Here's a quick and economical project I made this weekend for a gift. I wanted to give a bunch of cards as a gift and needed a sturdy box for the recipient to store them. At first I was just going to use an empty box that had held envelopes, but I was worried it wasn't sturdy enough, and certainly not very pretty, then I realized I could dress it up and in the process make it stronger. Here's the result:
All I used was the box the envelopes came in, one sheet of 12x12 card stock thickness double sided DP (Martha Stewart Paper from Winners), lots of that sticky tape stuff (adhesive) and some ribbon/embellishments.
To get started I analyzed the box, measured it and made myself a map:
Then I scored and cut the DP based on that:
Next, I put the tape adhesive all over the box:
Then it was a simple matter to put it together, and decorate with ribbon and bits and pieces. To make it easier to open I stapled a tab of ribbon in the centre of the lid where it opens. Here's the finished box:
What do you think?