make a little box

**repost from 2005… I don’t think anyone read my blog back then ;)

OK first things first, gather up all of your materials: tacky glue, super sticky tape, a square of batting, beaded trim, scissors, a little paper mache box, and your stitching! A snack of some kind isn’t a bad idea to have on hand, either…there are a few of those waiting-for-the-glue-to-dry moments involved in this project.


Smear a bit of tacky glue on the box top and attach the batting first, then run a double line of the super sticky tape all around the edge. (If you have wider tape, probably a single line will do, but all I had on hand was the 1/8″ stuff.)

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Next, with the batting side up, lay the stitching over the box top (making sure it’s centered) and press the edges onto the tape. Flip it over and trim away the excess fabric, leaving about a half inch or so depending on the depth of your box lid.

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At this point, you need to finger press the fabric into neat corner points and fold over the edges, just like the doing the corners when wrapping a present. You’ll need the tacky glue to hold the points down; use cute clips to hold the fabric until the glue dries. Actually, I’m sure that not-so-cute clips would work fine too… I just happen to be addicted to fun office supplies.

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After the corner folds are dry, run a line of the super sticky tape all around the inside of the box lid edge. Cut notches at each corner–doesn’t have to be precise, just enough to get the extra fabric out of the way so it will fold in nicely! Fold each of the 4 edges in, straight down, and press onto the tape.

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Time for more tape! Run a double line all around the outside edge of the box lid. The box will need to be raised to work with the dangling beads, so use the box bottom turned sideways as a handy working base.

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Press the beaded trim onto the tape, starting at the back. The bottom of the ribbon/trim should be just barely hanging over the bottom edge of the box lid. When you get around to where you started, cut the trim leaving just a smidge for overlapping. Glue that tiny tail down (time for the cute clips again) and let dry.

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Aha! There it is all done… a neat little box for your desk! BTW, the trim used in this example was purchased at WalMart (as was the little box, actually) and the design used is from My Mark, “life’s mottos”.

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4 thoughts on “make a little box

  1. Great tutorial. Never dared to attempt making a box yet, now I think I can manage to make one.
    Thanks for sharing

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