Here is my next installment of Valentine’s Day crafts. I came up with this little project at work, where I have quite a few small empty paperclip boxes. On a slow day, I decided to try covering one with some colorful old catalog pages.
I think this box would be a cute way to wrap a very small gift, like jewelry, or as a sort-of “card” on its own. You could even tie some ribbon around it to make it look more like a gift.
What you will need:
- a all box (I re-purposed an old paperclip box)
- an old magazine
- a pen or pencil
- masking tape
Take apart the box so that it lays flat. If it is glued together in any places, carefully take that apart as well.
Measure the 6 sides of the box, trace onto paper, and cut out (you should have 6 rectangles). Another option is to trace all the sides of the box while it is still put together. These will be glued to the inside of the box later. Choose the piece of paper you would like to use and lay the flattened box on top (inside facing down). Trace around the box, giving an extra 1/8″ all the way around (see picture), and cut out.
Turn the box around (inside facing up), with the newly cut paper behind it. Using the masking tape, fold the paper edges over the box and secure. Repeat this around the whole box. Re-assemble the box. If it was glued anywhere, use some glue or masking tape to re-attach it.
Take the 6 rectangles you made earlier and tape (with rolled pieces of masking tape) or glue to the inside of the box.
Cut out an “I” a heart and a “U” from your magazine. Make sure the colors contrast those in the inside of the box. Glue to the bottom of the box.
Other Valentine’s Day Crafts:
Stitched “Love” Valentine by yours truly
Lovebirds Card by The Long Thread
A Valentine Giftby Nini Makes
Fused Plastic Valentine by My Recycled Bags
Be sure to check out this week’s installment of Almost Lost Domestic Arts by Domestic Cents. Its on purposeful menu planning and grocery shopping. I especially like her idea of having meal cards!