So my series of projects this week are geared toward ways to dress up some simple and inexpensive gifts. You don’t have to break the bank this holiday season to give someone a gift. Besides gift giving should come from the heart. As I have gotten older I have realized that I would rather give handmade gifts than something that someone has struggled to figure something out, go and fight the traffic in the parking lots and not to mention how people become crazy at Christmas. I realized this a few years ago when I went to find one of my nieces a gift for Christmas. I went the first week of December, because it just didn’t feel like Christmas to me in July. Call me old fashion! Anyway I went to the store spent all day shopping and got hit with a buggy, pushed out of the way, and cussed. All while standing in the aisle on my own side not in the middle like some like to do. Not one person said “excuse me” or “I am sorry”. That was when I realized that Christmas didn’t have the meaning it used to when I was little. It had become too commercialized.
Anyway I digress I feel that you can give someone something wonderful that they will love and you don’t have to go broke doing so. So sometimes you want to dress up these gifts and it gives the person you prepared and made yourself. This to me is much bigger and much more meaningful then something that someone may not want or like.

Peppermint candle box 3
So I am taking an inexpensive peppermint candle from the dollar store and making a wonderful box for it using the envelope punch board. This box is much dresser then the plain box it comes in and adds the touch of the homemade to your gift. You can see the how to by watching my video over on YouTube about how I created the box.

Tips & Tricks: 

  • the paper size for the box is 8 5/8 x 8 5/8
  • Your going to put your edge at 2 1/4 on the envelope punch board.  This will be your first score line.   Your going to punch and score and then slide it down.   The next measurement goes off the edge of the ruler on the punch board.  I found that if you line your punch out up on 3 3/4 and 4 3/4 it puts your mark in the right place without any crazy measuring.
  • You will flip it 180 degree and do the same thing on that side.
  • Next flip it 90 degree and line up your score lines and punch and score like normal.
  • Pick your front and back.   Your going to cut up these score lines to form the side of your box.   (You can see what I am talking about on the video)
  • Paper measurements for the sides are 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 I have the larger pieces on the front.

I hope that you give making this box a try and that you have fun making it.

Just a reminder that the holiday catalog is coming to an end as we gear up towards the launch of the Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-bration brochure.   The catalog launches on January 5th.   But, it’s not to late to grab some of the great holiday products.  You can follow the link below.  Also don’t forget about the Year- End Sale going on now!