Thursday, 22 January 2015

Valentine's Gift Box

This pretty little gingham-and-lace gift box is quick and easy to make, and can be used for occasions all year round, besides Valentine's Day. 
They would also make cute storage containers for crafty bits and bobs.

The box features a new and improved version of the slot-close lid that I have used on other occasions. Previous incarnations were maybe just   just a little bit fiddly in the lid-removal department. Tah dah! Version 2.1 now has an attached handle, to make things that much easier. The lid is also creased along the handle line, supplying a bit of give which makes is easier to prise the lid off.

Here are your free printables:
Valentine'sGiftBoxHalf-MoonHandle.pdf 
Valentine'sGiftBoxRainbowHandle.pdf

Valentine'sGiftBoxRainbowHandle.pdf
Valentine'sGiftBoxRainbowHandle.svg

The templates are the same, the only diff being the shape of the lid handle.

No tut necessary for today's make, just a few making-up tips:
1) Score your fold lines before cutting out the pieces. I use a fine-tip embossing tool held against a small metal ruler to do the job. 
2) To make the lid, fold the handles. Apply tacky PVA glue to the underside of a handle and glue the two handle-portions of the lide together, with edges perfectly aligned. Next, apply glue to the underside of the handle piece and glue it onto the lid liner, wrong sides together and edges perfectly aligned. Smooth down.
3) I like to attach the gift tag through one of the slots. A snippet of craft thread does the job.

Now try this:
Graduated sizes are always fun - it's the Russian doll effect that appeals. The pic above shows boxes 20 percent smaller and twenty per cent bigger than the given size. If you like surprises, you can nest a 
teeny box inside a larger box.