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Birthday party box – DIY tutorial

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Saturday was madness day for us. My daughter turned eight so we had a party. Honestly, 12 girls (half of them being camogie players) trying to break a piñata with a hurl is something to be seen! I’ll spare the details of the running up to the event including a sick birthday girl, three cakes, 24 cupcakes, a dog crèche and jump straight to our party boxes. We got cardboard picnic boxes we decorated with washi tape, twine and buttons. Here is how…

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This is a quick and ridiculously simple project, each box taking approximately 5 minutes to assemble and decorate. This is what you want when you have  a dozen of them to make! My daughter and I had a slow start as it took us some time to figure out the right design  but after that we were flying, making boxes after boxes for my husband to fill.

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The nice part about this project is that it allows to play with colours. You can go for matching or contrasting elements, creating some yummy combinations in the process (= crafter happiness). We decided to make each box unique with its own combination of tape/twine/button but you could also make them all the same.

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Supplies

To make one box you will need:

  • a cardboard box – mines are Picnic boxes S size from SelfPackaging, they are delivered flat and require self assembly ;
  • washi tape ;
  • matching or contrasting button ;
  • matching or contrasting twine or hemp cord ;
  • double sided sticky tape.

1 – Stick two parallel lines of washi tape at the bottom of the boxes. Make sure to start on what will be the back of the box.

2 – Cut a piece of cord long enough to go around the box plus comfortably make two knots. Thread each end of the cord through a button hole and position around the box as shown on picture 1.

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Picture 1

3 – Secure the button by making two tight knots. Stick a small piece of double sided tape at the back of the button as shown on picture 2. Then stick the button into place. You are done, D-O-N-E, how quick was that?

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Picture 2

Now I am off to finish the birthday cakes. This is my duty to make sure none of those go to waste. I know, I am a hero.

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