Tuesday, December 9, 2008
A Christmas Tutorial
I have several big weaknesses. And one of the big ones is paper. I really, really like paper. Unfortunately I also really, really love trees and I will suffer from internal conflict for as long as trees and paper are at odds.
Anyway, I love wrapping up my Christmas presents thoughtfully, beautifully and with fancy paper. I find it worth the splurge. This year I had been having a hard time finding paper that I liked until we went to the Botanical Gardens, where, in their gift shop they had sheets and sheets of seasonal botanical paper. And I indulged myself.
So, in an effort to make up for the extravagance of fancy paper, I looked for very, very cheap gift boxes, and I couldn't find any cheap enough. So, I went through my wrapping stash at home and found a motley crew of very old, mismatched tops and bottoms from gift boxes of Christmas past.
And then I had an idea.
They were all too big. I needed gift boxes about half of the size of what I had. So, I thought, why not cup up the boxes I have and make smaller boxes? I could save on gift boxes, save on paper by wrapping smaller boxes, save on shipping, and get rid of these silly old boxes.
So, here's what I did:
I took a top of an old box.
And flattened it by carefully taking apart the corners.
Then I measured how tall the box was. 2 inches.
I found the middle of the box and marked 1 inch on either side of the middle. This way I will make a 2 inch high back to the box.
I scored lines across the width of the box at each mark.
Then I folded the box on the scored lines and I cut in 2 inches from the edges of the box on the folds.
I folded the tab inside and stapled it to the side of the box making the corner.
I stapled the other tabs finishing the other corners of the box.
And that was it. New box. Right size. Wrapped up.
Posted by Dave at 1:45 PM