Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Tip Tuesday Clever Boxes Challenge

 Half-way Reminder Project - Dad's Toolbox
Make It Monday DT project HERE
The Squirrel and The Fox DT project HERE
Hi everyone! I'm popping in to share this fun little toolbox I made using a template I discovered on Pinterest (the template is pinned to my template board). I plan to give my hubby for Father's Day. My DH is currently involved in a major project for our daughter. He is building a custom bed for her which she designed using the headboard from my childhood French Provincial bedroom set. Talk about recycling lol. I thought it would be cool to create a mini album and house it in this little toolbox. I think he'll love it and I'll share the finished pages in the next week or two. There's a lot going on around our house with graduations, travel, yard projects and life in general. ;) 
If you do use this template you'll find that the dimensions are small. I wanted something larger so I used the basic design and created my own template. Here's what I did-trimmed a piece of paper to 8x11, made the base of the box 5" wide with 2" sides, inked all edges with distress ink and made the template for the two sides which attaches to the handle. As for the clip art it is part of the template download and each image was fussy cut and all edges inked. Here are a few photos that might help.
Scored at 2" and 6" (creates front and back sides)

Scored at 3" and 8" (all sides scored now)

I made a pen mark so you can see that you will cut the top
and bottom panels out on the left and right side. NOTE:
Before you cut mark a .25" line above the line I marked
on the top panel and a .25" line below the bottom
panel on both sides. You need to leave this quarter inch
piece to attach the inside of your box together. You can
taper the ends of your tab for a professional look.

My finished box

To make the graduated sides I cut a piece of paper the
height I wanted and the width of my box. I found the center,
marked it with a pen and left a one inch strip at the top.
Using a ruler I ran a diagonal line from each end to the
corner and cut the excess out. For the handle I trimmed
a 1" x 8" strip and attached to each side. I scored where
my paper would fold down on the side and inked all edges.

Hope you enjoy my quick tutorial, if you have any questions send me an email and I'll try to help. For my pages I used recycled boxes, cut to my specifications and adhered paper with double sided tape. Again the edges were inked and for my project I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink by Ranger. Hopefully I'll have the pages ready to share next week.

Thanks for looking! For more inspiration check out what the guest designers and design team created for the half-way reminders by clicking HERE.

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Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx



Asha said...

Great idea, Lisa. So versatile too...I've got several ideas bubbling in my head! Thanks!

Pia S said...

Nice box, Lisa!!! You picked such perfect papers and images to make this look like a real tool box!

Bridie Payne said...

Fantastic box, it looks great, I'm sure your hubby will love it!

Thanks for your lovely comment



Anonymous said...

Lisa this is just so fun and clever! LOVE it! clever you! hugs me xx

Sue Lelli said...

Wow this is so FAB, Lisa! Great tutorial! Super for Father's Day!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great box Lisa
love every detail.
Greetings Janny

butterfly said...

Oh, that's a great make, Lisa - love it! Thanks so much for sharing all those details...
Alison x

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Wow that's amazing . What great idea and such great details.

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Hi Lisa .WOW, a great masculine project here .This is awesome .
love the wood grain look and the added tools
Hugs Shirley-Anne

Lisa M said...

I tell ya, you have an extremely crafty and talented family!! I'm so excited to see the pictures of what you call a "recycled" bed. I think that's an amazing project and here you are creating something for the carpenter in the house. Now I've seen tons of grill cards, car cards, but NEVER anything this masculine COOL!! I think this is just sensational L1 and of course, only you could take it to the next level and make it amazing!!! Fantastic clever box :)
I know life is crazy (seems all the time lately) but I think about you all the time and hope you're doing well.
Big hugs to you my friend,
L2 :)

Margaret said...

Now this is a masculine box! I love that you made it large enough to house such a wonderful gift and the embellishing is fabuloso!! Repurposing a bed?! Now that is a cool recycling project!

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