Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gift Box Tutorials

It’s never too early to start planning for Mother’s Day… right??!! After all, it IS the best day of the year following Christmas and Easter. :) This year, I made some pretty gift boxes for my mom and mother-in-law. Now I just need to find something to put in those boxes. Hmmm…



DIY Chrysanthemum Gift Box

My mom has a green thumb and always has a garden full of beautiful blooms, so I knew right away that the floral papers from the Diane Collection would be perfect.

materials needed:



all paper from SEI's Diane Collection--
Light of Dawn for base
Morning Walk for lid
Close of Day for chrysanthemum

brads from Diane collection
papier mache box (mine is from paper source)
matte mod podge
scissors
ruler
chrysanthemum template (makes a 4-inch bloom)
ribbon (optional)
craft knife



Cover your papier mache box with the decorative papers. First, measure the box and cut the paper to size. Using a flat paintbrush, lightly apply a thin coat of mod podge, then gently pressed on the paper, smoothing out any wrinkles. Apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of the paper.

Repeat the process with the lid. If you have a round or oval shaped box, you may have to get a little creative with the edges of the lid. I wanted the lid to look seamless, so I cut the paper large enough to cover the top and sides of the lid. I then had to make a cut at every inch to allow the paper to fold around the curves of the lid easily. Embellish the edge of the lid if you'd like.



While your box is drying, it’s time to assemble the chrysanthemum. The chrysanthemum is inspired by this flower kit from Paper-Source. I simplified it a bit and created my own template. Click here to download.

Using the template, cut out your petals. You will need four sets of petals to create the bloom.



Use the end of a pencil to curl the petals. The petals at the center should have the tightest curl, and less so with the remaining three sets. They should nestle together nicely.



You can either glue or use a brad to hold the flower together. I used a brad to hold the flower together as well as attach it to the lid of the box. Use a craft knife to make a tiny slit in the center of the lid. Works like a charm.

DIY Butterfly Gift Box

As you probably have guessed, my mother-in-law LOVES butterflies. So of course I had to use the beautiful butterfly papers from SEI's Field Notes Collection.



materials needed:
papers from SEI's Field Notes Collection--
Specimen for lid
Butterfly Collection for butterfly embellishment

Mirelle Bronze Chevron for base
hexagon papier mache box ($1 each at most craft stores)
small sharp scissors and/or craft knife
matte mod podge
ruler
gold wire, 22 gauge
wire cutter



Similar to the Chrysanthemum box, measure the box and cut the paper to size. Using a flat paintbrush, lightly apply a thin coat of mod podge, then gently pressed on the paper, smoothing out any wrinkles. Apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of the paper. Repeat the process with the lid.



The hexagon lid was a lot easier to cover than the round lid. I cut the paper large enough to cover the top and sides of the lid. At each angle, I made a straight 90 degree cut. The longer pieces were glued down and tucked under and those 90 degree cuts pretty much lined up to each angle, so it made for a clean looking lid.



While your box is drying, cut and assemble the butterflies. I used both a craft knife and small scissors to cut out the butterflies… the scissors were easier for me, but use whatever works for you.

Using a wire cutter, cut your wire at varying lengths, twisting one end into a small loop.



Use a hot glue gun to glue the wire to the butterfly. Do this for each of the butterflies, then arrange to your liking. Twist the ends of the wire together to secure.

To attach the butterflies to the lid, I cut a small slit in the center of the lid and pushed the wire through. I secured it with a little more hot glue and also tape.

A whimsical and fun box for the butterfly-lover.



Pretty gift boxes for the special ladies in your life!

Coming up tomorrow is a quick and easy 5-minute project.

Melanie

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18 comments:

jengd said...

These are lovely! I'll definitely be keeping them in mind in the next month or so!

Ruth G said...

I love the wonderful liveliness of these boxes! What a fabulous way to celebrate someone special! TFS!

sammies02 said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Miriam Prantner said...

Great boxes, I am especially loving the butterflies!

BethW said...

these are both delightful-but the butterfly box has stolen my hart!

Emily Keaton said...

Glory be, but these boxes are absolutely stunning!!!

Carol said...

Wow! Those are amazing and beautiful gift boxes!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Scrapycandy said...

Beautiful and so inventive! I never could have come up with these ideas. I could imagine using those brilliant butterflies for so many things. Thanks so much.

Sue D said...

These are so pretty and would make any gift special.

k. smith said...

These gift boxes are stunning.

Стокли said...

The flower top is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

The Leaf Studio said...

Love the Chrysanthemum! The butterflies are great, too!

eunice said...

Love these boxes! Will have to do this for sure, especially the chrysanthemum. :)

Beth said...

I think I would put pretty earrings in those boxes!

Ruth said...

Love the step-by-step instructions. Thank you.

roosmom2010 said...

These are beautiful. I need to remember this idea to make small gifts extra special!

Denise Bryant said...

So pretty! I love all that dimension on the lids!

Kim H said...

love the butterflies, great project, thanks for sharing,
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