July 1, 2010

mail box bag

My girlfriend and I have been racking our brains to come up with some ideas for her daughter for girls camp for her secret sister. This is what I came up with.

Things you need:
decorative paper to cover mail box
2 - 12x12 papers (to assemble the box)
2 eyelets


Cut a 1 - 12 x 12 paper in half
Mark edges:
1/2 inch for glued edge
7 inches for large side (front/back of box)
4 inches for small side of box
1/2 inch for glued edge

mark and fold to create the box
Mark 2 1/4 inches from bottom up to create the bottom of the box
Mark and fold
cut up on the folded marks (up to 2 1/4 inch mark)
on one side of the 6 x 12 paper cut off the edge (shown below)
On the opposite edge of that same 6 x 12 paper make small cut on the outer side of the paper 1/2 inch in.
On the short side of both papers find center and attach eyelet
feed ribbon thru the eyelet and tie off. (I used tape to hold down since it will be covered by some paper).
To create flap for door - - take second 12 x 12 paper and cut strip, 12 x 7 (maybe a littler smaller to fit inside the 7 inch (large edge) to create the flat that is used for the door.
cut 2 - rectangles 4 x 5 1/2 (to be used on the small sides where the eyelets will be used)
cut half circles on top of the shorter edge to create the round edge for the box.
take both papers and cover eyelet with small edge of second paper. Attach with glue. Do same thing for the other side and the small edges (1/2 inch edges - See pictures below)
To attach bottom fold in small edges, glue then large edges. This will create a solid bottom.(picture of door flap)
added small piece of ribbon to use to pull open the flap. (attached with stapler)
And that's it so cute, fun but a little challenging to make. I think next time I might just use the bottom of a cereal box or cracker box and cover with paper. =)
Cost = nothing had everything on hand ~ Time to make: 1 1/2 hours. I really had to think this one out to make sure it turned out the way I wanted it too.

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