Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Artist Team Challenge (Gifts)


In preparation of the upcoming holidays, many crafty-types are looking for ideas for handmade holiday gifts. The October Challenge is to create a project that would be appropriate for gift-giving.

So this is a fun accordion album with 6 mini drawers for extra goodies/gifts.

Supply list:
6 small matchboxes
Black acrylic paint
Buttons/wooden tags/ribbons/cutouts from Garden shed kit

Get your 6 matchboxes and empty out the matches for using some other time - this is the placement of how you will be adhering them together when the time comes:
Using black acrylic paint - paint one end of the boxes and on two of them the sides.  I also painted the drawers, as shown:
Once painted, place in this pattern and adhere together with liquid adhesive:
Cut a piece of card stock 7.5in x 5.75in.  Score on long edge at 3.5in and 4in (this will be the spine).  This piece wraps around the matchboxes, creating the casing for the matchboxes.

Wrap the scored piece around the boxes and adhere using modge podge or similar as shown:

Decorate drawer fronts with pattern paper and add buttons using waxed thread:

Add a ribbon to the back side of the piece, use pattern paper to cover the attached ribbon, cut smaller than box as shown:

Cut out (5) pieces of card stock for the accordion album - each piece is 5.75x7in - fold each in half as shown:

Adhere the pages together as shown creating accordion:

Adhere the accordion album to the matchbox box:
Now - just decorate the pages with diecuts, flowers, brads, wooden tags, ribbons, etc:

There is all sorts of little things you could put into the drawers.  You could put some candies, mints, coins, cash, small gifts like earbuds, rings, dice, lip balm, stickers, usb drive, sd cards, hair clips, gum, etc.  I made a little key ring charm to put into one of the drawers using a bottle cap and glossy accents, once dry I put on a little chain.

I also made some jewelry and put into the little drawers, there is earrings, bracelet, and a necklace.

 I also put some gardening charms into one of the drawers.

So now go check out LILIAN's project next!!!

The majority of the materials used in this project are from ClubScrap. TFL DebDuzScrappin
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  1. Such an awesome project Debbie, love how you altered the matchboxes and how the whole project came together. Wonderful!!

  2. Love it. The paper and everything about it is perfect

  3. Well, if this isn't the cutest thing ever! Sweet!

  4. A mini jewelry box! My nieces would LOVE this! Super cute Deb!

  5. LOVE it, Deb, what an awsome project and i love all your wonderful details.

  6. O.M.G.! This is amazing!!!Such great details-just awesome!

  7. WOW! Stunning. I love all the details! Now to get me some matchboxes!!!

  8. That is really different, Deb! Thanks for sharing such a cool, creative idea!

  9. OMGOSH this is absolutely beautiful and what a fun way to recycle those matchboxes. I love this idea, as it beats making those drawers.

  10. Love the garden look - and all the little matchbox drawers!

  11. I love the idea of the addition of the matchbook drawers to this mini book concept. Very cool!



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