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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Vintage Inspired Giftbox

Remember the woven stars that I made for my mother-in-law?  Well, they needed to be packaged up and put in the mail, but first I needed to find a gift box that was just as special as the stars.  The stars were woven from folded strips of vintage book pages.  I chose an old gardening book, because my mother-in-law has such an amazing green thumb.   So, what do you think, is this box worthy of her stars?

I wanted a round box that was sturdy enough to store the stars year after year.   After quite a bit of searching for the perfect box, I found this.

Isn't it beautiful?

Really, it was almost perfect!

It just needed to be covered in vintage book paper, and it needed to be made taller, to fit three woven stars.  Piece of cake.  Covering the box with vintage paper was easy -- I just glued the paper on.  Since we had a bit of a time crunch, I just used a high tack white glue.

I covered the both the box and the lid before extending the height.  To extend the height, I cut a strip of cardboard and glued it into a circle, using the lid as a guide.

I then cut a second, narrower strip and glued it around the first cardboard ring.  This was to build out the thickness at the top of the box so the lid would fit snugly.  Because of the added bulk on the inside of the lid from the vintage book paper, the lid would not have fit if we had built out the top flush with the original sides, but we did need to build it out a little bit.

Here the cardboard ring is not glued to the box, yet -- we're just checking the fit.

The cardboard ring was then covered in book paper and glued into the box, extending the height just enough to fit all three stars, and for the lid to sit nicely.

First, the original star is wrapped in tissue paper.  In the spirit of re-use, we used pieces from an old dress pattern.

Next, the second star was wrapped in pattern tissue.

And finally, the last star was wrapped ....

....and added to the gift box.

Do you think she will be excited when she opens her package from the postman, and finds this box tucked into the newspaper?

I hope she likes it.  I think she will. 

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  1. Lovely! And smart thinking on the storage. I especially like the use of the pattern for tissue.

    The friends I made my woven star tree topper for were like 'so uhm, how do we store this without destroying it?' I was just going to suggest a shoe box, but this is a way more attractive a solution.

  2. that's got to be the nicest gift box ever. Perfectly lovely!

  3. Its wonderful! i love old printed paper, and the touch of silver sparkle looks great with it!

  4. You are amazing - I don't know where you find the time with everything else that's going on right now - the reno, etc. I'm sure that the beautiful star-filled box will be opened with excitement.

  5. What a wonderful box wrapping job, wow!! I'd love to do something like that with nautical maps perhaps -gorgeous!

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  7. I love this, I have so many of these boxes, thank you for the inspiration!

  8. LOVE this! Your MIL will be thrilled! I have never even seen or thought of using old dress patterns for "tissue" paper. that idea! My thrift shops are loaded with patterns! Another thing for me to hoard! LOL
    Happy Holidays

  9. I would love to receive this as a gift. So creative, inside and out. Terry

  10. No doubt she will be very pleased with this gift. You put a lot of thought and time into it. Great job.

  11. Amanda,

    It is GORGEOUS! I love the idea of using the sewing pattern as tissue paper. Genious!
    Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday, Bloggeritaville. Wishing you and yours a very memoriable and a very Merry Christmas!

  12. LOVE the old pattern idea for tissue paper. I see patterns at garage sales all the time. That box is to die for, and I'm certain she'll love this thoughtful, personal gift. Merry Christmas!

  13. I love this post! Your stars are so gorgeous and I love the redo of your box, so charming. (I love the presentation being as wonderful as the gift too!)

    Wishing you the merriest of Christmases and much joy in 2011!

  14. Hi Amanda-

    I love how you updated your box - now it looks so modern and fresh - I look for books now every time I go to the thrift store.

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
    My best- Diane

  15. Gorgeous project, I would never have thought to make it taller that way. Merry Christmas!

  16. Your MIL is one lucky lady! I'm sure she will love it. The box is perfect.

  17. That is over the top wonderful! I'd be so excited to get a gorgeous package like that!
    I'm off to check out your tutorial on the star I've missed it somehow!
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  18. Luuuuuuuv it!!! It is a fabulous match for the star! Merry Christmas!


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    Happy Holidays

  20. this is really beautiful! thanks so much for linking up at a crafty soiree

  21. What a great idea! And very clever the way you extended the box, making it taller! I'm sure she LOVED it!

    Have a lovely week!

  22. This is gorgeous! I mod podged letters for my sister's name as a gift for her for Christmas, but with vintage cook book pages. Could you share this on my Tell Me Tuesday Link Party on Vintage Pollyanna?

  23. So talented! Such a special surprise.
    Mary ann

  24. Love the gift box! What a great idea!


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