Mini craft cartons
Posted by CharlieLouisa86, 09 Aug, 2017
These cute containers are just what you need for storing all your various craft supplies. Not only are they super-practical, they can be made using any A4 cardstock so you can craft them from any paper packs of your choice! The best thing about these cartons is that the size can be adjusted for any height. Once you’ve had a go at these, you can always try making taller ones for your Artiste pens or smaller ones for your tiny embellishments! These versatile little boxes will soon keep you neat and tidy and a messy craft space will be a thing of the past.
1. To create the carton shape, cut out the template from a piece of A4 Kraftstax cardstock. Make sure that you transfer it at the correct size to ensure that it fits in the container perfectly. If you wish to make them bigger or smaller, ensure that you adjust the measurements of the caddy to fit. Use a 4cm circle die to cut a window into the front. Trim a panel of acetate to fit and stick behind with double-sided tape. This little window enables you to see when you’re running low on your favourite supplies!
2. Add a strip of double-sided tape to adhere the side of the box. Use Anita’s Tacky Glue for the base, as it enables you to slide each edge perfectly into place with plenty of adjustment time. Press the top sides of the box into the middle while pinching the front and back together to create the milk carton shape. Good score lines when transferring the template right at the start will really help here.
3. Decorate the sides of your box with stripy Papermania Paws for Thought paper and co-ordinating plain paper. For the panel on the front, cut the piece slightly larger and trim to size once you’ve made the circular aperture. This will ensure that they match up perfectly. Trim the coloured paper to fit the rectangle of the diagonal lid section. Use the mini serif alphabet dies to cut letters for each carton label from white cardstock. Attach these to the coloured paper on each box with a little tacky glue or a Sailor 2 in 1 Glue Pen. It may be easier to do this before you adhere the paper to the outside.
4. To keep each carton secure, fix two Papermania Bare Basics Mini Wooden Pegs to the top. These look great plain, but are also perfect for painting or covering with co-ordinating paper. Add a thin layer of tacky glue to the front of the pegs and place on the back of your patterned paper. Once dry, use a sharp craft knife to trim the excess. Repeat on the other side.
Project and how-to instructions by Charlotte Pollard. Project originally published in issue (78) of docrafts Creativity magazine.