Thursday, July 14, 2016

DIY: Laminated Paper Boxes


Hello Everyone!

A few of you Xyron lovers may know that besides making permanent adhesive, repositionable adhesive, and magnet cartridges, Xyron also makes laminating cartridges has well! Specifically, they made three types of laminating cartridges. The first is the laminate + magnet, the second is laminate + permanent adhesive and the third is the double-sided laminate (aka two-sided laminate).

The reason why I'm telling you all of this is because the design team members were challenged to create a project using the lamination cartridge! Now before this project I had never used any of the laminate cartridges, so I wanted to do something that was not traditional in terms of laminating projects. So I came up with these laminated paper boxes which can be hand sewed together! 

I know you're thinking sewing and laminate don't go together, but they do in this project. Also, the nice thing is that you can make these boxes in almost any size you want, depending on the Xyron machine you are using. 

In this project, I will be using Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. I've already talked about this machine and all the awesome stuff it can do, in a previously post. So you if want to learn more about the machine, then check out this post here

Now if you're ready to make your own laminated paper boxes, then keep reading below! 

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Supplies
White Background Flower Paper from DCWV's DIY Project Stack Mini Albums 
Sewing Needle
Embroidery Thread
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler (not pictured)


Step 1: To make a tall skinny box, cut out 4 pieces of paper which measure 2 ¾ inches by 6 inches. Then cut out 1 piece of paper which measures 2 ¾ inches by 2 ¾ inches.

With that being said, you could make this box and length and width that you want. 


Step 2: Grab all of your paper pieces and begin sliding them through your Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. Once all your pieces have been run through the machine, cut around each of your laminated pieces, leaving about a quarter of an inch of laminate on each side. 


Step 3: Thread your needle with your embroidery thread and grab your bottom piece (which should be the smallest paper piece) of your box. Then grab one of the side pieces and sew them together using a whip stitch. I recommend poking your needle through the bottom piece first, so your knot will end up being on the inside of your box. Also, while sewing, make sure you sew below you laminated edge. This is because if you sew closer to the edge, your laminate may rip. 

Keep repeating this process until all four sides are connected to your bottom piece. 


Step 4: Fold two sides of your box up to form a corner. Then sew them together using a whip stitch. You will want to repeat this step to finish up the other 3 corners of your box. 

Once all your corners have been sewed up, then you are done! 





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I loved how these laminated paper boxes turned out!

As you can see above, I made two other boxes to show you that you can create different sizes and shapes. The pink square box ended up being about 4 inches by 4 inches and the small blue rectangular box ended up being 4 inches by 2 ½ inches. 

Since these boxes are laminated they can be used to hold a variety of things, without the fear of them be damaged by water and so forth. Also, since I used the two-sided laminate, that means both sides are laminated and can be seen. This is important to consider because you will see the other side of the paper you are using. So if your scrapbooking paper has a pattern side and a white side, you will see the white side. This is why I used double-sided scrapbooking paper, so from any angle, the box is pretty. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like these laminated paper boxes?

xo Katie

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