Clothespin Crosses and Easy Treat Bags

Hi Everyone!

This is an easy but heartfelt project for Easter.  It is always fun to have the bunnies, chicks, eggs and flowers; all of the symbols of new life, but I wanted to remember the Author of Eternal Life.  So, I created these clothespin crosses:

The crosses can be clipped on whatever you would like, but here is an easy treat bag that is 3 1/2″ by 1″ by 4″ tall.  Take a 5″ by 9 1/2″ piece of patterned paper that you like, and score the long side at 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 8″ and 9″.  Turn the short side up (the bottom to the left guide) and score at 1″.  The 1/2″ section on the end is the glue tab, so cut away the bottom 1″ rectangle of that section.  Free up the remaining bottom flaps.  Glue the side together, then the bottom by folding the sides, back, and gluing the front flap.  Pinch the sides to create a pleat at the top.

For the topper, I used a stitched rectangle that was 3 1/2″ wide by 2 1/4″ tall, but you could use a piece of card stock the same size.  Score the short side at 1″.  The 1 1/4″ part is the front, decorate as desired.  Then, align and glue the 1″ section to the back.  Now for the cross…

I used clothespins that I bought at Walmart, which where about 3″ long, and 3/8″-ish wide.  While I used some in their natural color, I also dyed them by various means.  In the video I show the color differences between soaking in RIT fabric dye, soaking in alcohol ink, coloring with Sharpie markers and coloring with alcohol ink markers.  Experiment, you get a bunch for the money, then use what you like.

Then, I cut and dry embossed 3/8″ strips of “cross colored” card stock.  I started with 5″+ strips, lined them up in the embossing folder, and then cut them to length after they were embossed.  I found that embossing a piece of card stock, then trying to cut it into strips, didn’t work as well because the texture prevented me from getting good cuts.  Glue a 3″ piece to the clothespin, trim the ends as needed.  Then glue a 2″ piece for the cross beam.  Decorate as desired, and clip to what you want!

I used supplies on hand, including leaf dies of unknown origin, fabric drape from Taylored Expressions “Old Rugged Cross” dies, stamps from Stampin’ Up! Easter Message and Itty Bitty Greetings, and SU Triple Leaf and Petite Petal Flower punches.  The “crown of thorns” is jute cord, and the flower center is a Recollections glitter dot from Michael’s.

I hope you enjoy this project and give it a try.  Until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

A Bigger Origami Inspired Easter Basket

Hi Everyone,

I created a 2″ by 2″ origami inspired basket about a year ago, and a subscriber recently asked it I could make a larger version.  I thought that was a great idea!  Here they are:

The basket is pretty basic origami, and the handles were added on for a bit of decoration.  I will try to link both this video, and the previous one for the smaller basket, at the end of this post.

Start with patterned paper 8″ by 12″.  Score the long side at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 12″.  Score the short side at 2″ one each side.  Now put in four diagonal score lines with a stylus and a ruler, starting from the outer corner of the center 4″ square, and extend each line to the outer opposite corner of the 2″ square at each corner.  I will try to create a template tomorrow and place it below.

Now fold the diagonal score lines by meeting the two score lines that frame each one.  Now, fold the end of the paper up at the second score line, pressing it against the diagonal pieces sticking out, and folding the last section into the box.  Carefully wrap around the two sides, and tuck those into the box as well.  Do the same with the other end.  This creates the box.

You will need two 1″ strips of card stock for the handles, and they can be 11″-12″ long, whatever you have that you want to use.  The brown basket has the 11″ strips, and the flowered basket has the 12″ strips.  Fold each strip in the center and pinch, and then line they back up.  Taking a piercing tool or pen, put the point at the center of the center fold to act as a pivot point.  Twist two ends apart, until the outer corners are just less than 4″, the width of the box.  Holding the strips in place, use glue or sticky tape to adhere the two strips together at the center.  Now, glue a decorative ornament to the top and bottom at the center.  I used punchies from Pretty Label Punch and Tailored Label Punch for mine, but circles, ovals and rectangles would all look great.  Now, glue the ends of the strips to the inside of the box, with the handles on the inside where the outside folds are.

For the finishing touches, add a bow or knot, and dangle a tag.  Fill with paper shred and candy.  I added “faux” stitching to both the top handle ornament and the tag.

I hope you enjoy this project and give it a try, and until we meet again, may all of your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Back 2 Basics Carrot Cone Box for Easter

Hi Everyone!

I have a Back 2 Basics project today, and that means you can create this project without dies, templates, special boards or special tools.  Just the basics!  And here they are:

These are quick and easy.  And, NO SPECIAL TOOLS!  A corner rounder or a circle punch or die can help to shape the “petals”, if you have them.  But, you don’t need them to create a fun box, just shape the “petals” with scissors, or leave them square, the box still looks pretty darn precious!  The ones I created will fit a Ferrero-Rocher, or 6-8 kisses, or lip balm, or small nail polish, or other little gifts or goodies.  But, if you need a bigger one, just start with a bigger piece of paper.

I started with a 6″ x 6″ piece of paper, but you can start with whatever size you would like.  On one side, fold the edge over about 1/2″.  Fold the adjacent free edge to meet that fold, forming a trangle.  Take that same free edge, and fold it down to meet the fold created in the last step, creating a smaller triangle.  Flip over, and fold the side with the original 1/2″ fold to meet the same folds as the rest.  This creates a smaller triangle with a 1/2″ fold on one edge.

Measure from the point to the shortest fold, and mark that measurement on the other side of the cone, also measuring from the point.  Cut across from the shortest point to the mark.  Now comes the decision about what closure you would like.  I have three shown: 1) four “petals” meet in the middle and interlock to create the closure, 2) four “petals” overlap within the top of the box, and punch a hole through to close, and 3) four “petals” overlap greatly beyond the top of the box, two are trimmed within the shape of the top, and two a folded upward in the middle to created a punched and tied top.

“Petals” are half of the measurement of the top, and create an interlocking top, these were shaped using a circle punch.

For the interlocking closure, the “petals” need to be half the distance across the top of the box.  In the video, I measured across the top of the raw cone, which made the measurement TOO BIG, because the top of the finished cone would actually be smaller.  So, I would measure across the cone a little ways down, maybe an inch for the size I started with, and halve that distance to cut my “petals”.  Or, just “eyeball” the first one, and it will give you a plan for the rest!  Fold the top of the raw cone straight down the desired length, and cut from the fold lines to the open end of the cone on both sides, making sure the cuts are parallel to the axis of the cone.  Then, trim the top and bottom of the glue tab to fit inside the cone.  Next, if desired, trim the “petals” by using a circle punch, corner rounders, tracing a circle and trimming it, or just winging it with the scissors.  Or, leave them square, that works, too!

“Petals” overlap within top of box, shaped using a corner rounder.

The tops of these overlap a little more, but do not extend beyond the top of the box.  A hole punched into the area of the overlap on two, or all four, of the “petals” creates a fun, carrot closure.  I like the puffier ribbon, because it keeps the top closed without tying a knot or bow, although they would be cute, too!

This last example was created by GREATLY overlapping the “petals”.  Two of the were trimmed to fit in the shape of the top, and the two longer ones were folded in the center, punched, and tied using ribbon.  It will shorten your cone, so definitely try it first to see if you need to adjust the starting size.  You can see the difference between this one and the others, as these were all created with a 6″ by 6″ piece of paper.

So, I hope you enjoy this project, and give it a try!  And, I would love to know if there are any other uses you find for them.  As always, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Supplies:  Basics paper from “The Paper Studio”, “A Good Day” stamp set by Stampin’ Up!, ribbon also from SU (garden green satin, crinkle emerald envy and stretchy lace in cucumber crush.)


Milk Carton Dog House Treat or Gift Box

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I purchased the dog punch from Stampin’ Up!.  Having used and enjoyed the cat punch that came out last year, I knew this would be one that I would enjoy, as well!  And, after playing around with it, knew I needed to create a home for the dog.  Here are the milk carton dog houses that were inspired:

The finished box measures 2 1/4″ by 3″, and is 2 1/2″ high at the “shoulders” of the box, and 4″ overall height.  A great size for treats, small gifts and favors.  And, based on the milk carton, very easy to create with just a scoreboard, ruler and stylus.

Start with a 6″ by 11″ piece of card stock, two 2″ by 3″ patterned paper (roof) and a 1 1/2″ by 2 1/4″ piece of card stock (door), your dog, sentiment and tag, and ribbon or twine.

Score the 6″ by 11″ on the short side at 1/2″, 2″ and 4 1/2″.  Turn the card stock clockwise (1/2″ section up top), and score at 3″, 5 1/4″, 8 1/4″ and 10 1/2″ all the way, then score just to the first line at 4 1/8″ and at 9 3/8″.  Then, with a ruler and stylus, score from the end of the partial score lines to the left and right of the bottom of the rectangle the partial score ends in.  This creates the triangle top of the milk carton sides.

Fold and burnish, then cut the bottom rectangle off of the 1/2″ glue tab.  Cut the bottom tabs free, and then glue the box together at the seam with strong adhesive.  The side bottom tabs overlap about an inch, so glue those together carefully, then glue the front and back bottom tabs, note that they meet in the center.  With the seam to the back, glue the door, sentiment and dog, and the two roof panels to the “house”.  Punch two holes in the top, and thread the ribbon to one side, tying a bow or know, then add the tag, if desired.

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

Stampin’ Up! dog punch & banner punch.  Dog bone tag dies from AliExpress.

Two more store-bought, chipboard tag projects

Hi Everyone!

I am sorry my posts and comment replies have been behind.  I have been a bit under-the-weather that last couple of weeks.  But, being on the mend, I am trying to catch up!  I definitely read and appreciate all of your comments.

Today’s projects are a continuation of last week’s, and use the same store-bought chipboard tags.  I got mine from Michael’s during a doorbuster sale for $5.00.  But, I also see them frequently on 70% off for $6.00.

Here they are, a gift card holder and a mini-album:

Of course, the mini-album could also hold a gift card.  So, start with two tags, if you don’t have the tags then cut one as follows:  2 3/4″ by 4 1/4″ heavy card stock or chipboard.  On one end, measure 7/8″ down and 5/8″ over from a corner, and then cut the triangle off.  Cut the second corner off to create the “tag” shape.  Punch a hole.

For the gift card holder:  2 3/4″ (or just shy of 2 3/4″) by 12″ Patterned paper, score the long side at 3′, 6′ and 9″.  Second, coordinating piece of paper 1″ by 2 3/4″ folded in half length-wise.  Adhere the center panels together to create the “holder” part, using a skinny line or glue or 1/8″ sticky tape, along the top, bottom and outside of the two panels, sticking the center panels together and then cutting off the folded end.  You could use a decorative shape punch, a border punch, or just carefully cut it off with scissors to open the end for the gift card.  Now, glue the “hinge” in place.  Then, using wet glue, glue the two end panels to the two tags, lining up the “hinge” end with the end of the tag.  Decorate as desired.

The mini-album is very sweet, and uses two tags, a piece of card stock for the liner at (just shy of) 2 3/4″ by 7″, two 2″ by 3 1/4″ card stock tags, one 2 3/4″ by 3 1/4″ top loading tag, and two “page sets” using 12″ by (just shy of) 2 3/4″ patterned paper.  Score the card stock liner at 3 1/4″ and 3 3/4″.  Glue the two tags to the liner by lining the end of the tag at each score line.

Score the “page sets” on the 12″ side at 3 1/4″, 6″ and 8 3/4″.  Now, fold, burnish, create and glue the “page sets” together.  The tags were created using corner rounder and tag topper punches.  Tie two pieces of heavy thread, thin twine or elastic cord around the back of the album binding.  At this time, you can punch a little hole in the binding if you are going to embellish with beads/charms.  Now, insert each “page set” into the threads, one to the right and the other to the left.  Glue the two pages that come together in the center into a top loading pocket, and insert the tag.  Embellish as desired.

I closed it with a little plastic “safety pin” looking thing, that is a stitch counter for knitting or crochet.  You can create a little hole for thread/thin twine by “drilling” with your piercing tool.  I created a 1/8″ hole for ribbon with my crop-a-dile.  A fun and different closure.

I hope you enjoy these projects, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby