Monday, 13 July 2015

How to make a Trinket Box

Ever wondered how to put together one of the trinket boxes on the Crafters Companion CD's?  Well, I've put together a step by step for one of the ones on the new Nordic Christmas CD (they're just gorgeous!).

First, let's show you what you're going to make, here's the finished card:

Okay, so first you need to print all of the pages out (print two of the second page, it does tell you at the top of the page that you need two.

I start by making the drawers (these are labelled 'box base'), so cut these out and the wraps first, then score along all the lines using a scoreboard such as the ultimate pro and burnish all of the creases.

Box wrap
Score on the lines
Score on the lines

 Next, snip along the solid lines on the drawers, and then glue the triangle tabs inside, this will form your drawers.

Sorry that the pictures are all over the place, hopefully you can see what was done....

Now you have your drawers, you need to make the wraps for them, so fold these up and glue along the small end and adhere this inside.  Put a draw inside each, you may want to do this as the glue dries so that you can make sure that the wrap fits well (if you use a wet glue you have a little wiggle time before its set).  You can use brads through the white dots at the front for handles, or punch holes and thread a loop of ribbon, a tassel, button.... you get the picture.

Next you need to cut out the two squares of card on the first page of the trinket box.  Glue your boxes to one of these so that there is a narrow border all the way round the drawers, you might want to dry arrange them before using glue to stick in place.

 Once your four drawers are in place (you can arrange them with one opening on each side if you like), then glue the other square of patterned card on top.

Now cut out the card, which is page 3 of the design, and score and burnish along the dotted lines

I have folded this so that the image is facing up on the base, this forms the easel top of your design.

 Next cut out the topper page of your design and create your easel design, this is very much a personal thing and you can go as mad as you like with this (especially with these stunning Christmas designs!)

Next, glue your easel to the draw base you have made

Once you have your easel on the base, you need to create a stop for the topper so that it stands up - there is a strip on the card page (page 3) of the design which you can use, raised up onto foam or 3D glue gel, or your can create rolled flowers from the last two pages of the design, which is what I've chosen to do.

Once you've created your lovely flowers, glue these into place, I also cut out some holly from the Die'sire Holly die to add an extra detail under the flowers, but again all the embellishments are down to you, there is so much scope with these lovely designs for adding your own personality.

Anyway, I hope this has helped if you were at all unsure of what goes where with these and I hope you all have loads of fun with this.