Thursday, March 29, 2007

Altered Box Tutorial & Blog Candy

Supplies

Patterned Paper
(Petals & Paisley Double-Sided Paper)

Paper Cutter

Index Card Box from Target's Office Supply Department ($1)

Rounded Tab punch

Oval punches

1/8" Hole punch

Ribbon

Foam Paint Brush

Royal Coat Decoupage Finish (or Mod Podge)

Scrap cardstock (for tabs and ovals)

Step by Step

Step 1:
Cut a piece of patterned paper to be 3.75" x 1.5". Holding vertically, score 3/16" in from each side. This will go on one side of the box.

Step 2: Cut a piece of patterned paper to be 5.5" x 1.5". Holding vertically, score 3/16" in from each side. This will go on the bottom of the box.

Step 3: Cut a piece of patterned paper to be 3.75" x 12". Then score at 5.5" and 6 5/8". This piece will wrap from the front, around one side to cover most of the back.

Step 4: On the back of the cardstock with a pen, mark 1/2 inch in from the edge and from the first crease. Then using the paper cutter, cut down 1/2" from these two marks.

Step 5: Flip the cardstock around and cut down from the two slits made in the previous step. This will create a 4.5" slit.

Step 6: These are the three pieces of cardstock all cut and folded.
Step 7: Press the front of the cardstock into the snap on the front of the box to make an impression. This will be your guide as to where to punch a hole.



Step 8: Using the dimple you just created as a guide, punch a hole with the 1/8" circle punch for the snap to fit through.





Step 9: Apply the decoupage finish to the bottom of the box and then place the 5.5" x 1.5" piece of cardstock over the glue.








Step 10: Apply the decoupage finish to the left side of the box and then place the 3.75" x 1.5" piece of cardstock over the glue.

Step 11: Apply the decoupage finish to the the front, side and back of the box and wrap the remaining piece of cardstock over the glue.






Step 12: Punch out a new colored tab for each divider with the Rounded Tab Punch. Then adhere a punched tab on each divider.


Step 13: Embellish with ribbon and oval punches. I purposely did not put a label on the white oval for this box because I think the recipient should get to choose what it says. The box holds index cards, so it would be good for receipts, recipes, and notes.

I thought this box would be great blog candy! Leave a comment to this post and I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, April 2 at 9am.

53 comments:

Beth Weinstein said...

This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks for all of the detailed pictures and instructions! Beth Weinstein

Christy Martin said...

Very cute! Now I will need to run to Target to get some to try!

Christy Martin

Aimee said...

I love the box.... I guess I need to head to target to get some to play with....TFS

Terri said...

Very cool. I just found your blog from your post on Splitcoast. Thanks for the great directions for the index boxes. I guess I know where I am running off too during lunch break today. :)

Anonymous said...

This is such an awesome box!!! Target should give you a kickback for what they are going to sell from your tutorial!!

Thanks for sharing your art!

Jackie G guado2@tx.rr.com

Kerry said...

Stef!
You are the best!!!
Great tutorial!
Huggles,
Kerry

Rachel W. said...

What a great reason to run to Target today. Great idea, fantastic instructions.

Lisa said...

Great Tutorial Stef! And I'm happy to say I have one in my hot little hands!
Lisa

ljs said...

Another great idea to add to my "To Do List!" Thanks! and AWESOME tutorial, too!

Elena said...

This is a great tutorial! I'm better with visuals and you had great details and pictures to help me try this out! Okay - like everyone else, I'm off to Target to find me some..

maria getz said...

Hi Stef:

didn't know you had a blog!! it's great. I signed up. Thanks for the tutorial. miss you, Maria

Tina said...

beautiful job! great idea and awesome tutorial!

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing this--I have some of these boxes that I need to get done--this will help me out a lot. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing the link on Splitcoast!

ipkstampshappy said...

Wow, I am always amazed at what other people create. I tend to be basically a "card" stamper. This is wonderful. Ida

Angel said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Sometimes you need clarification an one or 2 things and tutorials are amazing! TFS!

Karen said...

great tutorial and idea! I'll have to see if I can find these at my Target for $1 now!! :)

"B" said...

Hi Stef...B here! What a great project! It's so cute and the greatest gift idea. Now I gotta get busy!

Theresa said...

Great tutorial! I just found your blog thru TayloredExpressions!
Great timing on my part!

Anonymous said...

I love your idea and cute box!! I am making recipe cards and this would be so cute to put them in! thanks for the tutorial! Colleen

rozie640 said...

Thanks for the tutorial Stef!!! I've been looking at the one I got in the Cape and trying to figure it out, this is so much better!!! You are an absolute darling girl, and a talented stamper too!!! Thanks for the directions. Rose

Leanne said...

Wow. I love the details and the pictures. I guess I'll have to try some of these! Very fun.

Basement Stamper said...

Stefanie: I'm going to have to try this tutorial as soon as I find some boxes at Target. Great job!

Monika said...

Great tutorial! It is such a big help to see so many different detailed photos. Thank you.

Allison said...

What a super tutorial...I am going to start doing some altered projects soon and this would be cool!

Selina said...

What a cute box! I'll have to make a trip to Target.

stefanie said...

I've had a couple of these forever and now I finally know what to do with them! Thanks for the awesome inspiration.

doverdi said...

Thanks for a great tutorial. The photos and step by step instructions are great. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Bonnie Weiss said...

Love to try altered projects but it sure helps to get good, clear instructions like yours ... thank you so much.

Patty said...

love the box, very cool tutorial.

Thanks!

Cheryl said...

This is an awesome tutorial. I think that even I could follow your directions. Thanks for all the work you did to post this for us.
Cheryl

CAKVD said...

HI! This is the first tutorial I've seen on an altered box, so thank you! It would be great to store my die cuts in. I've also got to get my hands on the SU tab punch!
Cheryl KVD

Janet B said...

Wow--You're so creative. I'm going to try this one soon.

Janet B

Nancy said...

Oh what fun! What a great project. Thank you for inspiring! : -}
Smiles,
Nancy Grant

Lilian said...

great tutorial... and what an adorable box. thatnks for offering it up!

Wife2TJ said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I can't wait to try to make one someday. This is wonderful!

CHARLOTTE said...

Thanks for sharing your tutorial - this is something I definitely will try

Tracy.H said...

This is just too cute! I so wish we had Target up here in Canada!!

Anonymous said...

Terrific tutorial, You have inspired me!!! Ger

Lori Craig said...

You ROCK for posting this tutorial...I think I have one of these things around here somewhere! Of course, I would love to win yours, but I am going to try it myself, too! Thank You!

Heather Leech said...

I just discovered your blog (thanks again Amanda!!) The tutorial is awesome! We don't have Target here in Canada, but I'm sure I'll be able to find something similar. Now off to subscribe to your blog and explore!!
Heather L.

Kristine said...

Great tutorial. I wish we had Targets here in Canada. Maybe I'll have to cross the border and do some shopping!

Kheila said...

Great tutorial! I saw these at Taget, but didn't get any because I didn't know what to do with them. Guess I need to go back. Your tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. Plus, I love the papers you used.

Anonymous said...

Love your altered box and a great tutorial. Guess I'll be making a trip to Target!!! Thanks!!!

Shelley G. in Iowa

Jen said...

I see a target trip in my near future. Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial.

Steph said...

Thank you for the tutorial on this. I think I may have to make one (if I don't win one).

Peggy said...

Wow -what a fun project. I'm definitely going to try this one! Thanks!!

Marjori Miller said...

How adorable!! Now I have to go buy MORE Target "stuff"...LOL!!

Thanks for the cute idea!

Marjori Miller

Donna said...

Great Tutorial TFS I will have to make one!

Thanks for the chance to win it, hope I'm the lucky one.

Nettie

Cindy Keery said...

Very cute box and awesome tutorial! This would be so fun to win!!

Cindy

kneadaname said...

These file boxes are really cute...Thanks for sharing the tutorial....I just happened to see these boxes/files at Dollar Tree last week at @ 2/$1....I will be heading there first thing in the morning and getting some to make up as recipe files for our family reunion in July.....I was thinking of scrapping a 6x6 album for all 21 families in attendance...wow..with this idea I can do them very economically and in a lot less time....Thanks again for this "light bulb moment"
BTW...this is also my first visit to your blog...so I have already gone away "a winner"
Edna

Jennifer said...

Wow! You are a great teacher! Thank you for sharing your talent with us all!

Joanna said...

Just found your pic on SCS! Great. I went to Target Friday evening to get this box and bought all the boxes they had left (6) and worked on one this weekend. Thanks!

rozie640 said...

Love your blog and tutorial Stefanie. I have one of those adorable decorated boxes straight from Stefanie!!! Yahoo, thanks for the tutorial. Your bud, Rose