Schools in most areas will be starting soon. It seems like they just got out for summer break. The stores already have school supplies and WalMart has this cute slide out pencil box for about 50 cents. I bought some of these boxes a couple of years ago when they had their after school sale and I only paid 10 cents each for them. You can use these to store a lot of little gadgets and craft items plus they make good little gift holders for small items such as candies and toys, etc.
This is one way I altered some of the boxes to give them a prettier look.
I designed a cover. Added graphics, printed it, cut it out, and covered the box...wa-la, a pretty box! You could also add pretty button, beads, ribbons or whatever you like to alter the look.
They come in assortment of different colors. I just bought another one in red and thought that would be good for something for Christmas. In the meantime, I have photos of the ones I did a couple of years ago.
I'm offering my template to you free for your personal use and I hope you find it useful. Have fun making some pretty boxes!
The template is a transparent PNG. Directions are included.
You can download it here from my 4 shared account.
*note - I just realized that the newer box I bought has a shorter closure on it, thus the snap is in a different position. This is the only difference so I have re-uploaded the 4 shared files and included a template for both boxes. The snap position is the only difference, and I apologize if this has inconvenienced anyone who previously downloaded.
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graphics from pcCrafter.