Saturday, 16 September 2017

Pootles Papercraft Blog Hop - Six Compartment Contemporary Christmas Box

Hi there again! Thanks for dropping in. As you can see this post is all about my contribution to the Pootles Blog Hop to celebrate the launch of the Autumn Winter 2017 Stampin' Up! catalogue. If you're new to my blog and have hopped from the post before mine, thank you and welcome! Please do click on the next button at the end of this post to hop onto the next blog and support all of the wonderful creative people who have taken part in this event.

I'm trying to showcase projects lately which anyone could make with minimal skill and just a couple of purchases, proving that you don't need a massive stash or to take out a second mortgage to make cute contemporary little cards and boxes this Christmas. I also wanted to show how you can make matching embellishments and find substitutes for ribbon just to make your budget go a little further.

This is a box which I designed to fit six star wax melts from my Christmas range but the compartments could fit anything from handmade chocs to jewellery or whatever you want to gift. Or of course you could leave the compartments out altogether and use it to gift something larger.

The inner box measures 4 x 3 x 1 inch (10 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm) and is made entirely of Basic Black cardstock with a lining made using the star pattern paper from the  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper stack.

For the outside box sleeve I used Basic Black cardstock again with a slightly smaller layer of the same star pattern DSP glued onto it all around to make a nice strong, good quality box. I added a layer of the reverse of the same star pattern DSP which is this gorgeous plaid pattern in black and Old Olive. Very stylish and contemporary and could be used for other projects not just festive ones.

To finish off I added a bow made from quarter inch strips of Old Olive cardstock with a centre star fussy cut (using scissors is all this means) from the DSP and topped off with a tiny rhinestone. Then I added a really thin belly band cut from a quarter inch strip of Basic Black threaded through a tag made using Old Olive cardstock, the same star DSP and a piece of Whisper White cardstock with a sentiment from Season Like Christmas stamped in Old Olive ink. I punched the end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch but the slit could be made using a standard hole punch a couple of times or using a craft knife.

The band just slots length ways over the box and keeps the draw from sliding out either end.

What I love about this box is the contemporary-ness of it, also how it could be used for a gift for a man or a woman, the use of so few products and how it doesn't shout Christmas (apart from the label) so could be used for any occasion.

The other thing I loved is that these wax melts smell absolutely divine and because they're not encased totally in packaging you can smell them way before you open the box.

Hope you like this product and if it does inspire you to try it out then I will be making a video tutorial of it eventually so check that out on the Crafty Little Things channel and as I already said the materials I used are listed below.

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Have a great week.

Andrea x


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    1. thank you I'm just in the process of filming a tutorial for it but with a more traditional Christmas feel to it x

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    1. Thank you Charley. All of the projects are so gorgeous and inspirational. I want to make them all :D x

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I like that this can be used for more masculine gifts too x

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    1. Thank Kaye. I have gorgeous materials to work with, I try to do them justice :D x

  5. Wonderful idea. Thinking this might be the way I send my little presents out this year x

    1. It's a good way of making something small feel like more of a gift. These little star melts just don't look as expensive in a plastic bag :D x

  6. Lovely Andrea. Great idea showing how to make something great from so little.x

    1. I do try to do this as much as I can as I remember as a new papercrafter thinking I needed to buy so much stuff to be able to create something but really you can make a little stash go a long way and I try to show this when I can x

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    1. I thought so too, it just makes the contents feel that bit more special then slinging them in a plastic bag with a bow around the top. Personally I love good packaging sometimes more than what is in it.

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    1. Thank you! It's quite basic but just shows what you can do with a few pieces of good quality cardstock and paper and a basic design to make something really classy and pretty x


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