Friday 8 May 2009

Origami Box with Wrap Lid

This is a tutorial for UK A4 squared but I have tried to explain the principle so it can be applied to any size.


Instructions in Brief
Make the box first - from a square of good quality paper.
Make the wrap from good quality, heavy weight card.
Wrap length:
is the same measurement as the paper used to make the box.
Wrap width:
is 20mm (7/8") wider than the finished box width.
Score lines on wrap:
1) Mark the centre of the wrap (lengthwise).
2) Measure the height of the finished box.
3) Mark the box height measurement - half either side of the centre point.

If you want to colour tint, stamp or round corners of the wrap - do this before attaching to the box.

Add panels or 3D embellishments after attaching to the box.

Another example - 'Dragonfly Joy'

Here I added decorative panels to the top, sides, inner lid and base. I stamped onto the black card with VersaMark clear ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

This was a 'New Technique Challenge' on Splitcoaststampers.Here's the link:

For more examples of origami boxes check out my January postings and Splitcoaststampers Gallery - (there are some fabulous boxes here!)

These boxes are quick to make which leaves lots of time for the fun bit - decorating!

Thanks for looking!


A Mothers Day Gift (and Quilling Tutorial)

A craft project for all skill levels, a quilling version for more skilled crafters and a none quilling version, for mums and dads who are possibly making a mothers day gift with kids, simple enough even for children wishing to create a mothers day gift to give to mum or gran on mothers day.
Shown below is the quilling version of this Mothers Day Gift created with folded quilled roses , visit Pages Craft blog for images of the none quilling, silk flower version of the topiary Mothers Day Gift.

Supply List

Several sheets of newspaper or flyers

Container for base of topiary

Stem for topiary (I used an old wooden spoon)

Flowers if using silk flowers then any smallish ones will do

For quilling the roses

You will need the slotted quilling tool and quilling strips either purchased or home made quilling strips (see the how 2 )

In addition you will also need

White glue ,hot glue and gun,craft paint in complementary shade to flowers ,a few bits and bobs to decorate the finished mothers day gift eg. gift tags ,narrow ribbons raffia sphagnum moss …..what ever takes your fancy or you can add fringed grass (see quilling Tutorial)

To find out more about this Mothers day gift and quilling tutorial visit Pages craft blog
for other DIY gift and quilling tutorials check out Pages from the Heart Gift Books
follow the site map to the Tutorials page

Wednesday 6 May 2009

Ribbon Flowers

Making easy ribbon flowers for your cards or scrapbooks.
Thanks for watching!