Monday, July 04, 2016


It's a lovely sunny morning here, I wonder what the chances are of it staying like this?  If it does, then that will be two lovely days in a I'm not counting my chickens!

It was my nephew's birthday last week and as part of his present we bought him a t-shirt with the words "I am quite unusually brilliant" on it.  Which he is, of course!  
Well to make it more interesting, I decided to give it the same sort of concealment treatment used to disguise another t-shirt for another nephew a while back

Using a couple of sheets of  A4 card printed with the same digital paper designs, plus another sheet printed with a couple of toning designs to use for trimming
Last time I made one, I just glued up the top once the t-shirt was inside, but this time I punched some holes and used a binding technique and some twine to make the closure.

If you are interested in making a box like this, there are loads of templates and tutorials on the internet.  Just search on ...juice (or milk) carton box...  and check them out till you find one that makes the most sense to you - some are simpler to follow than others!.  Once you've got the basic idea in your hear it's fairly simple to see how you can expand the template to make something as big as this one.  My two pieces of A4 card are joined along the long side, to make a tall box, and I made the base turn-in tabs only about 1.5cms, sticking them to a couple of squares of card (one inside the box, one for the outside base) to maximise the height of the finished carton.
I made a tag to hang from the top of the box, along with a simple pocket - a bit like an old-fashioned dinner money envelope, just big enough to pop cash or a cheque inside.  As am after-thought, I added a punched circle with a little "open me" message on it, just to make sure it wasn't  overlooked when it was hung behind the tag

I did enjoy making this - and it served as a reminder on how much fun they are to make and decorate - although this one was a plain boy-style one, I feel the need to get fancy with the next one ;)

Thanks for looking, have a great day


Laine said...

Such a fun idea Kathy and great box project.

Shabneez said...

Great idea Kathy. Bet your nephew enjoyed opening it. Children love something different and it makes guessing more fun too! Shabneez xxx

Sylvia Ames said...

Fabulous idea for a hidden gift, lovely colours on those papers Kathy.

Sylv xx

Linda Simpson said...

These are beautiful and love the colours.
Linda xxx

Michelle G said...

Great idea and perfectly finished.

sandra carey said...

Great Idea Kathy Love it Hugs Sandra xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

great box project and fab papers Kathy

gr karin

Brawny said...

Wow fabulous. Love this x

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning project I just love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Kate M said...

Fabulous gift box and I love the card you have used!!

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

How clever is this? great job!

Dawn Lancaster said...

Great idea for a gift box & card! The colours are indeed perfect "boy" colours!
Dawn xx