Friday, June 25, 2010

Potted Plant Gift Box Tutorial

As promised, here is the Potted Plant Gift Box Tutorial!

To complete this project you will need 3 sheets of 12x12 cardstock.  Cut one of the sheets in half so you have 2 6x12 pieces.  Score these two pieces at 2 1/2 inches from the top (so that you have a section along the top of each piece that is 2 1/2 x 6).

Cut one of the 12x12 pieces down to 11 7/8 x 11 7/8.  Score the 12x12 piece and the 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 piece at 3 inches on all four sides.

Make sure you keep track of which piece is which!  Next you'll want to make an X in the middle of the 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 piece.  The X in the picture below is really, really faint, but it's on the picture to make it larger and you'll be able to see the X!

The X is important so you know where the center is, because the next step is to cut a 4 inch circle out of the middle of it.  I chose to cut a 4 inch circle, becuase the plant I had was 4 1/4 inches in diameter.

Get out your scissors, becuase you need to make a few small cuts.  You want to cut along the score lines, from the edge of the cardstock to where the horizontal and vertical score lines intersect.  You want to do this on two sides...two opposite sides!

Lets make this look like a box now!  Crease all the score lines with a bone folder so you have a nice square box when you're done.  Then put glue on the square portions, fold up the sides and stick the glue to the rectangles bewteen the squares (on the sides where you made the cuts).  Hmmm, that totally made sense in my head, but didn't really translate into words very's a picture to help with that explanation!

You want to do this step with both the piece with the circle cut out and the one without the circle.  Now that they're both boxes, one will fit into the other like this...

And, now it's time to bring back those two 6x12 pieces!  You want to put glue on one of the sides of the box and attach one of the 6x12 pieces to it (so that the scored area is at the top).  Do this for both pieces, attaching them to oppostie sides of the box.

Punch a handle (I used the Wide Oval punch in my original design) in each of the scored sections.  Bring them together and tie with a ribbon.  This is what it should look like when you bring the tops together.

That's it!  These are super easy and you can embellish to fit any occasion.  You could also omit the box with the hole and just fill the bottom with baking, candy or some other fabulous gift.  Check out the embellished ones I did here.

Let me know if you have any questions and if you make one be sure to link to it in the comments so I can see!

Have an inspired day!

1 comment:

  1. This is AWESOME Lisa. Erin saw it and we will be now making these for my kids` teacher`s too! Thanks so much for the inspiration!


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