DIY Shaker Top Box for Any Occasion

I wanted to make a box to hold chocolates for my nephew and his wife for Valentines Day. I saw a video on Mixed Up Craft link: that was adorable, and wanted to recreate it.

Start with: Two pieces of cardstock that are 9 1/2″ square. I used white Park Lane cardstock from Joanns link: One piece you’ll want to trim about 1/16″ of an inch off of two sides, and this is your base..then you’ll score it on all four sides at 2 1/2″. Sam recommends you score at 2 1/2″ and then rotate your paper, so the scores are all the same. Then put this piece aside.

Take the other 9 1/2″ square piece and score it at 2 1/2″ on all four sides, then score it at 1 1/4″ on all four sides. Take a ruler and make a square that is 5/8″ from each of your scores in the center of the paper and mark the square with a pencil. Then cut out the square you just made with your paper trimmer. Use a piece of acetate that is 3 3/4″ square and put tear tape on the four sides and adhere it to the back side of the box lid, covering the opening. Then put foam tape on the edges. I used 1/16″ foam strip. She recommended clear tape, link: Make sure you don’t have any gaps in the foam tape as the shaker elements will fall out.

I added Sizzix Pinks and Reds (gold and red shaker elements) link: that I got in the Simon Says Stamp monthly stamp kit for February as well as some red and white circles I got in a clearance pack from Hobby Lobby after Christmas (I eliminated the green circles for this project.) I took the backing off the foam tape and adhered another 3 3/4″ acetate piece to the lid. You want to try to make this look as good as you can, as people will see this under the lid.

Then I cut out the two outside scores on all four sides then cut out the next bottom score and cut the upper score on all four sides, then trimmed a little off each side to make it easier to fold into the box. Fold all of the scores and then put Bearly Art Glue link: on the outside of the flaps you created, then fold each into the side flap lining them up so the make a clean corner, hold them until the glue sets, then do the same to the other corners. Then take Beacon 3 in 1 glue link: or Colall glue if you’re in Europe and cover the inside of each side, then fold the side down and hold it or clothes pin it in place until it sets. Beacon 3 in 1 glue should make the box more sturdy as it sets up like hot glue from a glue gun. Decorations for the lid are below.

The box base: Cut all four side scores up to the 2 1/2″ mark, and cut a notch out of both sides so they will fold into a box shape easier. Glue with Beacon 3 in 1 glue a 4 1/4″ square piece of designer paper into the center of the box as a decoration. Do this before building the box, as it will be tricky to do if you wait until the box is built. Fold all four side scores in and use Beacon 3 in 1 glue to the outside (front) of each flap, then fold them into the side making sure the corners line up at 90 degree angle. Put a clothes pin or two on them to hold them until they set up. Do this to all four sides. Use a bone folder or a ruler to press the sides to ensure they are well flattened. My bone folder is from Fiskars link:

Paper used to decorate box and lid came from Simon Says Stamp, link: Paper for lid measurements: 4 pieces of 4 1/4″ x 1″ pink pieces

4 pieces of 4″ x 3/4″ decorated paper from Simon Says Stamp Link is above

I adhered these pieces to the lid with Beacon 3 in 1 glue

Paper for Box: 4 pieces of 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ pink paper

4 pieces of 4″ x 2″ designer paper from Simon Says Stamp (link’s above)

Glue these on with Beacon 3 in 1 glue

Decorating the lid:

Bear stamp: link: I also used the “I love you” stamp from this set to stamp inside the bear’s heart. I colored the images with alcohol markers and used Glossy Accents link: on the stamped images, including the heart that the bear is holding. Candy/Cupcake link: I used alcohol markers to color these and added Glossy Accents as decoration.

I die cut hearts out of red and gold mirror cardstock and glued all of the elements listed here onto the lid of the box..

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