First, I would like to thank each and every one of you who took time from your busy days to watch my videos or visit the website. I am humbled and overjoyed that we can spend some time sharing this love of creating that we all enjoy.
Second, I wanted to let you know that I am going to take a couple of weeks off to visit my Mom with the kids. I will also reorganize my craft space, so we can be ready to create in the New Year!
On to today’s project, which is an adorable energy drink carrier. Modeled after some of the cup carriers, I sized this one to fit some of the energy drinks that are available on the market, but any similar sized product would work. With all of the New Year’s celebrations and parties, perhaps you know someone who would benefit from a little energy boost. (Someone mentioned it may fit the little wine or liquor bottles, and if anyone has one around, please let me know! I’m thinking it may need to be a little taller, so your 6 3/4″ measurement may need to be increased if you wish to give spirits, instead.)
Start with a 6 3/4″ by 11″ piece of card stock, and score with the short side up at 1 3/4″ and 3 3/4″. Turn the card stock with the long side up, but make sure that the smaller (1 3/4″) section is at the bottom, and the larger (3″ for this size) section is at the top. (This is because we will do some partial scoring.) Score all the way at 1 3/4″, 5 1/4″, 7″, and 10 1/2″. Then score JUST TO THE FIRST SCORE LINE at 3 1/2″ and 8 3/4″. Fold and burnish all the complete score lines, but don’t worry about the two partial ones at this point.
Cut the top and bottom sections of the 1/2″ glue tab, leaving only the middle section in place. In landscape, with the 1 3/4″ section down, cut up along the scorelines on the rectangles and slightly notch into the squares, as this will be the bottom of the box. On the top, I cut carefully down each side of the score line, to the first intersecting scoreline, for each of the full length scores. Then just snipped the score line off. (Don’t cut the partial scorelines, yet.) For the two narrow sections, they will fold down, so I trimmed them just shorter than the side of the box.
On the sections with the partial score, cut the side and score line free from the box that is opposite the side of the box with the glue tab. This will give you two sections where half of the section swings free like a door. (The video is much better than words.) It has to be done on the same side of both partial scores, because we will need to swing them in and glue them together to form the handle. Before that happens, we need to glue the bottom of the box together as normal, side tabs, then back tab, then front. Now is the time to swing in and glue the two flaps together to form the handle, and slide a 1″ circle punch down on that section to punch a finger hole.
Wrap and adhere a 1 3/4″ by 11″ piece of patterned paper around the box, lining up the edge with the seam of the box. Stamp a sentiment and punch with the Pretty Label Punch. I used a mat made from another Pretty Label punch cut in half vertically, and offset slightly on each end. It gives the illusion of having a slightly larger mat. Then, stick it on with foam tape, and add an embellishment to complete! Stick your offerings in, and gift!
If you use a patterned card stock, you may not need to wrap it will paper and can just stick a sentiment on and be good to go. Either way, it makes a nice gift for anyone to celebrate the New Year.
Thank you for stopping by, and I will be back in a couple of weeks. However you celebrate, I pray it is safe and joyful. So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed. ~Darby
- Card stock: Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Old Olive.
- Paper: Stampin’ Up! Year of Cheer, Whole Lot of Lovely
- Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Merry Cafe
- Punches: Stampin’ Up! Pretty Label Punch, Star Punch (retired)