Well hello there! How happy are you that it's Friday? Woohoo! Isn't it funny how tired we can be, and all of a sudden perk up on Friday afternoon? That's how I feel today!
I thought I'd share with you a cute little box that I created for my downline meeting last night. It looks sort of like an envelope on the front, but it's a box, plus it has a handle…so I don't really know what to call it! As you can see it holds a small cello bag of conversation hearts…I think they actually sell little bags of those hearts now, but we filled our own.
I've also included the dimensions and instructions below, plus you'll see the neat way I made my closure too!
Ok, here we go…you're going to start with a piece of card stock that measures 5-1/4 x 9-1/2".
I've drawn over the score lines with pen so you can see it on my grid paper. You're going to score at 1" along each long side, then when you flip your paper you'll score at 1-1/2", 2-1/2", 5-1/2" and 6-1/2".
Now you'll cut off the sections that I've put x's on…basically you're making your envelope looking flap out of this part, so you don't need the sides.
Once you've cut off the sections shown above, you need to make your envelope shape on your flap. I marked my paper at 1/2" down on each side, and 1-5/8", then connected the marks to cut the angles. Does this make sense? You can probably visualize it better by just making your look like the picture above! This is also when you'll cut the little tabs to make the sides of your box, see that up there?
Now put a little sticky strip on the flap on the OUTSIDE of the box like above, and on ONE of the long flaps on the INSIDE of the box, like shown below:
Now adhere it together and your box will look like this:
So then I was thinking, how on earth am I going to get that flap to stick in place, when it's going so far down on the front of the box? I definitely don't have a punch that will reach that far! So I came up with this idea, and it works really well!
First, punch a hole using your horizontal slot punch in the paper of your choice, especially with this design, it doesn't much matter what color you pick, because it won't be seen anyway!
Next, center that punched hole inside your 1-1/4" circle punch, so you end up with this:
Now, when you tuck your flap into this, you're going to need it to pull away from the box a little bit, so I used a piece of sticky strip for the top of the circle, and a glue dot at the bottom of the circle, so there's a little gap in the middle with no tape, that's where the flap will tuck in.
Now tuck your flap into the slot, with the adhesive ready to go and facing inward toward the box, then when you close the flap down on the box, the adhesive will automatically be stuck in the right spot…
Next I put on a couple of dimensionals, so when I put on the embellishments I DO want to see, I'll still have room to tuck in the flap.
If you can't see by the picture at the top, I used my crop-a-dile and set silver eyelets in each side to run my ribbon through for a handle. I also used the new eyelet border punch, along with the Love You Much stamp set, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, and the card stock is Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White.