Sunday, 30 August 2015

Birdhouse Box

Following on from my beach hut boxes, I created a similar template to make these cute little birdhouse boxes, perfect for party favours, Mother's Day, Easter and new home gifts.

I added a small ribbon bow to these boxes, which neatly finishes them off.

Of course, if used as a gift box, these birdhouses would reveal a sneaky peek at their contents straight away, spoiling any chance of surprise. But with the addition of some carefully placed nest material (tissue paper) the surprise is kept hidden!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Beach Hut Boxes

With the arrival of long, hot summer days (and spending far too much time on the beach!) I soon had a new gift box design in mind - in the shape of a cute little beach hut!

I started with a simple box design, and after a bit of trial and error, I developed an idea for the roof so that it would open whilst staying attached.

Once I was happy with the design, I made up a template, and used it to start creating my little beach huts. The template for this design is now available as a PDF download from my Etsy shop.

Here are some of my first designs...


I added stripes (slats) to the sides and roof of these three with a paper scorer to give more detail. 

I then tried printing stripes onto white card and using a block of matching colour for the roof, which gave a far more realistic look. Inking the edges slightly also gave the huts a natural, weathered look.

I kept the doors white (adding the scored stripes as before) and used a printed image of an anchor.

Once finished, I then (had to) return to the beach to photograph my new little boxes!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Upcycled Shelves

Following on from my DIY display shelves tutorial, I have put another old box file to good use.

I rescued this one from a bin, and as I only had one I decided to do something a little different with it.

The lid was already broken off, so I neatened the edges and removed the fittings with a flat screwdriver as before. I then taped over the holes that remained.

I cut the lid to make three separate long pieces - two to create the middle section, and one to strengthen the left side where the lid had been. These were then glued together and taped into place. The pieces had to be measured carefully so that they sit flush when fitted in.

To create further shelves, I used pieces from another box file lid that I had left over from the last project, and cut them to fit. I cut out eight pieces, doubled them up for strength and taped them firmly into position. I measured the spaces between them carefully so that each 'square' space was the same size.

I covered the back and sides with one piece of white wood-effect sticky-back plastic, then used smaller pieces to cover the shelves and the inside. The whole structure was now strong, solid and secure.

I could have kept it looking like this, but I decided to add some colour with a square of patterned paper inside each space. These can easily be removed or covered over if I ever want a different look. 

Hopefully you have been inspired to create something similar yourself...

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Teacup Template

To complement my Teapot Treats gift boxes, my matching teacup and saucer template is now available as a PDF download.

The template is designed to fit on A4 (but can be re-sized) which will make a teacup approximately 4.7 x 8 x 11cm. It has clear instructions (in English) and can be purchased through my Etsy shop.

To make one of your own, you will need:
  • PDF template
  • Patterened or coloured cardstock (200-250gsm recommended)
  • Craft knife / scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Ruler
  • Craft glue / PVA
  • Embellishments (optional)

To add detail to these teacups, I also added a light touch of gold to the edges of the cup, handle and saucer.

For those of you who will soon be hard at work, crafting your own little tea sets, I would love to display some of your wonderful creations here!

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Minion Teapot Box

I was recently asked if I could make one of my teapot boxes in the style of a minion. It was for a friend's birthday party (based on favourite film characters) so how could I refuse?

An image of the finished teapot came instantly to mind, and so I set to work straight away, sketching how it would look.

The obvious starting point was the colour for the actual teapot. I chose a deep yellow cardstock, and using my template at 120% the main structure was soon created.

I added black ribbon to the base of the lid, making sure the raw edges were at the front (to be hidden later under the eye), and glued a few thin strands of black card (hair) to the top.

For the dungarees, I printed out a blue denim image and cut it to fit around the teapot base. I added two denim straps over the arms (handle and spout) and a pocket for the front. I drew on the buttons and the pocket logo and added some orange stitching for detail.

Now for the eye... What to use? At first I considered creating one totally out of card. But why bother, I thought, when a plastic bottle top would do!

After finding one the right size, I sprayed it silver and glued a printed (minion) eye to the inside. I then cut out a circle of silver card to cover the front, and glued a small circle of acetate to the inside. I then glued the finished eye to the front of the lid, making sure that the ribbon ran through the centre.

A little drawn on smile, and my minion teapot was complete!

It made me think that I could now create almost any kind of novelty teapot using my template - film characters included! My favourite so far though still has to be my Dr Who TARDIS teapot.

I wonder what I'll be creating next... maybe a two-eyed minion?

If you have been inspired to make your own little teapot boxes - for whatever occasion, and in any style - please visit my Etsy shop where you will find my PDF template. I would love to see what you create using it!