- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
- 4x4x4 Natural Kraft Tuck Top Gift Box From PaperMart
- 5x5x5 Standard RSC Cartons From PaperMart
- Colored mesh to pad the boxes From PaperMart(They also have tons of other materials and such that seemed like a good deal to me)
- 8.5 x 11 Avery Labels
- Photographs. I photoshopped two photos into one 4×6 and they were the perfect size for the box panels.
- Heavy Duty Paper(I found 12×12 cardstock at a sidewalk sale and used the lighter colors to print everything on)
- Roll of twine/string(I actually got cotton string from the tool department for half the price of the strings that I found in the craft department)
- Papercutter and Scissor(Just scissors is doable, but that’s a LOT more work)
- Elmer’s Glue and a paintbrush for applying the glue
- Some sort of Glue dots/adhesive ruler this is what I used
- Photoshop or something similar. This might be able to be done in word, but I have a feeling it would be a pain in the butt
The first thing I did was to create all my panels because they took the most work. Remember everything you do in photoshop needs to be set at a 300dpi for good quality printing. I actually “traced” clip art from the internet using photoshop so that I could make all the images look similar. If you are interested in doing this much extra work then there are a plethora of photoshop tutorials out there you could find on google. The basic idea though is that you find an image(easiest to use is clipart, and on google image search on the left panel you can even select line art) and then create a blank layer and use the freeform pen to trace the lines and create a path to stroke with a pencil type paintbrush. And here are a few before and afters…
I used photoshop to create 3.5×3.5 panels to be glued onto the boxes so that I wouldn’t have to worry about overhang and using fonts found at http://www.dafont.com/ typed out our information about the wedding and labeled the outside panels with the places we’ve been together. One way to make it easier to decorate the panels is to download free paintbrushes for photoshop. I actually used a free paintbrush for the outlines of the hang tags, but I can’t find where I got that paintbrush set. My favorites usually come from Deviant Art but if you google free photoshop brush packs you can usually find whatever you need. It’s like having endless rubber stamps at your disposal 🙂
This was my favorite part of the inside. And I learned that if you draw a path in photoshop you can click inside of it with the text tool in order to make your text go around your images!(The dashed heard in the background is another place I used a paintbrush)
Okay now for the actual crafting of the boxes. First I took all the papers I was going to use and cut them into 4×12 strips. The papers behind the pictures that weren’t going to be printed on were cut again to make 4×4 squares.
For printing I changed my printer to take 4×12 paper(usually when you select print you just go to settings and then custom size and type in 4in wide by 12 long) and printed each square in sets of 3 by creating an image with three panels on it like this one
When you look at the paper I chose it’s a medium brown so I had to go and color the French flag with white colored pencil since on regular printers white is printed as nothing
After printing out stacks and stacks of these this is where the paper cutter comes in handy. Especially since everything is a square. This is one I got on sale awhile back, I think one of the big blade chopper ones like they have at schools would have worked better, but this one did well enough
The hang tags were a bit different and I had to use scissors and I used a nail to punch out the hole because I didn’t have a small enough punch. Here is are the tags with no text if anyone wants to use this image as a template since I can’t find where I got this paintbrush from. to make them double sides it was too complicating to try and line them up with my printer so I printed out each side and glued them together..
Now to the actual box.
This is how they come from the store.
In order to make these work for the “exploding box” style I folded them into their box shape and glued the bottom together. Then had to use scissors and cut the vertical seams of the box so that when it lays flat it looks like this.Once they were flat I glues on my cut squares. Because the paper is so thick I just used Elmer’s glue and a paintbrush. Apply the glue to the back of the paper and then put it on the box, if you put the glue to the box instead it’ll make a mess. I glued the outside squares in place and then the inside and saved the photos for last.
This is how my photos were sent to snapfish
So I had to use the paper cutter again to cut these all in half. I had two vertical(3×4 pictures) and two horizontal(4×3 pictures) to even things out so that two had gaps on the sides and two had gaps on the top and bottom. Using my adhesive roller I rolled adhesive just to the corners and maybe an inch or two in the middle. It doesn’t take much to get the pictures to stick. And the great thing about the adhesive is that if you get any on the front of your photos just rub it a little with your finger and it will ball up and you can remove it without damaging the photos.
After the photos are attached now it’s time to make it back into a box! So put your favor into the center(These towel cupcakes were the perfect size Remember nothing bigger than about 3.75 inches square or it won’t fit into your box very well)
I found the easiest folding was to fold the sides with the tabs up first then pull the lid side over and prop up the front against the tab from the lid. Now for the string I am not sure how to explain this. I was going to do the regular one string on each side gift wrap type technique but it helps to have the sides held on at the corners.
I am going to attempt to explain how I did the string now…
Cut about 6ft of string for each box. Find the center and drape it over the top of the box back to front. I just held the box together when I did this, but it might be easier to have one piece of string holding the box together while you do the more complicated string tying.
Bring the strings together at the bottom of the box in the front. When they meet bring them together like your about to tie a knot but turn them 90 degrees and bring them back to the top of the box. In this photo the front of the box is where my hand is.
Now at the top your string is going to intersect where you first laid the string. Here put loose string over and loop it around the tight one
Next you tale that same string and bring it back to the left to meet the other end and do what you did on the bottom where you bring them together like you’re about to tie a knot but turn them 90 degrees and pull them around to the bottom
On the bottom it will be the same steps again. Any time you come across a tight string loop the loose one around it and then meet the other loose end and do the 90 degree turn. When you get to the top again you will loop over both string and cross your strings, put the label on it and tie your bow.
The to finish it off I cut a square of my mesh(I was just eyeballing it but it was probably a foot to a foot and a half square) and then press the box into the mesh into the mailing box and folded the mesh in to make it look nicer.
For the labels on the outside of the box I used photoshop again so that I could just separate my 8.5×11 labels into 4 labels, Setting the mode to landscape and splitting it into 4 equal parts gave a little overhang to the labels, but they still fit nicely. If you want you could get any label smaller than 5×5 and use the avery software to print them, this would also allow you to skip having cut more paper as well.
And there you have it. My exploding box announcements! If I left anything out or was unclear about anything let me know and I’ll add some more information if needed.