Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Easter Shaker Boxes

I was thrilled when I saw the new template Papertrey Ink put out for these stacking shaker boxes. I LOVE shaker boxes! I love making 3D projects from paper, but I especially love projects that are not only decorative but useful as well. These would look beautiful on a shelf as well as make a beautiful gift for someone.
The insides are just as pretty as the outside, I used Papertrey's Pretty Pastel patterned papers (wow, say that three times fast, LOL!) to line them.

Now, I have to say, these boxes are NOT the simplest things to make. My first set is far from perfect. I'm hoping the more I make them, the better they'll turn out. There is a lot of cutting by hand, I couldn't really use a trimmer, and no Scor Pal for scoring easy lines. I cut most of it with a ruler and Exacto knife. Not exactly hard, but definitely time consuming. I would say the hardest part for me was making sure the liner for the sides of the box was lined up evenly with the top edge. I seemed to have the most trouble with that.
One word of advice for those of you that haven't tried these yet, and want to; READ Nichole's directions very carefully and follow them in the order she does them. There is a reason you're supposed to make the bottom first, then the top.

I wanted a pretty pastel flower to match the Aqua Mist cardstock and ribbon for the smallest box, so I went about making my own. I've been seeing these crinkly, tissue paper flowers a lot lately, which seemed perfect for my project, so I went about making my own. I assumed they were made using a scallop circle punch, or die and it was pretty easy to figure out from there. I actually used a coffee filter, instead of colored tissue, so I could watercolor it with my Twinkling H2O's. I used my scalloped circle Nesties to cut three sizes from the coffee filter, then simply painted them with a little bit of Twinks. After they dried , I crinkled them up then opened them up again, smoothing them a bit. I glued the layers together, added some pearls for the center, and that's all there is to it. Pretty, huh?

Thanks for stopping by!

Ribbon, cardstock, buttons, ink, stamps from Papertrey Ink.
Coffee filter, Nestabilities, Twinkling H2O's, pearls, silver brads, Distress Ink.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Katarina! I'm smitten with shaker boxes and tempted to get that template. Thanks for the caution. Love them.

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  2. These are wonderful! I know how hard it can be to make oval or round boxes with paper so I'm really impressed. I always love your projects!

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  3. These are gorgeous. I love the colors. So spring like.

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  4. I love your shaker boxes, they've turned out great! I've been trying really hard to wait for the .svg as I don't fancy doing all that cutting, lol! Thanks for the reminder about Twinkling H2Os - I haven't used mine for over a year, it's about time I gave them some love!!

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  5. Your boxes are beautiful!! They look perfect!! The colors are just amazing together!! Thanks for the tips!

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