Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Gift Box -- Altered Priority Mailing Box

"I think it would be great to be a cat! You come and go as you please. People always feed and pet you. They don't expect much of you.  You can play with them, and when you've had enough, you go away.  You can pick and choose who you want to be around.  You can't ask for more than that."
                                                                                     ------Patricia McPherson

Hi, Friends....

I am sharing a pretty spring gift box I decorated for my dear Aunt, whose 93rd birthday is this Easter Sunday.  This holds cookies I made for her and a little bottle of lotion.  I made it out of a small Priority Flat Rate Box (USA).


I first flattened out a used Priority mailing box (the smallest of the flat-rate boxes) and adhered a pretty K&Co spring print to the outside and some pretty doily printed kraft paper to the inside.


Next I put some coordinating washi tape over all the seams and raw corrugate edges.  The green leaf print is springy and helps the box look finished.  Then I adhered the loose flaps to the inside of the box, so it opens from the top and doesn't all come apart when opened.  I used both Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power Tape and a big 3M Scotch Craft Stick to get those heavy cardboard inner flaps to stay put.

I want my Aunt to be able to reuse this gift box as a small storage container by her bed or chair, so I attached a row of three nifty Tombow Fastener Tabs to make the outside flap reclosable.  These are strong self-adhesive hook and loop fasteners that are perfect for making a secure reclosable flap.  I got these as a prize from Tombow. (THANKS, Tombow!!)

I embellished the top of the box with some lovely Prima flowers and Zva swirls.

Here's the top view where you can get a little glimpse of the pretty robin on this K&Co. patterned paper.  The sweet birdie will be more visible when the gift is untied and opened.

I finished it off with some shimmery sheer lime ribbon.  This 20 cent partial roll of thrift store ribbon was worth that pittance for what it added to this gift alone!! 

Spring Card to go with Box

This gift box goes with my Spring Card I made a few days ago.

Sorry I did not have photos of the entire process, but I hope these different views of my project gave you an adequate idea of how it came together.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my recycled and altered box project.
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Thank you for the honor of entering this project in the following challenges:
1.  Tando Creative Challenges April - Recycle
2.  Rhedd's Creative Spirit April Challenge - Altered Art
3.  Just Add Ink Challenge #210 - Easter Bags, Boxes, or Baskets
4.  Craftitude Challenge #62 - Anything Goes or Add Corrugated Paper or Cardboard 
5.  Avenue 613 Challenge #67 - Anything Goes with Optional Reuse/Recycle 


  1. Such a pretty gift for your aunt, Janis. Great 'recycling' of products. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week.

  2. What a great idea!...I love recycling boxes and you have made such a pretty gift box with this one. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  3. Janis you put a lot of thought into making such a lovely gift for your Aunt. Its very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  4. This is a beautiful gift and I love how you have recycled a plain box into something very special. Thanks for joining in with our challenge this week.

  5. Beautifully decorated - love how it matches your spring card too. Chantell JAI

  6. A great idea for a mailing box,you have altered yours beautifully.
    Thank you for joining in with our current challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  7. This is so pretty Janis! Your Aunt will love it and whats inside :-D Thank you for joining us over at Tando xxx

  8. Your box and card are so lovely.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd'S Creative Challenge.

    Moira DT.

  9. Brilliant creation, thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Craftitude - Good Luck!
    Hugs Donna DT xx

  10. Gorgeous recycling project with also the card very beautiful, what a lovely gift for your aunt!! She will probably treasure this!! Coco x

  11. Oh this is just lovely. beautiful colours. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x


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