Saturday, May 26, 2018

Graduation Hat Box

Graduation Hat Box

I am so proud of my husband. He graduated this week from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters Degree in Applied Economics. I made him this box to celebrate his lifelong ambition of getting an advanced degree in Economics.

I used cardstock and chipboard to construct this box.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file

 There are two size ovals.  Make sure that you keep them together.  The smaller ovals are for the bottom and the larger ovals are for the top of the box.

 The narrow piece (rim) forms the top of the box. Make it into a circle and glue. Repeat for the other wider piece.

 Bend down the tabs as shown above.

 Apply glue to all of the tabs.

Put the seam on the side of the box and add the corresponding oval which is - large oval & small rim - for the top of the box.  Place one of the larger ovals inside the box and the other on the outside.  
 Repeat for the bottom of the box which is -  small oval & large rim.
 Make the top of the hat by sandwiching chipboard between two pieces of black squares.
 Glue the top of the box to the center of the square.
 Glue six circles together to make the button on the top of the hat.
 Make the tassel. Take the strips of paper and fold in half.  Tie them together with the short strip of paper.
 Thread the charm through the short strip of paper and glue at the back point.
 Cut the tassel to make it even.

 Put glue in the center of the hat and add the tassel. Put glue on the button and put on top of the tassel.
Completed Hat Box.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Butterfly Square Box

I love butterflies.  I just planted some zinnias which attract butterflies and thought it would be fun to make a butterfly box.
 My pretty butterfly box with my newly planted zinnias in the 

 I made two versions.  One with flourishes on the sides.
 The other with no flourishes.  
The Butterfly wings slide together to close the top of the box.

I used 60 lb. cardstock to make the box.  Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

Hoping to see a lot of butterflies in my Zinnia garden!

Last year's zinnias.  I had at least twenty five butterflies visit my garden daily.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cracked Easter Egg Box

This cracked Easter egg box is a little difficult to make.  The side pieces need to be curved and glued to the face piece.  I recommend using tweezers to hold the piece in place until the glue dries.  It takes about 15 minutes to construct each box and about 6 minutes to cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

The closure tab on the side is slid into place to hold the top piece closed.

Here is the PDF file.

Here is the .Studio file.

I used 65 lb. cardstock to make the egg box.

Bend the tabs upward
The center of the closure tab does not get any glue because the top tab needs to slide through. Using the longest side piece, place one drop of glue on the inside of the closure tab that is bent toward the notches on both sides.  
Apply glue to each notch on one side. Now comes the tricky part. Attach the face to the notch. Hold in place with the tweezers until it adheres.  Curve the side halfway and adjust the edges.  Continue curving the side until all of the notches are glued. Please note that gluing starts at the bottom of the crack on the face piece.
 I used the tweezers on the other side too to help adhere the face piece.
Inside photo of egg.
Make sure that the zigzags are aligned before gluing the second side. The zigzags should be identical on both sides.
Repeat the above directions for the top of the box.
Glue the sides together by putting glue on the outside of the bottom piece and adhering the tab to the inside of the top piece.
Glue the flower to the center of the closure tab as shown.
Glue the polka dotted sides as shown.  There is a right side and a wrong side.  Make sure that the bottom zigzag edges align. 
Repeat for all of the sides.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Valentine's Day Cupid Love Box

I love this new version of my Love box.  The Cupid's hearts are intertwined at the bottom of the heart. The hearts are held together without glue or tape. The box has a top closure and it can hold four Hershey kisses. It is a lovely box to give to your sweetheart.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

❤️Happy Valentine's Day!❤️

Friday, December 1, 2017

Small Christmas Box for Cookies

This small Christmas box can hold a few small cookies and candies. It is a perfect gift to give to a teacher, postman or neighbor to wish them a happy holiday.

The box was made from 65 lb. card stock paper.  The background paper is vellum which is a very thin transparent paper.  As a alternative to cookies or candy, you can add a battery operated candle inside for a pretty holiday decoration.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shower Party Decorations with a Sliceform Heart and a Sliceform Wedding Bell

I had a wedding shower party at my house for my daughter.  Of course, I had to make paper decorations.  Here are a few of the decorations.. a sliceform heart and a sliceform wedding bell.
Sliceform Heart and Wedding Bell

Here is the PDF. 
Here is the .Studio file.

The slice form wedding bell and slice form heart have similar directions as the slice form bride.  Please refer to those directions to Slide one slit into another...first the bottom slit and then the top slit...stacking them one on top of another as you go.  Tape the outside edge and then glue to the backing.  I use two backings to give it extra support.
Happy Wedding Shower Day!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Triskele Sphere and Cube

Triskele Sphere and Cube

I came across a triskele sphere at this website, I was intrigued by the sphere and I tweaked their design to make my sphere.

Two sizes of the Triskele Sphere

I then decided to modify the height of the arc by decreasing its size. In doing so, I discovered that I had to increase the width of the band to accommodate the difference.  These modifications of the original triskele design resulted in a cube.

Triskele Cube

Here is the PDF:

Here is the .Studio file:

My patterns include two sizes  for each of the triskele balls. There are three bands which interlock to form the structure. Here are the directions to construct the smaller one.

To construct the larger one, glue two of the larger designs together to make one band.  Repeat to make the other two bands. The construction is the same as the smaller one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cherry Blossom Three Tiered Wedding Cake Box

Cherry Blossom Wedding Cake Box

My daughter, Katie got married and I made this paper box to replicate her wedding cake.

Katie's Wedding Cake

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

I used metallic white Neenah cardstock from their Creative Collection that I purchased at Office Depot.  The flowers were made with two colors of pink cardstock from Michaels.

There are a lot of similar pieces to make this wedding cake.  I would recommend cutting out the box bottom pieces first so that you do not mix them up with the top cake pieces which are slightly bigger.

 Glue the box bottom side piece into a circle.
Fold the tabs inward as shown above and put a drop of glue on each tab. Insert the inside box bottom piece to form one layer of the bottom.
Put a dot of glue on each tab near the edge of the circle.  
Adhere the outside box bottom circle to complete the bottom of the box. Set it aside.

Now cut out the cake layers.

Glue the layers into a circle as shown.
Fold the tabs of the smallest layer inward and glue in the inside smallest circle.
Glue the larger small circle to the top of the cake.
Fold the tabs of the smallest layer outward and put glue on the tops of the tabs.
There are two small rings. One of the rings is slightly larger than the other. Using the slightly larger ring, slide it across the smallest layer and attach it to the tab.  It will look like a top hat.
Fold the top tabs on the middle layer inward and the bottom tabs outward as shown above on the left.
Put glue on the top tabs.
Attach the smallest layer by matching up the seams. Make sure they are aligned so that the final product will look nice. Note:  gluing is a slow process. Make sure all of the edges are aligned and that it looks like a round circle.
Glue the smallest ring into the interior.
Put glue on the top of the tabs. There are two small rings. One of the large rings is slightly larger than the other. Using the slightly larger ring, slide it across the middle layer and attach it to the tabs. It will look like a top hat with two layers. Sorry for the bad picture but it will look like the above photo.
Fold the tabs of the largest layer outward and put glue on the tops of the tabs.
Attach the largest layer by matching up the seams.
Glue the large ring to the interior.
Embellish the cake box with flowers or ribbons.  Notice that all of the seams are aligned.  
 I pinched the petals upwards to create a 3-D effect and I added a bead to the center of the flower.
I added two rows of beading around the cake.  I added a third row of beading to the bottom of the box so that it would look nice when it was separated from the cake.

I made a white version to give to a neighbor.

Happy Wedding Day!