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Gift box packaging tutorial

Gift box packaging tutorial
For the past few weeks I've been constantly reminded of how I need to throw out the mindset of "I just need this/that before I can do my project", and rather just use what I have. One of my big problems is that I make something as a gift and then usually can't find appropriate packaging. So I've decided to start making my own. It works out WAY cheaper and if I keep it simple it only takes 10min. Here is a basic tutorial so that you can make your own too. First choose and download a free template from Mirkwood designs for the type of box that suites your need then follow the tutorial. The tutorial below is for 'milk box' packaging, template here, but the same technique applies to all the different box shapes. Print straight onto cardboard or trace the template like I did, because the cardboard I had was too big. Cut it out and with the back of your scissors trace along all the lines that need to be folded. Now fold your box and stick it together. (Korean smiley face)

Templates Below are templates that you can use to make custom cards, envelopes, and boxes. Simply print out the image, use it as a template to cut your fine papers, and fold along dotted lines. Clicking on a link below will take you to an enlarged version and instructions that you can print out. Note: Some of my templates are Adobe Reader PDF files. Here are some useful tips and ideas: Use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the image to suit your needs. * I strongly recommend that you obtain a bone folder.

See Me Everywhere The Party Dress - Printable Pattern and Tutorial In case you missed my guest blog post on U-Create, here is my pattern for The Party Dress. I’ve updated a few of the steps and tried to clarify some things people had questions about. In thinking about my guest post for U-Create, there really was no question in my mind what I wanted to do. It had to be a dress! So let’s get started……….. **The Party Dress instructions and pattern pieces have been removed. I used Art Gallery Fabrics “Paradise” in Twilight Pond for my main fabric. I have a thing for fabric covered buttons – I L.O.V.E. them! And here’s my little Matilda Jane wearing “The Party Dress”. Now it’s time to party!

How About Orange It's the last stiffened fabric project and then I'm moving on! I wanted to try an oversized, realistic fabric rose just for fun. Make a template with six petals. I traced around a dinner plate and a small bowl on the back of some ugly wrapping paper. (Tip: if the paper is too curly, iron it flat and your life will be better.) I've included my feet so you can admire my cute socks. Prepare some stiffened fabric. Using the template, cut three flower shapes from the prepared fabric. In the first flower, cut a slit along one of the fold lines to the center. On each flower, overlap the two petals adjacent to the slit and secure with a little glue. While they're drying, curl the double-petal and single-petal cutouts. Heat the remaining flower petals one at a time with your iron and curl the edges back. At this point I stacked the pieces to see if they looked nice. So I cut off the point. I hot glued the petals together at the base, then added a felt circle to hide the trimmed ends.

DIY: map pendant This was my inspiration for the pendant in Callan's room. I didn't find an online tutorial, I just pinned the image so I knew how to find it when I was ready to wing this project. I'll tell ya, it was really fun to make - I loved seeing it come together, circle by circle. Here's a little how-to: {super easy} I started out with a plain, white, 22", paper pendant. I gathered a few vintage maps from a local antique store - one from California {where Travis is from, and where we lived for 6+ years before moving to OK}, one from New Jersey {where I'm from, born and raised}, and one from Oklahoma {where Callan is from}. {They weren't.} I cut out DOZENS of 5" circles. {I used a small Pyrex bowl as my pattern.} Then hot glued them to the pendant. I went through quite a few glue sticks. But the end result is so fun! It reminds me of a giant artichoke {ish}. At night time, the pendant glows with such a beautiful soft light - perfect ambiance for sleepy baby. {linking up with...}

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Tutorial: A Yarn Painted Greeting Card As you will soon discover (if you haven't already), I love making things using stuff I find around the house and in the recycling bin, one of my favourite places (especially since I cleaned it, yesterday). This project is no exception! A yarn painted card! Let's get down to business. Take your sheet of card stock. Take your mesh bag and cut a piece of mesh that is a bit larger than your card: about 1 inch wider in both length and width. Now you can, on a separate sheet of paper, draw out a design, but I just jumped in and improvised to my heart's delight! I took my yarn needle and threaded in some yarn. I wove in a little yellow circle going in and out of the mesh in a spiral. Um, time for another colour! Oh. And now I've filled the whole thing. So now, I machine-sew the mesh to the card, roughly a 1/4" from the edge of the card and all the way around. This is what it looks like from the front so far. See the white machine stitching there... So it looks like this. And voilà!

| – Get Your Creative Dose Quite a while ago I ran across the site of UK based Surface Designer Rachael Taylor . Her work is fantastic. Full of color, pattern, and imagination, Rachael takes the beauty of an object and creates lovely pieces such as pillows, fabric, tableware, lamp shades, greeting cards, and wall art. Her list of clientele includes: Paperchase, Graham & Brown, Target, and Hanes Paper just to name a few. Rachael was so kind to take a few moments to share with us an insight into her inspiration and her process as a surface designer. I have always been a creative/visual person from a young age & loved things like art, drama, dance, drawing etc. I look at a range of blogs like Print & Pattern , Poppy Talk , and websites like wgsn . Everyday is different which is what I love. The days I’m left to work on my own designs, I try not to have a plan or structure. I still honestly feel like I’m learning myself. I love screen printing.

Tutorial: Handmade Covered Buttons I LUV covered buttons! Have you noticed a spike in their popularity recently? I have. Let's do it! You will need the following: fabric scrapneedle and threadpolyester batting (not shown)flat plastic (I keep the plastic packaging that comes my way for craft purposes)felt scrapnarrow ribboncircle template or round thingpencil or markerscissorscraft glue To begin, draw out 2 circles on your plastic. Put a dab of glue on one of your plastic circles. Place your second circle on top. Draw a circle from your chosen fabric that is about twice as wide as your little plastic circles. Cut it out! Pull up the ends of the thread just enough to make a little fabric cup. In your little cup, layer a few pieces of batting. Now pull up the thread ends tightly so that the fabric comes around and over the batting and plastic circles. If you flip the thing around, it should now look like a button! Trim the excess thread. Cut out a little felt circle, slightly smaller than your button. Here's a shot of the shank.