have thought of making a graduation cap into a box. Thanks for sharing the idea and the directions. ~Dannie

Sara in WI said...

So fantastic! You are the "bestest!"

Vicki (CraftCrazy98) said...

OMG I love all of these!! Totally cool and creative!

Tricia said...

Incredible!! I love the pink one!!!

Pauline said...

What a great blog you have; great cards every one of them. Please, can I add you to my favourite's list?

Flossie's Follies said...

WOW, this is great, what a wonderful idea for a graudate gift box, love the cap idea.

Kelley H. said...

Nancy, this is so cute! I'll have to try and make some for my sons and his friends! They are so cool!

Denise... said...

What a GREAT idea!!! thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

Nancy, these are awesome! Wow! Your rock! TFS! =)

tonya said...

You never cease to amaze me!!!! WOWZA!!!! These are great!!!

Trish said...

Amazing! I love the money roll diploma, and the box!!

Dawn O (dostamping) said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

nancy littrell said...

Wow.So creative, fun and what a Practical gift for a Poor graduate :-) TFS all the details too.

Regina Cornelius said...

Genius!!! what else can be said??? i must case. My Nephew graduates this weekend! thanks for the inspiration!!
regina

kobefamily said...

OMG - how cute are these boxes!

pescbrico said...

Oh Nancy, this is simply outstanding! I LOVE This!!!

Janean Campbell said...

What an awesome project...Love it..

Judy H. said...

Omigosh! How stinkin' cute are these!!! These are awesome! And so timely!!! Judy H.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

WOW! I love this...what a great project with such fabulous execution! thanks so much for sharing!

lisa808 said...

I love this! My niece doesn't graduate until NEXT June, but I'm already going to start working on one for her. Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for the idea of folding the money like a diploma.

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooo much for this idea!!! I was looking for something simple and extrodinary (sp)and this is it!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Launa

gift to the Philippines said...

Its so cute what a wonderful gift box I like it. Thanks for he tutorial keep posting!

vitton

Hank hendricks said...

This is simply outstanding..I wish to have it...and a card put into a Gift Card envelopes.