Christmas Treats???

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I can't even believe it's 92 degrees out and I'm making a Christmas item already! It was really fun though 🙂 My friend Patty called me the other day, and asked me if I could show her how to make the adorable milk carton holder on page 55 of the new catalog. Once I got playing with it, I figured I'd just take pictures as I went along and write up instructions for anyone that wants to make one. They're so much fun…believe it or not I hadn't even opened my Milk Carton Die yet!! I was surprised to find out how tiny the milk cartons are, I think they're the perfect size for lots of little treats.

For my sample I used Cherry Cobbler (my new fave!!), Soft Suede, Always Artichoke and Not Quite Navy for my milk cartons. My holder is made out of Early Espresso. For the decorative part of the milk cartons I used Very Vanilla card stock, and my stamping was done with the Winter Post & Serene Snowflakes stamp sets, same colors as the card stock. I don't think you can tell from the picture, but I also used the swirly texturz plate on the Vanilla card stock. 

For the "Do not open 'til Dec. 25" tag, I stamped it in Early Espresso, then I colored in the berries and leaves with a Blender Pen and Cherry Cobbler/Always Artichoke ink. For the sparkle I dipped my Blender Pen in Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.

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The ribbon through the tag is the new Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I also used Mini Library Clips, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Small Tag Punch, Small Oval Punch, and Designer Label Punch.

So, the milk cartons are a piece of cake, since they are made with the Milk Carton Die for the Big Shot. The stamped decorative pieces for the milk cartons measure 1 1/2 x 3". I started with one piece of card stock that measured 3 x 6", stamped and textured the whole thing, then cut it into 1 1/2" strips.

To make the holder for the milk cartons, start with a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 5 1/2", and score in 1" on all sides. Cut on the score lines as shown below and assemble like any open top box. This is the box bottom:

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Next, make the handle for the holder. Use two pieces of card stock, each measuring 3 1/2 x 6", score 1" from the bottom, and mark it as shown. This is to have a guide to cut the corners off. Make a small dot at 4 1/2" high on each side, and in 3/4" from each side at the top:

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Cut the corners of both pieces of card stock at the same time, then place the piece that is marked up facing inside so the marks don't show anymore. Adhere both pieces together, BUT do not put adhesive below the 1" score line. 

Cut a smidge off each side so the handle will fit snugly inside the box
(the handle measures 3 1/2" wide, and so does the box, so you need to
trim a bit off for it to fit in comfortably).

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Once the pieces are adhered together, fold out on the score lines so the center of the holder can stand up.

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Next, punch the handle with the punch of your choice (I used the Small Oval Punch). Place adhesive on the bottom of each side of the bottom, and place it inside the box…hold it in place gently, without sticking it down, until you put in the milk cartons so you can make sure the handle is in the center. Decorate as desired!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

7 thoughts on “Christmas Treats???

  1. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think this will be a great way to package the little trinkets I used to put in my grand kids’ Christmas stockings.
    Thanks again. Pam.

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