DIY Paper Gift Box

DIY paper gift box

 

I was trying to think of a good craft to make for Make Something Mondays earlier in the week and I thought of this paper box. When I was a freelance graphic designer and was regularly looking for new clients, I would make these boxes (with sturdier paper) and filled them with tidbits about myself along with my résumé. It usually worked and I would at least have a call with my prospective clients.

I like these boxes because they are easy (and affordable) to make, and are really cute. They make great gift boxes for candy or other small thinks and can made with any kind of paper or cardboard.

I’ve made these boxes two different ways, and will show you both.

DIY paper box materialsThings You Will Need
Pencil
Paper
Ruler
Scissors
Glue stick

Paper Box Option 1

paper layout

Step 1
My paper is 12×12 inches, so I marked every 3 inches and drew lines to show the area. So The floor of the box will be 3×3 inches and the walls of the box will be a little bit shorter than 2 inches.

paper cutsStep 2
Make cuts down the sides of the soon-to-be walls like in the image above.

paper box bottom

Step 3
Use your glue stick to adhere the cut pieces to the inside of the walls so that you end up with a shape like this.

Decorative box bottom

Step 4 (optional)
Cut out a 3×3 square and glue it into the bottom of the box for a nice decorative element.

 

**If you decide to make the lid the same way, make sure you measure to be a bit larger than the bottom part of the box so that it doesn’t fit too snugly.

Paper Box Option 2

fold in half

fold paper diagonally

Step 1
Fold the paper diagonally that one point meets the point directly across from it.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have folds that criss cross in the center.

fold paper in half

paper folds

Step 2
Fold the paper in half.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have fold similar to the above images.

fold side to center

Step 3
Fold one edge of the paper into the center.

Repeat on the other three sides.

fold edges inward

 

fold in side of paper

Step 4
Fold two of your points inward like in the image above and glue them. This will start one side of your box top.

Repeat on the other side.

paper box lid

You should have a box top that looks like this.

DIY paper box

DIY paper gift box

Add some ribbon around the box and tie a bow at the top for a fun accent!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Matchbox Party Favors

matchbox party favors

You remember Jennifer, from Station Teen, right? A week or so ago, she asked me what I was making for my next craft for Make Something Mondays. We started talking about crafts and she gave me this great idea: decorate matchboxes with scrapbook paper and embellishments. Since she owns her own stationary and greeting card business, she offered to send me the materials I needed to make them along with a few samples so that I could make my own with a tutorial. She’s fantastic isn’t she?

Making one of these matchboxes takes about 1 minute. This project was a fun get-your-mind-off-of-everything-else craft. It would make a great favor for a wedding or party. So cute!

DIY matchbox materials

Things You Will Need:
Scissors
Glue stick
Matchboxes
Embellishments
Scrapbook paper cut to 2 1/4 wide x 3 1/4 high*

*Make sure you measure the matchbox first, you might have to trim your paper a bit more.

gluing paper to matchbox

 

Step 1
Run your glue stick around the whole matchbox cover except the striking area for the matches.

scrapbook paper cover

Step 2
Wrap your paper the whole way around the matchbox and press down firmly to make sure the paper sticks.

DIY Matchbox Party Favor

Step 3
Adhere your embellishment, and you’re done!

matchbox party favors

 

I had only planned on making a 2 or 3 but, as you can see, I made a few more than anticipated. They’re so easy to make and it’s really fun to match the embellishments to the paper.

party favor variety

Here are a few that Jennifer sent me. I can see these as favors for a baby shower, even.

DIY Soy Candle

Or you could make my DIY Candle craft and tie one of these matchboxes to the jar with a matching ribbon. That would make a really cute gift!

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s store, too. She has the best greeting cards. Check out the one she sent me (below). The paper is pretty thick and the stationary picks are great. (I promise I wouldn’t be talking her up if I didn’t think her stuff was amazing.)

Thank You card from Station Teen

I’d love to hear what you think! Do you have any other creative ideas on ways to use the matchboxes?

Happy crafting!

DIY Beaded Wire-Wrapped Earrings

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

I haven’t made earrings in a while so, I made some wire wrapped earrings for this weeks DIY project. These are really easy to make, and only took me about 20 minutes. Please ignore my chipped nails…

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Beads
Earring clasps
Earring hooks
Thing-a-ma-jig*

If you’ve used a Things-A-Ma-Jig, you can find them at Michaels. They’re great for any type of wire wrapping or beading.

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Step 1
Using your rounded pliers, form a loop in the top of the wire.
(Please ignore my horrible nails.)

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Step 2
Set up your Thing-A-Ma-Jig like the above image. You can leave the large bottom peg off the board. I just forgot to take it off.

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Step 3
Wrap your wire around the pegs so it looks like this. When you’re done with this part, take off the wire and flatten it a bit.

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Step 4
Add the bead and put a small downward bend in the wire.

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Step 5
Put another look in the bottom of what is soon to be your earring.
If there’s extra wire, clip it off at the top of your loop.

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

Add on your earring clasps and hooks, and you’ve got yourself some cute earrings! They’re so much better when you make them yourself.

Hope you like them! Happy crafting :-)

DIY Knotty Purse

DIY Knotty Purse

 

I am not the most girly of girls and purses are usually the furthest thing from my mind. But when I find a way to make them myself, I am all about it. Imagine that. Most girls have at least one scarf around the house somewhere, and all you need is a square-shaped scarf to make this cute knotty bag. If you don’t have one, you should be able to find one at a thrift or department store for a few dollars. If you wanted, you could even cut a square piece of fabric and use that.

The knotty purse is convenient, adorable, and unique. I bet you that no one else is going to be walking around with the same purse. The best part? This took me about 5 minutes to make.

DIY Knotty Purse

Things You Will Need:
A square-shaped scarf

 

DIY Knotty Purse

DIY Knotty Purse

Step 1:
Knot all four corners of your scarf, leaving some fabric towards the end.

 

DIY Knotty Purse

 

Step 2:
Take two of the corners that are side by side, and tie them together in a double knot. Do the same thing on the opposite side.

 

DIY purse from a scarf

 

 

There you go! You’ve got yourself a cute little purse that will match whatever it is that you are wearing, and will almost definitely be unique.

DIY Knotty Purse

Most scarf fabric is sturdy so, as long as you tie your knots tightly, your new purse will hold everything you need it to hold. Not to mention that it makes a great accessory!

 

DIY Tea-Stained Tea Box

DIY Tea Box

I have a friend that REALLY likes tea. I emphasis the really for good reason. I heard him talking about it the other day, and it got me thinking. I like tea, and I keep it all in the original cardboard box. There is nothing wrong with it, but I can be more creative than that. I decided to create a natural-looking tea box.

I bought a ready-to-paint wooden box from the craft store and got to work.

 

Materials for the DIY Tea BoxThings You Will Need:
Cup
Lace
decorations
Paint brush
Newspaper
Wooden box
Tea bags (black tea)

black cherry teaStep 1:
Put 3 tea bags in about 6oz. of water and microwave it. I used Black Cherry tea from Celestial Seasonings because of the dark red color. You can use whatever tea you would like, but make sure it is a dark tea.

 

DIY Tea BoxStep 2:
Dip your paint brush in the tea and begin to stain your box. Make sure you stain the inside as well.

Let it dry (or get a hair dryer if you are as impatient as I am). Repeat this step until the the box is your desired shade. I put three layers on mine.

 

DIY Tea Box

DIY Tea Box

Step 3:
Decorate your box. I chose some lace and flowers.

 

DIY Tea Box

DIY Tea Box

 

Step 4:
Add in some tea!

 

DIY Tea Box

 

If you have friends/family who drink tea, this would be a great gift. Or you could always just make it for you! :-)

 

Happy crafting!!

 

 

DIY Beaded Earrings

DIY Beaded Earrings

I went to the craft store sunday night and discovered the easiest way to make earrings. This is just a few short steps, you will only need 2 materials, and your youngest children could make these. I’m not necessarily saying they should though. Maybe with supervision. The pieces are a bit small.

DIY Beaded EarringsThings You Will Need:
Beads
Earring clasps

DIY Beaded EarringsStep 1:

Unwind the base of the earring clasp.

DIY Beaded EarringsStep 2:

Slide the bead on the the long silver piece. These are compatible with most pandora bracelet beads and knock-off beads. Check you packaging just to make sure the brand you choose is compatible.

DIY Beaded EarringsStep 3:

Twist the base back on.

DIY Beaded EarringsBeautiful! A fast way to make cute and simple earrings. You can even switch out the beads if you get bored with those. A great gift for friends and family too!

DIY Blueberry Muffin Soy Candle

DIY Soy Candle

I’ve wanted to make a soy candle for quite a while. This weekend I picked up some soy that can be microwaved (in case this doesn’t go as planned) and some blueberry muffin scent. I’m pretty excited about this Make Something Mondays :-)

DIY Soy Candle

Things You Will Need:
Wick
Scent
Soy wax
Mason Jar

Not pictured: Pot, water, tongs

DIY Soy Candle

Step 1:

Heat up your water. A little less than half of your pot should have water in it. It doesn’t have to boil but it should be close to.

DIY Soy CandleStep 2:

Add some soy to your mason jar.

DIY Soy CandleStep 3:

Using the tongs, pick up your mason jar and put it in the water.

DIY Soy CandleStep 4:

After about 10 mins it will start to melt.

* You might have to add more soy wax to the jar.

DIY Soy CandleStep 5:

When the wax is fully melted take it out of the pot. You want the wax to cool to 125 degrees.

When it gets to that point you can add in whatever scent you want. Make sure you stir it well.

DIY Soy Candle

Step 6:

Put a pencil or utensil over the top of the jar and wrap your wick around it so that it stays put.

Let it dry.

DIY Soy Candle

Make sure you cut the wick to 1/4″ above the wax. There ya go, you’ve got yourself a soy candle!

DIY Keyboard Upgrade

I found a new, and wonderful blog today! I get excited when I find new blogs with good content. It makes me happy. The blog is called Gurlinteruppted. It says it is a fashion and beauty blog but I found more “pretty” things on it.

Anyway, the specific blog post that caught my eye was Does Your Keyboard Need A Makeover? She walks you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to use washi tape and scissors to upgrade your computer keyboard. What a fun idea!

DIY Abstract Tree Painting

Abstract Tree PaintingA few weeks ago, during Make Something Mondays, you guys voted for a tutorial on an abstract tree painting so here it is! It isn’t exactly the same as the one I showed you before but it is similar. Just remember that it is abstract and that it can be anything that you want it to. It all comes from your imagination.

materials for the DIY Painted Tree

Things You Will Need:
Water
Canvas
Paint (acrylic)
Paint brushes

brown ground

Step 1:

Paint a section, about 3/4 down the canvas, and paint it brown. I combined a light brown and a dark brown.

Gesso paintStep 2:

This step is optional.

Paint a layer of gesso over the top 3/4 of the canvas.

blue streakStep 3:

Start painting a streak along the line of your designated ground. This will keep the paint from bending together.

blue sky paintingStep 4:

Start to paint your sky. Don’t spend a lot of time on this though. The goal here is just to get some color on the canvas so that you don’t see white between the leaves in the final painting.

tree outlineStep 5:

Paint an outline of a tree on one side of your canvas. Remember that the majority of this tree will be covered with leaves as well, so if you are going to focus on making it look good, focus on the bottom.

treeStep 6:

Start to fill in your tree. I used one shade of brown and a small brush so that when I painted, it made a texture like in the image above.

treeStep 7:

Paint some roots for your tree.

painting yellow leaves

Yellow leaf

Step 8:

Get a lot of paint on a medium-sized brush and dab it on the canvas. It should look something like the above.

A little texture is a good thing.

brightly colored leavesStep 9:

Randomly spread some leaves out on the canvas. Avoid the tree for now since the paint is still wet.

brightly colored leaves

Step 10:

Add set of leaves in a different color.

brightly colored leavesStep 11:

Continue step 10 for several more colors.

brightly colored leaves brightly colored leaves

Step 12:

When the canvas is filled up but has a bit of space left, go back through with other  colors and fill in the negative space. Don’t forget the ground!

Abstract Tree PaintingVoila! Hope you enjoyed this one!

Happy Monday!!!

DIY Heart-Shaped Wire Earrings

DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings

I thought I would give this DIY wire earring attempt another shot. I didn’t do all that well last time but I really enjoy the idea of beaded wire earrings so I tried some heart-shaped ones this time. You know what they say… practice makes perfect but I’m thinking that I’m going to need a lot of practice to get where I want to be with this art form. I hope you enjoy this one!

 

DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings

Things You Will Need:
Beads
Earring accessories
Flat-nosed pliers
Round-nosed pliers
16 Gauged wire
Wire cutters (if your flat-nosed pliers don’t have them built in)

DIY Heart-Shapped Wire EarringsStep 1:
Using your round-nosed pliers, make a swirl out of the wire (facing inward).
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings
Step 2:
Move a little ways down the wire and bend it upward like in the image above. This will be the bottom of your heart.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings
Step 3:
Move up the wire and bend it inward toward the swirl. Make sure you bend it where the top of the bend and the top of the swirl will be somewhat even/level.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire EarringsStep 4:
Bend the wire straight up so that you have something of a heart shape.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire EarringsStep 5:
Add on your choice of beads.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire EarringsStep 6:
Bend the top of the wire in a circular fashion to create a loop at the top of the wire. I cut my wire shorter before I twisted it so that I wouldn’t have to do it afterwards. Up to you though.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire EarringsStep 7:
Add on your attachment.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings
Step 8:
Add on the earring.
DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings
And you are done! It sounds a lot harder than it is because of all of the steps, but when you get the hang of bending the wire it isn’t so bad. Hope you guys enjoyed my tutorial.
FYI: Next week will be the tree painting tutorial that you all voted to see about 2 weeks ago during the abstract painting tutorial. I only got 9 votes :-( but I didn’t get anyone saying they didn’t want to see it. Good enough for me.
If there is anything else you want to see let me know!
Happy crafting!