Saturday, 25 October 2014

Going Crackers!

This post is for one of the I'm a Crafters Companion facebook group members, and anyone else who's just bought the big score and wants to have a go at a very quick and simple project.

This cracker gift box is made using one sheet of A3 cardstock and doesn't just have to be for Christmas, I've done one to hold maybe a Wedding gift.  Once you understand the principle of this shape, you can size up or down to your hearts desire, maybe making mini ones using A5 card or thick paper to put on the Christmas Tree, or stack in the middle of the Christmas table.

Okay, so here's the instructions:

On the long side of the card, score at 7, 14, 21 and 28 cm

On the short edge, score at 6, 9.5 and 13 cm, then turn the card and do the same on the other short edge.

Fold and burnish all of the score lines.

On the long side, you will have 7 cm sections and then a small scored section at the end, this is where you will later glue the cracker together, first you will need to cut triangles out of the sections between the 6 and 13 cm score lines, the point of the diagonal being on the 9.5 cm score line, but not going all the way to the middle of the 7 cm section (you need to leave about 1 cm in the middle).

Once you have done the end, fold the next 7cm section and now you will cut a triangle that when opened up looks like a diamond.  Do this for all the sections, on both ends, you now have the base of your cracker.

Use a strong glue (I used collal tacky glue) to glue the cracker together.

You can now decorate your cracker however you like: I used:

For the middle of the cracker 4 mats 6.5 cm x 15.5 cm and 4 mats 6 cm x 14.8 cm

For the ends of the crackers 8 mats 6.5 cm x 5.5 cm and 8 mats 6 cm x 5 cm

Hopefully these instructions will make sense, please get in touch if they don't and I'll do step by step pictures.

Hope you're all enjoying your Saturday and the new Create a Card dies that Sara is showing off on Create and Craft today - I really will have no pennies left.... ah well, beans on toast again it is!



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