Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hurt feelings and cute craft

I happened to see a link somewhere for instructions on making tiny boxes out of old christmas cards. I would love to give credit where credit is due, but I simply cannot remember where I saw that link. I thought it was at the KT, but I did a search and it must be under an odd name because nothing remotely familiar comes up when I enter certain key words I would expect to find it under. So if you know the link, please pipe up! I really like how there is no waste, you use the whole card and there are no cut out pieces or scraps. I hate throwing out our christmas cards every year because it seems like such a waste of such beauty. But really, I don't need several totes full of old cards. I thought maybe this year DD and I could make ornaments or something, then I saw the link for the boxes. Perfect for little treats or small gifts. And as a bonus, they are fun and addicting to make. Here is a link to instructions and a demonstration I found after doing a google search: http://www.pedagonet.com/blog/2006/12/mini-christmas-card-box.html I have to warn you though, it IS addicting. I found myself, after completing one entire batch of old cards (enough for a treat box for each child in DD's class, Brownie troupe, all the cousins, and a few extra) eyeing the cards I have received THIS year. I came to my senses just in time, however. They make such cute little boxes, and it is so easy to do. All you need is the card, a ruler and pencil, a pair of scissors, and some tape. You could glue them instead, which I think would be prettier, but let's face it. Does the instant gratification queen have time to let glue dry? I don't think so. Besides, in this house glue is next to impossible to find. Oh, we HAVE glue. I am sure of it. Thousands of bottles. Special glue, too. Some especially for paper. Some meant just for foam. I have tacky jem glue, elmer's glue, gorilla wood glue, glass glue, and some silicon stuff that will hold just about anything on a bowling ball. Two part expoxy glue, super crazy glue, hodge podge, that odd golden glue that comes in the bottle with the rubber nipple, some thin clear glue in tubes with a felt applicator, sparkle glue, and of course rubber cement. I can never find any of it. It must be hiding with the many rolls of tape, spools of sewing thread, and all the nail clippers I have ever bought. If I ever find that spot, I am never leaving it. Anyhow, DD and I were happily twittering away and folding cards to make little boxes, making little exclamations of wonder and surprise when a card design had a particularly lucky placement and came out perfectly centered on the box. Yes, we are easy to amuse, but we weren't bothering anybody. My chores and her homework were done, and what harm were we causing? Then comes in DH. "What are those?". Boxes made from christmas cards. "Why?". He had such a snide look on his face when he said it. "because they are cute and fun to make, and uses up old christmas cards instead of throwing them away. I think we might use these to hold the different candies in the cookie boxes". I figured we could package each kind of truffle separately, and the little boxes would look really festive in there. "Don't make any for the people in my family. They would freak out if they knew you were cutting up their cards". WHAT?!?!? "You are supposed to just keep them forever". Then he went on to give suggestions about the folding, and not using certain cards because the design wouldn't be perfectly centered blah blah blah. I asked him what his problem has been lately. He has been really critical of everything DD or I have done. He has made comments on my knitting, some pieces I was painting, some baking we did for a senior's group, and now these boxes. I said I know that the idea of making something for somebody for no real reason or reward is a hard concept for him to imagine, but some of us actually LIKE doing things like this. And when he comes in and acts like what we are doing is stupid and useless, it hurts feelings. So from now on if he doesn't have anything nice to say, he should just keep quiet. And as for the cards sent from his family? Fine. I won't use them. But HE can keep them. Otherwise I will toss them every year. If they aren't being sent for my enjoyment then I don't want them at all. But back to the boxes, I have a good idea for the ones I got THIS year to use NEXT year. I want to make enough boxes to make one of those christmas calendars, with a little treat inside every box. I can go to the bulk food store next year and get some different little candies and things to go inside. Maybe some fun rings or pony holders for DD, things like that. I think it will be fun. Maybe I can even hang them from a ribbon or garland strung across the mantle or down the bannister so they can do double duty as decoration. We will see next year.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dances I did a search at the Kt and think I found what you are looking for. Here is the site for small boxes. Hope this is what you wanted. Nita

http://www.stampington.com/html/tempting_template_index.html

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Methinks DH needs to be told to pull his head out of his... ahem, ummm... bum!

These sound great. When I read the first bit I thought they would make a great Advent calender. I saw a really cute one the other day made of boxes piled up into the shape of a christmas tree.

hensteeth said...

Uh, thanks for the early gift. I have just discovered I have an addictive craft personality.

And now I know what I'll be doing in all that spare time I have between now and Christmas day.

(I would have rather had the gloves.)

anettemartinrn said...

thanks for the link. i have saved it, but dare not start for fear i will not be able to stop. sounds like a good after christmas project.

anette

and tell dh to stop grinching!

Wanda said...

Oh, my! These are absolutely delightful little jewels!

I haven't been doing any reading of blogs (or writing either!) lately, but my sister emailed me and told me I had to come read yours and look at these.

Just the Right Size said...

Dances,

Those ARE cutie-patooties! You could also use a glue gun for instant grats, but I'm not sure if hot glue and DD will mix. Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

My mom has these. Someone made her two wreaths out of them--one for Christmas and one for Mother's Day. They took the little boxes and put the tiny bows and ribbons on them like presents. One was made from her favorite Mother's Day cards and then they put a big bow on the whole thing. The other was made with whatever Christmas cards she got that year. I think they cut out a round of cardboard and covered it in something to cover up the cardboard color and then glued the boxes on top and stacked them to make it full. They may have put lace edging around it. Made a great present for her.