Hello my crafty friends. It’s good to be back, with a project that I have been promising you!
It’s been a big week in donnaisplayingpaper land! I uploaded a crafty shopping in Tokyo video onto my channel, and it has taken off! For those who missed it and are interested, you can see it here. It is a video three parts – shopping, back home in my apartment, and then out at a festival.
Today, I have a paper project for you that is not a card! I have used the leftovers from the set of ten cards that I made in a recent blog and video, and created a gift box to give them away in. You can see the stack of 10 cards in the picture above. The main features of today’s box that I wanted to have (and that make if different from other boxes that I have found on the interwebs) are
- it can be made without larger sheets of paper, and
- it is customisable to your own size and quantity of cards.
Usually on this blog, even when I’ve made a video, I try to type out all the instructions in full, but in the case of this box, it would be an essay of epic proportions, so I’m going to summarise a lot, and hope that you have the time to watch the video if you’re keen. You can see the video below. If you want to subscribe to my channel, you can click on YouTube at the bottom of the video and it will allow you to do that, while the video keeps playing.
I made the proportions to be 1/4″ bigger than my stack of cards on all sides. and used Neenah Classic Crest 110lb paper for the box. Any card of 300gsm or more would be sturdy enough.
I used a scoreboard to score all of my folds to give crisp lines. I can’t find the one that I use any more, so I’ve left links two boards below. PLEASE be careful. One is in cm, one in inches. The patterned paper pieces were all cut to be slightly smaller than the box panels. I used 1/16″ all the way around, but any distance is fine, so long as it’s consistent.
The picture above shows the box open, with what looks like a random strip of paper on the inside of the lid. That’s the catch, to keep the box in shape!
The final touch was a strip of leather that I had in my stash. I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial, and that you feel confident to give your cards away as gifts. They will be much appreciated, I’m sure!
Until next time, may your days be crafty!