Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Iron Craft #9 - Think Inside the Box


For this latest Iron Craft challenge, we were tasked with:

Let’s do a box challenge.
Make something out of a box, pizza box, moving box, cigar box, match box… any box. And make it into anything. Or make a box of your own. (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

OK.

I thought a lot about all sorts of things I could make out of boxes, but the children wouldn't let me have any of their boxes and seemed personally offended that I would even consider that.

So I guess that left the make a box of my own part of the challenge.

But then that would mean the dreaded paper crafts.  I suck at paper crafts.

Observe.




My first attempt.  I used plain white paper because I knew I was gonna screw up. A LOT. And didn't want to use my good stuff yet.

What you can't see in the photo above is that this box is about the size of a tiny ring box.  Not big enough to hold anything useful to me.



Next, I tried to make the box bigger and more rectangular.  Terrible photo for a terrible job at folding. :(



So maybe bigger and square might be the answer.  The box I folded above actually looks pretty good.  But what on earth was I gonna put in it?


Back to trying out a rectangular format. Yeah - construction paper does not work for origami AT ALL.



Ta da!  I figured it out.  Not bad eh?  I even started using my good paper.  But could I make a decent lid?



Sorta?!


And look - my bracelets fit inside these lovely boxes.  Well, I might have to pack them with a little stuffing, or cut the cards differently. But still.  I think if I can get better at folding these little boxes, they might be a nice handmade touch to all my friendship bracelet packaging.



The second box turned out even better!


Isn't it adorable?  I just used sheets of scrapbook paper that I picked up at the dollar store 4 for a buck. :D



And my bracelets fit better!

PS: I used this wonderful tutorial to learn how to make the folds for a box with a lid.

______

If you want to check out the other Iron Crafters - and you totally do because they are going to be way more fantastic than this sad attempt at paper crafts, check out the Flickr Group.

3 comments:

kat said...

looks like practice makes perfect. can't believe the kids wouldn't let you have a box?!

Periwinkle Dzyns said...

nice to see you aren't perfect at everything ;p

Jenny said...

I enjoyed seeing your learning process. I should take more pictures of all my craft fails.