Party Crafts and DIY
How to Make Christmas Gift Boxes from Oatmeal Boxes
This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This project is my own creation.
I love giving gifts! What boy or girllittle or bigdoesnt enjoy receiving a present?! Whether its for a birthday party, Christmas or whatever occasion, Ive found that the titillation of a fun wrap can really multiply the joy of the gift. Ive been saving some empty oatmeal boxes; I just knew Id come up with an idea for gifting them; seems like there are always odd shaped presents that wont fit in a regular square box. When I heard about the Tulip Holiday Sparkle and Shine products I immediately got this idea for using my (free!) round, cardboard boxes.
Supplies needed for this project:
- empty oatmeal box (mine is 7x4)
- cotton fabric (my box took 8 x 14 ½ )
- ribbon: about 18 of 1/page/8 and about 20 of 1 ½
- Tulip Fashion Glitter Holographic Transfer Sheets: I just needed a small portion of one red sheet for my 1 ¾ circles
- Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheet: I only needed a small amount for my silver stripes
- Tulip Metallics Dimensional Fabric Paint: Silver
- Tulip Beads in a Bottle: Mica Flakes
- Aleenes No-Sew Fabric Glue
- scissors, iron, hole punch, pen
I could have used paper for this but I really wanted the different textures, so I opted to use a cotton remnant from another project. It already had a hem so I positioned that at the bottom. I have punches, but not the size I wanted for my glitter ornaments so I traced a spice jar lid on the red Tulip glitter transfer sheet and cut it by hand. I found it was easier to see my marks on the non-colored side. I also cut small strips from a silver sheet. After I positioned the circles in the middle of my fabric, I placed the silver strips and ironed both the circle and strip at the same time. Its easy; I used an old handkerchief as a pressing cloth and held the iron on it for 40 seconds.
I did the ornaments one at a time so I knew theyd stay in the position I wanted. Next I used the fabric marker paint to suggest the ornament cap. Again, it was simple. The fine hole in the marker made it easy to draw (side note: I experimented with drawing more complex shapes on another project and really like that result, too). While the paint was setting I cut the 1/page/8 ribbon lengths and drew a bead of Aileen glue on one side.
Then I carefully (cause the paint wasnt totally dry) laid the ribbon from the ornament shape to the top of the fabric. Next I made the small bows by fiddling with the shape and gluing them. I let them set for a few minutes and then put more glue on their backs and placed them on top of the ornament caps.
Because I wanted to use ribbon as a handle, I used a hole punch on either side of the oatmeal box. (Depending on the size of your punch, you may need to punch two holes on each side to ensure it is easy to push the ribbon through. )Then I went back to the small ribbons and added a droplet of the Beads in a Bottle. Theyre fun to use and they really are self-rounding; Ill be doing more with that product!
Im not sure how long it took for everything to dry fully because the next step was me going to bed! It was ready to go in the morning when I was, so I put a bead of glue all around the fabric edges and lined up the hemmed edge on the bottom. I tucked the extra inch of fabric on the inside of the box for a finished look from the outside. I cut a slit through the fabric where Id punched the holes earlier and pushed the wider ribbon through. I used a thin knitting needle to help. Double knot the ribbon on the inside and tie it in a bow. Youre finished!
Id never worked with these Tulip products before, but I will use them again. Theyre easy to work with and they look good. FYI, I also punched stars out of another glitter sheet and ironed them onto a ribbon. I didnt know if that would work, but it did. I think that would be another fun touch to embellish ribbons. There you have it–it seems Mom was right (again): it pays to eat oatmeal and a girl can never go wrong with glitter!
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