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December 23, 2013

Outside The Box Ideas For A Handmade Holiday

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Hello G45ers,

Christmas is just two days away! Don't get overwhelmed with lots of last-minute holiday preparations! Take a moment to enjoy some warm and cozy inspiration from Graphic 45! We've got some gorgeous ideas that are sure to bring you back to a happy place of holiday cheer. Christmas is a time of such beauty. Today we're going to share two stunning ideas for handmade holiday boxes. First you'll see an amazing upcycled brie box that Denise Hahn has transformed into a breathtaking piece of home decor with 12 Days of Christmas. Then Romy Veul will share a magnificent gift box and tutorial that also features 12 Days of Christmas. Both of today's crafts are so unique a clever. Whether you're looking for some last minute gift ideas, or simply in need of some joyful inspiration for your day, you've come to the right place! Let the fun begin!

Lets start by announcing this week's wonderful new blog contest! We're giving you a chance to win this lovely Typography prize pack that includes an 8x8 paper pad, Sticker sheet, Chipboard Die-Cut, cardstock Tags & Pockets, Regular Tag Album Staples and Metal Hinge Staples. That's a $37 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced this Friday on the Graphic 45 blog! Stay tuned!

Graphic 45 Typography prize contest win giveaway


And now it's time for some holiday fun with 12 Days of Christmas! We begin with this wonderfully inventive upcycled brie box that Denise has transformed into a gorgeous piece of holiday home decor! You can create so many incredible projects by upclying old boxes like this one. Get inspired by Denise's whimsical work of art! This is the perfect project for a cozy winter afternoon. Here is what Denise had to say about this splendid craft!

"Since I work at  grocery store I have access to a wide array of boxes of all different types. I am always on the lookout unique and fun boxes to alter. I have made similar little ornaments with small round boxes such as the individual bries and Laughing Cow containers- but this one was big! I saw my clerk was cutting the big brie wheel into slices and I said give me that box! Originally I wanted to make the “Days” attach to the front edge like numbers on a clock- but it looked terrible! So a happy mistake led to the tail part being adorned with the 12 Days of Christmas countdown cut from the 8x8 paper pad. I embellished using Petaloo Textured Layers flowers along with some vintage millinery. I hand made the sisal tree-was going to paint it but I loved that natural look it gave. There are tons of scenes and designs you can create inside- and who doesn’t like brie?" -Denise

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Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 Paper Pad

Graphic 45 12x12 Pear Tree

Graphic 45 12x12 My True Love

Adhesive Xyron 2.5 Create A Sticker

ColorBox Cats Eyes: Toffee, Pink Sky, Guacamole and Prussian Blue

Petaloo Mixed Texture Blossoms Ivory

Petaloo Mixed texture Blossoms Moss

May Arts Ribbon

Vintage Lace and sugar plum

Crystal Wire Floral Supply Syndicate

Large Brie Container


Next we have another gorgeous idea for a decorative holiday box featuring 12 Days of Christmas and the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box. Here is Romy's darling gift box that's just perfect for ringing in the new year! You can give this box as a precious handmade gift. You can also use it for storing keepsakes and other fun treasures throughout the year. Romy has even included a fun and easy tutorial to show you how to create this joyful work of art! If you're looking for a last-minute idea for a handmade gift, look no further! Here Romy explains her inspiration behind this sweet creation. Take it away, Romy!

"I usually give my family members a little something after the new year has just started. Of course receiving a gift is always nice, but it’s even better when the gift is packaged in a creative way. Therefore, I made this little gift box out the small matchbook box and the Twelve Days of Christmas collection." -Romy


Graphic 45 Romy Veul 12 Days of Christmas gift box holiday tutorial




1 sheet Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Drummers Drumming

 1 sheet Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Holly and Ivy

12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad

12 Days of Christmas Tags & Pockets

12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Die-Cuts 1

12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Die-Cuts 2

Staples Small Matchbook Box 

Brown ink

Martha Stewart border punch


Tissue tape




Tutorial instructions:


Step 1:

Trim the ‘Drummers Drumming’ sheet at 11.5 x 5.8”. Cover the front side of the paper with double-sided tissue tape. Gently fold it around the matchbook box, so the box will be completely covered with paper.



Step 2:

The piece of paper will now be a little larger than the box itself. Cut in approximately 0.5” at each corner of the box. Cut out triangles from each flap, in the way shown on the photo. Then fold the corners and secure them on the inside of the box.


Step 3:

Cut out two rectangles from the ‘Drummers Drumming’ sheet of approximately 2.5 x 4.5” and stick them down on the inside of the matchbook box. This will also help cover up the flaps on the inside.


Step 4:

Cut out three rectangles from different papers from the 6x6 Solids & Patterns paper pad. Cut them at 4.5 x 2.5”, 4x2” and 5 x 2”. Punch with a border punch alongside the edges of one of the rectangles. Also ink the edges of the rectangles and stick them down on top of the box.


Step 5:

Either cut out a doily or use a pre-made doily and stick it down on the top of the box. Also take one die-cut tag and a smaller die-cut and a chipboard bookplate. Layer them on top of each other with foamtape. Then, cut out a dove and a holly berry from the ‘Holly and Ivy’ sheet and also attach them to the box with foamtape.


Step 6:

Use chipboard buttons from the ‘Chipboard Die-Cuts 1’ package to decorate the sides of the box.


Step 7:

Further decorate the top of the box with two chipboard circles, a chipboard tag and a piece of twine. Also write a sentiment on the bottom of the tag die-cut to finish it off.



We hope today's Graphic 45 blog helped bring some joy and inspiration to your day! We want to thank you all so much for joining us. We had so much fun getting to share today's delightful holiday boxes with you! Big thanks to Denise and Romy for their amazing creations. We've got more fun crafts to share with you all week-long here on the Graphic 45 blog! We hope you'll stop by and see us again! Have a gorgeous day, G45ers! Stay warm!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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Stunning. Love all the Christmas projects and I love Typography too!!!

Amazing projects!

I loved all the creative projects made with the Twelve Days of Christmas collection. I was so inspired by the design teams wonderful ideas, I went out & bought the paper & made some adorable tags.

First I want to say how much I appreciate the G45 team. You all are great. Not only have you assembled a creative and talented design team to inspire us but you are always so generous with the giveaways. Thank You and Merry Christmas. Today's projects are fun and festive. I always have my eye out for unique packaging to alter so I can really relate to Denise looking for boxes.

Fantastic wall art!! WEll done!!

Wonderful projects!!

I love todays projects. I am a hoarder of boxes etc. My husband even started bringing some home to me lol The other day he brought me this neat heavy metal box with locks (like a small tool box) I was so excited! Thank you so much for todays inspirations and the chance to win this fabulous prize this is one of my favorite collections!

Simply stunning projects as always. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!!

Some great inspiration

Beautiful projects! I'm inspired to keep going...after all I have a day-and-a-half left!!

Loe the door piece! What an attractive and unusual way to use the paper. And this idea could be applied to lots of the different G45 paper collections.


These are just gorgeous!!!!

The upcycled Brie box is phenomenal!!! Wow. Gorgeous.
<3 J

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Oh how gorgeous! Wish I'd thought of that. The 12 Days collection is so perfect for so many ideas. Everything I've used it on so far has been complimented.

gorgeous creations & papers!!!

Oh these ideas are great!! But hey your DT is outstanding.....I'm also a huge fan of boxes love to make them as gifts ;-) especially for the holidays! The prize is like always so pretty and generous thank you G45 xxx Amy

What a gorgeous giveaway for the holidays!!! Thank you for a wonderful year in tutorials!

WOW! Gorgeous projects!!!

Wow what great projects and great tutorials. Beautiful prize for winning too. Someone is going to be happy to be creative. I hope it's me! tfs Tami

These are fantastic ideas - I am always collecting containers and packages that I can re-purpose. Looking forward to making next year's card over the holiday break with my stash of 12 Days! Merry Christmas.

Thanks for the break from the holiday last minute rush. Gorgeous inspiration. Also, the prize package is my favorite Graphic 45 line! Thanks for the chance to win.

Love altered box. I especially like the photos of the details. Great inspiration!

Love these projects. I am starting to hoard boxes and containers in hopes that one day I will be able to transform them into something beautiful.

I love all the items shown today ~ and thank you for the wonderful give-away! I have visions of projects dancing through my head!

Beautiful holiday decorating ideas!!

Thank you for all the inspiration this year, and looking forward to next year. Love the boxes.

2 lovely projects appropriate for these last couple of days before Christmas. thank you for these ideas! Merry Christmas!

Beautiful projects here today!

Preciosa caja, me encanta. A mi también me gusta mucho alterar cajas y con estos papeles quedan preciosas todas

I would love to have either of these projects hanging in my house!!!!!! Thank you for sharing.

Gorgeous boxes! Te door hanger is awesome!

Beautiful projects today! I am looking forward to the hustle and bustle of the holidays being over so that I can have some crafting time to put all the wonderful inspiration found here to use. Merry Christmas!

as always fantastic love the 12 days of Christmas

great projects. tanks for the giveaway@

so many beautiful projects can be made with Graphic 45 products I just love it !

Wow - fun altered boxes today - great inspiration! And a great blog prize, thanks for a chance to win!!

Beautiful projects and a great giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE Graphic 45 papers!!! Such an inspiration & delight to work with, always gets my creative juices going!!! <3

Wonderful projects and inspirations again! Thanks for the chance to win Typographic as I don't have this yet!

Love this door decor!
Would love to win the prize package!

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