Happy Halloween!! Is anyone else as shocked to realize there are only NINE weeks left in 2015?! We’re into single digits, people!! Where on earth has this year gone??
Even though today is Halloween, I thought I would share one last Halloween project. I actually threw this together this afternoon as a last minute little treat gift for a friend of mine. It was super easy and quick to make which is exactly what’s needed for a last minute gift. Here’s a photo of the finished project and then I’ll break down how to make it.
To start this project, you’ll need two squares of paper. You could probably make this with a lightweight cardstock as well, but I used some patterned paper by K and Company that I’ve had in my stash for a while. The square for the base needs to be cut at 5 7/8″. The square for the lid needs to be cut at 4″. This means you will need either two 6×6″ pieces of paper or one 12×12″ piece of paper. If you use 12×12″ paper, you can get two boxes from a single sheet.
For the base, score each side at 2″. For the lid, score each side at 1″. Once you’ve scored both pieces on all sides, burnish all the score lines well. This will make things easier when it’s time to assemble the box.
The next step is to cut the tabs needed to assemble the box. In each corner, cut on the vertical score line up to the horizontal score line to create the tab. Cut a slim wedge off either side of the tab and then trim a small piece off the edge. This will also make things a bit easier when you assemble the box because the edges won’t be quite so snug. Repeat the same steps on all sides on both the base and lid.
Once all the tabs have been created, all some strong adhesive on each of the tabs. I used some 1/2″ Scor-Tape on mine. Despite what’s shown in the photo above, you will actually need adhesive on both sides of the tab on the box base. This is to ensure you have no loose edges inside or out.
To give the box a little more strength, I added a reinforcement layer to the base. This step is purely optional. If you want to do this step, you’ll simply need a 1 7/8″ square of paper to match your base. Adhere it to the center square of the base before assembling the box. This step doesn’t require a really strong adhesive like the sides, so feel free to use the adhesive of your choice.
In this photo, you can see where I added the second strip of the Scor-Tape on the base. To assemble the box, fold the tab to the inside and then pull up the side aligning the two edges squarely before securing the adhesive.
Once I had both the lid and base assembled, I did some sponging around all of the edges using a fingertip dauber and some Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke. This not on gave the piece some extra dimension, but it also helped cover all the cut edges so I wouldn’t have any white showing.
To finish off my box, I stamped the halloween sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up on some Sunshine cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. I cut it out using the Word Window punch also from Stampin’ Up. Since I planned to use this element as a tag, I lined the sentiment up in the punch all the way to the right rather than centering it. I then punched a hole on the left-hand side using the 1/8″ hole punch on my Crop-a-dile.
To make sure everything coordinated nicely and to tone down the yellow a bit, I also sponged around the edges of it using the Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. To give it that tag look, I added some black and white Tim Holtz Ideaology paper twine and adhered it to the top of my box using some Bling Zots. To finish things off, I added my treats then wrapped the box in some 3/8″ orange ribbon and tied it off with a pretty little bow.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween! If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight. That means we get an extra hour of crafting time this weekend. Woo Hoo!
Until next time …