My brother and best friend have been dating for over 7 years now. For Christmas, I wanted to give them something more than the books, puzzles, and other random store-bought things I'd gotten them.
So I decided to make them some "Happy Couple Cuddle Dolls." I made a doll of each of them, out of felt and various other accent items (you'll see in the photos), and then decided to do some packaging for the dolls, to make it more official. You know how that goes.
So I went to CVS and got some of those plain white boxes for gifts. I used a robe sized box, and cut out two window areas with my X-acto knife. Then I took a transparency sheet and cut it to fit the window, with a 1/4 inch "seam allowance"
on every side. I took my scrapbooking tape and taped it into the inside of the box.
I took another robe box, and cut off the top from its sides. I placed the dolls where I wanted them, and drew dots where I wanted to poke holes. Using a needle, I poked the holes, then tied the dolls in.
Then I decorated the box! This part was fun, but I was rather sick of Sharpie fumes by the end.
I didn't have a vast array of colors to work with, so I just used what I had. I wanted a relatively simple box, but one that was kind of cheesy (hence the "They're in love!").
When I gave it to them, they loved it. I couldn't wait until Christmas, either. You know how that goes.
On to the pics! By the way, these actually look pretty much like them (aside from the fact that they're out of proportion, made of felt, and have no noses...), but I don't have a reference picture to show you! Sorry.
In the box!
With the top removed...
Detail of my brother's face.
Detail of my best friend's face!
I was thoroughly pleased with how these turned out. It would have been nice to eliminate the visible hot glue behind my best friend's glasses lenses, but oh well. I used transparency film for those too, by the way. And a real beaded necklace (she's the manager of the bead store I work at)! And my brother's watch is made from shrinky-dinks, but I accidentally put the face on upside down. Shh! Don't tell anyone.
By the way, I embroidered all the hair and beard on my brother, and all of my best friend's striped shirt. Luckily, I had very understanding teachers this semester.
Sorry this post is SOOOOO LONG!
Edited to add: I made my brother's back blue and my best friend's back orange, because they are complementary colors.
They thought that was cute too (my best friend was an art major).