Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Picking a winner, and a bonus!

I've given up on The New Hamster. He just won't respond to the training. Once again, I've had to resort to the well-trained but slightly less interesting little metal bucket...


Thanks once again to everyone who left a comment for me on my blog friendship post - I was so touched by the lovely things you said! You made me feel all warm and fuzzy :-)

So warm and fuzzy, in fact, that I've decided to pick two winners, each of whom will receive a little goodie pack of pretty papers, embellishments and chocolate....

First name out of the bucket was:


Congratulations, Cate! I'll be in touch soon to get your details :-)

And then I picked:


That would be another Kate then lol.... Congratulations, my friend! I'll be in touch with you soon too :-)

Sorry if you're now feeling a bit disappointed. I always wish I could pick more people! But wait - I promised a bonus, didn't I? Here's a quick gift box tutorial for everyone who visits my blog xx

As many of you know, I'm currently teaching a weekly papercrafts class. I've been thinking about how I might share some of what we're doing, while still being fair to the people who are paying to take my class. I don't have a problem with sharing photos of finished samples fairly regularly, so expect to see those cropping up in my Project 365; I reckon it would also be OK to share an occasional tutorial for one of the items we make. This particular one isn't an idea that's original to me anyway (I've seen this box in various places online and in person), but it makes a cute little gift box and if you haven't come across this method already I thought you might be interested!

You need to start with a rectangle of cardstock. I picked out a piece of A5 and then trimmed about 2.5 inches from the width, setting the 2.5 inch strip aside for another project:


(So the rectangle I'm using in this example is approximately 8.5cm by 21cm, but the exact dimensions don't really matter. Basically, the finished box will have the same width at its widest part as the width of the rectangle you start with, and it will have a height which is half the height of your starting rectangle. The wider your rectangle is, the fatter (and squatter) the finished box; I prefer to start with a narrower rectangle as I think the finished box looks more elegant and in proportion this way. Experiment though to see what you like the look of!)

Start by folding the rectangle in half, creasing firmly, then opening it out again:


Next you need to find the midpoint of each of the shorter sides. I made a slight mark with my embossing tool, but you could just dot with a pencil if you prefer:


Score a line from the midpoint you just found, to the end of the crease you already made. Here's the first:


And once you've done them all, you should have a diamond shape scored onto your card:


Fold firmly along all these lines:


You should now be able to see how the box will take shape:


The box won't stay closed by itself, so you can add a sticker or a piece of tape to hold the flaps closed. I think it looks nicer tied with ribbon though, as follows...

You'll need to punch holes in the flaps so you can thread the ribbon through. First open the flaps on one side of the box, but hold the other side closed so you can punch the first hole through both flaps together:


I have a long reach single hole punch that I use, but you could use an eyelet setter or just poke a sharp point through to create the hole.


Then you need to open the flaps you've already punched and close together the two on the other side:


Punch a hole through both flaps together, as before:


Pop your gift inside the box then fold the flaps closed:


Thread ribbon through the holes and tie together. This can be the hardest step!! You can try cutting the end of the ribbon to a point, strengthening it by wrapping a bit of tape round it (you can cut the taped end off afterwards), or threading the ribbon into a large needle.


Assuming you can tie nice bows, there you go! And of course, you can add any embellishment you like to the outside of the box to 'pretty it up' :-)

One other idea though is to tie the ribbon into a loop, thus making a little hanging box - ideal for decorating your Christmas tree!


Or you could use them for a treasure hunt by hanging them round the house, with a clue to the next location hidden inside each box. Or hang a row along the mantelpiece as an alternative to Christmas stockings. Or... You get the idea!!

28 comments:

K said...

Nice tut Mel, shall be trying those boxes out, thank you.

well done Cate & Kate, thats the last time I try bribing that Hamster, he doesnt even pick a name let alone mine!!!!

Brighton Breezy said...

Hamsters are pants ...

Lovely little boxes - I think I may have to make a little fabric covered one or two or three or ... :)

Miss Smith said...

These boxes are gorgeous - just what I've been looking for to put little Christmas bits and pieces in! Thanks!

P.S. Illicit at-work commenting. Cool.

debs14 said...

Ohhh, a pretty tutorial appearing on your blog on my day off, it's almost as if fate wants me to do something crafty instead of housework ;-) I've just mastered the little origami boxes that 'tother Deb posted on her Paperturtle blog, it's about time I learnt another version and oh my, this one's triangular .....

JO SOWERBY said...

ah pretty tutorial mel. shame pooor kate won choccies as she's on a diet!!!!!
Jo xxx

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

humel said...

Kirsty - love it :-) I did wonder how you were managing to comment during a working day!

Deb - you can't argue with fate.... ;-)

Jo - I'll figure something out for Kate :-)

kel.light@journaljourneys said...

Well done to the winners! And lovely box, thanks for sharing!

scrappyjacky said...

Lovely little box,Mel...don't think I've seen this one before.
And there's a lot to be said for metal buckets re hamsters,if you ask me!!

Linda said...

What a fun box to hang on the tree! Great tutorial, Mel. Have a great day!

Sian said...

Nifty! I'm always looking for new ways to present sweets as gifts at Christmas. I really like the look of this one!

Cheryl said...

I now know why I don't rate hamsters, only joking well done girls. Lovely tutorial Mel would make a lovely alternative advent calender. Thanks for sharing x

Scrappi Sandi said...

That's an awesome giftbox...I think you'll see a few of those hanging from my tree this year....& what a fab way to hang the treasure hunt clues around too?!! Thank you so much for that inspiration!!

We had some of those free mints from Pizza Hut too...aren't they yummy...may just have to buy some more...which was the whole idea I guess!! I'm a marketing mans dream!!!

jennifer said...

Great tutorial Mel, thanks. I will definitely be making some of these for christmas time! x

Beverly said...

Yay, I was in the perfect mood for a tutorial!

Clair said...

Oh, I am loving those hanging boxes - so cute. How lucky are your class participants, learning your trick and techniques each week? :)

The Scrappy Tree said...

What a cute little gift box! The ribbon finishes it off just lovely :)
Congrats to the winners!
Gayle xx

Amy said...

Well, I will certainly try this one - quite different from my little square ones! Thanks for sharing this today Mel - I appreciate the tutorial because I LOVE little paper boxes :-)

SarahLP said...

Fab box and tutorial, Mel! I just received a very similar one this weekend - so simple yet so fantastic looking! Just imagine, all full of little choccies hanging off the tree.. mmmmm!


Sarah xx

Heather said...

great tutorial Mel! I love little boxes & I've not seen this shape before so its about time I sorted my scrap stash and got creating again :)))

alexa said...

Ooooh, that's a great tutorial! Thank-you!

Leonie said...

Gorgeous little box idea, thanks Mel :-)

The Creative Beast said...

this tutorial is wonderful Mel!! what a simple and darling box for small treasures =-)!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

those are adorable! I can see hiding chocolates in them on the tree!

Karen said...

This is an adorable box, Mel, and your tutorial is so clear. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel B said...

Congrats Cate & Kate and thanks for the tutorial Mel. You may be seeing those cute little boxes appearing on my blog soon x

Tracey said...

What a gorgeous box ... I shall have to give these a go for Christmas ... thanks for sharing the lesson! :)

Deb said...

Hi Mel ~ I'm making the rounds and playing catch up today. Just had to tell you that I LOVE this little box and the tutorial you did is great. I showed this to Carrie and we are definitely going to give this a try! xo

PS: Congrats to the winners!!!