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!!