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Topic: Vintage Movie Poster Handkerchief Box - Upcycled Calendar Pages - lots of photos  (Read 3128 times)
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« on: April 11, 2011 05:36:20 PM »

My best friend and I share a fierce love of classic film and of handmade gifts. I went through a big crochet phase just before Christmas this year and I found this tutorial for how to make lovely "handkerchief boxes" out of cardstock:

Robyne Melia is Bobby La: Box Tutorial Sort of Thing
- These are similar to the ubiquitous "Christmas Card Baskets" so many people have in their collections, only I think her handkerchief boxes are exquisite.

I had an old 2008 calendar filled with classic movie posters in my scrapbooking supplies and I realized the images would be perfect for making the handkerchief box, so I set to work. The thing about a 12-month calendar is that it has the perfect number of images to use for a six-sided box (6 inside and 6 outside). I'm definitely looking at old calendars with a different eye now!

I used heavy-duty sheet protectors to "laminate" the pieces. If I were to do it again, I would have actually taken them to get laminated. It would have made it more polished. My friend really liked it and said it looked "professional", so I guess it's fine as it is.

Here is what I ended up with:



All the panels, inside and out. Click to embiggen:

Metropolis on the inside of the cover.
Valentino looks longingly at a coy Hepburn
Veronica Lake keeps her eye on the Marx Brothers
The inside bottom: Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"
Glamorous Gilda (Rita Hayworth) on the top. I made the tassel out of a plastic ring and a gold bead.
Front and side: Fred and Ginger invite you to dance. Another coy Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Side and back: Buster Keaton races toward the War of the Worlds
The outside bottom: Kubric's gotta' go and ruin everything by making a poster without any faces on it. This is the least-seen panel, so I put it on the bottom

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011 05:37:35 PM »

love it!
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Larissa-Rasputin
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011 05:52:23 PM »

Very nice!  <3 it!
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011 12:49:31 AM »

Wow! This is a brilliant example! I posted one I made a few months ago on Crafter, again after finding the Bobby La tutorial. I have been saving calendar pics too! What size is yours?

I'm interested in the 'laminating' theory - did you use plastic on both sides or the outside only? Also, I'm not sure what heavy duty sheet protectors are or how they'd translate into the stock I find ay my (UK) stationers?  Undecided
I'd love to make a whole bunch of these boxes for different people - thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011 07:58:38 PM »

Thank you all for your kind words!

Jeanie B - Oh yes! I saw the one you made - with the gold thread and the beautiful images of John Wayne and dancing girls! It's beautiful and I love the shape yours took!

I have tried looking for them on Craftster but it's difficult because everyone calls it something different. And I didn't know which category to post in. Is it a papercraft? A Crochet craft? I figured it's something that might sit on a dresser and it's decorative, so I put it under housewares. But who knows... Then I found a great thread in the "Vintage Crafts" on it - here is that thread: Back in the Day it was Frugal - Today it's Going Green That thread still doesn't qualify or categorize it. I like to call it a "Handkerchief Box", though. Seems so delicate and dainty!

In answer to your questions; I used plastic on both sides. I used a sheet protector, which is a plastic sleeve that one uses in a binder to keep paper crisp and clean. You can buy them at any office supply store here in North America, and I am pretty sure you'd have them in the UK. According to Wikipedia, you call them Punched Pockets: Punched Pocket - Wikipedia.org. The ones I used are substantially thick and strong.

If I were to make another one, I would consider having them laminated professionally, using fused plastic. I just think it would make it stronger and more sturdy. I'd also use more holes closer together, with fewer stitches in each (I spaced mine about " apart and used five stitches in each hole).

My base and top are 13 x 13 cm (7" square). The sides are 14 cm high and 16 cm wide at their widest point.

I have a Gene Kelly calendar and a Star Wars calendar here on my desk, which I am eying and itching to start on right away!
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Jeanie B
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011 03:24:54 AM »

There is a Flickr group with some nice photos here http://www.flickr.com/groups/1452976@N23/

Thanks for the additional info - punched pockets makes perfect sense, I guess keeping everything inline whilst you punch the holes becomes a little trickier the more layers you have!

I'd love to see your Gene Kelly box when it's done! I'm going to try one of the vase designs next.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2011 08:41:04 AM »

I used a binder clip to hold all the layers together while I cut them out and punched holes. It made it quite easy.

I did see that flickr group and I should put my photos up on flickr to sort of contribute.

I'll definitely post photos of the Gene Kelly box when it's done. I chose the images and traced the shapes last night. It will be a six-sided box for myself. I have to decide what colour thread to use.

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2011 03:23:41 AM »

This looks beautiful! And gave me wonderful ideas of things to do with all the calendars/pictures/paper Ive been saving Tongue
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