Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hybrid Milk Carton Gift Box

This month for our Hybrid tutorial, I thought that I would share with you a fun and beautiful way to give someone a small gift. 
I ran across this template called Boxed In Vol 10: Mini Milk Carton by Wendy Bird Designs and fell in love with it.  There are so many ways that you can embellish this little carton.  You can make them for teacher gifts with the School is Cool kit, as a wedding favors with Linens and Lace, Christmas gifts, Halloween treats,  or just a fun treat like I did with Sweet Sundae.

Sweet Sundae was so perfect for this hybrid item.  First, I opened the template file in my program.  The download comes with the cutting files for those that are lucky enough to have something like a Silhouette and pngs for those of us that do not.  I hope that you can see that it is really easy to make these by hand.  It also includes instructions, a psd file and the outline if you need it. 

In the program that I use, if I am using pngs as layers, then I need to flatten them first before I fill them.  Either way, you can fill each of the layers with your choice of papers and elements. I filled the main background piece with a solid pink from the Sweet Sundae kit.  In a few instances, I added extra papers onto some of the sides.  Some of the layers are there as guides and you do not want to print them.  Here is a picture of the folding guides overlaid on my pink background.  I usually hide this layer.  The top pieces that have the dotted triangle will be folded to the inside of the carton.  The bottom polygons will the bottom of the carton, most of it covered by the other pieces. 

As I play around with the box, I can add, move around and place elements and papers and even text boxes until I am happy with it.  Here is my finished box, ready for printing.

I added shadows to the doily, cake and angled paper. Since the word art is on a busy background.  I copied it, recolored it and placed it underneath to make it stand out more.  Once you are done, save your work and print it out on card stock.  I like to gather all of my tools together before I start.


(I printed a duplicate of my layout, also on cardstock and a full green doily so that I could cut out the individual pieces to add to my project later.)  

Now, if you had a silhouette cutting machine, it could cut out and put fold lines in it for you.  If you do not have a cutting machine, you must cut it out by hand. 
a cutter for the main straight cuts sped things along
Scissors did most of my cutting though, but only really took a few minutes.
After it was all cut out, I used a scorer to make the lines for folding.  If you do not have a scorer or bone folder, you can use a ruler and a dull pointed object (like the end of a pen).
A scorer will press a straight line to make folding easier and straighter.  
Using a tool that I have on hand and a ruler, I drew in the lines to fold in the upper triangles for the inner part of the milk carton.
I go ahead and fold my box in at this point to check that I have everything right.  This was how I discovered that I had printed my project upside down the first time!  Oops!  Easily fixed, I went back to my program, flipped everything and re-printed!  

Now onto the fun part - adding the embellishments!!  Of course, this box is super cute just as it is, but it adds depth and interest by adding to your hybrid project.  One thing that I did to add interest was to actual sew with white thread over the sewn element from the kit.  To hit the right spots, I would hold the box up to the light and then push the needle through.

A quick way to do that is to put bump dots or foam double sided tape to a duplicate piece.
They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  I popped up the cake, the word art, the journal card and then the doily.

Next, I added extra embellishments that I had - flowers, pearls and jeweled brads.

 The last embellishment is a flower on top of the doily and I wanted it to wrap around the box, so I went ahead and added adhesive to the bottom and sides of the box and put it together.
Then, I made the flower, by sewing 3 different sized flowers together and then sewed onto the green doily (adding a little glue to each layer).  I glued a pink pearl to the center of the whole thing.
 Then, I folded it in half (making sure to line up those striped patterns and sewed it into the corner.  Afterwards, I attached the sticky bump dots to the corners to hold it down better.

 And that's it!!  You can now fill it with any small treat or gift card even.  Cute right!  I can't wait to give this to my friend as a thank you for helping me out.

I hope you enjoy this! 
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