I am catching up on some blog posts. This one originally appeared on the Cut at Home blog on November 26, 2013.
December 1 is almost here, so this week it was time for me to finish a Christmas Countdown box. Christmas countdown boxes are a fun way to spread the joy and anticipation of Christmas through the entire month of December. The drawers can be filled with any small gift – candy, money, ornaments, etc.
I started with a pre-made countdown box, so this project was quick and easy. I knew that I wanted to use the Santa’s List decorative brads by Theresa Collins to number the boxes. These brads are so cute, and were just so perfect for my project. I placed a 2” length of red grosgrain ribbon (folded over) underneath each brad to create a pull tab for each of the drawers. My Crop-A-Dile punch by We R Memory Keepers punched right through the cardboard box (and the ribbon) with no problem.
To decorate the sides of the box, I used strips of the Theresa Collins Santa’s List washi tape set. I think washi tape is so fun, and is a quick and easy way to decorate just about anything. This set includes a red and white striped tape, a countdown tape, a holly tape and a “Merry Christmas” tape.
I wanted to decorate the back of the box so that it could be a decoration itself. To do this, I selected a piece of lightly patterned cardstock. You have to be a little careful in selecting the cardstock — if it is too busy the decorative elements won’t show up (for example, I first chose a red/white polka dot cardstock, but the decorations just faded into it). To decorate the back of the box, I cut the words “Merry Christmas” from green cardstock using a Quickutz die. The Santa face was cut from a piece of Anna Griffin cardstock. To pop it, I taped it to a piece of green cardstock and added an approximate 1/8” layer. The bow was the most fun part of the project.
This year a number of companies have introduced dies to make bows — Sizzix, My Favorite Things, etc. It is so much fun to be able to make beautiful dimensional bows, and they are so simple to make. Generally the dies consist of three elements – a piece that creates the loops, a flat backing piece, and a small wrap to hold the other two sections together. The bow I used for this project is the Jumbo Beautiful Bow by My Favorite Things. You can see the die pieces below.
You need to cut one of each shape. I cut mine from the red flocked floral or craft ribbon that is used so much around the holidays. I like to use Scor-Tape to assemble the bows, although glue would also work. I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape in the center of the shape to make the loops, and one on the “wrap” piece. Please see the short video for instructions on how to assemble the bows.
This picture shows a close-up view of the two bows – one made from cardstock (left) and the other from flocked ribbon (right). Both are dimensional – the cardstock bow retains a rounder shape, while the bow made from the flocked ribbon relaxes a little more.
To finish my box – I trimmed the patterned cardstock, and attached it to the back of the box with Scor-Tape. Because of the detail in the letters, I used a product called “Sticky Dots” to attach the words “Merry Christmas”. I used Scor-Tape to attach the bow and the Santa face.
Another quick and fun project!
Pre-made countdown box
Red grosgrain ribbon (I used 3/8″ wide)
Santa’s List decorative brads by Theresa Collins (1-25)
Santa’s List washi tape set by Theresa Collins
Assorted cardstock – red, green, patterned
Jumbo Beautiful Bow die by My Favorite Things
Red flocked craft (or floral) ribbon
“Merry Christmas” die by Quickutz
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Sticky Dots adhesive sheets by Therm O Web
Crop-A-Dile punch by We R Memory Keepers
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!