holiday gift box – a learning experience

Did you see the Moxie Fab World Blog last week?  It was all about holiday crafts – they had some wonderful designers showcasing great projects and everyone was invited to join in on the challenges.

One of the challenges was the All Wrapped Up Challenge  which called for creating a paper crafted gift bag, tag, box, gift wrap, etc. for the holiday season.  Several of the designers made gift boxes using a template that was provided by Leslie Webster (found here).  I’ve seen these types of boxes but have never actually made one, so I thought I would give it a try.  I found out that the template was just a tad off – I’ll explain a little later.  Here’s my box and matching tag.

I created the box with the template and paper from a My Minds Eye Christmas paper pack called called O Christmas Tree – it contains 54 sheets of 12″ glittered cardstock and is just beautiful!  And the best part is that I picked it up for 50% off at my local Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago.  I used a pretty pointsettia pattern for the top and a coordinated swiss dot print for the bottom.  Once I made the box I edged the top  with some burgundy satin ribbon from Michaels, because it was  a nice match for the paper.   The tag was cut from nestabilities and the sentiment is from Flurishes.   Here’s a look at the  side.

The tag was created using scraps left over from the paper – I cut out two pointsettias from a leftover piece of the box top and layered them onto the dot paper and mounted that onto some burgundy paper. 

When I went to place the top onto the bottom it really did not fit well and  I realized what had been nagging me in the back of my mind the whole time. 

We all know that when you have a box the top has so be just ever so slightly larger than the bottom so that it can fit over it, right?    Well, the way the template and instructions for this box reads is that you end up with two pieces that are each 4″ square.  When I put the top on the bottom… I kind of had to force it on and the bottom ended up a bit squished in each corner.  You can’t see this from the photo because I made one side look good to take the picture.

So – I will need to redo one of the pieces – probably the bottom since the top is already decorated.  But if I was doing this from scratch I would take the top and instead of scoring at 1.5″ on each side as the instructions call for, I would score at slightly less than that – perhaps a 1/8th inch smaller on each side which will allow the top to be slightly larger than the 4″ bottom.

Live and learn!!

Anyway,  when  I looked at the cost of the paper and ribbon I realized that this box and tag ended up costing me about 60 cents – what a bargain!  You can’t get a nice gift bag around here for less than $1!!   

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