Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day DIY ~ Upcycled Birchbox to Trinket Box

Happy Father's Day, lovelies!  I wanted to share what I made for my boyfriend for Father's Day but didn't want to risk ruining the surprise by posting it before he got his gift.  So in the event you're still looking to DIY up a quick gift for dad, or you just want to make something rad with all those empty Birchbox boxes you have laying around, you'll definitely want to see how to make this!  {Click to keep reading!}

You'll need:

  • An empty Birchbox
  • 2 ~ 8.5" x 11" sheets of scrapbooking paper (I found these amazing football textured plastic paper sheets at Joann's; they were about $1 a piece!)
  • Adhesive spray (I love Aleene's!)
  • Decorative clasp (I found a package of 4 of these 3/4" brass plated clasps in the woodworking aisle at Hobby Lobby)
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • A bone folder or something you can use to score the lines with so the paper will fold (I used the tip of the mechanical pencil with the lead withdrawn, a butter knife would work well too)
  • Not shown ~ clothespins

Start by tracing the outline of the bottom box onto the paper's reverse side.

Use your bone folder (or whichever apparatus) to score along the lines you just drew.  Now fold along those scores.

Apply spray adhesive to the bottom of the bottom box only, and slowly and carefully lay the paper on.  This stuff is pretty tacky so you really don't have much room for error.

Fold the corners in, and one at a time apply spray adhesive to the box side.

Use clothespins to keep things in place while the glue dries.

All done and drying!  Don't worry about the excess paper now, we'll cut it off later.

Take the top box and cut along the corners of one long side, as shown above.  This will serve as our hinge.  Trace and cover as you did for the bottom box, and adhere the hinge to the back with glue.  Once everything is dry, use your craft knife to trim excess paper and to poke the holes for the clasp in the front.

All done!  My boyfriend's daughter put a framed pic we did of her inside the box and wrapped it up for him for Father's Day.  He can use this box on his desk or dresser to hold little things that are otherwise cluttering up a surface.

You can also line the inside of the box and use scrap cardboard from another Birchbox to create dividers inside, making it a jewelry box!  The options are endless, but it's a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to upcycle those empty boxes you have laying around!  Remember my Upcycled Birchbox Makeup Box?  Well this is version 2.0 :-)  If you'd like to see a tutorial for creating a jewelry box as I described, let me know and I'll be sure to make one and post it for you!

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