Feb 12 2012
In an earlier post, I shared how I package my quilled ornaments in a little handmade gift box for craft shows. I gave general information and some tips, but have been asked to provide detailed instructions on how they are made. I created a tutorial in case you would like to know, too.
1. Cut a 5” x 5” square from heavy scrapbook paper or card stock.
2. Score the box 1” from each side (inside square of box will be 3” x 3”). Fold sides up at score lines and flatten back down.
3. Following the score line, cut 1” slits on two opposite sides of the square.
4. To make a nicer box corner, cut a small notch in each corner.
5. Fold up the box sides and glue the 1” tabs on the inside. You could also use double-sided tape or a tape runner, but I found that the glue held the sides together better.
The construction of the box lid is the same as for the bottom, but you will want to adjust your measurements so that: (1) the inside square is slightly larger than the bottom so the two box halves fit easily together, and (2) the sides of the lid are shorter than the sides of the bottom to make the box easier to open.
1. Cut a 4-3/4” x 4-3/4” square from heavy scrapbook paper or card stock.
2. Score the box 13/16” from each side (inside square of box will be 3-1/8” x 3-1/8”). Fold sides up at score lines and flatten back down.
3. Following the score line, cut 13/16” slits on two opposite sides of the square; notch corners. Fold up the box sides and glue the tabs on the inside.
That’s all there is to it. Just put your 3” x 3” square of batting into the bottom and you are good to go. As I mentioned in the previous post, I open the box so that the quilling can be seen and place the whole thing it into a clear sleeve.
The easiest way to make the box a little more special is to use two different coordinating papers for the box lid and bottom (this is what I do).
If you wanted a really fancy box, you could decorate the lid by: cutting the box lid square using decorative scissors so that the top had a pretty decorative edge, embossing just the sides while they are still flat before gluing the tabs, gluing decorative ribbon around the sides, making the sides even shorter and gluing a pretty ruffled lace around the edges, adding decorative stitching, etc. You are only limited by your imagination!