As papercrafters, many of us have plenty of supplies, tools and other papercrafting goodies. But, for those of us who may be on a tight budget, have a tight storage space, or just don’t want to spend tons of money on single-use tools, this project is for you. It is created using basic things: 6×6 paper, a ruler, a pencil, scissors and adhesives. With the addition of a few consumables that can be found at the discount or dollar stores, you can create cute projects. So, here they are! (*A more neutral/masculine version is added below the first video.)
So, let’s get started! With the ruler along one of the diagonals, measure and mark a dot 1″ from each of the diagonal corners. Then, lining up the ruler on the other diagonal, mark 3 1/2″ from each corner. (The marking tools do have a bit of “width” to them, so I offset the ruler just a hair from each of the corners. That way, the dots lined up right on the diagonal. If you are using a mechanical pencil, you may not need to offset it quite so much, as the pencil lead is much narrower.)
Now, cut tabs and assemble as in the video! Curl the top of the front and back, and you can either glue-dot the front shut or use the “dot closure” i did in the video. Then use half (6″) of a chenille stem to create a handle. Decorate as desired, simply or elaborately. There are many die cuts, stickers and premade embellishments to take advantage of, if you are pressed for time.
If you are using 12×12 paper, just “hamburger fold” them both ways (flat side to flat side), and create a folded “cross” on the paper, dividing it into quarters. Then, just cut along each line to create four 6×6 papers.
I hope you enjoy this project, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed! Smiles, Darby
I had been asked about making it more neutral or masculine for the guys. One suggestion, would be to use more “masculine” paper, and it would look more like a satchel. But, I did think of another way to give it a less “purse-like” appearance. And, here they are!
There are two styles. The light blue one is open on the top, kind of like an open tool-box. The other two have the “dot closure” that was done on the original, but a more boxy appearance due to the way the flap is folded over and not curled. When putting the box together, before you glue, fold the wider sections (front and back) back at the corners. Then, after you glue the box together, glue these “triangle” tabs into the box for the open-box style. For the closure style box, fold each triangle over the opposite side to create the fold-over top and tab. It is shown best in the video, which will be placed here once I get it uploaded tonight.
But, the real difference is the handle, and it is very easy to do. All you need is a straw or coffee stirrer. I used the plastic coffee stirrers that I bought at Walmart, and they were 7″. Because the box is 3 1/2″ wide, half the stirrer was just right and gave me two handles. Taking the 3 1/2″ piece of straw or stirrer, thread half a chenille stem (usually around 6″) through until you have an equal amount of the stem on both ends of the straw. Bend them downward at a right angle. On the sides of the box, punch or poke a hole, and thread the ends of the handles through to the desired length, making sure the handle is level on top. Bend the ends of the stem up. If you want, punch or cut a little tag, and hang it on the stem before you bend it upward.
We have rural DSL, so I upload the videos overnight, otherwise no-one else can use the internet for HOURS. So, this “place holder” will disappear when the video is ready.
VIDEO UPLOADING-PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER.
I hope you enjoy this more neutral version! Blessings, Darby