Good afternoon everyone!
I hope that your Sunday is nice and relaxed and that the weather is being kind! Smiles.
This afternoon I’m taking a trip down memory lane with you all.
I wonder how many of you will remember my famous Glue-less Box which I very first showed you all how to make way back in … ooh.. I think 2011!
Well I figured it was time to create this again. As it’s almost Christmas (I know, I know) and these boxes are so very easy to do – And they make amazing gifts too!
The box I have chosen to create today for you all is using a rather beautiful little image available from All Dressed Up Stamps.
She is part of a double image which is called “A Time To Share” – this digi image is such fabulous value for money too. As you not only get the two girls sharing the umbrella, but each girl as a single as well! Smiles.
I chose this particular image because I’m creating a ribbon & button box as a small Stocking Filler for my daughter for Christmas.
She loves to craft so she will love this. Smiles.
The button headband in this girl’s hair made it seem like the perfect image to go with a box filled with ribbons & buttons. :0)
To bring her to life I used my Copics in the following shades:-
Okay, on to how you actually create this fabulous no glue box. Smiles.
It truly is very, very simple to create and once you have made a couple, you’ll be putting one together in around 5 minutes. (I kid you not!)
(On previous occasions I have always printed my design paper out onto A4 card. But this time I started with 12 x 12 pattern paper.)
This is the paper pad which I used – as you can see it is 200 gsm thickness.. Really this is the very thickest that you want to use.
Ideally between 120 and 180gsm works best. If you go any thicker than the 200gsm I have used then you do run the risk of your card tearing on you.
Take two sheets of the same (or matching) pattern paper and cut them down so that they both measure A4 in size.
Now take just ONE of your sheets, and trim a half centimetre off ONE short edge and ONE long edge.
Put together your sheets will look like this.
The smaller of the two sheets will be your box base, and the larger your box lid.
Starting with your smallest sheet,
Gently bend/fold your card towards the middle lengthways, without creasing or scoring. When you have the long edges lined up, make a crease at the top and bottom edges of your card – so that you can easily see where the centre line of your card is.
OR you can very gently put a small/light score mark at the centre top and bottom of your card instead.
(I find it gives a much neater finish if I score as in the picture above rather than crease.)
Now fold your card so that each long edge meets in the centre of the card, at the creases/score marks you just made. Burnish with your score tool.
Now your other long edge.
Burnish both folds with your score tool. You need all of your folds nice and sharp!
Open your card back out flat, turn it around and now fold your short edges in so that they meet in the middle.
Again, burnish those folds with the flat edge of your score tool.
KEEP these short edges folded together. DO NOT open your card back out this time!
Begin to fold your corners in, so that they line up with the score lines already present.
Can you see how I’m using that score line as my guide?
Again, burnish with your score tool.
Once all four corners are done it will look like this.
Now I want you to fold those two long edges back on themselves.
Use your triangle/corner edge as a guide to help you keep it level/straight.
(See picture below.)
Now put your fingers inside and gently open out your box.
You also need to pinch the side and bottom creases with your finger and thumb to redefine your folds a little now that you are done.
Your finished box base will look like this.
If you find that your sides are “bowing” out a little – simply pinch inwards (gently) the top edges whilst re-creasing all of the folds with your finger and thumb. This will solve the problem instantly for you! :0)
Now repeat from Step Two with your largest sheet.
This will be your box lid.
Once complete, it’s time to decorate! Smiles.
Add your ribbon, sticking it to the top of your lid.
Next you add your topper and any other embellishments you would like.
I made my topper extra large for this one, so I kept it simple and just added a fluffy feather as an extra.
Fill with goodies for your lucky recipient and you’re done!
I really hope that you give my little Glue-less box tutorial a try.
It was a firm favourite when I posted this on my old blog a few years ago. And I still use this every Christmas (and sometimes Birthdays too.) Because it is so quick & simple, and always looks great when it’s done! Smiles.
I would be so happy to see what you create with yours, so be sure to leave a link for me in the comments section.
Hugs n Happy Crafting Everyone!
The challenges I would really like to enter into with my Box & tutorial are:-