Upcycling a Gift Box

Can you ever have enough gift box or bags? Obviously not!
Here’s a project I made using an old matzoh box (yes, left over from Passover!) and some old calendars (from Cavallini).
I love boxes. I love using up scraps. This was a project made in scrappy heaven.

Here’s the original box.

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Notice how the covering is just that, a covering? So I could easily strip it off to get to the plain box:

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I then used some heavy duty double sided tape and glue to fold the flaps to the inside. I clipped them until the glue was dry:

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This beautiful calendar was the perfect cover:

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To make the handle, I just poked holes in the sides and threaded some ribbon through, knotting the ends inside the box.

A little Stickles glitter glue for sparkle and I’m done:

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Now, who do I give this to????

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Quick Halloween Project with Duck Tape

In preparation for an upcoming craft project for Craftideas magazine, I’ve been playing with Duck brand Duck Tape®. Here’s a quick Halloween project using the tape and a recycled shipping box:

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I’ll just toss some candy in there and be ready for any trick-or-treaters! For this box, I simply took the roll and started wraping it around the box, cutting where I needed to using a non-stick scissor. I used three layers so I’d have enough to cover the raw edges at the top of the box.

I’ve been having a little too much fun re-purposing various boxes (boxes my husband keeps trying to throw out!)

Here’s another quick one that went from this….
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…to this:

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I love the way the box was cut — a perfect way to hold some cards:

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For that box, I used a sheet (instead of rolls). I set the box down on the paper-covered side of the sheet, then did a rough trace of the bottom and sides to get my cutting lines. I peeled off the lining and set the box bottom in the middle. Then I just folded up the sides, making slices where I needed to overlap or maneuver the tape. (I put the box on a large cutting mat and used a craft knife to slice. I didn’t worry about being neat or precise.)

These are so fast and easy, you’ll want to cover every blank surface!

All the News Fit to Wear!

When my friend and former news reporter colleague had a birthday, she requested hand made gifts only. Brilliant! Right up my alley!

Since we are both writers, former reporters and newspaper junkies, this gift was easy:

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I used a Formica chip left over from a long-ago remodeling project and collaged pieces of newspaper. I gold embossed the edges and added some pretty yarns, bling and a pin back.

But I couldn’t stop there … I packaged it (and another bracelet) in this box:

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After collaging the box, I sprayed on some gold Perfect Pearls for a little sheen. I added a flower topper made from … that’s right … newspaper, which I cut using a Tim Holtz flower die. So easy and effective!

Here’s a photo that shows the other piece, a bracelet. I used a wood bracelet blank and covered it with pretty paper and a few strategically placed gemstones:
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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? Come back Friday for a Fabulous Find … and a giveaway!

Last Set … Butterflies

Here’s the last of my card sets, and maybe my favorite. These cards are so fast and easy and I used up a lot of my scraps! This project is also great when you need something to do while watching TV — I take a big stack of scraps, a few punches, and punch away during the commercials.

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Pretty self-explanatory here … I ran the top paper through a Cuttlebug embossing folder (using my Sizzix Big Shot), layered it on cardstock, and added the butterflies (punch is from Martha Stewart/EK Success.) I added small dots of Ranger’s Opal dimensional paint and/or Stickles.

Have a great weekend!

Another Inky Fab Find

On Friday, I shared a Fabulous Find showcasing the new Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink (Ranger) and promised to showcase another new ink, SurfaceZ from Clearsnap (makers of ColorBox ink pads.)

This fast-drying, permanent ink works on many surfaces, including metal, plastic, wood, glossy cardstock, etc., and comes in 12 colors.

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I used the ink to add dimension to these flower pins — which are made from aluminum soda cans! (Scroll down for the how-to)

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And a close-up:

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First, I washed some empty soda cans, then carefully cut them open using a kitchen scissor. Be careful as some of the edges and points are sharp (ouch — don’t ask how I know this!). I cut the cans into smaller pieces, taped them onto my Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flower die and ran them through my Big Shot die cutter. You may need two soda cans to make all the petals. I used Vintaj Patina paints and a sponge to dab color onto the pieces, then punched holes in the center using my Crop-a-dile. The Vintaj paint dries very quickly.

Using the Fudge Brown SurfaceZ ink and an old Hero Arts background stamp (sorry, I don’t have the number), I stamped the patterned dots randomly over the petals. (Yes, I know, the blue one does not have any texture. It was my first.) I also edged the petals with the brown SurfaceZ ink.

Starting with the smallest flower, stack them on a big glitzy brad (Eyelet Outlet), turning them so the petals are randomly spaced. Close the brad, then carefully bend and shape the petals (I used my fingers to shape the petals) so they form a dimensional flower. Glue a pin to the back (I used E-6000) and wear with pride!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

What? Another covered box?

In all the pre-holiday excitement I almost forgot to post my usual Friday musings.

And guess what? It’s one more box. I know, you’re probably thinking, “Sheesh, isn’t she done collecting trash?” But I couldn’t resist the packaging from my son’s new iPhone, which went from this:

…to this:

And I still have pieces left! Can’t you just imagine me picking the Christmas and Chanukah paper out of the trash?

Posting many wishes for a happy holiday and a healthy new year. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Holiday bags and more recycling

I previously admitted my current addiction to recycling — excuse me… rePURPOSING — old boxes into gift bags.

Here are a few more:

First, the original — a box that held a bar of soap. (Which I pulled out of the trash bin when the Hubster wasn’t looking.)

Luckily, Hubster is very clean and goes through a lot of soap, so I collected several. Here are some finished bag/boxes (covered with gift wrap paper and odds and ends):

Thanks for indulging me!