Your kit will contain four cardstock pieces.
Cut out each piece around outer lines.
||On the lid side and
box side, there is a straight line just above
the notched area. You need to score this
line. Place a straight edge ruler over this
line and score with a needle tool, needle, stylus
or other sharp object. DO NOT cut thru
the cardstock, just score well so that folding
will be easier.
||Using sharp scissors,
cut away the clips across the long edges of lid
side and box sides as shown here.
||Box sides and lid sides
ready to cover.
A Note about gluing. To apply your paper
artwork, I have found that mod podge works the
best. If you do not have this available,
use a thin white glue, and a soft brush.
Apply the glue evenly over the entire piece,
making sure to spread glue to the very edges
of the piece. Do not allow puddles.
Place paper carefully, and be sure to smooth
down into the glue well, removing any bubbles.
Your artwork has been treated with a sealer
to protect the printed design, However, you
must use care not to get glue on the outer surface
of the design, as the glue WILL remove the ink.
Keep your hands and your worksurface clean when
||Artwork will vary from
kit to kit, but each piece will be labeled as
to the cardstock piece it is used to cover.
Find the artwork for the lid sides. Cut
out and fold this piece carefully, right sides
facing out, lengthwise.
Open the paper out, and place the cardstock
lid sides piece inside the paper. Notice
that there is excess paper extending beyond
both ends of cardstock.
Now that you have the position figured out,
apply glue to the back side of the cardstock
piece, and glue in position shown in photo.
||With the remaining
edge of paper folded out flat, fold under and
glue ONE END of the paper. Leave excess
paper extending on other end of piece.
||Apply glue to remaining
surface of cardstock. Note that you are
only gluing the solid area, not the notched edge
below the scored line.
Fold paper down into glue and press well.
||Covered lid sides.
Notice that both sides are covered, one end is
finished, and the second end has a paper tab still
extending from beyond the cardstock.
||Apply glue to one side
of box side, from the scored line UP to the top
of the box sides.
||Apply paper for box
sides to the glued side of cardstock. The bottom
edge of the paper should be placed even with the
scored line. Paper will extend beyond BOTH
ends of the cardstock.
Always be sure to smooth paper down into glue
||Turn piece over
and fold one end over and glue into place.
Apply glue to the remaining edge of paper and
fold over the top edge of cardstock and smooth
Photo shows covered box sides from the inner
side. Note that one end has a finished
edge, and the other has a paper tab extended.
||If you purchased my
hatmaking tool kit, it's time to discover what
that strange white form is for. If you don't
have the tool, try to find a suitable substitute
to shape your piece around.
Begin with the box sides. Place this
piece around the white shaper tube. Scored
edge of piece should be even with top edge of
||Remember your two ends
of the piece?? One is folded under (finished)
the other has a tab of paper extended. Apply
glue to the paper tab. Pull the piece tightly
around the form, and place the finished edge of
the piece overlapping the glued paper tab.
You will see that the actual ends of the cardstock
will butt up perfectly, and the tab serves simply
to attach the pieces without overlapping the heavy
If you are using your own tool, please make
sure that the ends of the cardstock only meet,
and do not overlap when gluing this seam
Wrap a couple of rubber bands around the piece
to hold in place while the glue dries well.
||Using the opposite
end of your tool (the end with the silver coating
to shape and glue the lid sides. THis end
will result in a lid that is just slightly larger
than the box base. (Important if you want
to get that lid on and off!!) Overlap the
folded end of the cardstock piece over the paper
tab and glue in the same way you did the box sides..
Wrap with rubber band to hold till dry.
||Gently fold down the
notches on the box lid sides. Apply a tiny
bit of glue to each notch.
||Apply cardstock lid
to top, lining up outer edges evenly. Use
your tool as a guide and feel carefully around
the lid to make sure that the circle is positioned
||Turn the tool over
and press firmly on a hard surface to anchor the
lid top into the glue.
Apply the box bottom in the same manner, repeating
the last three steps for the box bottom and
Glue paper artwork to lid top and box bottom.
Apply paper artwork to inside of lid, and inside
bottom of box to cover notches.
Notice that the entire box is covered, no raw
When dry, gently remove the box top and bottom
from the tool.
I'm using the hatbox from the April kit to
show you here how to apply the hat box handle.
Use an x-acto, awl pointed scissors or very
large yarn needle to make holes in the sides
of the hatbox. Make the holes spaced evenly
across the hatbox from each other, and make
sure that they are low enough on the box that
they are not going to be covered by the lid
when it is placed on the box.
||Place glue on each
end of your cording and twist to make a point
and to prevent unraveling.
Tie a knot in one end of the cording.
Beginning from the inside of the box, thread
the unknotted end of the cord thru one hole.
Then thread two jump rings onto the cording.
||Pull the cording up
snugly to the desired length. and tie a
knot in the end of the cording. Clip off
excess. Pull the cording handle from the
outside so that the knots are against the inside
walls of the box.
Place a tiny bit of glue around the hole on
the outside of the box, and slide a jump ring
up against the box and into the glue.
This gives a nice finish to the hole.
Repeat for other side.
Each of our hatboxes is trimmed and embellished
in a different way. Now that you have completed
the basic construction and attached the handle,
you can go back to your lesson to see how to
trim your particular box.