Recycled Gift Boxes
By: Melony Bradley
Make Recycled Gift Boxes when you give your next gift. Soon, you'll be making recycled gift baskets and recycled gift bags.
- Recycled cereal box
- Coluzzle knife
- Patterned paper
- Sticky foam dots
- Sizzix's Bird in Cage die cut
- Wool felt
- Big Shot Machine
- Serif Essentials Numbers die set
- Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
- Staz on Jacquards Pearl Ex Pigment Stamp Pad
- Scrip stamp from Hampton Arts
- Acrylic paint
- Scalloped cardstock top
- I started by taking the box apart carefully at the glued seams and laying flat on the work surface.
- Since I love creating little windows and peeks, I used a Coluzzle knife to cut a rectangular shaped window from the front of my box, which I had already covered with patterned paper.
- Needing a backing for the window, I used a recycled cereal box to cut the appropriate measurements and covered that with a patterned paper as well. To create dimension, I placed sticky foam dots, layered one on top of each other, in the corners. This will be placed behind the box front.
- I used wool felt from National Nonwovens to cut a four using my Big Shot Machine and my Serif Essentials Numbers die set.
- Since the theme of this gift box is "four calling birds," I used Sizzix's Bird in Cage die cut to cut four red wool felt birds. I glued these to the box using Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.
- I did trim the tails of the birds slightly and machine stitched in place using a loose free form pattern.
- I used Staz on Jacquards Pearl Ex Pigment Stamp Pad in Black and a scrip stamp from Hampton Arts to stamp text on the flowers.
- I then used color washes made from acrylic paints to slighly add color to the flower petals.
- The fun continues when you add color blocks for embellishing and color washes over the patterned papers to create depth and texture.
- I used tiny alphabet stamps and black ink to stamp the sentiments in the color circles and to create a tag for the box. I also should add that I covered the entire box by measuring and cutting patterned paper pieces to fit. Adding papers to the inside of the box is a good idea as well. It makes the box extra sturdy and adds a little finished touch in case you want to display the box after removing the contents.
- I layered the flower and added a jeweled brad for extra sparkle.Once you have finished embellishing your art box, re-assemble with strong adhesive tape, using the original seams. You may want to also dry brush the edges of the boxes to mask any original color that peeks through.
- For the "partridge in a pear tree" box, I used Sizzix Bird with wing die and free hand cut a plum from the wool felt.
- The addition of a scalloped cardstock top, dry brushed with acrylic paint, add a wood handle attached with wire completes these little fun mixed media creations.
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