Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trick or Treat Tutorial!

Look what I'm making to give out for Halloween this year using our Ghostly Greetings DSP and some ribbon!

Aren't they adorable? They are little Pillow Boxes and each one has a fun size candy bar in them (which fits PERFECTLY)!

These are super easy to make... I've taken a few photos to show you, and I have a few tried-and-true tips to share with you as well.

First, you'll need the following supplies:

Big Shot machine and the Pillow Box Die

Designer Series Paper - SEE the *NOTE* below!!


12" Ribbon in a coordinating color

Sentiment of your choice stamped and punched as desired (I've used one from All Holidays and punched it with the Word Window punch). Alternatively, you can stamp right onto the DSP if you prefer.

I also recommend having a Premium Crease Pad to use with this particular Die. It has been my experience that when you try to cut through several sheets of DSP, the machine starts *cutting* through the score lines. The Crease Pad eliminates that. If you don't have a Crease Pad, you'll have to cut these only 1 or 2 at a time.

*NOTE* I MUST stress that regular cardstock will NOT work for this! Not only is it harder to fold, but it will NOT stay sealed. I've used SNAIL and Glue Dots and both have popped open. DSP works beautifully, and it's easier to use anyway because you don't have to stamp it with a ghooly pattern! Edited to add: I should've added that I have not used Sticky Strip with regular cardstock, mainly because it's a longer step... but a commenter says that it works. So there you go! But DSP is still easier, in my opinion!

Step 1: Crease the pattern along the 2 long score lines. Don't worry about the short sides right now. If you want to stamp directly onto the DSP, I recommend doing it at this point.

Step 2: With the desired pattern face up, apply some SNAIL along the long flap.

Step 3: Working on a flat surface (not up in the air), line it up and seal it shut. The box will be a little bit "poofy" at this point, and not completely flat.

Step 4: Gently squeeze the box together by pressing on the long sides and fold in the smaller flap on one end.

Step 5: Fold in the larger flap. There is no need to use SNAIL on these sides, as the ribbon will hold it closed.

Step 6: Holding that end closed, place your candy treat inside. Fun size candy bars work great!

Step 7: Fold the other end shut as in steps 4 and 5.

Step 8: Place the box on the table with the larger end flaps folded away from you (you want the nicer folded edge to be the front). Tie your ribbon around the box to hold the sides closed.

Step 9: Embellish your box as desired!

And there you have it! I figure I'll make as many of these as I can before Halloween. If you already have the Pillow Box Die, then all you need is a pack of DSP and a couple spools of ribbon! That'll be enough to make 48 boxes... okay, better get two packs of DSP! When else will you use this adorable Ghostly Greetings DSP anyway?!

Have fun!


Tiffany Bauer said...

Great tutorial!!! That is exactly how I put mine together too!! So easy!!

Tabitha said...

I am glad you posted this because although it seems easy enough to put together, I had problems getting my flaps too go in correctly!!

Your trickertreaters are going to be so spoiled! I hope they appreciate your handmade goodies!!!

Julie Davison said...

Great tutorial! I have used regular cardstock and not had any problems with it staying closed. I use Sticky Strip to adhere the flaps down.

Darlene L said...

Great project and tutorial. I really like the DP used. TFS--Darlene L