Hello and HAPPY FRIDAY everyone :) Today I have a fun little project to share with you. Last month a sweet friend of mine had a birthday and as part of her gift I wanted to include some buttons and other little doo-dads but wanted to dress them up a little. Who wants ugly packaging....right?? I had already made a little gift bag (can bee seen here) and little baubles would just fall out so I needed something else. I had decided to use a little cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon treatment and when I went to get a bag from my stash, I saw this....
Yup, we've all seen these cheap (usually just a buck) kraft boxes in various shapes and sizes in the big box crafty stores and many of us have even purchased a few with "good intentions". There it was, staring me in the face and I had a light bulb moment! It's PERFECT to hold little bits & baubles!! Now the hard part...what the heck to do to jazz it up!!
Well, I knew her crafty space was made up of soft girly colors so pulled out some stamps, patterned papers, cardstock, ribbon and assorted doo-dads that would match then got busy!!
- I started off with a piece of celery cardstock cut to size to fit around the base of the box and stamped the DeNami Gingham background on it, then edge punched it. I attached it using my ATG
- Next I marked where the bottom edge of the lid came to and using Chrystal Lacquer, I attached the gathered tulle skirt. (was purchased this way in the ribbon dept at Hobby Lobby)
- Using another edge punch, I punched out a little piece of pink cardstock for a trim accent (zig-zag) and adhered it with Chrystal Lacquer
- to finish off the base I made a little green bow. Using a brad, I attached the bow through the front of the box
Now it's time to work on the lid....
- I cut a piece of celery cardstock just a bit smaller than the lid stamped it using the gingham background again then punched the corners and adhered it
- I had some patterned paper with little rulers all over it so I cut them out and glued them around the lid. I made sure to use several different ones for a more eclectic look. To cover the seams and for a little fun element, I attached a few pretty buttons
I had a hard time deciding what to do to finish the lid, After much thought and sleeping on it, I decided to go with this....
- using the same gathered tulle I used on the bottom of the box, I made a little rosette. I secured the top and underside of the rosette with a punched scalloped circle
- I stamped and fussy cut some solid leaf vines and solid leaf sprigs. After a little fussing with where I wanted them, attached them to the underside of the rosette
- next I made a little sentiment flag. I cut one from the celery and a little smaller one from white cardstocks. I stamped the white flag using the DeNami polka dot background then stamped the Hugs & Kisses sentiment. After deciding where I wanted it, I adhered it to the backside of the rosette too
- using Chrystal lacquer, I attached the whole thing to the top of the box
- to finish it off I added one more button with a little twine bow
Well there you have it...a pretty box made for next to nothing! $.99 for the box, $0 for scraps of cardstock, $.35 for patterned paper, $0 for ribbon scrap, $0 for buttons in stash and $2.00 for gathered tulle. That's less than $3.50!! AND it's perfect to hold little bits and bobs. Now I need to make one for myself!!
I'll see you right back here on Monday :) Have a great weekend!!!