Friday, November 09, 2012

AEDM ´12 Day #9 Gift boxes with Sarah Keerie

My guest today is Sarah Keerie from Sarah´s Playground. She makes the most delightful trinkets out of paper like this gift box she is going to teach you today how to make, right on time for the Christmas season.

On various places on the web I've seen these cute little origami gift boxes, so I thought that today, having done the looking, I'll have a go at making. The good thing about this is that you use one sheet of 12" x 12" cardstock and you can use your scraps to decorate it. I found a video tutorial if you want to go watch it. 

One piece of 12" x 12" cardstock, trimmed down to 11 7/8" x 8 3/4"  
Decorating papers:
2 coordinating pieces which are 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" (these will show on the outside of the box)
6 coordinating pieces which are 1.25" x 2.75" (for the sides of the lid)
2 coordinating pieces which are 2.75" x 2.75" (outside of the inside box)

4 coordinating pieces which are 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" - I used these to go inside to cover up the folds.

Using your scoreboard, put your cardstock on so it is in 'portrait' score at 2 7/8" and 5 7/8" 

Turn your cardstock so it is 'landscape' and score at 1.5" and 4.5"

Flip the cardstock over (still in landscape) and score again at 1.5" and 4.5"

Keeping the cardstock in landscape, score at 2.5" from the top of the cardstock to the first score line (which is at 3") and then from the bottom score line (at approx 6") to the bottom of the paper - or do this bottom up to the 6" score line, which ever you prefer! Flip the cardstock and do the same on the flipped side.

Now you need to do some cutting so that your cardstock will look like this:

Cut all the 2.5" score lines down/up to the first score line at each end.  Next cut along the score line between the 1.5" and 4.5" score lines on each side. Then give the folds a good crease with your bone folder.

I then decorated what would be the sides of my box, or you can do this after you have done the folding.

Putting it all together
Side 'boxes' - I used Stampin' Up! sticky strip for this as it gives a nice firm hold.  Put tape on the back of the small flaps and then fold in to create a 'lid'

Do the same thing for the middle box, sticky strip on the flaps (I just put sticky strip on one set) and fold in to make the box.

As I don't really like to see the joins inside, I popped some dsp in the inside of the lid and on the sides of the middle box.

Once you are done, you just need to decide on how you want to close your gift box.  For the examples here I have used some of the new scalloped tulle ribbon in cherry cobbler and also made a strip to go around the outside of the box which just slides off.

Of course you can make the same box for a birthday present! And if you choose different papers, you can adapt them for any event.

Thank you Sarah! I´m sure to make a few for small presents this year. :)

For Art Every Day Month, I show you every day my working table and my daily layout.
Today I had to wait for a looooooong time queing (in line) at the bank so this was my working kit. Yes, I do have a Sakura Card Captor pencil case:
First I copied the general expression of people queing for over 40 minutes in a 35°C environment with no AC due to a power cut.
Mid way through the second one I changed my mind. Why make them all unhappy? Let´s get this party started!
I changed banks (Yay! AC at the second one!) and cranked up the music while taking little bits from each person: somebody´s eyebrows, somebody´s glasses, somebody´s earring, a neighbour´s dress ...
Thanks to my friend Tracey Fletcher King for the inspiration to listen to music instead of interviews as I usually do and to P!nk  for the powerful tunes that made me the only person smiling at the bank. ;)


Sian said...

It's a very clever box design - I like that a lot!

Pointy Pix said...

what a great idea for a gift box - you make it look so easy! And I totally agree - P!NK always does get the painting party started for me too!!

Carolyn Dube said...

Those boxes are fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy PPF!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Boxes are very creative and great sketches ~ great 'how to' ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Catherine Constance said...

The boxes are've been really busy.. :)

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Oh my gosh... how sweet are these boxes! I think you need to adorn them with some of your lovely drawings and paintings on the outside. What a great gift! Happy PPF

Jessica Sporn said...

Love the tutorial for the boxes. They look great. Your sketches seemed to really capture the mood on that line. Happy PPF!

Hilary Johnson said...

squeeeeeeeee! Love the box! If I didn't have a ton of work to do, I'd be pulling out my cardstock and Simply Score (which I still need to master).

Tracey Fletcher King said...

music is essential... and so glad it was part of your awesome skecthes... love them smiling...xx

Netty said...

Smashing post. Happy PPF, Annette x

Sarah Keerie said...

Thank you for having me guest today Paula - it's been great and I hope you all have had time to visit my blog and other creative things I have endeavoured to make - much love from across the pond :)

Mary C. Nasser said...

Adorable gift box tutorial!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

denthe said...

Lovely boxes! Your sketches look great. I especially like the last one.

Glittery Katie said...

Fabulous box Sarah!! Thanks Paula!!

LilliBean Designs said...

I really like the box you made. I will keep it in mind for Christmas presents! I love how you decided not to depict the grumpiness of the people in the bank - although I do know how they feel!! x

Anne Manda said...

The gift boxes are just awesome, so pretty and polished!
Good for you making the bank visit pleasurable, music is a great spirit lifter! Shows on your last sketch, wonderful!

carlarey said...

Love these boxes! They would also make great ornaments or decorations.

Good for you sketching and listening to music while waiting in line. Once again, art saves!

misteejay said...

What beautiful little boxes...must have a go at these TFS

Toni xx

Mary Walker Designs said...

Happy PPF!


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