I have posted the following tutorial over at the Frosted Designs Blog, but also want to share it here with you. I get so many compliments on them and think it is the perfect project to share:)
I actually found this idea on-line a long time ago and wish I
could remember where I found it since it is such a great project to make,
especially this time of year.
I have given this as a gift to teachers, my
hairdresser, friends and family. It makes a great hostess gift,
This project does requiring some measuring, so if you have a
Scor-Pal or a Martha Stewart Score tool, that would be best. If you have a
paper trimmer with a scoring blade, that should also
1 - 12" x 12" cardstock sheet for the main section
of the box
1 - 3" x 6" cardstock sheet (to match that above) for the sides of
1 - thin magnet set (I used a Basic Grey magnet set)
1 - 12" x 12"
coordinating sheet of cardstock
1 - 12" x 12" coordinating patterned
Additional sheets of paper for inside of box, if
Embellishments for box, if desired
Start with a 12 x 12 sheet
of cardstock and cut it in have (you will end up with 2 6 x 12 pieces). I've decided to use a Teresa Collins line called "Christmas Cottage". All of her lines are just beautiful, but since I want to give this as a Christmas gift, I wanted to use a Christmas line.
Lay one of the 6 x 12
pieces across your scoring tool (12" width along the length of the
Score the first piece at 3", then at 5", then at 10". You should
have 4 sections. The first should be 3", the second section should be 2", the
third section should be 5" and the last section should be 2" (for a total of
Score the second piece at 5", then at 7", then at 10". You can
then cut off that last two inches as you will only need this piece to be 10".
Your second piece should end up with 3 sections. The first should be 5", the
second should be 2" and the third should be 3".
Lay out the first
section and put adhesive on the inside of the 3rd an 4th sections. This is the
5" section and the 2" section.
Take your second piece (remember that the
1st and 2nd sections are 5" and 2" respectively? Lay them over the section of
the first piece that you just covered with adhesive. If your last 3" section is
hanging freely, you've positioned your sheets correctly, so press the 5" and 2"
Now you should have one long 6" wide sheet with 5
sections. The first section should be 3", then 2", then 5" (double enforced),
then 2" (double enforced), then 3".
For going forward, remember that the
2" reinforced section as per above will be the bottom of your box.
reinforced section will be the back of your box.
For the next step, you
will need another sheet (or scrap) of the same cardstock, at least 3" by 6".
Cut to 2 3" square pieces.
Score each piece at
1/2" and 2 1/2". This should leave 3 sections, 1/2", 2", 1/2". These will be
your side pieces.
It is easier to decorate each section of your box
BEFORE you put it together. I decorate each section separately with a mat ad
decorative paper on the inside and outside of each section. Besides looking
really nice, the multiple layers really add reinforcement to the box.
what will be the outside of your box, you have the following sections:
- 3 x 6
1 - 2 x 6 (one od the 2 x 6 doesn't need to be decorated as this is
the bottom of your box)
1 - 5 x 6
Cut your mats 1/4" shorter than the
box sections (both height and width...example, 2 3/4" by 5 3/4" for the 3" x 6"
Reduce the size of each section by a 1/4" again for the
decorative paper (both height and width...ex. 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" for the 3 x 6
Before you place your decorative paper on the bottom front of
your box (the lower 3" by 3" section), adhere one half of the magnet set on the
middle/top of the outside of the lower front of your box about a 1/2" down from
the top of the section. Place the other half of the magnet on top of the magnet
you just attached and position the upper front of your box on over the lower
front section and once positioned, squeeze the pieces together so that the outer
magnet attaches to the upper front section of your box.
Place adhesive on
the outside of the 1/2" sections of each of your side pieces.
time to assemble the box.
Hold up the 3" section
and the 5" section of your box with the 2" reinforced bottom on the
Carefully position your 3x3 pieces in between each side of your
box (adhesive on the inside edge of each 3" section and 5"section (first 3"
You should now end up with a 3" section on the lower front of your
box, a 2" reinforced section on the bottom, the 5" reinforced section to the
back, another 2" section on the top, and a 3" section that will become the upper
front section (flap to close the box).
If you also want to decorate the
inside of your box, you should do so now.
decorating is completed, you can make coordinating cards (5 1/2" by 4 1/4"
cards) and place them in the box along with some envelopes and you are ready for