and more 4th of July crafting…stars and stripes box tutorial

Have fun to build this lovely 4th of July Independence Day gift box. You can get the template in my Etsy shop (it is just $3.50) or you are inspired enough to construct something similiar yourself.

4th of July stars and stripes DIY printable gift box

This is what you need:
3 printed sheets (I used heavy glossy photo paper)
scissors, ruler
something to crease edges ( I use a knitting needle, but there are cool tools available in craft shops, too)
liquid glue, double sided tape

Take care that you print all sheets on the same size. It just happens that the printer settings are changing from one to the other…techniques!
Then you roughly cut the parts and sort it.

Gift box tutorial stars and stripes

Then crease the edges of the side parts between the rectangle and the zigzag lines urgently before cutting! This makes it much easier to fold the parts later.

Independence Day Party Favor

Next you cut the circles and zigazg lines. I am die cutting this with my sizzix big shot. The biggest circle of the sizzix framelits is perfect and the Tapered Fringe by Tim Holtz goes well for the zigzag lines.
But you cut it easily by hand, too.

Independence Day Party Favor

Close the side parts with double sided tape

Add the circles on top and bottom of the box lid, the fringes have to be between the circles. Then try the inner parts, while it is not yet fixed to see if it fits and if necessary adjust before closing the round.

Independence Day Party Favor

Independence Day Party Favor

Take the figure and fold along the dashed line in the middle of front and back figure. Add some double sided tape to glue it against each other. Then cut the figure carefully leaving a bigger white rectangle on the bottom to make her stand. With making a slit into the surface where you want her and pushing the ends under it you can make her stand.

4th of July gift box

I love those striped sticks. They are so versatile and always perfect to pimp up something, that looks a bit boring. You just fix a stripe of double sided tape on one side, then roll it up from the other side over a knitting needle, so easy!

4th of July gift box

The stars you can make 3-dimensional by folding them up on the long and down on the short edges. First crease all the edges, then fold into shape. This is much easier than you might think!

Gift box tutorial stars and stripes

At last you assemble all the parts and fix it with tape, glue or best with a hot glue pistol.
Don’t worry if some parts are not looking 100% proper and clean. With the worn and stamped looking print this doesn’t matter at all.

Have a great 4th of July!

4th of July gift box

How to make little “4th of July – stars and stripes” gift boxes and decorations

Yesterday I was busy creating something for independence day, the 4th of July in USA:
I took one of my pyramid box templates, added stars and stripes and some rubber stamp effects in Photoshop.
If you don’t want to make this yourself you can get the templates from my Etsy shop.
The boxes are perfect for a little favor of gift. The lids you can also use hanging as decoration for your party.

Have fun!

Pyramid box DIY stars and stripes

DIY 4th of July party decoration

DIY pyramid gift box

stars and stripes gift box

Quick greeting card

Last week I needed a quick greeting card for a new born baby. I used some of my embossing experiments: the basic card, a square element of the same pattern and one of my new grungy paper labels fixed with a pin and decorated with a box and two fluffy balls from the craft shop.

baby shower card

grunge labels paper notes

grunge labels paper notes

Juni in Deutschland – June in Germany

The german designers and sellers on Etsy had a treasury event yesterday. We showed off numerous beautiful collections from german products. Here are some of my favourites. With clicking on the images you’ll get to the list and then to the single products. Have a great start into the new week!

You can search for more treasuries on http://www.Etsy.com for Juni in Deutschland

juni-in-deutschland-june-in-germany on Etsy

juni-in-deutschland-june-in-germany on Etsy

juni-in-deutschland-june-in-germany on Etsy

juni-in-deutschland-june-in-germany on Etsy

juni-in-deutschland-june-in-germany on Etsy

juni-in-deutschland-june-in-germany on Etsy

Printable papers for crafting, die cutting, card making and mixed media

Last week I’ve been desperately searching for attractive paper/ card stock for die cutting. It was so disappointing. All the big artist supplies shops in our city are closed and the one I found had unpayable prices. So I just got some solid color flat heavy paper and used the (again rainy) weekend for scanning, designing and assembling, digital stamping, embossing and this is what I came up with. Not all sets (8) are uploaded to Etsy yet, but coming within the next days. Papers are 8.5 x 11′ pdfs, just right to be printed. This link leads you to the papers category:

Printable papers

printable papers 8.5 x 11

eco_natural_papers

neutral_elegant_lace_papers