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Friday, October 23, 2009

Treat Tube gift box

This box was made to hold 3 tubes. The tubes I used are called Nickel tubes.  They are used by coin collectors to store coins.  They are flat on the bottom and have a screw on plastic cap.  If you wanted to substitute your own tubes, you could use any tube that is around 1" wide.  If you use a smaller tube, use a smaller punch for the holes in the box top so the tubes fit snugly.  I put hot chocolate mix in one, chopped andies candies in one and mini marshmallows in another.

Box Assembly Instructions:

1) Cut red cardstock 6 1/2" x 4"Score in 1" in all sides.  Clip the 2 score lines on each end, fold up all 4 sides and glue in place to create an open top box.

2) For the top, cut 3 1/16" x 5 9/16". Score at 1/2" on all sides.  Fold the flap up on one long side and then use the 1" circle punch to punch 3 holes in the top as shown in the pictures (line up the bottom of the punch with the edge of the folded up piece). Sharpen all score lines.  Clip the 2 score lines on each end, add some adhesive to the tabs and secure to the sides (finished piece will look like a box top with holes in it).

If you want to stabilize the tubes from tipping, you can add an insert to the inside bottom of the box.  Cut 2 15/16" x 5 7/16" and score at 1/2" on all sides.  Follow same punching and assembly instructions as the box top piece.

3) Cut 1 1/2 strips of designer papers 12" x 7/8".  Glue the strips together to make one long strip.  Glue the strip all around the sides of the box.

Punches Needed for the Mouse:

2 Ornaments in basic gray - HEAD & BODY
2 Circles 1" in basic gray - EARS
3 Circles 3/4" in basic gray - PAWS & MUZZLE
2 Circles 3/4" in going gray - INSIDE EARS 
1 1/4" Circle in going gray - BELLY
1/4" Circle in pink pirouette - NOSE
Butterfly in gong gray - LEGS/FEET
Heart to Heart small heart in real red
Curly Label in real red - HAT
Boho Blossom smallest flower in white - HAT
Large Oval & Scallop Oval - HAT
Modern Label in real red - SIGN
teardrop punch - eyes

1) For the hat, punch half of the large oval into white.  Line up the scallop oval over the top and punch out the hat brim as shown below.

2) Cut the butterfly piece in half for the legs.  Fold each half in half and tack feet in place with dimensional.
Sponge all of the gray pieces with craft white ink.  

3) Cut one corner of the curly label off for the hat.  Attach the brim and the boho blossom to the top of the hat  
with dimensionals.

4) Glue ear pieces together and glue onto head.  Glue hat onto head.  Attach muzzle to face with a dimensional.  Glue on teardrop eyes and nose.  Add highlights to eyes and nose with a unibal white gel pen.  Draw on eyelashes and brows with zig pen.  Glue head and body pieces together.  Attach belly piece with dimensional. Attach the heart on the chest with a dimensional. Glue legs onto body.  Stamp greeting and punch out with modern label.  Glue sign to body and attach paws to sign with dimensionals.  

EDIT: I realized after I made my project that I was missing the tail.  To make a tail, punch the large oval in basic gray.  Line up the wide oval over the punched hole and punch again.  Cut a third of the ring off to create the tail.

Want a printable version of this tutorial? click on the link below:


Richelle said...

Hi Kim
love your new look blog - very christmassy or should i say chrismousey - sorry bad joke...Thanks for sharing your mouse idea..sooo cute..

Lorie said...

That is very, very cute!

lifesabeach32940 said...

Kim ~ Your mouse and holder are TOO CUTE!! I love the new look of your blog as well. I was wondering if the tubes you used in today's project are large enough to hold M&M's?

Thanks again for the onoing inspiration!!

Diana said...

First time to read your blog. That's so fabulous and cute. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Fabulous project. Love your Christmas Mouse - just might have to make one of these for my Mum... as she's petrified of MICE!!!!

Becky said...

I love it to!! I just love all of your work! :)
I need to ask 1 question?? Where do you get the nickle tubes?? I would love to case this prodject. So darn cute!


Karen said...

Super cute!!

Anonymous said...

This is so cute--been looking everywhere for those tubes--were did you get them and thanks- smfs

Laura said...

This is so cute. Where did you get the tubes?


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