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Today I have a Spring special for you. As you can see...I have prettied my lunch box! Who wouldn't like to receive a cute little lunch box decorated and filled with flowers to help brighten their day on a rainy April day? We all can use something nice to look at now that Spring is on it's way. I know I could from time to time as I spend most of my days in an office unable to really get a look at something beautiful. Having something like this to sit on my desk really brings a smile to my face.
After The Cut!
For this image I decided to set the group size to 15.778" x 7.904" since I wanted to have a smaller box more as a decoration. Once I have cut it out using your electronic cutting machine, I'm ready to assemble. Below are all the items you should have ready to put together.
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While the base is drying I moved onto the lid. This can be a little tricky. First I creased the front and back and then creased the side tabs. I then rolled the center of the lid back and forth so that it would stay curved. This made it easier to glue the tabs to the side of the lid. Note that the sides of the box are not perfectly straight up and down, but has a tilt to it on the back side.
Once both pieces have dried I glued the two pieces together with a cut and scored rectangle . I folded the piece one way and then the other to make it a more flexible hinge.
Time to add in some details and embellishments. The file has these cute little hinges that I cut out of gold mylar. Make sure you fold the mylar in the direction you want to have your box as it is fairly stiff and will not be quiet so easy to have go in the opposite direction. Since I wanted my box to remain open, I did it in a way that it would hold the lip open for me. **I used double sided tape for this as liquid glue will not work on mylar.
With the hinges done I moved onto the side panels. This box comes with four side panels, but I decided to use only the two side panels for it. I thought the base paper was way to pretty to fully cover up. For the small front piece, While it indicates to use it with the curved side up, I decided to use it kind of as a pocket to the lunch box and used it with the curved side down centered 1/4" from the bottom of the box. For this piece I adhered the pocket with double sided foam tape in order to give it dimension.
Moving on to the final touches, I added the cameo next. I gave the cameo piece some dimension by using foam tape. then attached it to the pocket on the front. I broke up the coloring by using the same dark print of the lunch box base.
We are almost getting there! The final touches to the box itself will be adding the handle with brass tabs. The handle already had hole on it, so I used that as my guide when I marked where I wanted the pierce to be. I then set the handle towards the back of the box in order to set my brads. Next I worked two eyelet punches in the front of the box around 1/4" apart in in the center and tied a chiffon bow through the holes.
With the box completed I had the option to use treat filled tulle circle or add some floral embellishments. I decided on the flowers! In order to add the flowers I used a paper straw to adhere a rose and some smaller flowers to using a hot glue gun. I then cut 4 lengths of tulle (about 6" long) and glued them to the straw as well. Once I was done i glued the straw up and held it in place in the box as I wanted it to be.
Here are the pictures of my finished craft!
Hi! I'm Monica. Welcome to my blog. I'm so excited that you can join me in my crafting adventure. You will find all sorts of inspiration, information & techniques on my blog. I love card making, paper crafting and planning. I hope that you subscribe to get blog notices and other updates!