Isn’t there something delicious about being able to see what’s inside a box as soon as you get it? Especially when they are treats you can eat? I just love these little clear acetate boxes! I made these when I found this Technique Lovers Challenge on Splitcoast. Check out the gallery! It’s definitely eye candy!! You can see the tutorial for these there as well in a pdf file. I however, have never been very good at following directions exactly, and I always seem to change a little something here or there, so I have included my own mini tutorial showing how I made these. They really are VERY SIMPLE to make!
STEP 1. Cut a 6″ x 6″ patterned paper of choice (or stamp your own card stock) into four 3″ x 3″ squares.
This will make two acetate boxes.
STEP 3. Cut slits up short fold lines on opposite ends of the square.
Fold in all sides and glue short ends on inside of long ends, for box top. Repeat for box bottom.
STEP 4. Cut a piece of acetate 3 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ long. Score along the length at 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″ . You may have noticed by these measurements that the box is the same size (2″ square) as the lid. But I find that just the folding of the edges shortens the sides just enough so the box will fit snugly inside the box bottom and top. If you prefer to loosen things up, just score a 3 1/2″ x 8″ length of acetate at 1 15/16″ for all four sides, with a 1/4″ to spare for the closure.
STEP 5. Using clear Terrificaly Tacky tape, close close the side of the box, making sur the 1/4″ piece is on the inside of the box, so you will have a smooth outer edge. Then tape all 4 sides along the bottom.
STEP 6. Push the acetate box into the box bottom, making sure you can grab an edge of the red tape cover layer, then peel off the tape covering each side. Alternatively, you can remove the tape covering first and then insert the acetate box into the box bottom, but it can get a bit sticky and tricky to get it to sit just right at the bottom.
That’s it! You can now decorate the box as you like. For more inspiration have a look at these wonderful samples by other bloggers:
Tinkering in Ink with Tanya (love this box top)
Paper and Ink Playground Adorable PTI house
The possibilities are endless!!
Why don’t you have a go at these, and if you do, link it in a comment because i would love to see yours too!! Wouldn’t they be great for last minute office gifts, teacher thank you’s, house parties, friends, neighbours…..
I hope you liked today’s tutorial! Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Have a creative day!