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