I use the clear card boxes all the time to hold… well… cards….
But I love the sturdiness of the plastic. Its heavier than typical acetate sheets so I wanted to try using one to create a treat box. This was pretty quick and easy, and ended up pretty sturdy once the base was glued on.
So here is my tutorial on how to create the box.
First, cut all the flaps off both sides of a 1″ thick card box. Then flatten the box, matching up the two thin sides and crease the plastic down the center of what used the front and back of the box.
Then shape the plastic into a square. Don’t worry if its a little wavy – gluing on the base will straighten it.
For the base and the top, cut 2 pieces of card stock or heavy patterned paper 4 1/4″ by 5 3/8″. Score all 4 sides 1 inch in from the edge. Clip the score lines of the short sides to where they meet the cross score. The sides will fold up and the cut tabs fold in to make an open box for the base and the top (you can see a picture below).
Go ahead and glue the tabs in to form the box for the lid (see below). For the base, its easier if you glue it together while you are gluing in the acetate sides. I like to use my ATG or Scor Tape for this part (I hate holding stuff while glue dries).
I planned my box decorations before I adhered my base.
Using the boxes, there will be a seam along the front of the box that you may want to cover. I adhered a matted strip of patterned paper over the seam. (all the paper used here is from the Frosted Winter Paper Kit).
The boy and dog sledding are from the Lets Go Sledding Cling set (with images from Eat Cake Graphics). Too cute! That is one happy doggie!
The snowflake is just cut out of the patterned paper and attached with a brad.
(The little bird at the base of the box is from the Snow Much Fun cling set.)
Here are all my pieces before I assembled the box.
Then I just added the candy (those toffees are my DH’s favorite!)
I’ve been having a great time playing with the papers from the Frosted Winter kit. I love all the different colors because I often pull the colors for my images from the paper colors to try to coordinate the look. Having lots of colors makes that so much easier!
Here is a peek at the kit. There is a lot of paper to work with there – plus ribbon and a few embellies. Very fun!
Well…. DH has been looking at puppy pictures on line for the last hour and a half. I think I’m in trouble…… LOL!