DIY Berry Boxes

June 13, 2013 | DIY

DIY Berry BoxesIs anyone else loving berry boxes and baskets as much as I am right now?? There’s something quite charming about them, so simple and useful. I’ve even got some pretty ceramic ones sitting on my desk :)

I decided some paper ones would be cute too, and super easy to customise (think of all those paper and pattern combinations!), so I’ve put together this DIY for you all. I hope you like them and will make some for yourself!

Lets get to it!

MaterialsMaterials:
– Light cardboard in 3 colours/patterns.
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Ruler
– Stapler

Note: Once you know the general makeup of the boxes, you can create any size box you like. To get you started, I’ve put together 3 fact sheets explaining the dimensions and fold lines of the boxes I made. They’re not to scale, but should help you when you’re measuring out each piece :)

You can find the fact sheets here:
Small Berry Box
Medium Berry Box
Large Berry Box

Step 1.
Measure the ‘Outside’ box shape (see fact sheets above) onto the card you want on the outside of your box. Make sure you draw it on the wrong side of the card. Cut it out.

Repeat with the ‘Inside’ box shape on the card you want on the inside of your box. Again, remember to draw it out on the wrong side of the card. Cut it out.

Step 1

Step 2.
Measure the ‘Top Strip’ out onto the card you want for the band running around the top of your box. Don’t forget to mark the fold lines as you’ll need them soon.

Cut out the Top Strip, and mark fold lines.

Step 3.
– Take your ‘Outside’ piece and fold along the dotted lines. Make sure that any pencil markings are on the inside.
– Take your ‘Inside’ piece and fold along the dotted lines. Make sure that any pencil markings are on the outside.
– Take your ‘Top Strip’ and fold it in half all the way along the length, keeping any pencil markings to the inside. Then fold the strip at the places you marked before (you’ll have to peek inside the fold to see these lines). Always fold in the same direction.

Once you have these three pieces, put the ‘Inside’ piece into the ‘Outside’ piece. If you want to, you can secure the two pieces together with double sided tape, but I didn’t find it necessary.

All folded!

Step 4.
Take your folded ‘Top Strip’, and slip it over the top edges of the box (wedging both layers of card inside). Once you’ve gone all the way around, overlap the ends and staple. Add more staples around the top if you want extra strength.

Stapled!And that’s it! I know the instructions sound a bit complicated, but it’s really quite easy.. and they turn out really cute!

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DIY Spotty Jars and Jewellery Dishes

May 9, 2013 | DIY

Mother’s Day is only a few days away now, and if you haven’t got Mum that perfect present yet, have I got a treat for you! :)

Please welcome Jasmine, a friend of mine and a fellow blogger who has put together this super cute and very easy DIY for you all! Jasmine’s blog, Scissors Paper Stone is so full of creative ideas, stories from her life, and even her secrets on where to find craft and baking supplies here in Singapore, so do drop by and say hi to her!

And now, the DIY – take it away Jasmine!

I really love DIYs that make use of items that I already have at home. This DIY uses nail polish and hole reinforcement stickers to create that polka dotted effect that we all love. The hardest part is probably deciding which ceramic or glass item is screaming for a new look!

All you need is:

Materials– hole reinforcement stickers
– nail polish
– glass jar or ceramic dish

So simple!

1. Stick the reinforcement stickers on the glass and make sure they are firmly stuck on.

2. Paint a coat of nail polish and leave it to dry. Paint a second coat if you would prefer a darker effect.

3. Once all the dots are painted, leave it to dry for a few hours. Once it is dry, carefully remove the reinforcement stickers.

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And that’s it!

I’ve used it here as a sweet little vase, but you could also put a candle inside as a votive, or even store some pencils in it on your desk. And in case glass jars aren’t your thing, this technique also works on ceramics!

I just used a couple of plain white dishes to create some cute spotty catch-alls for around the house – they’re perfect for storing stationery or even as a jewellery dish on your nightstand! And in case you’re wanting to go a bit more bold – why not try gold nail polish on black!

The options are endless, try mixing and matching different nail polish colours (neon anyone?) and different sized jars and bowls.. and most of all, have fun with it!

And last but not least, some final notes:

– If you make a mistake, dip a cotton bud in nail polish remover and gently remove the nail polish and start again.
– Due to the toxic nature of nail polish, please do not use the finished item for serving food.