Homemade Gift Boxes for Coasters

I made the coasters for gifts for several people and decided they all needed boxes.  One of the things I hate to do is make boxes but I refuse to go to the store on a cold, wet day looking for a box, so I turned to Google.  I had an idea what I wanted and what I wanted to make them out of (cereal boxes).  I found this awesome site called Homemade Gifts Made Easy they had a template for a Gable Gift Bag.  I printed the template and transferred it to a cereal box.  I followed the directions and put it together – great LITTLE box.  I was expecting it to be bigger (much bigger) so I made my own template and increased the size so I could use it for the coasters.  The template was okay – I forgot to add the closure tabs and forgot to crease the top so it would fold.  I also realized that hot glue is not ideal for a template that you need to take apart.  Yes this is a real play by play as you can see from the picture I am typing in Windows Live Writer while working on this project.

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You would think the second time it would go better but it did not Sad smile  I made the little one and it worked perfectly one would think enlarging it a teeny tiny bit would not make that much of a difference.  As you can see by the photo it has been a FAIL!  The bottom of the box was great and fit the coasters perfectly so I decided to cut the top off and make a bag.  It was the equivalent of  when life gives you lemons make lemonade.

I did not take any pictures (the first time – I redid the project to take pictures) primarily because I was working and trying to figure out what I was going to do with the box.  I really wanted a “watercolor effect” paper but I didn’t want to use my good watercolor paper and take the time to do it.  Remember I have two small children and one of them is extremely demanding.  So during nap time my amazing husband took my daughter to the store and I got to work.  PC120837

I pulled out my India Ink, water, eye dropper, grabbed some paper towels and freezer paper and got to work.  I laid the freezer paper shiny side down and laid a piece of paper towel over the freezer paper and dripped ink over all over the place.  PC120840

I took the eye dropper and added some water to make the ink bleed.  Once everything dried I glued the paper towel with Elmer’s Glue. 

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Be aware if you use this type of glue get creative with the design because the card board will show through. 

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Once everything dried I created a paper towel rose applied it with glue and then embellished the box with Puffy Paint.  After the Puffy Paint dried I took out my blue dye ink pad and brushed the edges.  Once it was finished I added ribbon handles.

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As you can see not everything turns out as planned but sometimes you need to go with the flow Smile

Note:  I created this box (blog post) on Sunday and have since made two more boxes but they are not finished yet.  I am running out of time but I am having fun creating all these projects Smile