Friday, November 13, 2009

ADORNit blog hop!

Hello and welcome to the ADORNit Make it Merry blog hop,  part of the Make it Merry blog party. And, just for the occasion I've changed my blog background to something a little more festive.



I hope that you are enjoying the inspiration you've seen so far from the other ladies involved in this blog hop. I always enjoy seeing all of the fabulous and creative ideas and hope that these things are helping you to get excited for the upcoming holiday season.

Just in case you stumbled upon my blog and didn't start at the beginning of the blog hop, please check here where you will find a list of all of the participants so that you don't miss out on anything. Simply start at the first blog listed and then follow the links in each consecutive blog until you get to the end.

Just a little insider information for you: My family and close friends know this about me- Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the special spirit of the holiday, the twinkling lights, the crispness in the air, beautiful holiday tunes, the excitement of finding that perfect gift for someone you love, decking the halls and every nook and cranny with the loveliness of Christmas. We pull out our decorations the day after Thanksgiving so that we can enjoy them for as long as possible.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is being able to make something special for someone I love. These things don't have to be fancy or cost a lot of money because if the gift comes from the heart you can never go wrong. I am going to share with you a little something I made yesterday out of something many of us having sitting around: an old box. They come in all sizes and can be repurposed for many different things. The little box I used was a hot cocoa container from a gift we received last year and I simply decorated it to be able to use it again this year (or, secretly, I might just hang onto it for myself!- don't tell!!).

Step 1: find an old box you can alter


Step 2: Gather materials: patterned paper, ink, pen, trimmer, adhesive, flower, tag, trims and anything else you want to add to your box

Step 3: remove any labels from box- not completely necessary but I didn't want any extra bumps on my box

Step 4: measure and trim patterned paper to fit lid and sides of box. I cut mine so that I'd have about an 1/8 inch border all the way around. I also inked the edges and added some faux stitching with my Sharpie to give it a little extra detail. You can use whatever ink color you prefer for the edges- I found that a combination of brown and black gave me the best effect for this project.













Step 5: The lid (if your box has one) - add papers and trim as shown.


















Step 6: Gather materials for making the tag for the top of the box. I used the same paper for the top as I did for the sides which contrasted nicely with the tag and other supplies I had chosen for the lid. Add paper and tag, ribbon, flowers or whatever else you would like to use.














And there you have it- a repurposed box that you can now use for a small gift or a treat for someone you love. And, this didn't cost me a thing- I used an old box, papers from a kit from last year, as well as other trims and things from my craft supply.



















I hope that you've enjoyed my little Christmas Box tutorial!

Please leave a comment here on my blog and I will do a drawing after the blog hop ends for a fun scrappy prize for one lucky winner. 

Now, please head on over to Michelle Lanning's blog and have a wonderful rest of your time blog-hopping!

Have a wonderful day!

74 comments:

Queen Kat said...

love the cosmo cricket papers!! nice project.

dottydotty said...

that is just so lush thanks for sharing enjoy the hop

Natalie said...

Loved this project so much. Will DEFINATELY be trying this out. What a great idea.

tania said...

sooo beautiful!

shire said...

your blog looks good :) I love christmas, too.
Your little box is sooo sweet!
greetings,
Inga

Donna VW said...

Love your box project (and your new background!)

Sarah said...

What a gorgeous little box!!! I love all the different elements you added and can't believe it's a recycled box!!

Amy Coose said...

What a cute box! Love this idea to add a home-made touch.

Danielle said...

That is very cute...Good thing I am someone that you love. he he he. I wouldn't blame you if you kept it for yourself.

Jacqui Bourne said...

what a lovely idea! Love the box - it's beautiful!!

JPScraps said...

Love this idea. I have all the stuff to give this a try.

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Love how the box turned out! So pretty! Love the paper!

Scrapthat said...

Beautiful job! You make me want to start my Christmas boxes!

Cindy said...

That box is adorable! Love it.

Mercedes said...

What a cute box Becky! Thanks for sharing!

laterg8r said...

love that box, esp the dingle ball trim - gorgeous and thrifty :D

Our Crazy Family said...

What a fun box! I love the idea! Thanks for sharing

Cynthia

Tracy said...

That is very pretty ... tfs ...

Love, Tracy G

KateB said...

great way to upcycle! And I too, love the rich feel of the CC papers and the gorgeous trims!

KateB

Cathy said...

That is such a pretty box... very clever. It's great to be sharing this blog hop with you.

connie said...

Love your box and what a great idea! We start putting out christmas decorations and the tree the day after Thanksgiving too.

marla said...

Beautiful papers and an awesome Christmas box for a fun gift.!!

melita said...

fabulous project Becky! but then, i wouldn't expect anything less =) everything you do rocks =)

Heidi said...

this box is sooo super fabulous! Awesome job! TFS!

BethieJ said...

Oh this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Nadine C said...

That is the most adorable and creative box Ive seen. TFS!

The Karrens said...

Such a cute box and fabulous idea! I love how you re-purposed the box in such a fun way!
Robin Karren

Tanya said...

Your box turned out beautiful!

Theresa Douma said...

Love the box - how creative!

Georgana said...

WOW! Such a gorgeous box!!! I love this and thanks for the step-by-step instructions! I can't wait to make my own. Online Hugs from Adornit!

dhillman said...

That box is soo beautiful. I love it. I will definately find a box and give it a try!

Sophia said...

Awesome box...

Anita said...

Love tha box, so pretty.

katemeri said...

Adorable box! Thanks so much for sharing how you did it.

kjarvis2213 said...

Enjoyed.

Thanks,

Keri J.

jarviskeri@yahoo.com

Shop with Me Mama said...

I LOVE that little box!! You did a wondrful job!! THanks for sharing!

Janelle said...

lovely project- i love the "lacy" look! ☺

Rosa said...

Cute box! and believe me I love boxes :) my husband says for Xmas he's going to give me a box within a box within a box and that's it haha

becky said...

Great idea! Thanks

pattyb said...

Wow, beautiful transformation. I love your ideas. Thanks!

Christine H said...

That is one cute box! I think even a gift of coal would be appreciated in it.

Cynthia B. said...

Lovely little box! And I think the peppermint cocoa that was originally in there must've been a real treat too. ;)

toni said...

what a gorgeous box...saved this, might have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

cinmfoster said...

Great box, thanks for the inspiration

Ali Rae Lindhardt said...

What a beautiful box. Your color choices are soooo nice. carolee

pamala said...

Great project!!!

Jenny said...

Adorable! And I love the idea of re-purposing!

Diane Parsons said...

Your little box is awesome!!! TFS!

sun_flower73 said...

Wow, I reallylove the way your project came out! Thanks so much for sharing!

belinda1 said...

I love this box.

Jana Eubank said...

Such a cute box!

Lynette C said...

Hi, My first visit to your blog. Love the beautiful project you shared.

Ali said...

Simply Stunning!!!!! TYFS-Ali in NS Canada.

hcc1151 said...

Thnaks for sharing, go Cosmo Cricket!

Errin said...

WOW that box is delicious! great work1

Donna said...

What a lovely Christmas box

Keely Yowler said...

This is gorgeous! TFS!

Anonymous said...

Great box. I'll check it out again to use as an inspiration piece for myself.

Jane in Ottawa, Canada

S said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to my closet right now to pull out a box to decorate.

Lealoo said...

Love your repurposed box! Gorgeous!

Karen Kuschel said...

thanks for a neat idea for recycling old boxes and making beautiful gifts to give a friend or loved one!

Victoria S. said...

Love how you covered that box!

Julie said...

What a beautiful box!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Dalene said...

The box is so cute. The blog hop has been a lot of fun. Thank-you

Susan said...

Loved the box (and the cards a few posts down)!

CraftyMomOf2 said...

beyond gorgeous!!!

Peggy said...

great tutorial - cute little box, love the way you used the pom poms.

Annette said...

I like it that you "reduce, reuse & recycle" for your project. And it's so stinkin cute!!!!!!! 0;p

Sue D said...

Great gift box--love the colors you used and that it was recycled!

Sandy said...

What a lovely box! I would be so darned pleased to receive a box like this. I guess I should make one - so thank you for the instructions!

Ronda Simpson said...

Oh, wow! I love it!! Not that i don't always love CC, but you've sold me on these papers! :)

Marygail said...

Cute Christmas box tutorial! Now I gotta find a box to repurpose :)

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