Monday, February 22, 2010

Here Come the Chicks!!!

Easter is just around the corner ( is!) and Stampendous has the most adorable chicks out there! I used the stamp set called Chick Ears to make panels for this coaster box. You can use this easy to make box for a desktop accessory, a gift for someone special or even a little Easter basket to give to a friend or co-worker. Ready to Hop-on-board and learn how to make one???

To make this project, you will need the following items:
5 chipboard coasters (I used 4x4 size)--you can get these from your favorite restaurant
patterned paper to cover the coasters ( you choose if you want to cover both sides or just one), crop-a-dile or sturdy hole punch, ribbon, stamps, ink, coloring tools for the images, adhesive, paper cutter, any embellishments you would like to add on

1. Choose 2-4 different papers/cardstock and cover your coasters. It is fine to cover just one side, but some people like to cover both sides. For this box, I only covered one side. The flower paper is from Chatterbox and is flocked! It is called fabulous flocked blossoms and is available in Creativity Boutique. I also picked 2 shades of coredinations cardstock to complement it.

Cut your cardstock/patterned paper into 4x4 squares. I cut each square on the diagonal before glueing it onto a coaster. To pick up the yellow in the flocked paper, I used a similar shade of ribbon to decorate the coaster, too.

2. Once all 5 of your coasters have been adorned with the patterned paper, you will need to tidy up the edges. I did so with Tim Holtz's fabulous sander (also available at Creativity Boutique). For this project, I didn't feel the need to ink the edges of the coasters, as they would be hidden. If you really must, go for it! It won't hurt...

3. Lay all of your coasters out and arrange them for assembling into a box. Decide which edges you want together, and punch holes for your ribbon bows. Think this over, and punch 2 coasters at a that your holes match up! I punched 3 holes on adjoining sides of the coasters. If you choose to lace the coasters together in a different manner, that is not a problem. The hardest part of this is making sure your holes match up :)

4. Run lengths of ribbon through the holes so that you can build your box. There is no correct way to do this....whatever works for you! I built the sides up, and then glued the bottom onto the box.

Once I had 2 sides together and was happy with their positioning, I glued them together so they became fixed. The glue will dry clear, making your box more stable.

5. Stamp your images onto white cardstock, color then mount onto coordinating cardstock ( I used scraps from the rest of the project). I used yellow flocking on the chicks to make them fluffy. Attach the stamped image to the side of the box.

6. Here is the box completely assembled. I tied square knots with each bow and trimmed them close to the box.

7. You are now ready to fill your basket with can fill it with anything you like!