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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Snowman Season, Treat Box, Stocking Stuffer, Weekend Project

I wasn't searching for a project, but I found this and I thought it looked too darn cute to pass up. You can see the original piece here.  You may want to go there. There's a video on how to make this cute candy box. I have a few tips for you before you begin yours. I am not one who watches a video first and then makes the project. I follow along and pause the video when needed.  When cutting the Designer Series Paper (DSP) she says to cut it at 1-1/8" x 2-1/8".  I did that and it wasn't wide enough. It needs to be cut 1-3/8" x 2-1/8".  And when you are cutting the strip that holds the box shut, cut it 1/8" longer.  Score at 1-1/2" and 2-1/4".  This way the flap lays flatter once the velcro has been added.  My elf one wasn't cut longer so it sticks up higher. The snowflake ones were made longer so they closed better. 

These are fun and easy to make.  

Here's how you do it. First you are going to make the cover.  Cut it from card sock that measures 3-5/8" x 2-1/4".  Score on the long side at 1-1/2" x 2-1/4". Use a bone folder to get nice crisp folds.

Next you will be cutting the band. It's the same color as the cover. Cut it 3-1/8" x 1".  Score it at 1-1/2"  and 2-1/4". Use your bone folder to make nice crisp folds.

For the box you will need a piece of card stock cut 3-7/8" x 4-5/8". I used Whisper White for the snowflake boxes. It needs to be scored at 5/8" x 1-1/4" on all four sides. Fold in all of the score lines. This will help you see the lines when it comes time to clip them.  You may want to follow the video for it or just look at the photo here. Your piece should look like that when you are done cutting. You will also need to clip the sides to miter them. This makes the folding up of the box a lot easier. You won't get any bunching up. 

Once the piece is all cut, you will be ready to fold it together. The original instructions have you put some glue dots on outside of the small tabs. Then affix them to the inside of the piece of the long tab. You will see where it goes once you fold it in.  The instructions tell you to use tape or glue to fold up the box. Then you are told about the glue dots. I used glue and then it dried while I was adding the glue dots.  See, this is where watching it first comes in handy.  But I just added more glue and I was good to go.  I preferred to use glue because I knew it would hold. I have made boxes and toes before and I have found that glue is best because it will hold. Once the box is assembled you can set it aside

Cut a piece of DSP to measure 1-3/8" x 2-1/8"  This is where the instructions on the video are wrong. They are correct in the list of materials but I didn't follow that either. I just played along.  My DSP is from the "Snowflake Splendor" 12" x 12" package. I glued it to the front of the box. I glued it because it is going to be having a piece of velcro attached to it and there's going to be some tugging on it. Glue will hold. You will also need to cut another piece out of card stock to stamp on for the inside cover of the box. I used Whisper White card stock and the words are form the "Snowman Season" set. I used Balmy Blue ink to stamp them. I taped this piece to the inside. 

The box was glued to the inside of the cover. Push it back all the way to the spine. 

Next I added the strip to the back. I centered it and then used glue to hold it. The velcro was put on. One tip she used was to snip some of the velcro so it wasn't so hard to open. I snipped the stiffer side mostly in the middle.  It did make it less "sticky".  I put one piece of velcro on the inside of the strip and I set the other piece of velcro on that same piece so they were lined up together. Put the Hershey Nuggets for added support.  Now press the velcro shut over the front of the box.

I took the smallest scalloped circle die and cut my circles from Balmy Blue card stock. I glued them in place. 

The snowflakes are from the "Christmas Layers" dies. I cut them from Whisper White card stock.  Now it would have been very pretty if I had colored them with Wink of Stella before adding them to the box. they could stand a bit of a sparkle!  I set them in place on top of the circle with a small glue dot. Then I added a pearl to the center.  A sparkling rhinestone would be pretty too. I think I would have liked that better. But it's still pretty.  

The box is done and ready to give away to friends, co-workers, teachers, etc. You can pop one in the mail box for your mail carrier or you can add them as stocking stuffers.  These are just too darn cute, aren't they?

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by today,                                                                          Wanda 

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