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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sunny Fun Pencil Box Weekend Project

I know!! It's about time I get a Weekend Project posted.  I have not felt so creative lately.  But the other day when I was out shopping I saw these cute summery pencils for $1 and I just had to buy them.  As  I was looking at them it dawned on me that I could make a really cute summer pencil box for them.  So here you have it. The really cute pencil box with the colorful pencils in it.  They also had pencils that were more boyish too but I opted for the flowery girly ones!!  

I used the icy treats image from the "Sunny Fun" set.  It was SO much fun to just sit and color things in.  I have not done that in a long time either.  So that makes making this project even more fun for me.  Oh and I have not created a box in a long time either.  Sheeeesh!  Where have I been???  I know I've made a lot of cards but it's time to start making more 3-D stuff.  With craft fairs and Christmas (I know I said the "C" word) coming up it's great to get these things done early.  These pencil boxes would also make great party favors too!!  Yup, lots of things you can do with these!

I suppose you'd like the measurements???  Well ok, I'll tell you how I made mine!

I cut a piece of white card stock 5" x 9-3/4".  On the short side I scored it at 5/8", 2-1/4", 2-7/8" and 4-1/2".  On the long side score at 1/2" and 1-1/8"  turn and to the other long side the same.

Fold your score lines (all of them).  You will need to cut off pieces on the edges to form the flaps. You can see the thinner side flaps.  Those are too long so cut them at the first score.  I also trimmed the sides at a bit of an angle so the lid closed nicer.  Once you get those small flap pieces cut you can see the other pieces take shape.  If you have trouble "seeing" what it should look like, just find a box in your home. A color crayon box would be the best example.  I also took a couple tiny wedge slices off the ends of the big flap too.  I do that to make sure it goes in the box nicely.  If you don't cut exactly on the score lines then it may be difficult to get that flap tucked in.  Cutting the wedge off each edge makes it easier for it to slide right in with ease.  Once you have one end cut, then cut the other end the same way. 

On the front of my box I did use an oval Nestability die to cut the opening.  I could not get a regular punch in there to do that.  Though you could trace an oval and cut it out with an x-acto knife.  The scallop will hide any uneven edges.  My scallop was punched out and formed to fit.  Hand punch scallops and oval Nestabilities do not match up (too bad).  So I just got my scallop frame done, I glued the back and gently worked it into place.  The buttons were added to hide where the edges of the scallop frame didn't meet.  Now you would have not known that if I wouldn't have told you.  And if you don't want to use buttons there you can always punch out some little flowers or just small circles.  If you cut out your oval by hand and use the scallop frame you won't have to hide anything on the top so you don't need to add buttons or flowers, etc.  I think I would have added them even if the oval frame was solid, it just looks like it needs something there.  

I used some Melon Mambo decorative paper from the Brights Collection.  And my blue is Pacific Point.  A color I don't use much at all but I do love it with the Melon Mambo!  So there you have it!  Oh and the box holds 10 pencils.  There's two layers of 5.  This was a very fun project and I'll be making more Weekend Projects.  Click here to see all of the other 150+ Weekend Projects I have on my blog!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

3 comments:

lisa808 said...

Adorable! Thanks for the measurements.

Shirley said...

How fun, useful, and such pretty Summer colors too!

Anonymous said...

A very fun pencil box for someone. Love all of the colors.

Joan
MN