Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ghirardelli Window Box...for gifts or your own treasures

UPDATE:  Here is a much bettter photo of the box.  I have also put together a tutorial to help you put it together since the dividers may not be obvious.  I also give a little trick to getting the lid together just right!  If you already downloaded the DS or Gypsy file, you can just click on the same link at the bottom of this post and it will take you to the folder where you can download the tutorial. 

I have always loved those fancy boxes with windows to give you a peek of what's inside.  As a girl, my dad often brought candy to my sister and me, and I used to save the prettier boxes for my "treasures."  Windowed boxes were always my favorites, so it's not much of a surprise that I'd eventually design a box with a window in it.  I didn't design this box with Ghirardelli sqauares in mind, but what a stroke of luck that they are a perfect fit! (I just happened to have some on my craft table.) Tuck the ends of the wrapper towards the back, and you can fit them 2 deep, for a total of 8 squares. You can also opt to leave out the dividers and use the box for anything else you might be giving that's beautiful enough to display.

I highly recommend that you use a heavier card stock for this since the size of it makes it too flimsy if you don't.  The lid also holds up to sliding it off and on better if it's a little heavier. You'll also need a piece of acetate measuring about 4"x4".  I save the "windows" from store packaging just for projects like this.  I have a whole stash of it!  Aren't I a good little recycler?  If you don't have any of that on hand, raid your scrapbooking, school or office supplies, and use a page protector.

I've posted 4 other projects in the last few days, so if you've missed them, be sure to scroll down and take a look at the archives, too.  They are all suitable for great little Christmas gifts!

Cartridge: George and Basic Shapes
Divided Slider Box file for Design Studio
Divided Slider Box for Gypsy


happy2scrap56 said...

You are like a energizer battery.just keeps on going going going....
Love it

Kaymin Kantina said...

Wow, what a fabulous blog Cindy! Amazing work you do!!
Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 16 Dec [LA 03:54pm, NY 06:54pm, UK 11:54pm] - 17 Dec [OZ 10:54am]).

Wife2TJ said...

This is WONDERFUL, TFS!!! :-)
You are very talented

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Box, Purses, etc. post on Dec. 16, 2009. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this, Cindy. I think I will try making one, minus the window, to see how it works for storage of the gk's DS games.
Billie in KS aka Rupesmom

bama97grad said...

Thanks so much for sharing your talent!! I can across your blog from the cricut message boards. I downloaded some of your "box" files. Now I need to get busy!! Thanks again!

Neva said...

Your Boxes are the best!! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love your site. Your work is beautiful and I especially love the take-out box. I am going to try it for my Grandaughter's 2nd
birthday party.

Anonymous said...

perfect as always!!

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Lifetime crafter, beginning with sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was 5. Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2000. Wife of almost 30 years to my high school sweetheart and planning on 30 more! Mom to 2 great kids and one awesome new son-in-law. "Mom" to 3 furkids, Pomeranians Roxy and Lulu, and a Calico cat, Sugar aka "Miss Fattypants." Addicted to all things Disney!