Make It: Colorful Paint Swatch Boxes

by Kelly B

Make It: Colorful Paint Swatch Boxes

Some would say I have a bit of a "problem" with paint swatches. When I walk into a home improvement store I've got to get my hands on them... with no real plan of painting. When I get home they go into a box in my studio and there they remain. Until now that is, because I just came across these boxes that are perfect for little gifts or organizing office doodads.   

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Holiday How-To: Christmas Light Boxes.

by Chris Gardner

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With a computer, a cardboard box, a clear surface, and a set of string lights, you can make a light box to illuminate your cozy holiday evenings with some peace and good will.

Instructable-r CreativeMan says "Having made some of these earlier, I decided to add a few more for the Christmas season.  These light boxes, or signs are easy to make, very low cost (the only thing I have to buy is the lights).  Lights used are mini-incandescent lamps...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Turn a Take-Away Container into a Decorative Storage Box

by DIY Maven

created on: 06/06/08

Tarting up a take-away container with paper is a fun, fast and easy project. They make beautiful gift boxes, but equally pretty storage boxes as well!

The supplies you’ll need:

A clean takeaway container (to forego the lingering scent of vegetable lo-mein, you can buy new takeaway containers at your local craft store for about a dollar.)
Decorative paper
Spray adhesive
Craft knife
2 metal brads
One large needle
A cutting mat and...

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How To Make Cereal Gift Boxes!

by Chris Gardner

Make gift boxes from your trash! Take advantage of your brightly colored recyclables, and they'll be no need for gift wrap.

How To Make Cereal Gift Boxes!

Materials 

  • Gift
  • Cereal box, or other clean food packaging
  • Cutting mat or scrap wood cutting surface
  • Ultility or craft knife (like a box cutter or X-acto blade)
  • Straight edge
  • Bone folder or large spoon
  • Pencil
  • Glue

1. Find the glued joint of your box and use the knife to open it, so that the box lies flat as one piece of cardboard.

2. Lay the box color side down and your gift on top. I'll be using an iPod shuffle that I bought for my dad for Christmas. Using the creases already in the box, measure the length of your gift, and draw that line the entire width of the box.

3. Using your gift as a guide, measure the width of the gift, and draw a vertical line. Turn it ninety degrees, and mark again. Continue marking the entire perimeter of the gift: front, left side, back, right side. See the photo below.

 

4. Next, measure and mark the depth of the gift on both the top and bottom. Take advantage of the box's creases whenever you can. Add a 1/2" to the bottom, and 1 1/2" to the top.

5. Leaving the top flap on the left side, cut your box so that it looks like the photo below. Note the top and the bottom are attached to the third side, which will be the face of the final folded box.

 

6. Lay the straight edge on top of each of your pencil lines. Use the knife to lightly score each line which you'll fold. You want to cut about half way through the thickness of the cardboard.

7. Use the side of the bone folder or spoon (the edge will scrap away the color) to crease each of your edges.

8. Fold your box into its final shape. Note the excess on the tops and bottom. Use a pencil to mark this line.

 

9. On the bottom (the shorter excess) score and fold along this line. 

10. On the top, create an arrow shape by cutting the corners at a 45-degree angle only in front of the pencil line. This should look like the tab that you find on top of a cereal box.

11. Measure the width of the tab a specific length, such as 1/2". Measure that same length from the top edge on the back side of the box, and make a slice the width of the tab.

 

12. Tuck the tab into the slot, and adjust as necessary.

13. Finally, add glue where indicated in the photo. Some paper clips or small clamps will help hold the shape while the glue dries.

 

14. Marvel at your good work! Add some ribbon, and your done! No paper wasted, and your trash gets a second chance.

 

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DIY-able ‘Box’ Furniture

by DIY Maven

DIY-able ‘Box’ Furniture

Calling Peter Marigold’s ‘Box Legs’ creations furniture might be a stretch, but they are oddly appealing. Created in response to modern-day consumers’ attachment to cartons in which held electrical equipment just ‘in case’ the said components had to be returned, Box Legs are fitted together using a string tourniquet that is in turn attached to legs creating ‘a piece of luxury furniture.’ Cheeky, to be sure, but this comes from the same designer...

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