The camellia bushes in our front yard are among the first flowers that bloom as spring approaches, signaling an end to the cold weather. They were part of the inspiration for this special gift box project. As I browsed the Pazzles Craft Room and Pinterest, I found lots of additional ideas to incorporate.
My original idea was to make a 3D mailbox for a Valentine’s gift. I didn’t think about adding a stand for it until I thought about Heidi’s amazing Trophy Award Base. Then I saw a mailbox on Pinterest that had the post filled with candy. I didn’t have any candy, so I used flat marbles to fill mine. But then the post was quite heavy, so I needed a larger base. That is when I remembered the Piano Box I made a few years ago. That was perfect to fill with a gift card, candy, or in my case, rocks, to give the base some weight to support the heavy post. Miss Kate’s lovely Hibiscus Corners provided the lacy design for the box. I revised one of the petals from my 3D Rose project to create the Camelias, then drew some leaves to add to them.
The box itself was a simple rectangle, and the front and back were half circles with tabs. I wasn’t going to add the flag, but when the project was complete, I realized that I needed a gift tag, so this was a perfect addition. I saw a Christmas mailbox at Heartfelt Creations that used these decorative papers, and decided to use them as well.
The complete cutting files in WPC, SVG, and AI formats as well as complete assembly instructions are included with the project download. Make it, and fill it full of special treats as a lovely gift for someone special in your life. (I want Sees walnut fudge in mine!) You can also use the 3D Camelias provided in three different sizes on cards, albums or home décor projects.
Quick Dry Glue: Elmer’s Craft Bond
Decorative papers from Heartfelt Creations:
Blue: Winter’s Eve Collection
Dark Red: Classic Sunflower Collection
Inside Red Swirl: Festive Holly
Solids Recollections 65# cardstock for flowers: Pink and white shimmer, Red and yellow
White: heavy cardstock 80#.
Leaves Jellybean Green PaperPapers 8.5×11 28/70# text
Clear plastic packaging or heavy cardstock as desired for post
Super glue if using clear plastic packaging.
Flower Shaping Tools
Brad to attach flag to box.
Optional: Flat blue marbles or special treats or gifts of your choice to fill mailbox, post and base.
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