Hi there! It’s Rebecca today and I’m sharing a new favorite way to add extra fun to gift wrapped packages. WRMK introduced some new Clear Cut Punches a couple months ago, which offer the ease of a shaped punch with the added ability to punch anywhere on your paper. I took full advantage of this benefit to create my peekaboo gift boxes.
I started with the fixings for making some boxes with 12×12 scrapbook papers by DCWV’s Easy Peasy stack. I made enough to create three 4″ x 4″ x 4″ boxes with the 1-2-3 Punchboard. After following the directions, I scored the proper lines, but didn’t assemble them yet, as I thought it would be easier to use the Clear Cut Punches on flat paper.
I chose 1″ circles and 1″ stars for the little peekaboo windows and punched the shapes into what would become the sides of the boxes. Sandwich your paper between the top and bottom of the punches and align the “UP” punch top (clear aqua plastic circle that goes with the white top) and the arrow that points up on the aqua base of the punch. This allows for the magnets in the punches to set together and you get a clean punch with ease. I punched a few shapes per side.
On two of the boxes, I used decorative paper to cover each block on the inside. This offers a contrasting design inside each punched window. It also stabilizes the box frame and makes it a little thicker and sturdier. Be mindful of where you place your adhesive, though, being cautious around the punched-out shapes. You don’t want unsightly adhesive showing through!
For the third box, I tried something extra fun, filling some flat 3 1/4″ square acetate bags with gold sequins. You can use regular acetate sheets if you’d rather. I placed each sequin pack over the punched-out windows, and used clear tape to adhere them, again being careful so it isn’t seen through any of the windows. I then backed each bag with a peach-colored patterned paper from Amy Tangerine.
The sequins in this extra-special gift box shake when the box shakes! You can try using colored paper trimmings for confetti, of even glitter instead of sequins. I topped the box with a trio of yarn pom poms and some peach twine.
For my other packages, I used green grosgrain ribbon and made bows with the 1-2-3 Punchboard. I made them in size Large and in the same papers that are seen through the punched windows.
You can do all kinds of fun things with the Clear-Cut punches, from scrapbooking to cardmaking to gift wrapping! I hope you’ll give these festive boxes a try–I can’t wait to give these away!