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How to: Easy & Elegant DIY Wood Veneer Box

by Lexy Ward

How to: Easy & Elegant DIY Wood Veneer Box

Everyone loves to receive gifts, but I like giving them just as much. And by making a  reusable box to place items in, you can make the giving experience that much more beautiful. This wood veneer gift box is easy to make, and your recipient will be able to continue to use it. Or, just whip up several of these for your own personal storage. They look amazing on a desk or shelf, and are a great way to store craft and office supplies!   

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Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

by DIY Maven

Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2" x 11 3/4" backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn't really fall into the how-to's category, which was 'The Bathroom', unless, of course, you're in the habit of sketching in the tub. But I digress. Here's what I did to make it the most awesome pencil box ever:

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Holiday How-To: Origami Box Ornaments.

by Chris Gardner

I think Creature Comforts wins my very, very unofficial award for best DIY holiday projects this year. Nearly every day of the yuletide work week this December, they've offered some very fine holiday how-tos, many with free printable patterns and art, as well as all kinds of free alternative gift wrap options and gift tags.

Holiday How-To: Origami Box Ornaments.

So, to give Ez and crew a final round of applause, one more great project from Creature Comforts: DIY Origami Box Ornaments...

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How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

by Chris Gardner

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that's just plain fun.

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"Whether you're off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don't forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po'boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant...

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Guerilla Art Installations in Big Box Home Improvement Stores.

by Chris Gardner

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Regine at WeMakeMoneyNotArt writes,

"Encastrable is a series of guerrilla art residencies held inside gardening and DIY megastores in the Paris area... At no cost at all, the young artists have at their disposal a huge array of material that they can grab, move, superimpose, and organize onto temporary installations and sculptures. Authorization of the manager of the establishment is obviously never requested."

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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

by Chris Gardner

created on: 01/10/09

Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything.

And you're welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand...but, with this easy jig, you don't have to, and unless you're a purist, there's no reason not to crank them out by the dozens. This is designed for a router table, but the same approach would work for a table saw and dado blade.

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Make a Cereal Box Magazine Organizer.

by Chris Gardner

Make a Cereal Box Magazine Organizer.

I cringe everytime I put a cereal box in the recycling bin. Sure, it's better than tossing it in the trash, but there's such stiff yet pliable material in my hands, yet at that moment, I'm not clever enough to come up with a project for its re-use. Luckily, someone else is (though I bet it wasn't the mogul herself)...

Materials

  • Large, sturdy cereal box
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Decorative paper
  • Spray adhesive

Simply cut the box to...

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Greeting Card Gift “Pillows”

by DIY Maven

Greeting Card Gift “Pillows”

This is a great and easy way to recycle greeting cards (Christmas or otherwise) into gift card holders or small gift boxes.

 

The Supplies:

Greeting cards

Scissors

Pencil

Straight edge blade

Glue

Ruler

The Procedure:

1. Print out figure below as template, adjusting size to 7 ½" by 6 ½" to fit standard gift card, if necessary.

2. Position template over greeting card, as shown, aligning card’s fold to template’s center fold.

3. Trace around template.

4. Cut out...

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