Thursday, July 15, 2010
Hi everyone! Denise here with a fun hybrid project using recycled packaging. The kids have been chomping on strawberries this summer and I thought the 1 lb. strawberry containers would be perfect for thank you packages using the charming Shabby Princess kit Hopscotch. The sides of the strawberry containers are straight, which help with wrapping a ribbon around the outside.
To reuse a plastic container, first you’ll need to wash and dry the container. For this package, I left the original stickers since they will be covered up later. Measure the widest dimensions of the top panel and in Photoshop you can crop the exact size of paper for the top panel. For the sample I sized the Hopscotch paper 75% before cropping. On an 8.5 x 11″ canvas place the top panel for the package, a label and any additional tags or embellishments you’ll be placing on the container. Print the file onto a sheet of double sided matte photo paper (61 lb. Staples brand is my fave). Cut out the individual parts. From here you can glue the main panel onto the container and add ribbons and embellishments to make a fun thank you package. See below for some additional distressing tips to add to the warm country feel of the Hopscotch thank you package.Left Photo – Some handy tools to have for distressing include a cheap nail file and the round distressing tool that has a blade along the inside edge.
Right photo – For the top panel, trim and use a corner punch to round the corners. Use a distressing tool or nail file along the edges to weather the edges. Crumple (really!) and add some folds to the panel. Slight tears are ok too!
After crumpling the panel, smooth it out a bit, not entirely flat. Holding the nail file flat, lightly file the edges of the paper sticking up. Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen) can add a touch of color along the edges and you can add a little weathering with a slight tap along some of the spots of the panel. The same technique was applied to the label and tags. Here’s an upclose shot to show the touches of weathering and ink.
I really love how the distressing added a little extra somethin’ to the country charm of the Hopscotch kit. I hope you’ll give the technique a try with your hybrid projects and we’d love to see them! :)
See you back here tomorrow, where Kathy will be posting about another hybrid project and more!