a1is012b ~ Millinery Shop's 8-sided Hatbox and
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
Must have items for assembly:
X-acto knife and fresh
Small detailing scissors
Metal straight edge ruler
Small artist's paintbrush
Small piece of aluminum
foil to use as "glue pot"
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
Clear fingernail polish
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
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
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.