Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Make a Garden Shed Gift!


Looking for a unique way to package a gift, or something special for a friend who is a gardener? Alexia has a fantastic tutorial, showing you how you can create this garden shed gift box!

This little shed is adaptable for so many occasions and themes... it could be a little schoolhouse, a winter cottage, a gingerbread house, a summer beach hut, a treehouse. a gift for new homeowners.... the possibilities are endless! What will you create?

recommended Crafter's Companion supplies:


Other Supplies: craft knife | patterned paper | heavy card stock | cardboard | heart-shaped felt trim | charm 

Directions:



Step 1: Prepare the base for the house. You can use the template that comes with a ginger bread house that sold in store or refer to the given template, available as a free download here on our website.



Step 2: Measure and cut the door & windows for the house with a craft knife.

Measurements are as follows: Door: 2.5" x 4.75" Windows: 3.5" x 5.75"

At the same time, cut a 7” x 8” to close the bottom of the house. Glue shut the opening with a hot glue gun.



Step 3: Create the base support for the compartment holders; you will need one full size and two smaller ones for each of the windows.

To create the full size base, place 8.5" x 9.5" heavy card stock on a scoring board and score at 0.75" on all sides. Fold and glue flaps to form a cover.

Repeat the step with 3 7/8" x 8 1/8" heavy card stocks and score at 5/8" on all sides (as shown in Picture B above).

Place the full size card board into the bottom of the house followed by the two smaller ones on top as shown in Picture C. 



Step 4: Glue patterned paper all around the outside of the house.



Step 5: Create the compartment holders for the door and windows. For the door compartment, place a 10 5/8" x 10 3/4" cardstock on the scoring board and score at 4 1/4", 6 3/8", rotate card stock 90 degree to left and score at 2 1/8" and 8 5/8". (note from Crafter's Companion US: although not pictured, we suggest using our heavy-weight Construction cardstock for these drawers, and decorating as desired!)

For the window compartments, place 9" x 10.5" on a scoring board and score at 3 1/4" and 5 3/4", rotate card stock 90 degree to the left and score at 2 1/2" and 8". Fold to form a holder, glue the flaps. Slide in compartments into the house, as shown in Picture A in this step.

To prevent the compartments from sliding off the gift house easily, cut a larger piece of cardboard and glue them to the front and back of each holder (do this while the holder is in the house). This will act as a stopper for the drawers. See picture B for details.


Step 6: (optional) To avoid things from tumbling around in the gift house, place and glue a piece of cardstock right on top of each compartment holders but DO NOT seal the opening.

TIP: Glue the two ends of card stock to the wall of the house instead of directly on the compartment holder. This will help keep things where you intend inside the compartments!


Step 7: Making the roof. Take two 6" x 8.5" cardboard pieces and connect them together with patterned paper. For more a secure join, do the same to the other side too.



Step 8: Make die-cut embellishments and decorate the house as desired.

Stamp and color images for decorations on the windows. Also, create the front door with a piece of rectangle cardstock and decorate with a charm as the door knob.
Step 9: Glue the roof to the gift house with hot glue gun.


All finished!

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