So Mother’s Day is coming up and remember how your Mom (or WIFE) told you that you do not need to get her anything? She was lying…totally. In fact, this is one of the oldest tricks in the book and we at Wonderstrange do not want any of our tribe to fall for that this year!!! Now it may be too late to get her the monogrammed tote bag with the sail boat on it but you can still make a great little box that opens like a book and stick a gift card, a necklace or even a bag of licorice in it and get full points for being as awesome as you obviously are!
To make a beautiful box that will double as the present just follow the steps below .
Get your hands on a small gift box. The one I chose was about 4″ x 5″ and about an inch deep. You need one with sturdy sides.
Cut two pieces of scrap mat board or cardboard to about 1/2 inch bigger than your box measures. I used 4.5 x 5.5. You need a piece for the top and another for the bottom.
Decorate the surface as you wish. I did the background using this tutorial on mixed media backgrounds.
Color and cut out your image. Arrange to your liking on background, being sure to leave about 1/2 inch near the far left hand edge clear and glue on with your favorite adhesive.
Paint the sides of the box and box lid with acrylic paint. Do not bother painting the top of the lid or the bottom of the box.
Wrap ribbon around the box so that the loose ends can be tied together on the right hand side. You are going to be gluing the art you made right over the ribbon so it sticks out at the right hand edge so you only need to tack it down so it stays put while you glue the art on to the top of the box, right over the ribbon.
Use glue to attach the top and bottom of box . Then use a highly sophisticated “flatten that thing out while it dries” device such as an old Art History book and a 12 pound weight to keep it flat as the glue dries. You can also use double sided tape or any other adhesive you prefer.
I chose a piece of fabric from a sample book but a fancy, but flexible paper, a piece of felt or a wide ribbon will work for the outside binding of the box. Because my box was about 1.5 inches deep I cut a piece of fabric in to a 3″x4″ (the size of the left side of my box top)
Wrap the fabric around the edges so that is forms a binding for the side of the box as if it were a book. Glue the edge down on the front and back and stick it back under that weight. You should probably use the other one in the set to do a few tricep extensions, since sleeveless weather is soon to be upon us 😉
Once the glue has set you can open your box, put in the gift card and smugly show up your perfect cousin Lola when you give this to Grandma come Sunday!