a1is012b ~ Millinery Shop's 8-sided Hatbox and Lid

This is a contraption I thought up for making exact folds on printies. The clamps cost under $2 each at the hardware store. I clamped a metal straight edge ruler against my work table, My life is so much easier now! See the tutorial for Ann's Tool Box, it's very helpful for learning how to efficiently make Paper Minis. You may see my Tool Box tutorial here.

Must have items for assembly:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • Small detailing scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Metal straight edge ruler
  • Small artist's paintbrush
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as "glue pot"
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry glue. Nicole sells a great one. White craft glue takes too long to dry and is messy. Glue stick will work, but becomes brittle and pops loose after time.
  • Clear fingernail polish
  • desk lamp
  • Cutting surface. I love my self-heal Nicole cutting pad which cost me under $10 on sale. You get a much better cut than with cardboard and your blade will last so much longer.

1. Cut out the pieces of the hatbox project.  Fold down 8-panels from hat center of lid.

2. Fold lining panels and tabs of lid.

3. Cut holes for handles on lid. I use a 1/8" hole punch.

4. Fold down 8 panels found on box bottom from center.

5. Fold tabs on box bottom.

6. Fold down lining panels on box bottom.

7. Place glue on 1st panel's tab on box bottom.

8. Use tweezers to press a good bond between tab and adjoining panel. Repeat for all 8 panels on box bottom.

9. Fold lining panels of box bottom outward for easy access.

10. Apply glue to blank surface of 1st panel's lining, then glue into place inside box. Repeat for all 8 lining panels of the box bottom.

11.  Place glue on 1st tab found on box lid. Use tweezers to bond tab to blank under surface of adjoining panel. Repeat for all 8 panels.

12. Turn lining panels outward of box lid. Place glue on blank surface of first lining panel, then glue into place. Repeat for each of the 8 lining panels.

13. Take octagon shaped lid lining and glue into place. Make sure it fits before applying glue.

14. Take octagon shaped box bottom lining and glue into place.

15. Punch holes for handle on box bottom.

Take end of cord and apply a dab of glue to it and form into a point. Allow it to dry. Next knot the other end of the cord and proceed to thread it through all four holes to form a handle. Trim length as needed and then knot the final end of the cord.


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