Paper, Ruler, Scissors-Box! Back to crafty basics treat box

Hi Everyone!

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

Hi Everyone!

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.


I hope you enjoy this more neutral version!  Blessings, Darby

Non-Candy, Dollar Tree, Valentines for Classrooms and more!

Hi Everyone!

This is (probably?) my last St. Valentine’s Day project.  And, although I have created it for classrooms, you can also fit some slim treats suitable to adults, too.  But, the ones I created were for the kiddoes, and I should have mentioned that it would be great for them to decorate the matchbooks, and have a say as to what goes into them.  They are intended for non-candy gifts, but some of the slimmer candy treats can fit in as well.

Start with a piece of card stock 8 1/2″ by 3 1/2″, you can get three from letter size card stock.  Score, long side up,  at 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″, 5 1/4″ and 5 5/8″.  Fold and burnish the score lines, keeping the edges aligned.  For the ones only 1/8″ apart, I usually fold one, then press the end gently toward the score line to “pop” the score line folded.  This is shown in the video, and prevents me front making a mess of the close folds.  Using a 1/4″ hand-held circle punch, punch a hole in the “top” (3/8″ section) of the matchbook to suit your pen.  These are from the dollar tree, and the “catch” is close to the end, so I only go in about 3/8″, or so.


Depending on what you are giving, align the double-sided foam adhesive to secure the bottom of the matchbook, taking care not to stick the top 1/2″ or so of the bottom flap.  The top will need this space to slide into, and you can test it to make sure not to prevent the top from sliding into the bottom.

Then, decorate as desired.  If the kiddoes are giving these to the classroom, it would be great for them to do the decoration!  Use markers, crayons, stickers, gems, die cuts, and more, for them to create a fun valentine for their friends.  They could cut a heart for a “to & from” for the front, or write in on the back.  They could write their own valentine message on the front, inside, or back.  Kids are so creative, just give them the supplies and watch them innovate.

I still punched the hole in the matchbook that was for the balloon, but tied a piece of ribbon instead.  Some of the flatter packs of candy may fit in here as well, like the Ghirardelli’s and the Laffy Taffy/M&M’s.  You may need to double up on the foam adhesive to help the extra bulk ease into place.

And, they could work for adults as well.  Perhaps coworkers or nursing home residents, teachers or nurses, just change the decoration and the gift.  Although, I could always use pens and notepads, especially sticky ones.

And, this is a great way to let everyone know how much their Creator loves them.  In a world that leaves folks feeling empty and searching, let them know that they are truly, deeply loved by Our Savior, who came to earth just to die for love of us.  An everlasting, sacrificial love, that we all can have, if we just open the doors of our hearts to Him.

I hope you enjoy this project, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

  • Supplies:
  • Card stock:  pink pirouette, melon mambo, natural from SU
  • Paper: painted with love from SU, love jars from Simon Says Stamp
  • Taylored Expressions: In My Heart-notebook heart stamp (ret.)
  • Echo Park: Have Faith: “Trust in God…” and “Love one another…”
  • Taylored Expressions: Simply Stamped-Tulips: “Do all things with Love”
  • Pens, note pads, and Whack-a-Pack balloons from the Dollar Tree

The Frozen Bean Frappe Mix Pocket

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I have my last Christmas-Redone projects, and it is The Frozen Bean Frappe Mix Pocket.  It is inspired by The Frozen Bean Frappe Mixes, purchased at Walmart for $1.25, in flavors like Unicorn Frappe, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Mocha Java.  And, here they are!

You can make two from a 12″ x 12″ piece of card stock, and use scraps or strategic punches or die cuts from the front flap to create a fun pouch for any occasion!

You need a piece of card stock 12″ by 6″, and two pieces of patterned paper that measure 4 3/4″ by 3 1/4″ and 4 3/4″ by 1 1/4″.  If you are using an all-around patterned card stock, you can omit the mats.  If you are using a directional card stock, align the direction up for the front pockets, but know the back will be upside down.

Card stock: score the 6″ side at 1/2″ on both sides.  Score the 12″ side (top of pattern to left) at 3 1/2″, 4″ and 10 1/2″.  Fold and burnish all score lines, then cut and notch the tabs in the 1/2″ glue tab sections.  If you would like any of the layered embellishments from the same color card stock, and you are matting them, now is the time to cut/punch them from the front 3 1/2″ section, just do it from the center where the mat will cover.  Glue the mats in place on the front top and bottom panels.  Using a strong adhesive on the inside of the front pocket tabs, and glue to create pouch bottom.  Trim away the side 1/2″ section, starting with a 45 degree angle at the top of the bottom pocket, and cutting away the score line until you reach the 10 1/2″ score line, and cut off the side, leaving the tab on the top panel.  (see video for better explanation)

Place the frappe mix in the bottom pocket, and folding over the top with the tabs folded in, tuck the top of the mix into the top pocket.  Thread a ribbon under the mix, but around the top to the front, and tie a knot or bow.  Tie on a handle if you want, and create an arrow or stir stick, if desired.  Using your selected shapes and sentiments, bridge the gap between the top and bottom pockets, I used glue dots for mine.  Then, layer the top sentiments on.  If you are using a stir stick embellishment, the top sentiment layers where placed using mini-dimensionals, or another thinner foam adhesive.  That way, the stick can slide in and out, but will not fall out.  If you are not using a stir stick, you can layer the sentiments with or without dimension.

Fun and tasty!  Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope your days are blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Supplies used:

The Frozen Bean Unicorn Frappe:

(The link is for a 4 pack of the Unicorn Frappe at the best price I could find. It is cheaper in the Walmart store. This is an Amazon link, if you buy I get a few pennies to keep my website going, thank you!)

Coffee Stirring Sticks:  Great for crafty projects and craft fairs:

Supplies: (I am using up what I have, some may be retired.)
Card stock used: soft sky, garden green, powder pink from Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Painted Love, Coffee Break from Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: “Owl Be Yours” from Gift Givers retired SU: “Happy Valentine’s Day” from Sending Smooches by My Favorite Things: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” from Merry Little Labels by SU.
Other supplies: SU triple heart punch, SU sweet and sassy framelits, foil snowflake doily, white metallic edge ribbon, berry burst metallic edge ribbon, silver tinsel trim by SU, nested circle framelits.

Folded Pocket Lollipop Holder

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I was inspired by a youtube video from TheStampCamp featuring a lollipop holder using a 6×6 paper to create a folded pocket.  I needed a smaller one to hold the heart lollipops from Dollar Tree, or the heart shaped Dumdums pops, so I used a 4×4 piece of paper.  I works well, because you can make 9 out of one sheet of 12×12.  And, here they are:

It goes very quickly, because you use a square piece of paper and the “diaper” fold.  The lollipops I used were Dumdums from “5 below”, and were $3.oo for 30.  I also tried the heart lollipops I got at Dollar Tree, which had 20 in the package for $1.00.  Either way, a good deal.

To create the pocket, start with a 4″ square of paper, and fold it diagonally.  With the folded diagonal toward you, take one of the bottom corners and flip it up to meet the opposite side so the edge that is now on top is parallel to the bottom.  Take the other bottom corner and fold it up to the opposite side, matching the top edge to the first one and burnish all of the folds.  While the pocket will stay closed once complete, I like to put a glue dot to secure the second corner in place.  Now, fold the top corner down over the first folds and burnish.  This creates the “diaper fold” pocket.

Use any sentiment and shape you wish that will fit your theme and pocket, and stick it on the front with a foam dot on each side.  I did not put any foam dots in the middle, because the holder curves out in the front and I wanted to “bridge” the curve with the sentiment.

Then, using a hand-held 1/8″ to 1/4″ circle punch, just take a little arc out of the center bottom of the pocket.  Prepare the lollipop by folding the wrapper behind the candy part, or if it is sealed all the way around, you can trim the wrapper close to the candy.  Next, feed the tick through the hole you punched, and seat the lollipop as low as it will go.  Stick a glue dot to the bottom of the pocket, overlapping the lollipop stick.  This helps it from sliding out, and gives a “sticking point” for the ribbon tie.  I used 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon, and tied a knot around the stick.  After angling the ends, I pushed the knot up to make sure it was stuck to the glue dot.  You can also tie a bow if you prefer.

Create them in any color, theme or style.  In my examples, I used patterned paper, card stock (a little harder to crease) and vellum.  I used up retired papers and scraps, and the lollipop holders all looked pretty cute.  Even in non-traditional Valentine colors, they were fun.  I think they would also make great favors for parties, showers or weddings, especially in the colors of the event.

One tip, if your heart/sentiment blends into the front of the pocket, just take a black/dark pen and create some “faux stitching” around the edge.  The heart was a punch from Stampin’ Up! which was 1 3/4″ wide by 1 1/2″ tall.  The stamp sets used were “Yummy in my tummy” and “Jar of Love” by Stampin’ Up! and “You’re the Balm” by My Favorite Things.  The papers and ribbon were mostly retired things I had around, and I encourage you to use what you have!  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby