A few months ago I was brainstorming what to do for this post. Finally, I thought of something and it was going to be fabulous! I was so excited to try it out and see if it would actually work. Well, that picture up there. That is not even close to what I had in mind. THis is what my original plan started with…
It involved a million doily die cut “snowflakes” and a flower foam wreath form. I had planned to cut out tons and tons of little doilies and pin them all to the wreath form to make a big puffy, “snowy” Christmas wreath. However, once I got started I very quickly saw that it wasn’t going to work. I was using coffee filters for the doilies which worked great if I cut them out 1 or 2 at a time. But when I sent through a big stack of them (the only realistic way to cut out 4 million of them) they all got stuck together and I had to peel them back apart. Then I had to weed out all the little pieces to give it the lace look. It was just a disaster.
So instead I decided to switch things up and do something more practical than decorative. Make the little boxes for my neighbors Christmas gifts and a little bow to go on top!
Every time I use on of the We R Memory Keepers punch boards one thought keeps going through my mind: ”some people are just absolute geniuses!” I mean, I would NEVER be able to come up with a little plastic square/punch that can turn a little piece of paper into an envelope, candy box, gift bag, flower, pin wheel, or in this case, gift box in just seconds!
Anyway, I pulled out the Gift Box Punch Board and then used this video (although the instructions printed on the board are pretty self explanatory too) to put one together in like 2 minutes flat. It really is amazing.
Then I just grabbed a few of those doilies I cut out using the Antique Doily die and made a little puff ball “bow” for the top. The picture below kind of shows how I did that.
Basically, I took the flat doily (on left) and kind of folded them into fourths. In the picture I creased the folds for demonstration purposes, but for the real thing I left them puffed up. Next I took a glue dot and put it on the top of the tissue paper “ribbons” I wrapped around the box. Stick each “point” of the doily to the glue dot then fluff the bow into a gorgeous little poof!
Isn’t it so great? I also pulled out the Candy Box Punch Board to put a few treats in. I had never used it before but I think it might be my favorite one! I can’t wait to make a few more.
Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway.