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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) Related:  DIY projects

Tutorial – Fabric Covered Shoes | Hello! So I knocked up a quick ‘n’ dirty tutorial on how I covered the Christmas Dress shoes in case anyone else feels the need to fancify their shoes with fabric! This isn’t the most permanent method (I’m sure more sturdy glue would be needed) but it does do the trick if you need shoes to match an outfit *right now* and can’t find/afford a new pair! It certainly held up to a few hours of walking around on a dry summer night – wet weather might require the final step of waterproofing. The original shoes! What you will need: - a pair of shoes to cover. - your covering fabric. - scrap fabric to make pattern pieces from. - PVA glue, ie. - spray glue in a can – I found mine at the $2 store - a pencil 1. 2. 3. Glue scrap to shoe with spray glue Using your pencil, trace the outline of the shoe section on the fabric; I add in a little bit of seam allowance as well, which you can trim away later. Mark scrap with pencil Cut out the pattern piece from the scrap fabric – voila! 4. 5. Apply PVA to shoe

DIY Fancy Tops: Pretty-Up your Craft Space Ever wonder what to do with all of those jars you save? Perhaps you are like me and end up with a bunch of salsa and sauce jars full of your crafty stuff. I love putting small objects in clear containers, so I can see what I’m grabbing, but those drab lids HAVE TO GO. I used an old but never-fail trick to spruce up mine: decoupage. It’s SUPER easy (because that’s ALL I have time for) What you need: ◦ Mod Podge ◦ Sponge Brush ◦ Pretty Paper/Cardstock ◦ Scissors ◦ Old Glass Jars Lets make those lids PRETTY: 1. 2. (If you measured good, your flaps should line right up to the bottom of your lid, if not, don’t worry, you can trim them up a bit. 4. (Sorry for the lack of “How to make it” pictures. Hope you love this as much as I do. # kristanlynn xoxo

Holiday Gift Toppers / Holidays and Seasonal I’ve always felt that the way you wrap your gifts is just as important as what is inside the box. When you take the time to make a package extra special, it makes it personal and it shows you care. Here are six different ideas to decorate, personalize and add a little “punch” to holiday packages. Penguin Snow Globe To create the snow globe, punch out two xxx-large circles. Punch out a pair of penguins and adhere them to the globe using dimensional foam adhesive dots. Deer and Forest Topper Begin by punching out a XXX-Large circle from a scrap of patterned card stock. Striped Christmas Ornament To create this striped ball, take several colors and patterns of washi tape and run rows on a sheet of cardstock. Mice Giving Gifts Punch out a XXX-Large circle and three smaller circles or scalloped circles. Punch out three mice and three presents. Basket of Pears Punch out a XXX-Large circle from a patterned card stock. Sewing Badge Start by punching out a XXX-Large circle from a heavy card stock.

Life As Lou :: Magic Boxes: A Life As Lou Online Class :: January :: 2008 Due to popular demand, I am doing a tutorial on the Magic Boxes I showed off in some previous posts. To begin, choose your paper. You need six sheets of matching paper (preferably a heavier weight). Choose one for your outside, budgeting for a contrasting one for your lid, and 4 to create the inside boxes. Cut as follows (all measurement are in inches): Outside: 6 x 11 3/4ths Lid: 8.5 x 8.5 4 inner boxes: 8 x 8 The only challenging part of this project is creating the lid and inside compartments. 1. 2. fold the tips of your paper in so that they meet at the center. Fold in all four sides, and then unfold. 3. This fold gives you the sides of your box. 4. I have also colored four triangles. 5. 6. Do the same thing on the other side. 7. Repeat this process on your 8 inch and 8.5 inch papers. Now for the outside. 1. 2. To put the boxes in, first adhere one to the very top right corner, making certain that you are flush with the corner of the outside paper. Here are a few that I’ve made.

yellow pages version Here's a less pointy variation of the magazine gift bow. I used the yellow pages this time. Cut 1" wide strips from pages removed from a phone book. Stacking several sheets and slicing them lengthwise with a paper cutter or rotary cutter is quickest. Cut 5 or 6 full-length strips, depending on how full you'd like the bow to be. Form each strip into an "eight" shape, securing the ends in the center with tape. Arrange the longer pieces evenly to form a circle and staple it in the center. Repeat with the shorter set of loops. Mini Envelope- Template I’m in love with the idea of mini anything! How cute are these mini cards w/ mini envelopes? Throw them in the pocket of your loved one, put then in lunch totes, hand out as a cute thank you… You could even attach them to tea bags and give as a unique gift to any tea lover. The recipient will be able to read your little notes each morning as they enjoy there tea. Or place lemon wedges in cheesecloth, attach twine and serve in glasses of lemonade or iced tea at your summer get-together. Want to make your own mini envelopes? For the mini cards, just cut out 1¼ ” x 2” rectangles and fold in half. # kristanlynn xoxo

Accordion Fold Bow Today's bow(s) are super simple and can be made any size. If you feel like busting out some sewing skills, you can also make these from fabric (you might want a little interfacing on larger ones to help them keep a crisp shape though)! The best part is that you can alter these to make your accordion bow into a snowflake bow and then every bow is different! To start, select your paper or fabric (to get nice crisp folds in your end product and assure that it will spread nicely once open, I recommend using thinner paper rather than a card stock. I always use the ratio of one inch wide for every three inches long when cutting my paper into a strip to be folded. If you want a "perfect" looking bow, you can measure out inch increments on the back of your bow or score fold lines so each fold is the same size. Once it is folded you will want to staple it in the middle (or sew if using fabric), and then spread out your little folds to make a circular bow. A little Plain Jane for your taste?

Gift Wrapping Ideas Last night I was wrapping up my gift for the Cold Hands, Warm Hearts gift swap by Much Love, Illy and SandyALaMode, and I realized something. I may be "crafty" but I am sort of awful at wrapping presents. I rip the paper when I'm cutting it. I end up with way too much paper, which results in messy folds. Sure, I try to cover up the crumpled edges with pretty strings and fancy things, but I really wish I was capable of the beautiful packages I've seen on Pinterest! Ok, Martha Stewart is getting a little too advanced for me here. :] This is something I would do. Just GORGEOUS! Don't you want to go wrap up some packages all pretty now?

Make a gift bow from a magazine page In gift wrap emergencies when you've got the present but need some wrapping, here's an idea for turning a magazine page into a bow. There may be better ways to stick this thing together, but I used what I had on hand: staples and adhesive glue dots. Double stick tape or brads should work, too. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4" wide. Leave 3 of the strips full length. Cut one inch off 3 of the strips. If you're using a magazine that's 10 1/2" tall, you'll end up with: 3 strips, 10 1/2" x 3/4" 3 strips, 9 1/2" x 3/4" 2 strips, 8 1/2" x 3/4" 1 strip, 3 1/2" x 3/4" Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center. Layer the three longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Use other papers, like a map of your city.