Friday, December 5, 2008

A Sweet Gift Box

Lindsey is going to a Kid's Cookie Exchange Christmas party this weekend (I am so jealous!) and besides bringing 3 dozen cookies to exchange she is also bringing a gift for the hostess. I made one of these candy style wrappers for her gift - a Perfume Solid of Harajuku Lovers G. (It's like a little chapstick well of solid scent.)

Lindsey's friend has gone shopping with us a few times and the girls keep showing me these perfumes. They're called Harajuku Lovers Fragrance and there are five different dolls, each with their own scent - Love, Music, Lil Angel, Baby, and G. Lindsey's friend loves the G scent, which is a tropical scent. According to Gwen Stefani, G is quirky, unique and undeniably cool - very fitting, right?! Apparently the Harajuku Girls are backup dancers for Gwen Stefani who, by the way, has a lovely perfume herself, called 'Lamb' that I really like. Anyway...

This gift box is an easy little favor that comes together with Designer Series Paper, Cardstock and Ribbon - the only stamping I did, is on the gift tag.

Start with a 7 3/4" x 11" piece of cardstock. Score it at 2", 3", 4", 7", 8", and 9" on the long side. Then score at 2 1/2", 5", and 7 1/2" on the short side.

I just use a ruler and
Bone Folder with my Grid Paper for all my scoring. Be sure you have a mat or several pieces of grid paper to give a little cushion for the score lines.

Fold all the score lines and crease them well. Then insert the 1 3/8" Square Punch in at an angle, lining up the corners to the edge of your cardstock. Punch out the triangle. Fold the cardstock on one of the score line and then punch again, lining up the inside corner to the center score and the diagonal corners to the outside score lines. Click on the photo to get a little closer look. Punch out the diagonal squares and triangles on each side of the cardstock and then add pieces of Designer Series Paper to the outside. I used some retired paper cut to 2 3/8" x 2 7/8" (three pieces) and 2 3/8" x 1 7/8" (six pieces) to decorate this one.

Finally, draw some jagged edges, cut them with sharp scissors and the box is ready to assemble.
Your final scored and cut piece should look like this. I used Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive to adhere mine closed on the glue tabs. But you could also use Sticky Strip for a good hold. I tied some Wide Grosgrain Ribbon around the ends and added a simple gift tag. Another way to decorate these boxes would be to randomly stamp the cardstock before scoring and cutting. This would be even faster and easier than decorating them with the designer series paper.

For the tag, I just layered a scrap of the designer series paper onto the coordinating cardstock, the corners clipped with the Tag Corner Punch. Then a 1 3/8" Square Punch of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the To/From sentiment out of the Winter Post set. I added a Jumbo Eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile and tied the gift tag onto the box with a double strand of Linen Thread.
I made a couple of extra Gift Boxes, maybe for Lindsey to gift the other Harajuku Perfumes or maybe to hide another Christmas treat. I want to make some larger ones, too. Maybe I'll try some with more sides than three, to hold some cello bags of Carmel Corn.

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (retired) with Dashing DSP (retired) and Sage Shadow with Wintergreen DSP (retired)
Ink: Real Red
Stamps: Winter Post
Accessories: 1 3/*" Square Punch, Tag Corner Punch, Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Bone Folder, Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Very Vanilla Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread


Sally said...

This is really CUTE!!!

Michelle Pearson said...

oh wow....this is absolutley too cool! I've been working on some little goodie boxes....but not like these! Very fun!

Jacquel said...

Wow, this came out really cute and tsm for the directions! I may try my hand at this!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Oh my gosh, this is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

Bethany Paull said...

Your gift boxes are GORGEOUS! I'm totally droolin'.

Kay Kalthoff said...

OMG - Mary - - - these are AMAZING!! I love this idea and your tutorial is AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Brilliant idea to use the punch. I have a template for these from the SU website but have always had to use a craft knife or scissors to cut them out.

Thanks for sharing the tips - Jean

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