Hi everyone! I am so excited to bring you my first ever hybrid blog post!
I thought since we are coming up to Easter it would be a good time to start thinking about the goodies the “Easter Bunny” will be hiding this year, or the gifts we will be giving loved ones and friends.
Nothing says “I care” Quite as much as a homemade gift, so this week I will be showing you how to make this cute little carrot treat box.
Once you make it, you can fill it with an assortment of trinkets, goodies or your favourite candy and have the cutest little gift to give! This looks adorable in a bed of shredded green “grass”.
So….here is what you will need for this project:
- Printable card stock (about 250 gsm)
- Double sided glue tape
- about 14 inches of green or orange ribbon about 1/4 inch thick.
- Distress ink in your choice of colour (optional) I used Vintage Photo.
- Scoring Board (or some way of scoring lines)
- My cute little carrot treat box template…..available here only for FREE!
O.K. Let’s get started. First of all, open the little carrot box PSD file.
This is how it will look:
Once it’s open, pull in your choice of papers and put them where indicated, then apply a clipping mask. You’ll need an orange paper for the body of the carrot and a green one for the carrot top. I am using papers from my “Allstars Basketball” Paper Pack and from my “Fabulous” Paper Pack (see….versatile!) , of course you can use these, but if you check in on my shop this Thursday I will also have a brand new Easter paper pack specifically designed to go with this template, plus lots of extra goodies!
So, once you have inserted your papers and applied clipping masks, your template should look like this:
Go ahead and print that and then pop the green paper up to the very top layer so it covers the entire template and fill the screen with it, if you want to keep the pattern size the same, you may need to pop two pieces of the paper in side by side and match them up carefully, then print it on the other side of your printed carrot so it has printing on both sides.
That’s all the computer work we will need to do, now over to your work station. You will have a printed sheet like this:
Now, cut out the carrot and the carrot top. Once you have the edges all cut out, cut down from the carrot top of the carrot (the pointy ends) to where it meets the score line, do this along all pointy ends.
If you wish to ink the edges of your carrot and carrot top, do so now. When you are finished it will look like this:
Now, score along all the dotted lines. Starting with the pointy bits at the top, bend each one down towards you to work in the crease, then fold along each score line on the main part of the carrot.
Once that’s all finished, glue the green carrot top to the top of the carrot. The carrot top is deliberately smaller and should be centred on the orange part. Use a good quality glue for this part ( I use PVA or tacky craft glue)
At this point, you will need to ink the creased edges with either the same vintage photo colour (if you were using that before) or a matching orange to hide the dotted lines and add character to your carrot.
Once it’s dry, cut along each carrot point again, making sure to go THROUGH the green layer. Ink the cut edges if you wish.
You are almost finished!
You will need to cut a small “v” in the side of each carrot top as shown, don’t worry, they don’t need to match perfectly, just close enough. This is how it should look:
Now apply the double sided tape to the thin edge of the carrot. Peel the tape and carefully stick in place making sure to line up both ends. I usually push a paint brush inside the carrot and press down the joining edge to make sure it is glued properly.
Fill your treat box with your favourite candy and gently bend the tops of the carrot top downwards in the middle,
push all the carrot tops into the middle forming the box closure and tie in a bow with the ribbon, pulling gently to ensure all the ends are closed and making sure the ribbon is tucked into the notches.
As a finishing touch use a paint brush handle or pencil to gently roll the carrot tops downwards to create a gentle curve so they don’t look so spiky.
TA-DA! Your completed little carrot treat box!