Part One – Boxes – by Teri Hanson © 2020
“Home for the Holidays” certainly has meaning this year with millions all nestled down in their home due to Coronavirus. With many who won’t be able to connect to family members other than virtually, it just seemed a fitting theme for my first 2020 holiday project. I hope it brings you some happiness and a warm feeling as you create the project.
Blessings to ALL this year and many wishes for a happy holiday!
I simply love working with boxes in a project, especially a stacking set like this one from Darice. I’ve designed a two part project that can be used independently or together as you wish.
The first part … three stacking boxes are great for gift boxes, candle stands or as stands to show off other Christmas decorations.
So gather up your materials and let’s get started! Be sure to read through all the directions before you start as you have several options for using the cutting files to create your boxes.
Materials . . .
- Darice Paper Mache Box Set 4″, 5″ and 6″ squares
- AC Cardstock to coordinate with your glitter paper
- Aleene’s Glitter Snow ***(optional – see note #2 below)
- Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue
- Glitter Cardstock in white for snow
- Glitter Cardstock or Patterned Paper for box bottoms (brick glitter paper is from Michaels – Recollections brand)
NOTES: If you look at the Cutting Guide below for the files, you will see that I’ve included files for several options in covering your boxes or creating the box itself if you like.
- To create your own boxes – use the box bottoms (A) and the box tops (A). You can then add the snow tops (B). I would use a very sturdy cardstock or a kraft board of some kind for the box itself. Use glitter cardstock for the snow tops.
- To create accented boxes – use the suggestions for (1.) then add the (C) sides and bottom files cut from patterned papers to decorate the sides and bottom of the box. Note that the box top sides will show behind the snow tops so you will need to cut a strip just a tad taller than the top side and cover those before you add the snow tops.
- Using the paper mache boxes – this is the option I’ve used that are shown in the images below. I used a grey cardstock with files (A) to cover the box bottom and lids. Next I’ve added the snow tops cut in white glitter paper. Lastly, I used the (C) files to cover the box sides and lid sides with the brick glitter paper. I’ve left the bottoms covered only in the base cardstock. You can see the papers I’ve used below as well as the finished boxes.
VIP NOTE: If using the brick glitter paper you will need to use the (C) files to cover the box sides and lid sides in order to keep your bricks going in the same direction!
Cutting Guide . . .
It’s important to mention here that all boxes are not created equal. I had two sets of the Darice boxes and there were differences in sizes! Please use the cutting guide below to size the files once you have uploaded them to your cutting machine software. They should open at or close to the correct size but check them just in case! Also . . . please measure your own boxes and adjust the files if needed.
VIP NOTE: for some files you will find only the large version in the download. Simply “duplicate” the large file twice then size it according to the information in the PDF cutting guide for the medium and small versions.
I’ve used glitter cardstock with the following settings on a Cricut Maker machine . . . Glitter Cardstock setting – Double Scoring Wheel
There is no video for this project as it’s pretty easy to see how the files work and the boxes are constructed or decorated. If you need help or have questions please post them below in the comments section. Please know that you must be registered and logged into your account to post a comment.
So that’s it for the first part of the entire project. I hope you find multiple uses for the boxes and that you continue on with the part two additional projects!
Happy Holidays . . .