Friday, January 25, 2008

Tuesday How To (on Friday)-Make a mini Window Box

Amazing how time just flies on some weeks doesn't it. I had the best of intentions for getting this out on Tuesday, and you'll be able to tell by the pictures taken in different places over a couple of days that this seemingly simple project took a while to evolve. It's hard to come up with a fresh idea when there is so much information and amazing ideas floating out there in Bloggerville. These are easy sweet little boxes that are great for little Valentine's treats or party favors, whatever. So here we go:You will need: something for scoring (still need that Scor-pal), a piece of 4x4 colored cardstock, a 3x3 piece of decorative paper for the lid, a 1 3/8" square punch, and a piece of acetate (transpancey, window sheet, whatever you call it.)
Step 1 is to score the edges of the designer paper at 1/2", on all 4 sides. My brain works in the opposite fashion sometimes and you will see my paper lined up at the 2 1/2" mark-this will give me a 1/2" score on a 3x3 piece of paper.
Step 2: Score your colored cardstock at 1 1/16" on all 4 sides. Your box ends up being 2x2 and I've found you need to score just beyond the 1" mark so that your lid will sit nicely on the base.
Now take the designer piece and punch the square right in the middle. A 3x3 piece of paper is perfect for this punch as it will punch perfectly center when the paper is pushed all the way into the punch.
Now on the lid you will snip along one edge of each corner as in the picture.
Now add your 2x2 piece of acetate to the inside of the lid. You may have to trim it down just a hair. If you don't have acetate you could add a piece of packing tape, with the sticky part facing to the top of the lid and then sprinkle with glitter or microbeads for a fun different effect. (I will try to make one today and add to the bottom of this post).
Now you will cut the base piece the same way you did the lid by looking at the picture.
I missed taking a picture of the folding together process. This is where I'm hopin you've made a little box before or you can visualize that you put adhesive on the sniped corners and fold all the pieces up and tuck the box together. This is what they should look like once assembled.
Here is the finished product with 5 Dove Valentine chocolates inside. You could finish off by wrapping ribbon around and a cute tag, but I wanted you to be able to see inside.
Have a great weekend all.


Alexandra said...

This is totally cute Kat and I am going to make some of these this weekend - thanks sooo much for sharing your wonderful ideas! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Flossie's Follies said...

thanks for sharing, this is great, what fun

Paula said...

How cute! I'm going to go make one as soon as I get off the 'puter. Thanks for posting this. It's a great tute.

Donna said...

this is so cute! tfs

Valerie said...

very cute box! thanks for the tutorial!