Covering a PGTips Box
Here is a great project from
Maddy, she has taken a PGTips box painted it and covered
it to make a fabulous gift box, with 3 different finishes. This first page
shows you how to cover your box, and then the next 3 pages will take you
through the various finishes.
PG Tips box 125g (pack of 40)
Acrylic paint OR a tester pot of paint. Tip
- match your paint to paper - it's easier that way round.
Strong glue - that you can move for a few seconds after glueing ie UHU is good!
patterned paper 12 x 12 will be enough for one box
If you can't find the right box or you have similar box then you will need to
adjust the paper sizes, but it will still still work.
There are more pictures of finished boxes here
Here is the basic supplies list:
For each of the different finishes you will need:
Sweetie pie box
Heart stamps or dies the ones used here are from
TheArtisticStamper.com but any will do.
Humbug luggage box
square brads (if poss) - there are a few left in the CBC shop.
any vintage style stamps will be suitable
tip - Striped paper works real nice with the humbugs !
Christmas cookies box
Spotted ribbon - plain on one side if you can
2 beads with hole big enough to fit the ribbon through.
A little star.
And finally to for something inside
goodies for the bag, there are some recipes for homemade sweets on the
Or here are a few other ideas...handmade soaps, bath salts, hot chocolate
Let's get started:
Clear out your box of any dust/debris, a good blow with a hairdryer or get your
cleaner out on it.
Now you need to gently prise open the lid flaps as seen in the photo - you
will glue the lid back together later, but making it a bit bigger to allow for
the paper that you will have added.
Neatly cut away the inner edges, shaded grey in the photo.
Next, you need to paint the box - you may need two coats of paint.
Use a dabbing motion (this stops streaky lines) and paint approx 2 1/2cm in
from the sides as indicated on the photo. Leave to dry and go to the next
PLEASE BE CAREFUL NOT TO LET YOUR LID FALL ONTO
WET PAINT ON FRONT PANEL, YOU CAN ALWAYS LET THE PAINTED FRONT AND SIDES DRY
FIRST BEFORE PAINTING THE LID.
For boxes other than PG tips, measure each panel and decrease by 1cm, for
PGtips boxes use the following measurements:
CUT Note - please write on the back of each cut panel which panel it is, and
also indicate the right way round the panel should be - refer to photo. This is
important particularly if your patterned paper has an obvious vertical pattern.
Front - width 9 1/2 x 9 cm
Back - width 9 1/2 x 9 cm
Side x 2 - width 9 x 9cm
Bottom - 9 x 9cm
Top - width 9 1/2 x 8
Front flap - widh 9 1/2 x 2 cm
Side flaps x 2 - width 7 1/2 x 2 cm, cut ends at the same angle as flaps on the
Repeat front panel in card.
for Inside panels repeat panel cuts, but omit the flaps and attach after any
brads you may wish to use on your box.
Chalk or ink your panel edges in a shade darker
than your patterned paper panels. For advice about inking check out
Glue on panels.
Note - do not cover over the crease line on the lid - refer to photo.
Glue lid flaps back after all brads have been attached.
General tips for completing your project
To stamp on the front of your box - place something solid underneath the panel,
I used a wooden stamp, although where ever possible stamp your paper before
gluing to your box.
Cut a strip of patterned paper and attach to under lid and in between crease
marks to neaten any marks left over from preparation.
If you haven't done the inside panels for the box, you can still make it
decorative by placing tissue paper inside or by cutting strips of paper either
by hand or by shredder.
Well you have now prepared your basic box, if you go to these pages - you can
see step by step guidance on how to complete your box:
© Crafts by Carolyn October 2008