November 10, 2013

Sharing a Christmas crafting tutorial with my blogging friends...

Saturday morning, Chris and I hit a 50% off estate sale.
I never find vintage Halloween, but they had a large witch gurley candle and two owl table cloths.  Yippee!
They also had loads of vintage Christmas items needing to be rescued.
Lots of my favorite blogs have been posting ideas for using vintage Christmas ornament boxes to create miniature scenes for the last few years. You can also search all over pinterest, ebay and etsy to find ideas on using vintage Christmas ornament boxes.  When I came across this vintage ornament box Saturday, I decided to take the box apart and scan it to share with my blogging friends.  
I'm not taking credit for inventing this crafting idea, but here's a little tutorial on how you can make your own Christmas scene using a vintage ornament box.
Supplies needed:
Glue stick, glue gun, tinsel trim, scissors, Christmas embellishments, pipe cleaner, scrapbooking paper or wrapping paper.
1.  Start by printing off my ornament box template using heavier cardstock paper and cut out with scissors.  If you have a hard time printing the template, feel free to email me for my PDF scanned file.
Step 2.  Fold and assemble the box.  Don't glue the top of the box to the bottom of the box though.  This comes later. 
Step 3.  Add Christmas wrapping paper or Christmas scrapbooking paper to the interior of the box with a glue stick and then start placing your Christmas embellishments on top of your scrapbooking paper.  When satisfied with the placement, use a glue gun to keep items secure.
Step 4.  Poke 2 holes in the center top of the box and use a small piece of pipecleaner to form a handle.
You can also add a bell or other embellishments to the bottom of the box.
Step 5. Secure the box lid to the bottom of the box and glue together with a glue gun.
Step 6.  Use Christmas trim/tinsel to outline the box.  This also helps hide any box imperfections when securing the top and bottom of the box together. 
 If you are participating in Viv's Elf Challenge, this is one idea that you cane easily adapt when making your own special creation. Happy Christmas crafting!
 

29 comments:

Jodee said...

You are so creative! Bring on the holidays!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

That is such a great idea to the scan the box, I just looked at the image and turned out great. Love this idea! You have such a way with miniature scenes!

Pam Kessler said...

I've seen the boxes with scenes in them too. What a fantastic idea to be able to print the box out ourselves. Keep the Christmas inspiration coming, because I am crafting challenged.

Lee said...

Very cute, Kim!
Those half off estate sales are wonderful~lucky you with the Halloween witch!
Thanks for sharing!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Lucky girl in estate sale land! Cute little crafting project - smart to scan that box!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool box! I love the little greenery you used too:@)

Tammy's in Love said...

Off I go to the play room to try this! Love the OA paper for backdrop, I have some from the warehouse sale! Cute little dolly inside too!





GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Thanks for the instructions! I've been saving the little boxes.
Warmly,
deb

Blessed Serendipity said...

These are so cute - great idea!

xo Danielle

NanaDiana said...

Thank you so much for doing that, Kim. What a load of ideas went through my mind when I saw that. LOVE it. You are sooo clever! xo Diana

Lynne said...

What fun that is! You are so creative . . . once again you win the prize. And you are lucking out with those estate sales!!!

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing. I love those little boxes. You find so many goodies. I can't wait to see what you do with all of them.

vivian said...

what a good idea! I never thought of scanning a box! Your such a smartie! and lucky to find some neat old vintage stuff as well!
Im off tomorrow and other then seeing my new little baby pie, I will be christmas crafting.
happy day!
xoxo
vivian

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, Kim, these are just darling! Thanks so much for sharing your template and such a great tutorial. So cute!!

Jboo said...

Wow -- very cute and creative!! Time to start on the Christmas decorations! :)

Shirley Hatfield said...

Loved that you scanned the box...that way we can all the boxes we want! Thank you for the fun ideas...you really help me rev up my crafting motor. =D

Patti said...

Oh thank you sooooooo much for the scan. I have never found a vintage box. It's not easy to find vintage Christmas here. Wow, now I want to make a little scene!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love all the fun Christmas decor you found at the sale! Especially the Gurley angel candle and the bottle brush trees. (I have a few angels just like that one.) Your vintage box decor is so cute. What a great idea to scan it first, so you (and we) can make several.

Jill said...

Thanks for the help, this is just so cute!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is such a cute project. I think they throw the boxes away at my thrift store. I'll have to ask them. I love all of the vintage pretties and this is a cute way to enjoy them! Sweet hugs!

Perfectly Printed said...

A fun Christmas project!!! I love the witch candle, she has a great smile!!!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Well well well! See, that's why I turn to you during a crafty mystery! Of course you figured it out. :)
Love your estate sale finds!
Erica

Margaret said...

I just love everything you got! That witch is great! I have to pull out my Christmas crafting stuff. My craft room is a big mess :( Love your tutorials! Maggie

craftyles said...

I love the vintage template and great tutorial. Let the Christmas crafting begin!

vintage grey said...

Oh, thanks for sharing this! I love them both and can't wait to make one or some! ;) Happy week to you Kim! xo Heather

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Thanks Kim for sharing this template and great tutorial with us! These are adorable!!

Hugs,
Debbie

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!! I've been wanting to make one of these and I only have one or two of those small boxes and wasn't sure if I wanted to use them, but how smart to use a template!! Great idea and wonderful finds at the sale too!! :) Happy crafting! xo Holly

Betty Smith said...

Thank you, Kim, for sharing this tutorial. I am anxious to try to make one.

Cheryl G. said...

Adorable Christmas boxes!!!
You are super creative!