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January 2000 Heart shaped gift boxes
Instructions for making heart shaped boxes:
- Card stock paper or poster board
- Masking tape
- Spray paint
- Hot glue gun or craft glue
- Decorating accessories;
- ribbon, lace, flowers, buttons, etc...
Draw these hearts on 1x1 inch graph paper.
(The inner heart is suppose to be drawn 1/8 inch
inside the outer heart)
Cut card stock or poster board according to the
following dimensions and patterns.
For Small Box:
- Cut one strip 1"x 10" (For top of box)
- Cut one strip 2.25"x 9.5" (For bottom of box)
- Cut two heart shapes (Small hearts on pattern)
- Cut one strip 1.25"x 18.5" (For top of box)
- Cut one strip 2.75"x 18.25" (For bottom of box)
- Cut two heart shapes (Large hearts on pattern)
Now you are ready to assemble the box:
Pre tear several pieces of masking tape for use.
Take the two heart shaped pieces that are for the size of box you have chosen.
Starting at the bottom point of the heart, tape the thin strip of poster board to the larger of those heart shapes. Then tape the thick strip to the smaller heart shape. (These steps are shown on the smaller box in the photo.)
Bend the strip slightly inward at the top mid-point of each heart as you tape the pieces together.
Overlap the ends of the strip, being sure to bend the strip at the bottom of the heart to make a point.
(Tip: Apply tape to strip edge first as seen in photo then roll the strip along the edge of the heart folding the tape over onto the heart at the same time.)
( Do not worry about bumps and folds in the tape.)
After you have fully assembled your box you need to texture it:
Tear small pieces, (approx. 1/2") of masking tape and stick them randomly all over the top and bottom pieces of the heart box. Cover the box completely with the tape pieces. (This step is shown on the large heart box in the photo.)
(Tip: Be careful not to fold tape to the inside of the box, this would give it a messy unfinished look.)
You are ready to finish the box:
Set out the box pieces on newsprint in a well ventilated area.
(Tip: Make sure that the inside of each box piece is facing down so that only the areas that are covered with tape are showing.)
Spray paint thoroughly and let dry completely.
Decorate the box with ribbons, lace, doilies, buttons, charms, anything you like! Fill with candy or small gifts!