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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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Love it all!!!

Absolutely stunning!! And what a fabulous prize! Would be a lovely Christmas gift for sure!
Thanks so much for the chance to win and happy holidays to all of you at Graphic 45!!

Love the thought of using reclaimed items and making them beautiful works of art! It would be a very Merry Christmas to me to win this prize.

OMG Denise "stole" my idea ... I had a similar idea ( she got hers done first ) hehehe ... that's so funny... guess I gotta change mine!!
Awesome projects ... as usual !!

AMAZING creations-so love the Brie cheese box! It looks stunning.

The creations are beautiful as usual, and prize looks wonderful.


Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

Yet more gorgeous projects! Thank you for all you have shown us this year

More beautiful projects made with the gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas collection. So inspiring!

The wreath is very pretty. Love the box. So useful.

Love the projects and the tut. Thanks

Wow, what a great idea for using a cheese box. Both boxes are beautiful. The 12 Days of Christmas papers gorgeous and so are the other bits you used. May everyone have a very Merry Christmas.

It's never too late to make great crafts for Christmas.

love love love all this stuff.

Amazing, start with an empty cheese box.

Beautiful creations as always! Happy Holly Days!! :)

Love, love, love it! Marvelous!!

Wow… from Brie box to this?? i am stunned. Just gorgeous!

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to all!

Fantastic ideas with 12 Days of Xmas collection

I love the 12 Days of Christmas door project. Such a great idea.

These projects are gorgeous. All of G45 is gorgeous. It would make my Christmas to win the Typology giveaway.

Very nice, I really like the vintage look. beautiful

What a unique wreath! I don't have Typography yet....and the roads are slippery and snow covered. It might have to wait until after Christmas to run up to my Local Scrapbook store!

All those projects are gorgeous

Thank you so much for all of the inspiration during this month. I am busy making some things from your tutorials now!! Have a blessed Christmas!!

Too late for this year but time to catch up on neat ideas for next year. Can't wait to get started.


Thanks for sharing so much and making the Christmas season so bright. All the artists and creators at Graphic 45, you have no idea how much you add and on top of that you offer us prizes. I love it all.

I would so love to win this...I have been looking for it, but cant get it any more...thanks for the chance. :)

What great ideas! Now know what to do with the Christmas brie box when we've finished eating the cheese !!

Fabulous projects again today. I would use the 12 Days of Christmas as wreathe for my inside door. It is gorgeous.

I loved the little match box conversion! Perfect for my small hand made gifts, plus it is a gift by itself!

Great looking boxes
here. Love the shadow
Carla from Utah

ok, I'm starting next years projects in July for sure this time! so many great projects and so little time.

Typography speak to me ! I love this love love love it ! Come to me my magic paper

The little birds and crystals are so beautiful!

great projects and LOVE your typography collection - one of my very favorites!

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