Every holiday I pick a theme and make tags and packaging for goodies mailed near and far; they’re my favorite things to make and I’m always on the lookout for the most versatile (and, let’s be honest, the cutest) things I can add to my stash for them. Closer to home, I use the same products to make simple centerpieces to hold small favors.
There are loads of packaging dies in the shop right now and today I’m working with 3 recent additions from Essentials by Ellen, Lawn Fawn, and The Stamp Market.
The Essentials by Ellen House Box Add-On hit the shop yesterday and the new accessories not only bring the spring, but soften the look of the House Box with more delicate elements, like the tiny, scalloped edge on the roof I used to help transform it into a birdhouse. This box is a great size for small gifts and candies; I’ve put everything from egg-shaped lip balm to small cookies inside. I filled it with a bit of crinkle and foil-wrapped chocolate eggs this time.
There were already a bunch of adorable add-ons for Lawn’s Fawn’s Tiny Gift Box, but I was still giddy to see another. I gave Lawn Fawn’s Tiny Gift Box Chick and Duck Add-On a bluebird make-over to go with the birdhouse. This is a smaller box that holds anything around the size of a big gumball.
The Scalloped Gift Box by The Stamp Market is one of – if not the – largest box dies in my stash and holds a generous amount of goodies. To get the look of a bird’s nest, this one’s cut from kraft cardstock and stamped with their Woodgrain Background.
I added one more decorative touch to help set the scene: matching bunting made from The Stamp Market’s Small Fringe Banner.
I hope this inspires you to re-create these projects for yourself; here’s some helpful tips if you do:
- Patterns on papers in 6×6 pads are the perfect scale for the Essentials by Ellen House Box Die, but it’s too big to cut entirely from 6×6 paper. To reproduce the look I got using Lawn Fawn’s Spring Fling Petite Paper Pack, measure the walls of the House Box and cut 6 squares to match; send two of them through with the die again to cut triangular roof shapes, trim off the score lines, and adhere them to an already-assembled box cut from white cardstock
- Adhesive matters when you make boxes; pick a strong one so it doesn’t fall apart. My go-to is skinny, 1/8″ Be Creative Tape
- Using a jewel picker to pick up and adhere small bits (like the bird’s eyes and beak) saves a lot of hair-pulling and frustration
- Before assembling boxes, go over score lines with a bone folder for clean, crisp edges. Your boxes will go together easier and have a pretty, clean finish