This week: Hide-a-log
Add your own decorations to these log boxes according to your theme. They could be secret hiding places for woodland fairies, or camp themed wedding favor boxes. Or, put numbers on them and scavenger hunt instructions inside. This red ribbon is looking like a Valentine’s jewelry box, or a Christmas place setting. I used manila card stock as lining, but these logs would be great with some glittery or velvety lining.
Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.
This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced. And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.
FIG. 1 Supplies: Ruler, cardstock (or manila file folder), masking tape (I like ½”), rubber bands, Tacky glue, pencil, glue brush, printout (one for each log), tiny diameter hole punch, ribbon, twine, labels, fine point scissors and/or X-acto knife.
FIG. 2 Cut wide squares around the log ends artwork. Glue it to the cardstock leaving room around it. Press and dry.
FIG. 3 Roughly cut circles about ¼” around the log artwork.
FIG. 4 Snip into the notches, up to the black line. So you have extended the tabs on the artwork.
FIG. 5 Fold the tabs over, up to the black circle.
FIG. 6 Finished end caps.
FIG. 7 Find the grain of your cardstock. Roll or bend the paper in one direction, and then the other. You should notice that one direction bends more smoothly than the other. The grain of the paper is running parallel to the valley of the fold when it bends smoothly. Cut out the wood grain artwork and place the grain parallel to the grain of the cardstock. Draw around it. Draw a line 3/8” down from the top of the 4” dimension.
FIG. 8 Roll the cardstock into a tube and tape it closed, overlapping at the 3/8” line. Dry-fit the end caps to make sure they will fit. Adjust the tube size accordingly. Double-check that the wood grain will fit around the tube without a gap.
FIG. 9 Glue the overlap on the tube closed and tape in place.
FIG. 10 Put a tiny dot of glue underneath each flap on the end cap and spread it evenly. Stick the flaps to the outside of the tube while simultaneously wrapping tape around the tube to hold the flaps down.
FIG. 11 Brush an even coat of glue on the back of the wood grain. Get the rubber bands ready. Wrap the art around the tube and secure it with the rubber bands while it dries.
FIG. 12 Cut open the flap. This is easier with an X-acto knife. If you’re using scissors, pinch the side cutting line and snip a hole, then insert the end of the scissors. Don’t cut the straight hinge line.
FIG. 12 Fold the hinge line and crease it back-and-forth.
FIG. 12 Decorate your box. Punch holes and tie it closed with twine. Add a label.