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Kristine Woods

Patriotic Box Tutorial Featuring Carta Bella “God Bless America”

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Hello again, crafty friends! There’s just so much to make with the beautiful “God Bless America” paper by Carta Bella that I want to share another tutorial with you! Today, I will be showing you how to make a cute storage box. This little storage box can hold a variety of things, but I am making mine to hold the banner I made in one of my other blog posts this month.

In order to make this box, you will need cardstock, such as this blue toned pack from My Minds Eye. The box is constructed out of three sheets of 12” x 12” cardstock. Then, we will be decorating the box with the 12” x 12” collection kit from Carta Bella. Because the Carta Bella paper is such a heavy weight, it will strengthen the box when we layer the paper to the base.

There are two ways to follow the tutorial. If you prefer to watch a video and craft along, check out the video below from my YouTube channel. However, if you prefer written instructions, read below.

Constructing the Box Base

First, cut the cardstock t0 9 1/2” x 12”. Score at 1/4” and 1 3/4” along all four sides. Then, cut out the small square in the four corners and the small rectangles on each side of the square. On the short edge, cut along the score line (at 1 3/4”) up to the horizontal score line. Next, fold on all score lines and add adhesive (wet glue or double sided tape) to the 1/4” sections and fold over. Starting with the short end, fold up to form a 90 degree angle with the bottom of the box. Then, add glue to the squares on the end of the long sides and adhere to the inside of the short sides. Repeat on the other side to form the base of the box.

Next, cut two pieces of cardstock to 2” x 6” and two pieces to 2” x 8 1/2”. Score all four pieces at 1/4” along one end on the 2” side. Then, add adhesive to the 1/4” section and fold on the score lines. These pieces may need to be trimmed slightly, but they should fit inside the box and extend 1/4” above the sides of the box. Add adhesive to the section below the 1/4” fold and adhere to the inside of the box. Finally, cut one piece of cardstock to 6” x 8 1/12” (trim slightly if needed) and glue to the base of the box.

Constructing the Lid

In order to construct the lid, cut a piece of cardstock to 8 1/8” x 10 5/8”. Then, score at 1/2” and 1” along all four sides. Similar to the box base, cut out the four corner squares and the squares to the sides of the corner squares. Then, cut the 1/2” score line on the short sides up to the horizontal score line. Next, add adhesive to the 1/2” sections on the long sides and fold up. Add glue to the square tabs and adhere to the inside of the short sides. Finally, add glue to the 1/2” sections on the short sides and fold over to form the box lid.

Box decorated with God Bless America

Adding Decorative Papers

To decorate the outside of the box, cut two pieces of design paper to 1 3/4” x 8 1/2” and two pieces to 1 3/4” x 6”. Then, score each piece at 1/4” along one side on the 1 3/4” side. Next, add adhesive to the 1/4” section and fold over on the score line. With the 1/4” fold at the top, glue the pieces to the box, hiding the folded section between the paper and box. For the inside of the box, cut two pieces of decorative paper to 1 5/8” x 8 1/2” and two pieces to 1 5/8” x 6”. Trim slightly if necessary, and glue to the inside of the box.

To decorate the lid, cut two pieces of decorative paper to 3/8” x 8 1/2” and two pieces to 3/8” x 6”. Adhere to the four sides of the lid. Then, cut one piece to 6” x 8 1/2” and glue to the top of the lid. Next, cut the same size pieces (trimmed slightly if needed) for the inside of the box lid. Adhere to the inside.

Embellishing the Box

For this next step, decide on which elements you want on the lid. I chose to make a shaker element using one of the pieces in the Ephemera pack. I used the Star Spangled Sprinkletz for inside of my shaker. If you want to learn how to make a shaker element, I recommend watching the video above. Then, I selected two of the small tags from the Frames and Tags pack and added red, white, and blue ribbon. I fussy cut two floral images from the design paper for the top and bottom corners. Finally, I finished my box lid with red roses from Graphic 45.

Once the box is finished, it’s time to fill it up with goodies! I made this box to hold the patriotic Julie Nutting doll banner that I made in a previous post. However, it would also make a cute treat box or given with a gift to someone. Try it out today and don’t forget to head to the FotoBella website to pick up the “God Bless America” collection and other crafting supplies today.

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team Member

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