Wednesday, June 4, 2008

K. and Co. Purse Boxes

I love the K. and Co. book of 32 punch-out cardstock purse boxes. The pastel colors and printed designs are so feminine. I also like that in the thick booklet there are two purses of each reversible design and there are sixteen different purse shapes complete with embellishments to punch out. Pictured here is a purse/luggage box I made for my niece. I added my own ribbons and yarn plus flowers from American Craft’s Greenhouse container of flowers combined with sugar-coated brads from Doodlebug Designs. I used clear stamps from Hero Arts and Studio G to print small birthday messages on the punched out tags. I think the resulting box is really cute and perfect to contain a small gift of lip gloss and cash. Because there are 32 purses in this booklet, they would make great favors at a teenage girl’s party. If you wanted to make the favors all the same you could use one of the unfolded purses as a template and cut identical ones from cardstock. I like the fact that the booklet just has just a picture of each finished purse and not precise instructions. This allows you to get a basic idea but the freedom to improvise. By giving party guests a variety of embellishments, the making of the purse box could be an icebreaker activity and the boxes could be filled with candy or makeup. (There are also other books from K. and Co. that make non-purse shaped boxes.) Now, I need to mail this soon-to-be-belated birthday gift.


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