I hope I have put this in the right place, as there does not seem to be anywhere specific to show a project specifically for displaying or selling your crafts in.
Well, straight in to it. I was reading one of the threads in the crafty business section, and the question was raised on different ways to display for sale sets of (in this case) baby items, such as booties, bibs and mitts. My solution is a windowed pillow box just like this one
These are great, as you can easily customise them with your brand or any personal design, and can make them in any size to suit your needs. The one I will show you how to make only costs about 40-50c (Australian) depending on where you get your supplies from.
As I am in Australia, all measurements are in centimetres except ffor the paper size as that is all that was on my ruler, and is our standard unit of measurement here
What you will need
-A piece of scrapbook size (12X12 inch) cardstock
-Some form of relatively stiff plastic sheeting. In a pinch the display windows from food or kids toys packaging can be used.
-A ruler, pencil, eraser, cutting blade and mat
-Glue suitable for both plastic and paper. I have used sticky tape on mine instead of glue, mostly as I wasn't aiming for a professional look, but just wanted to explain how this goes together.
-Something large and round for tracing the edge of. I used a dinner plate.
-A bone folder or butter knife
To start with, measure 2cm, 16cm and 30cm from one edge of the paper, and draw lines at each of these points
From the edges that run at right angles to this, measure in 5cm on both sides and draw lines. Your paper should now look like this
Using your dinner plate (or round object) draw a curved line from your 2cm line to your 16cm line like below
Repeat this for all 4 of the same sized sections, both inside and out. Your paper should now look like this
Mark 2cm in from where the round lines all meet (along the middle line) and along the line closest to the 2cm section
Use these marks to create two more inwards facing curved lines. Also draw lines 2cm in from the edges of this section (picture explains this the best). At this stage you wil also want to mark 3cm in from your 5cm lines just below this and draw a straight line from the edge of the curved lines to here (see next 2 pics)
Next you will need to take out all the guide lines, so you are only left with the lines you actually need. See next picture for which lines are required (solid lines = cut, broken lines = fold)
Cut along all the solid lines first. I recommend using a blade and cutting mat to cut out the window section, as you will use the middle bit as a template for cutting your plastic. Once cut out, your piece should look like this
Next, cut a piece out of your plastic that is approximately 1cm larger than the window you just cut out. It does not have to be precise as the edge will be inside the box, but you need to leave enough room to glue, without the plastic going over any of your lines. Glue down and allow to dry. It is important you glue all the way around the window, as if you miss spots your window may buckle or fall out
Next, use your bone folder or butter knife to score along all the dotted lines, then fold carefully, folding in towards your lines so they will be hidden inside your box. You will begin to see the pillow shape emerging
Last, glue the angled end flap to the inside of the solid side of the box. Fold in the ends and you have yourself a nifty little display pillow box.
If any of my instructions do not make sense or you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to PM me or reply here