Welcome back to another Monday Mash Up!
This week I have been toying with using old templates again … this time I have been taking a two dimensional template and turning it into a three dimensional gift box.
I was very proud of the finished result …
But it all started with this template.
(I’m afraid that I don’t know what the brand of stencil is, but it should work with any equal sided hexagonal template).
After toying with a few ideas I got it into my head that I wanted to make a box from this.
Not an easy job, I thought. For a start there were no clues as to where to score, cut or fold.
So I set about experimenting and then came up with a solution which went as followed.
Firstly I traced around the outside and some of the inner areas.
I then used a ruler (with layering marks) to draw a new border around the outside edge (equal on all sides).
Then I added lines that went from corner to corner, running across the middle of the design.
Next I added additional lines to create pie wedges on the corner.
I then cut out some of the central design.
I found it easier to do it at this stage rather than trying to do this after I had cut out the lid as it helped to have the rest of the page as a holding structure.
I then cut out the box top, leaving a flap at each corner, and scored the folds, as seen here.
I then used the stencil to cut out a piece of decorative paper and stuck it in the middle over the aperture.
I then began folding in the edges and sticking the flaps with PVA glue.
I held them in place with paper clips whilst it dried.
Here it is with everything stuck and drying.
I made the base by tracing just around the outside of the box.
The construction for the box bottom was similar to that of the top apart from adding a small (1mm or less) border INSIDE the shape AFTER tracing the outer border. The intersecting lines went to the new corner point. This made the box base slightly smaller than the lid so that it fitted inside the lid.
The decoration was a mixed affair and used a variety of dies for the flowers and swirls. Some sticky backed pearls were the final touch.
So that was basically it. A mini mash up if you will.
For those that are interested here’s a quick list of some of the specific things that I have used:
- Watercolour card for the box.
- Decorative papers from the docrafts Papermania Jesse Edwards Capsule Collection
- Cardstock from American Crafts Neutral collection.
- Pansy dies from La Crea Designs.
- Swirl die from Cheery Lynn Designs.
And here are a few more pictures of the completed box.
So, that just about puts the lid on this week’s Monday Mash Up. I hope that you have enjoyed it and will have a go with one of the templates in your collection.
Thank you for stopping by and reading (or just looking at the pictures).
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the comments section below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.