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Monday, April 06, 2009

Flower Pot Gift Box. Weekend Project!

Here's another weekend project for you. I don't want you to find yourself bored on the weekends!!! I can't remember the last time I was bored. Being bored means you have nothing to do. Nothing to do? That would mean that everything in your home is neat and tidy and in it's place! All of your projects are done and you literally have nothing to do. I'd like that for a day!!! Or even an hour!! But since I have tons to do I don't see myself being bored for at least the next 5 years!!! LOL

Let's move on to the project here. As you can see in the photo the box contains a planter and inside that planter is a dirt pellet and a package of seeds. I got these planters in the dollar bin at Michael's. Last year I had gotten some at Target in their Dollar Spot. I don't know if they carried them this year. I don't shop at Target much but when I do I always make sure I hit the Dollar Spot!!! There might be something in it that I just can't live without!!!

I made the box using the Super Deluxe Tuck Box Template Maker. You can find the link on the side bar of my blog. Just scroll way down, it's just above the "My Mood Is" icon. I entered in the measurements I wanted (which were 2" x 1.75" x 2") and it created a box for me in PDF format. I saved it to my computer and I printed the boxes out later on Lavender Lace card stock.

After I cut them out I used the Stampin' Up! "Doodle" wheel and Lavender Lace ink. I glued the tab on the side of the box and then I glued the bottom of the box. Fold in the side flaps and glue or tape them shut. Then fold the back flap forward and glue or tape it in place. Finally fold the front flap towards the back and glue or tape it in place. You want the last flap to have it's fold in the front of your box. You don't want the raw edge of the flap there because it doesn't give the box a smooth and finished look.

After I got the box all put together I stamped the flower image from the Stampin' Up! "Wagon Full of Fun" set. This set is a brand new one that is now available in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. For me it was a "Must Have" set because it's got so many fun images in it! I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of it. I have used it quite a bit already and still have more plans for it!

I used the cute flower from the set and colored it in with markers. The pot I colored in with Creamy Caramel and then I used a blender pen and Really Rust to give it a bit of shading to create a little dimension. I cut the flower out close to the image lines and taped it on the front of the box.

I put the flower pot, dirt disk and seed packet inside the box along with the directions. I took the directions off the box and typed them up. I didn't want them on the outside of the box because I would have to affix a white piece of label paper to the box and it would stick out like a sore thumb. Plus the instructions were too long to put on the outside unless I used a very tiny font that would be extremely difficult to read. It was easier to add it to the inside.

I then tied a ribbon around the box and it is ready for gift giving!!! This would make a wonderful Mother's Say gift, a fun Make & Take, Hostess Gifts, Customer Appreciation gifts, Craft Fair items, Teacher Gifts, Thank you gifts or just a fun Class Project. Anyone who loves to plant flowers would love to receive something like this!!!

So have some fun making these and don't be bored. If you can't find these pots you can purchase the terra cotta pots and make up your own. Add a bit of potting soil to a small zip baggie and add some flower seeds to another baggie and you're set!!

Thank you for visiting and have a creative day,


Erika M. said...

It's very hard to resist the dollar spot at Target! Love your project.

Unknown said...

What an awesome idea, this one rocks Wanda!

Martha said...

Two things here with your great idea:

First: Have you tried buying your seeds in bulk? I've been buying flower seeds in the bulk from They respond quickly and you can purchase anywhere from a packet to a pound. (You'd be surprised how many seeds are in an ounce and for how cheaply you can buy them!) The website states how many square feet you get for a packet, ounce, l/4 lb, and a pound. The instructions are also great! And for what you're doing an ounce wouldn't cost that much and you sure would get a lot more "gifts" for your money.

Second, I have used the shopping genie to find the best prices for seeds and other things I want online. By using the free shopping genie I was able to see exactly the colors of the hollyhocks that were being sold on line without reading through a lot of text. It shows me where I can get the best prices for what I wanted to purchase. Go to to get that free shopping tool.