Category Archives: Boxes

Puffy Pentagon Boxes and Chocolate Make Perfect Travel Gifts

I always like to have a bunch of gifts on hand when I travel as I never know when I may want to give a little “thank you” to someone. It doesn’t seem to be a problem for me when I’m traveling by car or in my van. There’s always a little space to pack my gifts.

These puffy pentagon boxes pack flat for packing. They’re the perfect size to hold a Dagoba Chocolate taster square.

But it becomes a little more difficult when I travel by air. And our current trip was even more difficult because because we flew back to Arizona where we had left our van. Our suitcases were full of clothes and supplies for six weeks of traveling. There wasn’t much “extra” room. I solved the problem with two of my favorite things, my puffy pentagon boxes and Dagoba chocolate taster squares.

It takes just moments for the puffy pentagon box to go from flat into a delightful little box.

The puffy pentagon box stores flat, making it a perfect choice for taking with me when traveling. And the taster squares don’t take up much space either. The only hard part has been not eating all the chocolate before I give it as a gift.

The perfect paring for a gift, chocolate and a handmade little puffy pentagon box.

Here’s a link to my DIY blog post that details how to make the clover fold box and the template so you can make your own.

Blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Art On The Go! – Making Boxes

Traveling for two months in a 19′ van has made it a little more difficult form me to make art than I imagined. Welcome to reality. I haven’t quite found my rhythm yet.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

We visited family over the holidays and I did manage to appropriate a bit of space on a  counter to set up my supplies to make boxes. These are boxes I’m making to leave for people to find. You can see more about that on my blog post: Gifts of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

What I have found is that folding is much easier to do while traveling, assuming the paper has already been cut ahead of time. I think that’s because I can fit folding into short blocks of time. Box making, however, takes a bit of preparation.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

Before we left on our trip, I cut enough pieces of binders board to make 30 boxes. I also brought lots of paper for collaging the boxes once I made them.  I had hoped to be able to make a box every other day on my trip. We’ll see if I can catch up to my expectations.

One of the boxes in my series for Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

While relaxing and visiting with family and friends is important, I find that I feel so much better when I make time to do art each day. So, that is going to be my goal for this next week.

Enjoy, Candy

My 2017 Gifts of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty

I am an idealist and generally a positive person. Lately, however, I have noticed more and more people concentrating on negative things rather than positive ones. I know that my health suffers when I am surrounded by negativity and improves when I am surrounded by love and kindness. After a lot of introspection, I have decided that for 2017, I will offer the world more love and kindness through Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

One of the boxes I made to leave for someone to find.

I am making handmade little boxes and will be leaving them in random locations throughout my travels. I want to share love and bring smiles to the faces of strangers I will never meet.

Close up of the bead/handle on the lid of the box.

I have written a little tag explaining the gift that I will be attaching to each box that I leave for someone to find. It says:

To whoever finds this:
This is for you!

I’m glad you’ve found it and I hope this gift lifts your spirits and makes your day happier. Please accept it and enjoy it!

This box is a handmade original, one of a series I’ve created to surprise others with random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. I believe that when we put more love into the world, we help heal the rifts tearing us apart.

You may even want to “pay it forward” to others with your own random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Handmade box I made as part of my desire to spread more love and happiness in the world.

This is what I feel I can do to bring more love into the world. I would like to encourage others who are so inclined to find their own way to practice Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty.

Let’s send more love into the world, Candy

Paper Mâché Boxes

Whether you call it papier-mâché (pap-yay mash-ay) or paper mâché (paper mash-ay), I call it absolute FUN! I made these boxes from pieces of binders board that I cut and then glued together to make the box shape. Then I tore and paper mâchéd some of the many papers from my paper stash.

Handmade paper mâché box about 4″ square and 2.5″ tall.

Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. The hardest part was waiting for the boxes to day.

Handmade paper mâché box about 4″ square and 2.5″ tall.

The two above boxes are about 4″ square and stand about 2.5″ tall (not counting the bead top). I raided my bead stash to find beads that went well with each of my boxes.

Handmade paper mâché box about 6.5″ square and 4″ tall.

My first paper mâché box had a traditional lid. For now, however, I am just loving the look of these beaded lids. They actually take a little longer to make, but I think the beaded tops have a bit more pizzaz.

Close up of the beaded lid of my paper mâché box.

These photos were taken a bit before the paper mâché was completely dry. You can see that in the upper photo. I had to take the photos and share them. I just love how these little boxes turned out.

Enjoy, Candy

PaperLove E-course – Week 2

This past week I’ve been playing with collage in week two of the five week PaperLove E-course that I’m taking. I have never done all that much collage, so that was a bit daunting at first. However, I put my fears aside, and jumped in.

Box made from binders board, then covered with collaged light green paper with mica flecks.

Box made from binders board, then collaged with torn pieces of light green paper with mica flecks.

I shouldn’t have worried, Rachael made it easy. And when I though about it, I realized we do a little bit of collage every time we put a stamp on a letter and mail it. You remember, the old fashioned snail mail? Once I thought of collage that way, it seemed less frightening.

Box made with binders board and covered with collaged torn pieces of paper with blue thread embedded in the paper. Top of box will be made later this week.

Box made with binders board and covered with collaged torn pieces of paper with blue thread embedded in the paper. Top of box will be made later this week.

Many years ago, I got my mom interested in calligraphy. Then calligraphy got her interested in Chinese Brush Painting. A while back she gave me a big box of her practice papers that she didn’t want to just throw out. I was going through them last week, trying to clear out some space in my garage, and decided they would be perfect materials for collage.

Collaged pieces of my mom's practice Chinese Brush Paintings of vegetables.

Collaged pieces of my mom’s practice Chinese Brush Paintings of vegetables.

I collaged a piece of paper, then cut it and wrapped it around a container of liquid hand washing gel. It really looks great in my bathroom.

Handmade paper washi paper made from samples of gift wrap I was gifted this past weekend.

Handmade paper washi paper made from samples of gift wrap I was gifted this past weekend.

On Friday night I did a demonstration of my paper wrapped pencils at Nimbus in Ashland. They had some samples of gift wrap paper and asked me if I would like some. Obviously I said yes and went home and made the above washi tape, one of the exercises in this course.

Box made from binders board, then collaged with torn pieces light green paper with mica flecks.

Box made from binders board, then collaged with torn pieces light green paper with mica flecks.

There has been a lot more instruction going this past week than what I’ve shared here. I was pretty busy this past week and still have a few exercises I need to complete. It’s been a joy to take this class.

To read about the first week of my E-Course: PaperLove E-course – Week 1.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

While I don’t approve of giving a bunch of sugar to young children, I do want to give my Halloween Trick or Treaters something that they like. My answer to this has been to make my own Paper Treat Boxes for Halloween. When I give my Trick or Treaters their boxes, they are more interested in the boxes themselves than what’s inside.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

I fill my boxes with spider or skull rings or something related to the season. My Trick or Treaters are happy and I have a clear conscience of not having caved in to giving them sweets.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

This year I am making Clover Fold Boxes from black card stock. I sponged white acrylic paint on the black card stock and let it dry overnight.

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Since the paper is black, I traced the clover fold template on the reverse side of the paper using blue transfer paper. Then I cut out the box, folded it, and used heavy duty double stick tape to tape the corners of each box. You could use most any glue or tape for this.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white paint.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white acrylic paint.

If you are making these boxes with children, you may want to use white tempera or other non-toxic and/or easy to clean paint.

You can download the template for making your own Clover Fold Box below.

Template: Clover-Fold Box

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making More Puffy Pentagon Boxes

It’s time for my yearly art retreat! I’m packing my calligraphy supplies and a few clothes. The calligraphy supplies take priority on this trip. And I always take a little something to share with my retreat buddies. This year, it’s my Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included inside.

Of course my Puffy Pentagon Boxes need something to go inside them. So I made a trip to Dagoba Chocolate here in Ashland.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate makes their chocolate right here in Ashland, so it’s so easy to just pick up chocolate whenever I need it. I particularly like their Taster Squares which fit very nicely in many of the boxes I make.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

If you want to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes, I have instructions and a template you can print out on my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making More Truffle Boxes

I made Truffle Boxes for my dad and his friends for Father’s Day. They were a big hit, so this past week I made a bunch more out of my hand painted paste papers.

These Truffle Boxes are made from my hand painted paste papers. They're the perfect size box to hold a single truffle.

These Truffle Boxes are made from my hand painted paste papers. They’re the perfect size box to hold a single truffle.

If you are wondering what paste papers are, you can check out my blog post: Making Paste Papers: Part One. And if you are wanting to make paste papers, you can check out my blog post: Paste Paper Recipes.

These Truffle Boxes are held closed by a ribbon with a bead on each end.

These Truffle Boxes are held closed by a ribbon with a bead on each end of the ribbon.

If you would like to make some Truffle Boxes of your own, check out my blog post: DIY Truffle Box With Template.

I have included a link to my blog post that has instructions and a template so you can make your own Truffle Boxes.

I have included a link to my blog post that has instructions and a template so you can make your own Truffle Boxes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes With Chocolate For Father’s Day

The first half of my week was working on Origami Mandalas (see Art On The Go! – Making Origami Mandalas). The last half of the week was spent thinking about Father’s Day. Do you realize, it’s less than a week away?

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father's Day.

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father’s Day.

My father has made it difficult for me, again, by requesting no gifts. He says he doesn’t have room to store more “stuff.” I get that, but it’s hard for me not to get him something for Father’s Day.

I figure I can get away with giving him some chocolate. That’s edible and won’t take up space once it’s eaten. Dagoba Taster Squares are perfect since they are like individual small bites. They can be easily saved (or eaten immediately).

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

Since my dad and I we will be with 3 other fathers on Father’s Day, I decided to make 4 boxes, one for each of the fathers and fill them with Dagoba Taster Squares.

You can download the template for making these boxes from my blog post: DIY – Truffle Box. I also show how to close the box once it is made.

Happy Father’s Day, Candy

DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. Last year I designed the Clover Fold Box to fit a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square. This year I designed the Puffy Pentagon Box which will also nicely hold a Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are perfect to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are the perfect size to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

I have included a template at the end of this blog post that you can download to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes. Print the template on the back of a decorated paper, then cut and fold. I suggest using card stock for best results.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

There’s no glue or tape or ribbon needed to hold this box together. It’s a little tricky to close the box at first, but once you have done once or twice, it becomes easy.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

These little boxes with a little chocolate inside make perfect hostess gifts.

Puffy Pentagon Box

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Since these boxes store flat, you can make a bunch at a time and store them. They’ll be ready to puff into action whenever there is a need. Of course, you need to make sure you haven’t eaten all the chocolate or whatever you have to go in them.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes easy.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes fairly easy.

For more information about Dagoba Chocolate (which has its facilities in Ashland, Oregon): DagobaChocolate.com

For more information about paste papers: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Painting Paper For Heart Cube Box

I wanted to make some Heart Cube Boxes for Valentine gifts, but I didn’t like the colors of papers I had on hand. So, I painted some. Here’s how I painted them.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

First I found the papers I wanted to use. I used two types of paper, neither of which I tried to fold before starting. Big mistake! One of the papers folded perfectly and the other cracked when I folded it. Second, I printed out the template on the back of the paper before I painted the paper. Believe me, it’s much easier that way.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

I started with 4 different acrylic paints in reds, pink and purple. I mixed them half and half with acrylic matte medium. I used discarded plastic jar lids as my paint containers. I put dabs of all the different colors of paint on a rubber roller and started rolling colors around, making what looked like a monster mess.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

After the entire page was covered in paint, I mixed acrylic interference blue with acrylic matte medium (again about half and half) and spread it all over the painted paper. You can see in the photo above how it starts to change the colors on the lower photo. I’ve painted just a little bit of the painted paper with the interference blue.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes. The top photo is before adding the interference blue along with a bit of interference gold.

For my first paper I used acrylic interference blue. My second paper included both interference blue and interference gold. For my third and forth papers, I just used acrylic interference gold. Play around with different acrylic colors and interference colors and see how the colors change. It’s fun. Play!

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

There’s no one right or wrong way to do this. Just play and have fun. I’m including the template for making this box.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

Template: Cube Heart Box Template

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Thank You Boxes With Dagoba Chocolate

This past week I have been recovering from organizing our neighborhood Art, Crafts & Collectibles Sale. As the coordinator, I was in charge of 40+ artists and 50+ volunteers. I’ve been working on this for the past 9 months. It was tremendously successful in raising money for our Community Art Fund.

Five Thank You Boxes I made. Each box contains a Dagoba chocolate Taster Square.

Five of the nine Thank You Boxes I made. Each box contains a Dagoba chocolate Taster Square.

It was a lot of work, and I was lucky to have lots of dedicated helpers. So, I decided to make little boxes and put a Dagoba Tasting Square inside each one. Plus I made a little thank you insert with a heart on it.

This close up shows the little thank you insert with gold heart that I put in each box.

This close up shows the little thank you insert with gold heart that I put in each box.

Thank you to Sheli, Richard, Gayle, Paul, Jean, Margie, Shari, Susie and Bill. You were my wonderful volunteer support staff. The box is my Clover Fold Box. You can download the template to make your own.

Clover-Fold box template
DIY Clover Fold Box Blog Post

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

Every year I give out Halloween treats in boxes that I’ve made. This year I’m using my Truffle Box template to make my Halloween treat boxes.

This box is made from a file folder and covered with fabric. I cut and folded the file folder, then glued the fabric on the file folder.

This box is made from a file folder and covered with fabric. I cut and folded the file folder, then glued the fabric on the file folder.

In addition to making my own Halloween treat boxes, I taught my fellow calligraphers how to make them too. I asked them to bring paper suitable for Halloween boxes and taught them how to make these boxes without the need for a template.

This box was made in my box class. The paper ribbon makes this simple orange box into something very special.

This box was made in my box class. The paper ribbon makes this simple orange box into something very special.

The instructions for making these boxes without a template is a bit too much to explain in this blog, so for those of you reading this blog, you can just download the Truffle Box template and print it on the back of your paper and fold as shown in my blog post DIY Truffle Box.

Another Halloween box made in my class. This was made with scrapbook paper.

Another Halloween box made in my class. This was made with scrapbook paper.

There are many adaptations you can make for the closure of this box. You can see some of the ideas my fellow calligraphers came up with. Think of beads and loops and sticks and wire ribbon and more.

Fall leaves scrapbook paper was used to make this box. This is another box from the class I taught.

Fall leaves scrapbook paper was used to make this box. This is another box from the class I taught.

If you look closely, you can see that this box is made from paper that is black on black. Another box from my class.

If you look closely, you can see that this box is made from paper that is black on black. Another box from the class I taught.

This box, made in the class I taught, uses raffia to hold it closed.

This box, made in the class I taught, uses raffia to hold it closed.

I decided to tie all my Halloween Treat Boxes with raffia. It's easy to open and has a Halloween feel to it.

I decided to tie all my Halloween Treat Boxes with raffia. It’s easy to open and has a Halloween feel to it.

Luckily I don’t get too many trick-or-treaters at my house. All I need is a few dozen boxes which I fill with non-edible treats. I don’t like the idea of giving candy to children, so I give bat and skull rings and other little treats in my boxes.

This Halloween Treat Box is made out of a digital scanned image of one of my paste papers.

This Halloween Treat Box is made out of a digital scanned image of one of my paste papers.

I still have a few boxes from previous years, so I can be pretty confident that I won’t run out of boxes for my treats. So far, I haven’t had that problem.

Another of my scanned digital paste papers made into a Halloween Treat Box.

Another of my scanned digital paste papers made into a Halloween Treat Box.

Another Halloween Treat Box made from one of my scanned digital paste papers.

Another Halloween Treat Box made from one of my scanned digital paste papers.

I love how these Halloween Treat Boxes look together.

I love how these Halloween Treat Boxes look together.

Here’s the information on making these yourself.

Truffle Box template (click to download)

DIY Truffle Box (blog post with instructions for folding)

Enjoy, Candy

Octagon Box In Progress

My friend, Sheli, and I are working on making some octagon boxes. My first step was to take apart a Victoria Secrets box a friend gave me a number of years ago. I then made myself a template in Adobe Illustrator.

The opening in the top of my box is a little big, so I used a big bead as a handle to pull up the top of the octagon box.

The opening in the top of my box is a little big, so I used a big bead as a handle to pull up the top of the octagon box. It’s still a work in progress.

My friend, Sheli, purchased some Roylco Painting Boxes from Dick Blick. They are flat circles of paper with scoring and perforations that are painted and then folded into dodecagon boxes (twelve sided boxes).

Roylco Painting Box shown painted and folded. They can be ordered from Dick Blick.

Roylco Painting Box shown painted and folded. They can be ordered from Dick Blick.

The painting should be done on the dull side of the paper, not the shiny side. It’s not easy to fold the box, and the instructions aren’t as clear as they could be.

Roylco Painting Box shown open.

Roylco Painting Box shown open.

I decided that I would play with an octagon based box rather than a dodecagon box first as I assumed an octagon box would be simpler. Simpler, yes. Simple, not really. But fun, definitely.

Octagon Box from Victoria Secrets.

Octagon Box from Victoria Secrets as seen from the top.

The Victoria Secrets box has a ribbon in the center which is used to pull up to open the box. There is a knot in the ribbon that makes it stay in place when the box is closed.

Victoria Secrets Box as seen from the side.

Victoria Secrets Box as seen from the side.

Sheli and I are working on making a template for the octagon box. We’re still modifying and playing with possibilities.

Octagon box before folding.

Octagon box before folding.

I must admit that I haven’t managed to get the folding down quite to my satisfaction yet. It’s not as easy as it looks. I’m hoping to share a template as well as techniques in a future blog post.

One variation of our octagon box almost folded.

One variation of our octagon box almost folded.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paste Paper Boxes

My neighborhood is sponsoring a Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The profits from this sale will be donated to our Community Art Fund for art for our community.

Three of the boxes I'm donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Three of the boxes I’m donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

One of my contributions to this sale are these boxes that I have been making this past week. These were originally flat white boxes that were leftovers and donated by two different people. I took the flat white boxes and applied colored paste that I use to make my paste papers. You can see the wonderful results once they are folded into boxes.

Three more of the boxes I'm donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Three more of the boxes I’m donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

You cannot purchase these boxes. You will only be able to get them if you spend a certain amount of money at our Holiday Sale.

This is how the boxes started out, flat. You can see the four colors of paste I'm using for this box.

This is how the boxes started out, flat. You can see the four colors of paste I’m using for this box.

I love being able to use boxes that were destined to be put in the recycle bin and make them into something to be treasured. Hopefully they will be used many times to exchange gifts.

The box on the lower left was the box from the photo above this one.

The box on the lower left is the same box from the photo above this one. It’s so much better looking once it’s colored.

I made a lot of these paste paper boxes this past week in my studio. Actually, for this month, my studio is my garage. I do tend get messy throwing colored paint around, so my garage is the perfect space for making paste papers.

I have added gold pigment to most of my paste paper boxes. I love how it jumps out on these purple boxes.

I have added gold pigment to most of my paste paper boxes. I love how it jumps out on these purple boxes

I will be sharing other items I’m making for the Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale in future blog posts.

Three more of the boxes I'm donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Three more of the boxes I’m donating to our Holiday Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Sale.

Enjoy, Candy