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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box



Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.





The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler


accordion fold card in a box,  size of box


Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box


Dec 30, 2017

Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card


Valentine matchbox slider pop up card



This little box is a combination pop up card and treat container or gift card holder.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift,  or any occasion.


Pulling the drawer forward activates the pop up element. 



front of matchbox slider pop up card


When the drawer is closed the pop up decorative element lies flat on the top of the box.



closed matchbox slider pop up card

Video of the completed card showing pop up action.




The inspiration came from a gift card holder made by Danielle of Scrapbook Maven.  She made hers from a commercially available, pre-made box.  Not having such a box in my stash of crafting materials, I made my own cut file version! 


How to make a matchbox slider pop up card and treat box

Feb 17, 2017

Valentine Matchbox Pop Up

Such a clever candy box card.   I saw a pop up card similar to this, created from a pre-made box.  I made my own box from some cardboard I had lying about.  There were several advantages to making my own box: I sized it to fit the Valentine candy that was to go in it and I decorated the paper pieces while they were flat!












Click here for tutorial

Dec 1, 2016

3D Twisted Origami Tree

Here's a nifty papercraft, an origami Christmas tree made from a map.

3d Christmas origami tree

The base is square and the folds spiral around, tucking in at the top.

3d tree origami


I looked through a discarded atlas to find a map with a lot of green.  You can boost the color by sponging some green ink on the map if you need to.  You will see a tiny bit of the back side of the paper at the very tip of the tree (the beige part on my tree).

The finished size of the tree depends  of course, on the size square you start with.  I used a 9" square of atlas page and ended up with a 3" tall tree.

The origami tree fold was designed by Jannie van Schuylenburg.
Link to folding directions by Leyla Torres.






3d Christmas tree atlas page

I've made a bunch of other projects from one discarded atlas--the Dutch apple sliceform, and this rolled rose wreath.  (THAT took forever to assemble, but I love it.)

papercraft rolled roses wreath







Aug 24, 2016

Back to School Papercrafts

The weather at my house turned cooler yesterday, and it's back to school soon here in the northeast.

Here are some school-themed papercrafting projects from the archives.


Box of Crayons Pop Up Card
This might be my favorite box card of all time!
24 crayons box


French School Room
Fair warning: this school pop up card is challenging and time consuming.

French school pop up


Pleated Apple Box
There's also a pumpkin version of this little container.

apple box pleated lid and base






Sliceform Apple
Surprisingly easy to put together.

Sliceform apple, lattice version


Little Red Schoolhouse
Put a tealight in this little house and set it on your shelf.

vellum shelf village school

Feb 23, 2016

Crayon Box Pop Up Card

twenty four pack crayons birthday card pop up card



Crayon box birthday card, free template, cut files, printables for a cute and colorful card-in-a-box type of pop up card. It folds flat!

This papercraft 3D crayon box can be machine cut or hand cut.  Finished size approximately 5" tall.

How to make a crayon card-in-a-box

Jan 11, 2016

Skaters and Houses Shadow Box Card

This papercraft project is sort of a shadow box, sort of a pop up card. It doesn't exactly pop up, although it is possible to ship it flat.

Front of shadow box



It reminds me of a painting of people skating on the canals in the Netherlands.

This is what it looks like when back lit.

back lit shadow box of skaters




The skaters and houses are slotted through the floor of the shadow box.  The backing is snowflake printed vellum paper.


How to make a skater shadow box card

Nov 11, 2015

Paper Box Gingerbread Advent Calendar Part 3


Several weeks of work and a LOT of paper later, I have completed my gingerbread advent calendar from paper boxes. 

The front has a tall door with dimensional snow paint outlining it.  The wreath is made from punched branches.  I covered the gable end with a triangle of brown paper and scalloped trim.  Windows are cut from yellow waxy paper.   The candy sticks are made from striped paper rolled diagonally into a tube.  Drawer pulls are small brads fastened through each drawer front.


The roof is decorated with snow writer paint and melted pony beads.


I cut the tree from a piece of scrapbook paper and then cut it apart to fit the drawers.  It is decorated with Stickles glitter and jewels.




How to make a gingerbread advent calendar from boxes

Nov 2, 2015

House of Boxes Advent Calendar Part 2

If you've been following along the last couple weeks, you know I've been working on a gingerbread house advent calendar constructed of boxes.

I have finished making 25 boxes and have put them together to build a gingerbread house.  Now it's all about the decorations.

decoration gingerbread house


How to make a gingerbread advent calendar from matchboxes

Oct 27, 2015

Gingerbread House Advent Calendar Part 1

Yes, you guessed it, the mystery paper craft project is going to be an advent calendar.  The design consists of 24 or 25 matchbox type boxes, stacked into a 3D house.

Depending on how you stack the boxes, you can make a chalet type gingerbread house (a cube), or a farm house (a rectangular prism).

My 25 box gingerbread advent calendar house is still in progress. If you want to work along with me, start making your boxes!

building house advent calendar from boxes


How to make a matchbox advent calendar

Oct 24, 2015

Mystery Project Work in Progress

About a month ago I put out a call for ideas and got some great suggestions (see the comments on this post).

I'm hard at work on this paper craft--can you guess what it might be?






If you think you know AND want to play along AND you live near an A.C. Moore you might want to run over and get 25 pieces of 12" x 12" card stock in the color of your choice while it's still on sale (that would be TODAY).

Once I finish making my 25 boxes I'll post an update with the templates so you can get started.

Jun 8, 2015

Pigs in a Barn Pop Up Card




A few years ago when these free standing pop up cards were a cardmaking fad, I saved a picture of one with side flaps that opened, thinking I would make one...some day. 

Fast forward 5 years or so.  I was looking for a barn-themed card for my daughter who is interning at a swine farm, and found by this one by Lisa Bullock to use for inspiration.  I particularly like the use of the side flaps to create the barn interior.


The box base of the free standing pop up card collapses upward to fold flat.




When you pull the tab at the top, the barn emerges through a slot, and the base becomes a box.




The barn doors open to the sides and lock the card in the popped up position.


For my card I used pig illustrations from children's books, drawn by Paul Galdone.   





May 27, 2015

Library Thank You Card in a Box

I made several of these box greeting cards to thank my volunteers at my real-life library job.

The large window and boy reading on the window seat work perfectly for this type of pop up card.

library pop up card The Plant Sitter Margaret Bloy Graham



When the card is closed, you see a bouquet of roses, shelves of books, and a glimpse of the arched window.

box card closed The Plant Sitter Margaret Bloy Graham


This is the back of the closed card.

card in a box closed showing book shelves

The illustrations are by Margaret Bloy Graham, from The Plant Sitter.
The large yellow rose is a freebie from SVG cuts.


It took me about 4 hours of cutting, pasting, duplicating, stretching, and shrinking, to fill the card.

back of card in a box, book shelves


I make these box cards with an box-shaped interior strut.  See this post for details.

The boy reading a book is on the back cross piece.  The dog and piles of books are on the front cross piece.

illustration detail, boy reading book


box card strut construction detail









May 21, 2015

How to Make Pop Up Card Boxes, Cut Separately {Throwback Thursday}

Welcome to Throwback Thursday week 4! Here is another updated post from the very beginning of Extreme Cards and Papercrafting.

How to Make Pop Up Cards Tutorial
This is Lesson 4 in a series of step by step tutorials on How to Make Pop Ups. 

Pop Up Boxes, Cut Separately

In the first three lessons all of the pop up mechanism were cut into the base card. This leaves a hole in the base card, and limits the appearance and shape of the pop up.

In these examples the pop up boxes are constructed from separate pieces of paper.

The assembly of the cards is self evident. Match a folded corner of your box to the center fold of the card and glue the box wherever it touches the base card.

You can add additional boxes to the first one, any place where you have a right angle.  Here, the front of the basket and the left-hand side of the (green) base card form another 90° angle.

box pop up cards


 
The picnic basket is glued in first, fitting the crease of the box into the crease of the card.  It is glued everywhere it touches the green card.  (It is not glued to the blue base!)

The soda carton is adhered to the front of the basket where the two touch, and to the green card.





Examples Box Pop Up Cards, Separately Cut Boxes









Apr 10, 2015

Lantern with Petal Swirls

This intricately cut paper lantern with filigree swirl petals and flowers is another version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.

Small, it's a candy holder; large it's a pretty table decoration or centerpiece for a wedding or party.





tea light lantern or candy box

See this previous post for a Christian version with a cross in the center panel of the lantern.

cross lantern or candy box


The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut. I cut mine with my Silhouette Cameo at a size that was easy to weed!

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the petal lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!

Mar 27, 2015

Filigree and Cross Lantern

This fancy paper lantern with a cross on each panel is my version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.  It would make a pretty table decoration for a christening, Communion, or Easter celebration.

You could also use it for a candy box or treat box, with or without lining the panels.

Christian cross tealight lantern


The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut.  I don't know whether the Silhouette Cameo could cut the design that tiny, but I do know I did not want to try to weed it!  If you cut it successfully at a smaller size I'd love to know.

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the cross lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!

Feb 11, 2015

Valentine Tea Light Lantern

A little present for your Valentine, an open top tea light paper lantern with hearts.



The hearts are a modification of the lowercase "o" from a dingbat font called SexyRexy-Smitten.
 

Assembly is the same as for the daisy tea light lantern.

Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.









You may also like these other tealight lanterns:  Halloween ghost  lantern, Halloween pumpkin and catsChristmas tree lantern.


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