Sunday, 30 March 2014

Carrot Treat Bags

Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
With all the Easter and Spring time projects around at the moment I've seen a couple of carrot shaped treat boxes & bags, they reminded me of these little cardboard treat bags that I remember making when I was little. I have no idea if this idea is from a book or magazine (it can't be the internet as I was little long before then) but here is my version from memory (and a few trial runs!)
You will need:
Thin orange card - I guess thick paper would work too
Green wool & a length of green ribbon
Hole punch, glue (I used Pritt stick), ruler, pencil and compass

Using the compass. mark two 1/4 circles in the corner of the card, one 14cm and one 13cm. I've done two here in the photo, one in each bottom corner.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories

Cut out along the outer line.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Mark 1.5cm in from the right hand side and cut a slither off the shape so it's a little less than a 1/4 circle now.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories



Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Along the compass line, mark dots at 1.5cm intervals, starting 1cm in from the edge. You should end up with 12 dots in all, evenly along the line.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Using a hole punch upside down (and with the base removed if it's not see through like mine) punch a hole where each dot is. Line the dot up in the middle of the hole carefully or the holes won't be straight and it will look a bit rubbish (guess what happened in my first attempt!)

Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Roll the paper shape up a bit to start it curling - this will make the glueing bit much easier.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Apply a little glue just along the edge then roll up and glue the edges together. The two edge holes will overlap and line up and you will only have 11 holes round your carrot top.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Press the seam firmly, I used a pencil to press down inside the carrot as far in as I could, then I added a teeny tiny bit of sellotape at the bottom on the outside to make sure it holds. 
Now you need to cut 11 30cm lengths of green wool.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Fold each length in half and poke through the hole just a little way, poke the ends through the loop you've made then pull gently to secure. 
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Do this for all the holes, then fill with sweets, treats, whatever you like. I've used mini Easter eggs.
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Finish off by drawing all the strands of wool together and tying with green ribbon. Trim the ends of the wool to level them off and Ta - dah, you're finished!
You can use more wool instead of ribbon like I did in this photo but then I was thinking it looks like it would be difficult to find the right end to undo the bow and get to the treats! So on reflection I'm thinking ribbon is better. 
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories

Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories

You could even add a little gift tag if you wanted to.

Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
Carrot Treat box tutorial from Sum of their Stories
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Friday, 28 March 2014

A little tribute to Ellen

28th March was my paternal grandma Ellen's birthday, and as she is one of the people whose stories I am the sum of, today I'm sharing something she made for me when I was little.
This is an epic photo of me in about 1974/75 on the beach in Cornwall wearing a towelling beach robe my Nan made for me. My brother had one too, but I can't remember what colour his was and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any photographic evidence of it.

The idea was that we would come out of the sea, freezing cold and we could pop on our beach robes to warm up!


My Nan made a lot of clothes and often visited us with a suitcase of not quite finished things that we would then try on so she could get the fit right. Sometimes they were full of pins and we used to moan a lot as kids. Now of course I really appreciate how lovely and totally unique the items she made for us really were.


I think we can all agree I am rocking this beach look - I don't think I said it enough at the time, thanks Nan x

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Washi Tape Berry Boxes

Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Easter isn't too far away now so in a spirit of preparation and not leaving everything to the last minute I have been thinking about Easter gift ideas.

I discovered a very simple tutorial for making super cute little Berry Boxes by Claire on her lovely blog Fellow Fellow. You know when you find a blog that is just so pretty and full of lovely things and you want to stay all day? That's Fellow Fellow (you should definitely check it out - once you've finished here of course!)
Be warned - once you start making these cute little boxes it gets pretty addictive!
I followed Claire's instructions, with just a few adjustments (I'm sorry I just can't help myself) and made this cute little box. 
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Then I started to play and replaced the top paper band with Washi Tape. I also made my boxes slightly shorter. Seriously, once I started I just couldn't stop, they only take about 10 minutes each!
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
 Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
This is what I did:
Using a pencil & ruler I marked out my grid on card, cut it out and scored, then folded up the sides
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
I took my Washi tape and carefully started sticking it to the top edge. 
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
At the corner I left a little gap and then carried on
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Once I got back to the beginning I just did a little overlap, shame the pattern doesn't match better, but it's not too bad
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Now the only tricky bit, I applied Washi Tape to the inside too. The trick is to go slow and not unwind masses of tape too soon. The tape is pretty good at letting you unpeel and have another go if it puckers though.
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
And that's it! Now make loads more!
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
I also had a go with ribbon, I just applied some of that roll-on double sided tape. It looks good but was more fiddly than Washi tape as it kept sticking to itself.
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
There must be a million uses for cute little boxes like this. To turn them into Easter gift baskets for our numerous nieces & nephews I made some little matching gift tags (made from the square corner offcuts and a little more tape) 
Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
A bit of tissue paper and some mini eggs to finish off.
Easter Basket from Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com
They are teeny (5cmx5cm) and hold about 8 mini eggs. We do have a lot of nieces and nephews, if I made bigger boxes it would cost a fortune to fill them all! I have got a few more to do now but they are quick and fun so don't feel too sorry for me!
Easter basket from Washi Tape Berry Boxes www.sumoftheirstories.com


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