Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Paper Baby Carriage For a Baby Shower

This baby carriage has wheels that work because there is an axle built into the design. I made fifteen of these baby carriages for a baby shower.  They are a labor of love because they take about an hour a piece to make. I hope the recipient loves them as they are on their way to France for a baby girl shower.

I used cardstock for the model, two brass plated fasteners(brads) and glue on pearls for the embellishments.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file

There are a lot of pieces.  Separate them on a table. There are eight wheels.  Align and glue two together to make four sturdy wheels.

Bend each canopy side inward.  I cut the ends of a brass plated fastener to about a half inch length.

Align the circles together and insert the fastener. Do not close the fastener yet. Repeat for the other side.

Bend the tabs of the carriage upward. 

Gently, bend the carriage into a U shape.  

Apply glue to the tabs on one side. The hole on the side is closer to the back of the carriage.  Make sure it is correct before you glue the side.  I like to use tweezers to hold one end and then I align the other top end.  The U shape is easy to adjust once the two top ends are aligned.
Repeat for the other side. 

Arrange the axle and handle pieces.  The handle piece has the shortest tabs. The white piece on the left is the handle.

 Fold the ends down and then curve the piece to make a tube.

 Glue the handle to one side of the main handle. 

 Roll into a tube and glue the other side.

 Rolled handle.

Slide on the flower with the largest hole in the middle onto the tabs.  Glue down the four tabs.

Glue on a flower to complete the handle on one side.

Repeat for the other side.

 Attach the canopy by inserting the fastener in the hole on the side of the carriage.

Repeat for the other side and close the fastener on both sides.

Glue a flower over the fasteners to hide them from view.

Roll the wide axle around a wooden skewer and glue into a tube. Repeat for the other axle.

 Insert the wide axle into the holes at the bottom of the carriage on each side. 

Repeat for the other axle.

Bend the tabs down and glue all the tabs down.

 Roll the narrow axle into a tube. Repeat for the second axle. It helps if you can find a small toothpick or wire to wrap it around and glue it.

Attach the axle to one of the wheels and glue the tabs down. 

Repeat this for the other axle.

Insert the small axle into the big axle piece. 

Attach a wheel to each small axle. Glue the tabs down on each wheel.

Glue the flower with the small hole to each of the axles.

Glue a flower on the brass fastener by the canopy.

Add pearl embellishments.

I curled the handle a little by twirling the handle downward.

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.