This week at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge we’re looking for holiday creations. I decided to make some thanksgiving inspired gift boxes. We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in Finland, but these boxes could also be used a general thank you gift boxes with an Autumn feel. I used elements of the Love From Lizi October card kit to create these boxes.
In my video I walk you through the formula and how I calculate it for each of the three Simple Stories Forever Fall cut apart sizes that I used. The formula for making the boxes will always be two times your width plus three times the depth, by the length plus two times the depth. So that’s 2W+3D by L+2D. W and L are the width and length of the cut apart, with or without a little extra for the reveal around the panel – I used an extra half-inch for the reveal. D will be the depth you want your box to be. Make sure that the end result of your calculations is a smaller panel than the size of your paper (or at least, no bigger than your paper) to be sure that you can cut it.
The first box I created used the smallest style of cut apart. I chose to use a piece of black card stock to create the box. I then used my paper trimmer to cut the panel to size. With a 1/2 inch reveal and 1 inch depth the dimensions of the panel required are 10″ by 6 1/2″, opening on the long side. I then added my score lines, which are 1″ in on each side, then at 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ length ways to create the middle folds. The folds should be reinforced by folding and creasing with a bone folder. Then cut away to create the tabs required for assembling the box. See the video for full details. I used a We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round the corners of the lid flaps so that they will comfortably fold into the box.
I decorated the first box with one of the cut aparts onto which I heat embossed a sentiment from Craftin Desert Divas’ Simply Said using Golden Crown embossing powder from Love From Lizi. I adhered the panel with wide double-sided tape and added matte gold peel-offs around the edges of the panel to finish it off.
Assembly of the box was quite straightforward and required simply adding strong double-sided tape to the wedged flaps and folding everything up together. Again you can see how it is done in my video above.
I chose to use kraft card for the base of my second box which uses one of the square cut aparts. The assembly procedure is the same, but the measurements are different. I used a depth of 3/4″ so the panel was 11 1/4 by 6″. Score lines were at 3/4″ all around, then 5 1/4″ and 6″ for the centre area.
Due to the size of the largest panel I had to create a very low profile box to keep it small enough to fit the card I had available. I went with 1/2″ depth. The panel was 10 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, so score lines were at 1/2″ all the way around, then 5″ and 5 1/2″ for the centre portion.
I used the same embossing powder and stamp set as on the square panel and also the peel-offs. I finished off with some Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Drops. I unfortunately smudged the drops when they were partially dried and had to use a sand eraser to clean them up, which roughened the patterned paper of the cut apart. Luckily as the pattern is very pale it does not show much and the replacement drops on top help to further disguise it.
I had so much fun making these boxes. I enjoyed working out how to put them together and it’s a great way to use the cut-aparts which I sometimes struggle with finding a use for. I love the Autumnal look of them and I think they’d work well as packaging for Thanksgiving gifts or just for general thank you gifts. The largest one is also the perfect size for holding a few cards, and I may end up making a few in different designs for giving Christmas presents!
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
Kat Scrappiness Challenge – Welcome Fall
Love From Lizi Monthly Challenge – Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice
Sweet Stampin’ – Chevrons or Stripes
TCP Tuesday Challenge – Holiday
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – All About Holidays
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)