Tuesday, March 03, 2009

How to Make my cute little boxes

By popular demand, today I'm going to post a small tutorial on how to make my gift boxes from yesterday. They are very simple to make, and you can have one done in about 10 minutes or less. Please don't repost my tutorial without my permission or a link back to this post. Feel free to use them for friends or family or for bloggy gifts, but don't try to sell them.

Now that that is over on to the fun crafty stuff.

Tin Gift Box Tutorial

You will need:
scrapbook paper in fun designs
metal tins with no centers in the lids
paper towels

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies. I was lucky and found both my scrapbook paper and metal tins at the Dollar Tree. I have a nice big one that carries a lot of stuff. The tins were in the wedding/gift box section.

Step 2: Pick out a section on your scrapbook paper you want to use then place the lid over it. Draw a circle around the outside of the lid. Then cut out directly on the line you just drew.

Step 3: Next turn the lid over. Mine has a little lip around where I want to put the paper. This is where you will place a bead of glue.

Step 4: Place the paper circle design side down on top of the lid. Push down on the center. This is where it gets tricky. You want the paper to "bubble" up slightly in the center. You can smooth out the edges so there are no wrinkles with your fingernails.

Here's what the inside looks like.

Step 5: Wipe any excess glue off very gently with a paper towel.

Step 6: Mine tins came with a little plastic circle that was supposed to go in the center. I glue this piece behind the paper to protect the paper from the inside. Next time I'll probably use something darker or more opaque to hide the paper's backside.

Step 7: The finished box left to dry.

Here's a bunch of finished boxes in different styles in case you missed it yesterday.

I think I'm going to try some fabric in the future as well to see how well that works and give me a little more durability. Feel free to email me if you have any problems or questions. I'd also love to see any tins you make!


koopermom said...

Very cute!!

Jen Sue Wild said...

These are so dang cute!
Thanks for the tutorial!

Where do you get you tins?

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful! I'll have to check out my (not so local)dollar tree!

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

So neat!!! I learned a long time ago how to make little boxes out of special cards you kept (e.g., birthday, etc.). Will have to find that and share! I used a cute card my sister had given me several years before to make my first one, and then gave her a little gift in it.

aquariann said...

Those are adorable!! Great tutorial. :D

I am Harriet said...

I'm stopping by via SITS to say "hello".
Have a great day!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Great tutorial~I love these!

Julia said...

Those are way cute and way simple! Thanks for sharing it. And by the way how can you make such cute jewelery and have such low prices???

thedomesticfringe said...

Very cute idea!