This is one of my favorite DIY projects using recycled materials…first start with this: a cereal or other empty, clean paper board box. Collapse it and cut off any rough edges. Next score the paperboard so there is a 1/4 inch panel down the center […]
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One of the most fun ways to do Valentine’s day is to turn your chocolate treats into artistic little surprises that make them smile. Since many of you have asked on our Facebook page how to do this…Click on the picture to see a fabulous […]
When the Valentines Day party is over at school…how do they take all of their little treats home with them? You could just set the class up with shoe boxes, but who (other than maybe a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills) has 30 shoe boxes lying around?
Here is a simple idea for something you can make a bunch of and donate to your favorite teacher: A Decorative “Peek-A-Boo” Valentine carrier with ribbon handles.
All you need is a package of recycled paper bags, pretty ribbon (handles I cut were about 12-14 inches for each,) and some Martha Stewart Decorative Punches (I used Martha’s Floral Lace ‘Punch Around The Page’ Punch and Martha’s ‘Punch All Over The Page’ Star Punch for the window.
First, punch the top border edge. Leave the bag folded and insert it into the edge punch up to the top, keeping an eye on where the design will go. Martha Stewart punches have a design on the top and sides to make lining up easy.
Now for the ribbon handles. Using a hole punch, with the bag closed, punch two holes all the way through. Each should be about 1.5 – 2 inches from the top and about an inch or two from the center in either direction. Valentines are not usually very heavy, but for extra reinforcement, you can put a line of masking tape on the inside before you punch your holes.
Lace your ribbon through the holes, front to back and tie loose knots in each side to keep the handles attached.
Next cut a piece of clear cellophane and tape it to the inside to complete the window.Next, use your ‘All Over The Page’ Punch to cut the window. These punches have a magnetic base – put this inside the bag where you think you would like your window(s) then align the top on the outer part of the bag. 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot, Punch! (**not actual measurements – random late 80’s Beetlejuice reference.**)
Use markers and stamps to decorate or just hand them over to the kids with some crayons, stamps, and glitter glue — they love the decorating part!
Most valentines are lovely, but some appear to be an impossible act of physics. I love when valentines get “ohhs and ahhs” and leave the recipient wondering…”how’d she do that?” Here is a great tutorial from the Life As Lou blog on how to make […]
Here’s another idea for something fun to do with that scrapbook paper you have tucked away…make a super fancy gift bag! Here is a great tutorial from the JoannaNoelBlog that shows you how! http://joannanoelblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-gift-to-bag.html *image credit: joannanoelblog.blogspot.com
Lifestyle Crafts just released these Sweatheart Dies and we are already seeing them in tons of adorable crafts projects! Little Valentine idea from Heather at WhipperBerry. This project is great because it is a little bit paper craft, a little bit “get your hands dirty.” It makes a colorful little card and a really cool gift kids will totally use: a multi-color crayon that will surprise little artists every time they use it!
(Would also make a perfectly lovely tag on a bigger gift too!)
Have you used the new Sweethearts Dies yet? Email us your projects and you could be featured!
1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.
How to fold and assemble your box:
1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…
Paula from More Than Cards demonstrates how to make a flip or swing style greeting card. The swing/flip card is made by cutting slits into the cardstock, then folding it at very specific measurements (Paula goes over these in detail in the video tutorial) What a cool cardmaking idea — definitely not your average Valentines Day or Christmas card!
Craft Supplies For This Card Project:
- Craft Glue
- Family Photo(s) and Embellishments (Also shown in this video: The Nifty 50’s Cricut Cartridge and Pink By Design Jump and Jive Stamp Set) – You will attach these to the card when it is complete and can make a cute page layout.
- Cardstock (The cardstock shown is Die Cuts With A View’s Green Stack collection made from 70% post-consumer recycled paper. It is acid-free and lignin-free so this card will last a lifetime.)
- Cutting and Scoring Board and other basic cardmaking tools like a craft knife
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