I must say, it's very difficult to "stage" a project living with 3 men. I got this great idea for little boxes from my friend Sarah and decided to make a few for Easter. But when I was ready to fill them with mini candies, I realized that someone had eaten all the candy. I had a whole bag of Robin's Eggs that I bought for stamping projects. Had is the operative word here. Anyway – I "borrowed" enough of Wesley's jelly beans for two of the boxes. He's like me; we hoard snacks forever so we can savor them for a long time. We just either have to buy snacks the other two don't like – or hide them. So far, though, Mike's found all the good hiding spots. I should just keep them in my purse. No one dares to venture too far in there!
Here are the boxes.
I love this paper; the So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery are very Easter-y.
These are just 2-4-6-8 boxes cut to different heights. The four largest use 8 1/2" x 4" pieces of card stock or paper. You can see how just changing the embellishments, adding a coordinating strip of paper or ribbon or turning down the top make each box unique.
Here's the complete supply list.
Stamp Set: Just Buzzin' By
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Paper: Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper; Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand card stock
Accessories: Eyelet Border punch, Whisper White taffeta ribbon; Certainly Celery polytwill ribbon, So Saffron wide grosgrain ribbon, scallop oval punch (you can buy this on Wednesday!), wide oval punch, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Here some basic instructions and the template for the 2-4-6-8 box (click on the template to see a larger image):
I use an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of card stock. Keep the 8 1/2" side intact, but you can cut the 11" side to change the height of the box. This one is for 8 1/2" x 4".
Score the 8 1/2" side at 2", 4", 6", and 8". Then turn the card stock and score the other side at 1". Clip the bottom scores up to the 1" score line. You'll have a 1/2" strip at the end. You can clip the 1/2" x 1" piece at the bottom off, but don't cut the whole strip off. You'll need that to keep the box together.
Decorate the box however you want. I punched the top with the eyelet border punch. You can also use decorative scissors, or just leave it plain. You can stamp on the box or use one of our great Stampin' Around(r) wheels, or cover with designer series paper. You can close the box by pinching in the sides and tying it closed with ribbon or brads or eyelets. The possibilities are endless!
After you decorate the card stock, just fold on the score lines. Put some adhesive (our sticky strip is the best!) on the 1/2" flap and along the bottom flaps and adhere. I cut a 1 3/4" square piece of card stock for the bottom to give it a little extra stability – especially if you use designer series paper to make the box.
It probably took you longer to read the directions that it will take you to make the box! It's really easy and fun. They make great table favors. A friend of mine made hundreds for her daughter's wedding. She used a Stampin' Around(r) wheel and ink cartridge, and it was a snap!
I think I'm going to make a bunch of the tiny ones for the table at Easter. I just won't buy any candy for them until the day before.