Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Pals Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the April Pals Blog Hop! To celebrate Earth Day, the April blog hop features new cards and projects that capture the essence of Earth Day through colors and images and/or use recycled or reused elements. We hope you are ready for some fun and creative ideas.
You should have just left stop number 12 on the Pals Hop - Brian King at Stamp with Brian.

If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I like to re-purpose boxes.  Often times  I receive gifts of perfumes or bath and body products that come in wonderful boxes that are too worthwhile to be thrown away.  I save them and re-cover them with cardstock and DSP and use them as keepsake boxes.  Today, I am going to show you how I re-purposed a very simple, everyday box.  I have re-purposed a tea box.  This can be used as a special gift box to hold homemade truffles, fudge ,cookies or you could put the tea bags back in it and surprise your gift recipient with a custom covered tea box.. The contents are up to you.  So I started with an empty tea box. 

It was no coincidence that I chose Stampin' Up!'s Comfort Cafe DSP to cover my Tension Tamer tea box.  I couldn't resist!  Using a 12"X12" piece of DSP, I cut a piece that measured 5 and 3/8" by 11 and 3/4".  I scored at 2 1/2, 5 5/8, 8 1/16, and 11 1/8.  The sides measure 5 1/2 by 3 1/8  and 4 1/2 by 3 1/8.  Compare these measurments to your particular box for accuracy .    I used SU Anywhere Glue Stick all over the box to adhere the DSP. 
I trimmed the paper around the flaps with my paper snips.

 The Tombo Multi purpose glue was great to cover the back corners with with SU Crochet Trim Victoria.  I decorated the back with a little of that lace too. 

I made the flower on top using the SU Fancy Flower Punch.  The center is a flower from the 5/8 Flower Trim on page 5 of the Spring catalog.   The rest of the trim is SU Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment is from SU Best of Birthdays.   Also used was the Scallop Edge Border Punch and the 3/4" Circle Punch for the little cut-out in the front of the box..

So, think twice next time before you throw away a perfectly good, recyclable box.  Save the Planet.

The next stop is Barbara Furlong at The  Love of Stamping, stop number 14 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards


  1. Great idea to use those really nice tea boxes. This would be a great shower gift for a new mom or a new bride. Who doesn't like tea?? This way the box will look awesome and it can be used for storing recipes, coupons, etc.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.

  2. Fabulous box Diane! As soon as I finish the next box of tea, I'll give this a try!

  3. Sweet box, Diane! This would make a great project for my stamping club. I need to drink more tea!!!! TFS!

  4. Beautifully done, Diane! I'd be so pleased to receive a box like this. Can't wait to give this a go.

  5. I love boxes of all shapes. Beautifully done Diane! TFS

  6. I always want to save cute boxes so this will give me lots of reasons why I should! Great way to use retired paper and ribbon, too! TFS

  7. I use this same brand of tea--have to save the boxes now! What a cute way to present a small gift.

  8. What a pretty box! I feel a bit guilty at my tossing habit, I WILL stop and reconsider more :) TFS!

  9. Very very nice....I might have to think about doing this for my teas....thanks

  10. love the use of red here! gorgeous.
    hugs, m

  11. I have refurbished 2 boxes only because I needed to store things in them, but I think I'm going to start doing this to all of them. Awesome job!

  12. What a clever and beautiful way to recycle the tea box!