Today, I’m going to show you how to make these adorable self closing boxes because we love to buy girlfriend gifts. And sometimes, those girlfriend gifts are difficult to gift wrap — like those regular 8 oz. lotions and 10 oz. body scrubs from Bath & Body Works.
Here is a wonderful and creative way to make a gift box. And, it is a great way to use your stash of 12″ x 12″ designer series paper!
For this project, you need your 12″ Stampin’ Trimmer, a bone folder, a ruler, your paper snips, the Detailed Trio Punch and a very strong adhesive — like tear & tape adhesive, and one sheet of pretty 12″ x 12″ designer series paper. TIP: If you paper has a directional pattern with an upside, add a paper clip to the top!
Starting with the top of the designer series paper (the one with a paperclip) against the rails of the trimmer ruler, score at 5.5″ and 11″.
Rotate the top of your designer series paper counterclockwise (left), so that the top is on the left side of the scoring track. Score at 1.5″ and 10″.
Rotate the top of your designer series paper counterclockwise again, so that the top is now furthest from the rails of the trimmer ruler (or upside down in the trimmer). Score a partial score line down to the first score line at 3.75″ and 9.25″. These partial score lines will form the base of the box. Fold and burnish all score lines.
Put your trimmer away, and grab your ruler and bone folder to make some diagonal score across the two large rectangle panels — score from the top score line to where the partial score line meets the bottom score line. Repeat with the other large rectangle panel. You should end up with two upside-down triangles. Gently pinch along each of the four diagonal score line to give the box its unique self-closing contour.
From the bottom, cut up to the first score line to create four tabs for the base of the box. Add tear & tape to three for the four tabs.
On the right side, remove the two small rectangles at the top and bottom edge. Add two strips of tear & tape to the pretty side (outside) along the edges of the long 1″ rectangle. Remove paper backing from the tear & tape. To prevent the seam from showing, attached the tear & tape to the backside of the pretty paper. Now attach the bottom tabs for form the base of the box.
Pinch the top of the box closed. Using the corner rounder in the Detailed Trio Punch, press firmly through the two thicknesses of designer series paper in order to round the top corners for a finished scallop look. Decorate your box as desired.
As you can see this works great with thicker Specialty Designer Series Paper as well as the regular Designer Series Paper. Just remember to score with a light touch when using the regular Designer Series Paper to minimize the potential for tearing.
It is a great way to use designer paper from your paper stash. If you’d like to purchase any of the products used in this tutorial, please click on the links provided.
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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!