Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Puffy" boxes

I went to a card-making class last night and learned to make these puffy boxes. I couldn't resist sharing! They are super-simple, super-cute and can be made with stuff most of us have around our homes.

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So here goes - my pics aren't great, but hopefully you get the idea -

First, take a CD and mark the middle on all four "sides" with a sharpie.

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Next, take a piece of patterned paper and on the wrong side trace around the outside of the cd. Mark the four "center" marks too.

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Then line up the cd between two adjacent marks and draw around the cd again.
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Now, draw "ovals" inside each cirle from mark to mark.
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Then cut around the outside.
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Next, fold along oval marks. Be careful and take your time, folding only a little at a time, since it is on a curve. I found starting in the center was easier than saving the center for the end.
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This is what it should look like when it is all pre-creased.
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Then cut approx 27 inches of ribbon. Fold box together, Wrap ribbon around and tie.
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Voila! These would be sooooo cute for gift-wrapping earrings, lip gloss, bath salts or fizzies, a handful of chocolates, tealight candles, etc. How about using them for a wedding or baby shower favor?

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I might try some larger circles too, to make a little larger box...

My 10 year old had no problem making these. My 6 year old and 8 year old needed help holding the cd still while tracing and folding on the lines. But it provided a great motor skill activity (and boredom buster!) We made 7 between the four of us in around an hour (that included gathering the supplies and cleaning up)!

BTW - The giveaways for Saints in Limbo and Stealing Home end tomorrow. Check out the links in the right sidebar! (I'll probably post the winners on Monday.) The Sisterchicks giveaway lasts until next Friday!

130 comments:

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I have a cousin getting married soon. I'm forwarding her the link to this. You're right, they would make great wedding favors!

Lisa said...

Ooh those are cute.

Tracey said...

They could be used for all sorts of things! Great tutorial.
xxx

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

You are speaking my language! Love those boxes! We have been stuck at home with a GI bug. I just might have to pull out the crafts today~ we are officially going CRAZY!!!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Anna Lefler said...

Okay, I'm totally craft-impaired...but I'M DOING THESE!

Thanks for the scoop!

Have a great weekend...

:^) Anna

scrappysue said...

here from SITS - nice puffy box - brilliant and fun idea!

Future Mama said...

Wow, CUTE! Thanks so much for the directions! I'm not very crafty but maybe with your directions I can do it!

What a cute blog! I found you via sits!

Kris said...

Ooooh...these are so cute!! Stopping in from SITS to say hi!

The Redhead Riter said...

Stopping by from SITS to give a little blog ♥ Congrats on your SITS day!

Very cute! Perfect for little gifts. So much cuter than the regular bag decoration and no one else will have one like it!

SugarandSpice said...

Love it! I am all about gift wrapping:) Thanks for sharing!

MrsM said...

How cute!!

BJ_Mama said...

Those are adorable! Thanks for sharing, I am totally going to make one!

My Household Junk said...

So cute!

Rbarakat said...

CUte and easy TFS!

~Bobbi~ said...

Those are cute!!!!

Happy SITS day! Have a wonderful day.

Amy said...

really cute boxes, I'm gonna have to try these, Happy SITS day!

The Dapper Darling said...

Oh no...this is too cute!!! What a great idea! Thank you sitster :)

Angela said...

I'm a such a sucker for cute simple crafts! Thanks for sharing!

The more I read the more I love your blog, which is great, but I've got to get to sleep sometime tonight. :)

La Belle Mere UK said...

This is SUCH a cool tip!!! Thanks for this. Great for little gifts and favours.

I will definately use this!

B xxx

Yaya said...

Cute!

Helen McGinn said...

I love this! Thank you for sharing, guess what my kids are doing this afternoon....x

mub said...

These are awesome! I didn't know they were so simple to make =)

Tammy Howard said...

These are super-cute! My daughter is going to be obsessed with these...

blueviolet said...

What a cute and crafty idea. I love it!

Laila Of Course! said...

Oh, this is PERFECT for what I need! Love it!

Be sure and pop by and leave a note! And please follow-- it would really make my day.

-Laila
www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

Astrid said...

Those are cute!!!!

Thanks for sharing your how-to!

Happy SITS Day!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very cute craft!!! :) Looks pretty easy. Stopping by from SITS.

Joy said...

This is so clever! And it would get raves from the recipient, especially when they found out it was handmade. Thanks for sharing!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Elizabeth Patch said...

thanks for posting this little tutorial! very clearly written & photographed

glenna said...

Lovely tutorial!

Cher said...

Oh i love these....I never knew they were so simple to make. I'll definately be using this tutorial!! Thanks! Congrats on your SITS day!!

Robin said...

cute boxes....

tinahead81 said...

what a great idea!! i'm so trying that!! happy sits day :o)

Moms Fighting Fat said...

Hi, visiting you from SITS! What a great rainy-day or anytime project!

Thanks so much for sharing this craft. My daughter loves craft projects. Let me also add that we're starting Girl Scouts back up again in a couple of weeks and I think our troop would have a blast making them.

~ Sandy
"We're all on this journey towards living a healthier lifestyle together.

http://momsfightingfat.com

Lisa said...

Super cute! Would be great for stocking stuffer gift wrappers too!

Anti-Supermom said...

These are fab.u.lous!!!

Ungirdled Passion said...

Thanks for the wonderful idea! Great for party favors! Happy SITS!

Delectable Dining said...

These are so cute!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

What cute boxes! I'm enjoying my visit on your SITS Day.

Susan said...

VERY cute.....

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

Great idea. Thanks for the instructions!

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

Great instructions...thanks for sharing, they are cute!

Chanda said...

Those are adorable!

Jackie at 3littleones said...

those are so cool! what a great idea - I may think about using them for favors for a bridal shower coming up. thanks for sharing!

Mel said...

This would even make a great stocking stuffer with something little inside.....how cool!

Peterson Family said...

Those are super cute and look super easy! Thanks for sharing!!!

Reluctant Housewife said...

They're really cute!

missy said...

very cute!!!!!!!
and a great idea for parties!!!!!
thanks for sharing!!!!!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

those are fabulous! thanks for the tutorial!
Collette xx

Superjaxster said...

These are so cute! I have made a triangle puffy box, but never ones like these. Thanks for sharing!

TR Hughes said...

This is a fabulous idea - they are adorable and I think it looks pretty straightforward on making them!
Happy SITS!

Laura said...

That looks so easy. Cute boxes.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

How cute! Enjoy being Saucy!

aforestfrolic said...

Cute pillow boxes!

Jamie :)

Debbie in Nashville said...

Too cute and looks so easy. I've got to try these! Thanks for sharing!

Lula! said...

Now THIS is a craft I can actually do! Brilliant!

Pink & Green Mama said...

awesome, I'll be adding this one to my craft repertoire.
Happy SITS day!!

Kristin said...

Happy SITS day!! What a fabulous idea!

Creative Junkie said...

what a great idea! I've got tons of patterened paper too - my girls would LOVE to do this!

Amy said...

I love crafting for dummies! Thank you! They look so cute, and think of the fun gifts you can put in them! I would love to get a box like that for a birthday or Christmas!

Sarahlcc said...

Great idea! We can do this instead of the 5 yr old using up all my gift bags for teeny tiny presents which are wrapped for Christmas.

Tonya said...

That is a cute idea! Happy SITS day!!

The Laughing Idiot said...

These are adorable and much more economical than buying the ones already done up for you in the stores.

Have a great day as the SITS featured blogger!

I'd love to have you drop by my place: Life Makes Me Laugh

Amy said...

Super cute!

roadrunner201 said...

Happy SITS day! These are really cute! Thanks for sharing!

Bentley Boutique said...

From one crafty mom to another -- these are adorable!! I've made them before but never with a cd for a template. How clever is that? Great job.... and Happy SITs day!

Mama Karebare said...

OMG love it cute gift boxes

Stalker v1.5 said...

Like teeth burning sweet - love it and so stealing it!! :)

Karen (KayKay) said...

Very cute! Thanks for the idea.

Lance and Jewls said...

Oh these are fabulous! Definitely going to be making some! Thanks for sharing!

Marrdy said...

Cute, Cute, Cute. I have got to try these!

Scrappy Girl said...

Those are so cute and easy...thanks for the tip!

greedygirl1 said...

This is great idea im also going to send the link to some of my friends who are event planners. Thanks for sharing SITS

Kekibird said...

That is so cool!! I wanna make those now! Thanks for sharing. I love crafty things and making cards.

Mary at My New 30 said...

Oh my gosh these are precious and SO EASY!! Thanks for sharing this craft.

Happy SITS Day!

shortmama said...

Wow cute and easy!

Chaya Bluma said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

Awe.some.

Can't wait until I have an excuse to make these!

OceanDreams said...

Ohhh, these all turned out so lovely! You are very skilled. Happy SITS day!

Lani said...

Cute idea! Thank you for sharing this- happy sits day!!

Charlotte said...

Cute but I am a moron!

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

This great! happy SITS Day!

Pricilla said...

Very clever but I wonder if you can do it with hooves.

Happy SITS day!

Lisa said...

Super Cute!!!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh, now see... I'm in trouble, because I really need to make these.. they are so super cute.

Janna Bee said...

What a great idea for gifts! Thanks for the tip.

Sarah said...

OMG! I am getting married next year and I'm wanting to make as much as possible to save money, and these would be PERFECT for my favors! WOW! So glad I found this!!

Happy SITS day!

coco-ono said...

very cute

Jessica said...

Super cute!

susanlindgren said...

Sweet I love lil' boxes. Makes a present even more special.

Amy said...

That is awesome...

T~T said...

those are super cool - they would look great for advent!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Oh how fun. Maybe a good idea when the kids are bored this summer! Thanks for sharing. Just over from SITS to say hi!

Angel said...

Happy SITS day, these are too cute for words!

Annikke said...

What a cute craft! Great way to wrap up earrings or glass bead magnets for a co-worker Christmas gift!!

Happy SITS Day!

Smitten by Britain said...

What a cool idea.

D2the4thPower said...

How cute! Thanks for sharing!

Happy SITS day!!

CoffeewithZooly said...

What a great idea. It looks so simple that even I (all thumbs)could possible have a go

S Club Mama said...

I think my kiddos are years away from making these, but I think they're cute. With the right paper, they could be really cute tree ornaments.

Pam said...

Cute idea!

Tranquility said...

Those are fantastic - what a great way to wrap stocking stuffers too - I'll have to remember this one!

Lamonica Epps said...

Great craft project. This is a great way to use those extra CDs people get in the mail.

Stopping by from SITS

tammy said...

Visiting from Sits. What a clever and fun idea. :) I love when people show the step by step directions. Thanks!!

Sarah said...

Stopping by from SITS - Happy SITS day!

What a nifty project. I wish I could help in planning my baby shower and I'd totally make these nifty boxes. Maybe for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

Zeemaid said...

Those are way cool boxes. What a great tutorial.

Happy SITS day!

Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents said...

Happy SITS!
Those are too darn cute - you could start your own WAHM boutique!~
Lots of ideas how-to on my WAHM blog!

Sandra said...

I'm here from Sits. Great boxes!!! I love that idea. I have 2 girls 6 & 8 year old too.

Thanks for sharing!!

Elizabeth said...

Visiting via SITS. I love making puffy boxes. I've made larger ones using a mixing bowl as a template. Your tutorial is excellent, you should submit it to Tip Junkie or Skip to my Lou.

egt said...

very cute....

Lacie E. said...

i love love love this idea and can't wait to make it

Ashley Clark said...

That's so cute! Do you need to use a heavy weight paper?

Happy SITS day!

Ashley
http://ashleyclarkphotography.blogspot.com/

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

That's a cute idea. I've been looking for some good 3D ideas for the Stampin' Up! Convention next week.

Mama Mel said...

Awesome! What a great idea! And it seems so easy... hmmm... I'm wondering if we could do these little boxes as party favors for my sister's wedding... So cute!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

cute! i'm visiting from sits :-)

Kara said...

Those are so darn cute! Thanks so much for doing a tutorial!

the planet of janet said...

hmmmm. i'm craft-impaired, but this looks possible for me.

Michelle (hometc) said...

Yours came out very nice!

Michelle said...

Very cute and a great thing to do with CD's that get in the mail.

Brandy said...

happy sits day. thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make some of my own!

dddiva said...

What a cute idea- I've bought these but not been happy with the designs this would be wonderful to be able to personalize them.

Jodi said...

These are so cute! And, they don't look too hard to make. :) Stopping by from SITS!

Little Miss Baker said...

this is such a fab idea! what a nice idea for a shower :) thanks for sharing!

bigmamacass said...

what a great idea! can't wait to try it~!

Charmaine @ randalswife said...

How fun! I can't wait to try it out!

Jessica said...

I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

shraddha said...

Happy SITS Day!

Maureen said...

I'm late, but happy SITS day. Those are cute, I'm going to show my girls and I bet they'll want to make those tomorrow! Thanks for posting the directions.

Juliet Grossman said...

What an awesome craft! It's a good craft for even the non-crafty among us:-)

piecemeal people said...

Very nice! You can't even tell which ones you did and which ones were done by the kids. ;)

Gigi said...

Hi. I'm totally late on this SITS day. Sorry. I'm trying to catch up. I NEVER want to try crafts that I see on blogs. But today I have seen two! These puffy boxes and MamaFace's bulletin board. So cute.