Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Doughnut Box Video Tutorial

I have now created a step-by-step video tutorial showing how to create this doughnut-shaped box!

To make one of these for yourself, you will need:

I really hope you are inspired to make your own, and would love to see some of your creations.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Doughnut Box Template

Carrying on from my previous post, I am pleased to announce that my Doughnut Box template is now available in my Etsy shop. It comes as two PDFs - one for the doughnut box and one for the icing.

If you would like to make one of these amazing little boxes for yourself, then you will need:
  • Doughnut Box and Icing PDF templates
  • Coloured cardstock (160-240gsm recommended)
  • White printer paper
  • Craft knife and / or scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided tape
  • PVA glue

First, you will need to print the Doughnut Box template onto the coloured card and the Doughnut Icing template onto the white paper. Then cut everything out.

Apply small amounts of double-sided tape to the areas marked on the template. Then, starting with the base, stick the corner of the second flap onto the first, pressing it down firmly. Continue in this way, flattening the shape slightly as you go, until a circle is formed.

Secure the end tab with either glue or double-sided tape, and ensure that all tabs are securely stuck down.

Repeat with lid.

Next, using PVA glue, stick disc A onto the underside of the base, ensuring that the circle is in the centre.

Score and bend the centre tube flaps outwards and secure the ends together to form a tube. Push disc B over the tube and stick to the inside of the base with PVA glue.

Stick disc C to the inside of the lid, ensuring that the circle is in the centre. Next, apply plenty of PVA glue to your choice of icing and stick to the top of the lid, pressing all of the edges down firmly.

Your doughnut box is complete!

Doughnut-Shaped Box

Doughnuts. I love their simplistic form and the seemingly endless decorations that can be applied to them. So this started me thinking ... Can I create a gift box in the shape of a doughnut? A realistic one that opens and closes easily?

Challenge accepted!

I did a lot of research first into existing doughnut-shaped boxes, but could find nothing close to what I had in mind. (This is a good thing, as it means my design will be unique!) I then looked through lots of photos of doughnuts and started to plan out a simple design.

Here are some of my early prototypes:



After a bit of trial and error, and a few more design tweaks, I finally achieved the shape I wanted.

It really is a simple design, with the centre tube (hole) and the dripping icing giving it a realistic ring doughnut shape. There is ample space inside for sweet treats and is easy to open and close.

I am now working on the template for this box, which will be available soon in my Etsy shop. 

In the meantime, what do you think of my design? Do you have a favourite doughnut icing / topping? What would you put inside the box? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Evil Queen Crown Template

So many people have been kind enough to comment on how much they love my Evil Queen Crown, but they imagine that it is fiddly to make. Whilst the finished structure appears quite complicated, it really is so simple to create.

My first blog post about the crown shows the different stages in creating it, and below is my video tutorial for my gold Evil Queen Crown. But for those of you who prefer to work with a template - good news! I have just created one!

The PDF template is designed to fit on A4 (but can be resized) which will make a crown with a 3cm headband. It has clear instructions (in English) and can be purchased and downloaded through my Etsy shop here.

To make your very own Evil Queen Crown, you will need:
  • PDF template
  • Cardstock (250gsm recommended)
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Ruler
  • PVA Glue
  • Embellishments (optional)

For my original black crown I used core'dinations Colour Core cardstock (Black Cat, 250gsm) and for the gold crown I used matt gold card.

Perfect for fancy dress costumes and Halloween, I hope you are inspired to create your own.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Gold Evil Queen Crown

I am so excited to share this tutorial! If you liked my previous Evil Queen crown tutorial, then I am certain that you will love this!

Inspired by the gold crown in The Huntsman: Winter's War, it is really simple to create.

Starting with 2 strips of shiny gold cardstock, 3cm wide, glue the ends together so that it is big enough to sit on the crown of your head.

Next, glue an extra piece of gold cardstock to the inside front (using the following template) to represent the familiar widow's peak.

Using the following template, cut 6 small 'spikes' out of gold cardstock and 1 slightly taller 'spike' for the front of the crown.

Then, using PVA glue, attach each 'spike' to the crown as shown, making sure they are all evenly spaced and secure.

If you wish, you can draw a pattern around the crown using something like 3D Clear Gloss Finish, making sure to seal all of the joins. This is what I did with my original black Evil Queen crown.

To give it an aged metal look, lightly apply Rub 'n Buff (Antique Gold, or similar) to each of the raw edges and quickly blend it in before it dries.

The finished crown. I hope you like it, and are inspired to create your own!