Lovin’ this little box …

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotI love looking at blogs where the artist creates adorable little gift boxes. I think gift boxes are such a lovely and fun way to present a gift to someone – in addition to the gift inside they also get to enjoy or reuse the box it came in!

I’ve never really tried to make too many boxes. I always thought it would be a bit time-consuming. Boy, was I wrong!

I made this little box in under two hours – I think it was more like an hour and a half from start-to-finish.

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I got the idea this morning when I was putting a new bar of soap in my shower. Yardley soap is one of my favorites, I especially love their English Lavender, and when I was flattening the box for the recycle bin it occurred to me that the box is the perfect size for a little gift of candy or a gift card – or both! So instead of adding it to the recycle bin I headed for my room and carefully opened the box on its side seam so I could use it for a template.

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I used a paper from my Ciao Bella Stack from DCWV and traced the soap box onto the backside of the paper (it’s easier to see the pencil lines on the white rather than the pattern paper). Cut the box by cutting on the inside of the pencil line so no pencil lines will remain that might be seen. Use a scoreboard to score lines on your paper in the same places the box has score lines. A bone folder will give you a nice smooth crease.

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I used the cut-out sheet and a coordinating paper from the same pack of Ciao Bella Stack from DCWV. I selected my title for the box and carefully fussy-cut that out, then cut about a two-inch strip of the coordinating paper to use as a wrap on the box. The Fiskars Lacy Doubles Interchangeable Border Punch was perfect to punch the edges on the wrap strip. All the edges – box, title and punched strip – are inked lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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I added a strip of Sticky Strips to the outer edges on the punched border strip. These will easily hold Poupon 717 Microfine Transparent Glitter and help to add a bit of glitz to the wrap.

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I used my ‘glitter painting’ technique on the title by squeezing out a dollop of Designer Dries Clear (DDC) onto a palette. I take a fine-tip brush and carefully ‘paint’ the DDC onto parts of the rose on the title cut-out then sprinkle with the appropriated glitter color. I used Juicy Fruit 99 and Just Peachy 162 Ultrafine Transparent glitters along with Poupon 717 Microfine Transparent glitter on the rose to create a variegated look. The leaves are done the same way using Leaf 114 Opaque along with three additional greens from a medallion of glitters. The rim of the ‘Love’ title is ‘painted’ with Tree Bark 524 Microfine Opaque.

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I love the look from adding glitter to die-cuts or stickers for that matter. It really helps dress up a plain-Jane and adds a nice touch of glitz to what, otherwise, might be flat and dull.

While the glittered pieces are setting aside and drying, it’s time to add the glitter to your Sticky Strips. This is so easy! Peel the protective cover from the strip and pour on the Poupon glitter. I always gently rub the glitter into the Sticky Strip before tapping the excess off.

Fold the box and add adhesive to the side to adhere together. I used the Xyron Mega Runner with permanent adhesive. Only the side seam needs to be adhered but I also added adhesive to the bottom flap so it will not open. Fold the box closed then wrap the wrap band around it to see where to crease the band. Remove and score so the band will wrap and lay nicely; secure to box with ends meeting in front (the title is adhered over the ends). I wanted my title to be domed so added three strips of adhesive foam tape to the center areas then used DDC to adhere the title to the box (this creates the dome).

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Fill with some Valentine candies for a cute little gift.

I also decorated some recycled jars for Valentine’s Day gift-giving. Visit the Art Glitter Blog for the tutorial.

18 thoughts on “Lovin’ this little box …

  1. Love your little box too Linda.. and I have done this same type of thing in the past when I had a box size I loved, but it was all “advertisements’… so traced and made one.. Think I’ll make some of these for Valentines.. or maybe to hold a gift of jewelry!! TFS!!

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