Monday, October 4, 2010

Milk Carton Tutorial

I love paper crafting, but I am the first to admit it is not my strong point in the creative world. However this post is something I'm proud of, because I actually made these! LOL
I participate in a 'Stampin' Up' class one night every other month, and my instructor Barb Jepsen is a paper crafting rock star! She taught us the awesome craft at the last class...
Here is a list of the items you will need:
  • 1 8 1/2"x11" Transparency sheet
  • Paper slicer/scorer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • 1- 8 1/2"x11" sheet color paper
  • 1- 4x6" white paper (or scrap)
  • 1- 9" piece of ribbon (or longer if you want to tie a nice bow)
  • 1- 5" piece of ribbon for the card
  • stamp & ink
  • 2 flowers, rhinestones, or any embellishments you want
  • 1 mini paper clip
  • Candy (my favorite part)
The transparency sheet was so hard to photo, I used a tan piece of paper strictly for the photo's-just pretend I'm using the transparency for the first 1/2 of this tute.
With the 8 1/2  side of the paper at the top, score a line downward every 2 inches (3 score lines).
 Then turn the paper cross wise and score another line 2" from the top.
Now below the 2" cross wise score line. snip the small 1/4" piece off. Now cut at the score lines from the bottom up to the cross wise score mark.
 Using a bone folder or Popsicle stick, crease the score lines tight.
Now we can start assembling the cute carton.
Run a continuous adhesive strip down the 1/4" side (make sure the score folds are facing up-toward you).
Use a very good adhesive or tacky strip on the transparency to hold the box together.
Fold paper together to form the box, lining up the 1/4" score mark with the opposite edge of the paper, press securely.
Now for the bottom: fold in one side, the fold in the opposite side, turn and do with the remaining 2 sides. On the last side, put lots of adhesive on the side that will rest again the other paper, and press down securely. If the bottom of the box is not tightly secure add a bit of adhesive where ever you feel it need to be.
Now onto the embellishments!
From your color piece of paper cut a strip that measures 8 1/2" x 2". If you want to, trim one of the 8 1/2" sides with a decorate cut.
Score this piece of paper every 2" along the 8 1/2" piece. Lightly fold at the score marks.
Secure it to the base of the carton with adhesive (you can place it anywhere you want to, I made 1 with the paper lined up with the bottom, and 1 set at a slightly higher place).
(I like to tuck the 1/4" folded piece behind the paper so that my seam ends on the edge of the box)

Next secure your piece of ribbon around the paper. You can place this anywhere you want. Trim the end so that there is only a slight overlap of ribbon.
For the card:
Cut your small piece of white paper to a 4" x 2" piece. Fold in half. Simply glue the remaining 5" ribbon piece around the front of the card, trimming ends for just a slight overlap again.

Using your embellishments finish off the front of the card and box in your desired style.
Fill your box with the candy you have chosen (I used Almond Joy Pieces), pinch the top of the box closed, forcing the sides inward, and secure the card to the top with a mini paper clip (I bought a box of 25 at my local Office Max for about $5.00).
It's finished!
I'm not sure how helpful this tutorial will actually be for you, my instructions probably don't make a great deal of sense, but the pictures should help!
I would love to see pictures of any that you create, so stop back and post a link or two!

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