If you’re a regular follower of my blog you may remember a Christmas favour I created using the Pretty Pillow Box Dies. I was very late to the party with these dies and have been kicking myself for not getting them sooner. My Christmas pillowbox featured a simple poinsettia embellishment using just dies from the set. Today however I decided to create a treat / favour box for Valentine’s day or a wedding. For the heart embellishments I needed to grab some dies from a second set, Give It A Whirl.
SIMPLE PILLOWBOX IDEA
As I sat down to create this pillowbox project it occurred to me that favours tend to be need in larger numbers. Therefore I wanted to design this so it was quick and easy to replicate. I started by using the main die from the Pretty Pillow Box Dies to cut out some Real Red Card. Each box can be cut from a piece of card 4-1/2″ x 6″ so you can get two from each 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card (that’s 48 from a whole pack).
As well as cutting out the box, the die also adds ‘scored’ lines. So next I folded the card along the lines and pressed them between my fingers. Once that was done, I folded in the curved ends and glued them together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Finally I wrapped some white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack twice around the box to hold it closed. Then tied it in a simple bow leaving long tails.
GIVE IT A WHIRL
For my embellishments I turned to the Give It A Whirl Dies and two of the stitched heart dies in the set. I liked that these coordinated with the stitched edge of the box flap. From Gold Foil Sheet I cut four of the smallest heart and two of the medium one.
Now the die-cut hearts needed to be attached to the twine in pairs. I began by sliding one of the larger hearts underneath the twine above the bow (gold side down). Then I put some glue around the edge of the heart and pressed the second heart on top. I squeezed the edges of the two hearts together for a minute just to give the glue time to dry.
Next I turned to the smaller hearts. Once again I glued them in pairs but this time with the tail of the bow trapped between the two hearts. And that was it, my simple Valentine’s treat / favour box was complete.
I love how this project turned out. Sandwiching the twine between the hearts means it can still slide off and on the box. What’s more each stage could be done production-line style which is good if you have to make a batch of them. What do you think?
If you missed my Christmas pillowbox you’ll find it in my blog post Pillow box favour with a Christmas motif.