Saturday, January 23, 2010

My first tutorial for The Pixie Cottage!... Design on a dime!

Hello Everyone,
Today I would like to share with you a tutorial on how to make cute gifts out of materials that would normally go to the recycle bin. I think it is great when you can save a few pennies and I hope that after viewing my picture tutorial, you will feel the same way as I do!

Materials needed..... any container of choice, design paper, ruler, marker, circular punches, double sided tape. Optional items are ribbon and border punch. (The sky is the limit here and you can basically use what ever you want to embellish)
* (the design paper measurements were 6" X 8 3/4 ")
I am beginning my tutorial with an empty Crystal Light container. I feel that it is easier to have some sort of guide to insure that your design paper wraps evenly and this is why I used a ruler and marker at this point. I found the almost invisible seam from the peeled off label and with my ruler, I drew a line on my container. Now, carefully line up your design paper against the drawn in line and peel off sections of the double sided tape as you are wrapping the design paper around your container.

I'm almost finished with my project and off to the fun part....deciding how to embellish!!! I could have left my project on the plain side but I decided to add some decorated trim.
I started with two pieces of card stock and the measurements were 1" X 8 1/2" . I then used my edge punch and created the fancy trim.
To keep a uniform look, apply your decorated trim at the seam of your design paper and carefully peel off the double sided tape as you proceed to wrap. Now it is time to decorate the lid of the container. Because of the small size of the lid, my Marvey U. circle and circle scallop punch were a perfect match.
To secure my ribbon, added two mini glue dots to the scalloped piece of card stock and then I applied some glue to the circular piece of design paper. Because my lid has a slight depression, I added some pop dots to give my scalloped piece some height. After adhering the scalloped piece to the lid, I simply made a bow and now I'm ready to add my treat! Once again, the "sky is the limit" here. You can put a treat bag inside the container or you can add pencils, pretzels ...what ever fits your needs. I added a simple treat bag and "Ta Da" I'm finished with my project . Because I made my gifts with only materials that I had on hand, my final cost was only $3.50.... which was the price of the candy and it was on sale!

I hope that my tutorial was inspirational and if you are on a budget, a money saver as well.



heidy said...

Hi Risa,what a gorgeous project.
Love it.
Hugs Heidy

Barb said...

Just wonderful!! How cute are these! Thanks for the tutorial.


Tanya Rudd said...

This is wonderful Risa! My girls would love one of these, and I could make it into a coin bank.

Deb Neerman said...

Beautiful AND green!! This tutorial is fabulous, Risa. If this great tut is your first, we're along for great ride!

Thanks for sharing and the inspiration! Have a great weekend!

Sparkle said...

These are so cute! Guess I'll have to start drinking some Crystal Light, lol.

Danni said...

How clever and creative! Great tutorial!

Hampers said...

WOW!!!! This is stunning! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Ila said...

Wonderful Gift idea....and a Fabulous tutorial!!...TFS!!..Hugs, Ila

Elena said...

Great job on this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it, Risa!