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Hamper / Mail box

Good morning  everyone & welcome to my blog , today i have a step by step picture tutorial sharing how i created the American style mail box from Tonic Studios Hamper Die box, available from Hochanda,  join Jodie at 10am for the launch show. I made another Mail box in a Christmas theme for the tutorial just to show that it would make a beautiful decoration or gift at Christmas time and if you have Tonics festive Builldable collection then you could make this Christmas version. . But the version I made for the launch is this  very pretty floral one  using all the dies that come in the Hamper set.
The little handle for you on the mail box is fastened with a brad so it moves up and down.

Inside the mail box is a mini envelope from our sweet nothings dimensions die set with some twine wrapped around the envelope a gift to you.you could place money or a gift card inside the envelope and then some sweeties or handmade fudge in the base of the box .

All die cut in pastel shades base is die cut in cream 300gsm card stock and floral papers are from crafter companion all the flowers and leaves are made with craft perfect card stock pink blossom, pistachio  green, Chapagne, ivory, Nuvo ivory seashell drops. All the pretty flowers come with the hamper die set .


This is what you need to die cut to create the mail box  or a normal Hamper box.

You need to cut 3 of these for this project, for a normal hamper you need 6x of these, 3 for each side. This is to help the lid keep it's domed shape these strips have little score lines from one end to the other crease each score line then making sure all your strips are the same way round place glue on one of the discs at the top then place another over the top allowing a small gap and then add another so looking at the disc shape it will look like you have one at 12 O'clock one at 5 to and one at 5 past then you glue each disc the same at the other end ,once this is dry squeeze the 2x discs together and glue it will look like the photos below.

These are the decorative papers you need 

3x strips scored


3x discs glued together

3x discs glued together and then 2x discs glued together you can see from this photo it has a rounded top these go inside the main box to the sides then when the top of the box comes down it helps to support the lid of the box.


As you can see inside another box I created this is how the lid supports go inside the box.



For this project you need to snip 2x little glue tabs off where the flap stays open to make a chest you would leave these in place.

You will see a score line with a glue tab on the back of the hamper this is where you place glue to attach the lid of the hamper.


For this project the lid glues down to the front of the box but for a normal hamper the lid tucks inside the box.

This is the mail box decorated with the strips of decorative papers


Now you need to die cut the square kaleidoscope box lid and base 

Die cut a square Apature with your basic layering die sets the 3rd size up is the size you need.This will be the lid so make sure when you glue the tabs down you allow a little room, as your base will have the glue tabs glued tight.

Die cut a hexagon lid and base and place together as normal  bottom tight lid leaving a little room when glueing.

To make the pole place an A4 sheet of card on your score board so your scoring down the short length of the card and score at 1 1/2"  3",  4 1/2",  6",   and  6 1/2" then trim off the excess now place a 1" score line top and bottom remove the small corner piece where your glue tab is and cut at an angle to leave everything neat now place glue on the glue tab and fold the top and bottom in and glue flat then apply wet glue or hot glue to one end and place inside the kaleidoscope square lid and base.

This is glued into the lid and base

Same as before die cut the kaleidoscope lid and base and put them both together you could place sweeties inside this box or fudge as part of the gift .

The square box  glues on top of the hexagon lid after you have decorated the hexagon lid with decorative papers

You can now apply wet blue for hot glue to the top of the pole and place the Hamper body to the pole and just hold it for a few seconds until the glue has grabbed the box.

Decorative paper and card have been placed on the pole and the base boxes have been glued together now you are ready to decorate the box how you wish, as you can see this box has been decorated with Christmas in mind and so Tonic Studios Buildables were perfect for the decoration .

Decorated with Tonic Studios Christmas Buildables collection

Mini envelope from the sweet nothing collection ideal for a Christmas gift voucher, & Dear Santa sentiment.

Craft perfect card stock , Kraft card, bright white ,cherry red, chocolate  brown,espresso brown,  gold mirror card,avocado  green,Jet Black.

Carol singer buildables was a free gift in the Tonic magazine

Finished with Nuvo glitter Accents for the frosty look and the flowers are from the Hamper set just cut in red Craft perfect to look like poinsettia 's with a little Apple green Nuvo drops added to the centre's 


I hope that helps if you fancy making a mail box yourself any questions just leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can you can always find me on Face book  thank you for visiting my blog today xx



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