Yep- at it again. I created the first one for all the bits and pieces that were gathering in my work area- after it was done I thought hey that would be great to to display tiny items- and how great would these be to hold earrings (or rings?) on your dressing table or even in a drawer. the stack really well too.
I am sure you will find all kinds of uses for these.
Wanna know how?
1 paper towel roll and 1 empty toilet paper roll
cardboard from food boxes
white craft glue
acrylic paint (optional)
clear varnish or sealer
cutter of some sort ( xacto, scissors, paper cutter etc)
ruler (I use a seam cutter)
1 or 2 used gift cards or expired debit/credit cards (I prefer two)
First we will create what I like to call laminated cardboard to be used for the base or the frame
you will need 4 cardboard pieces, the craft glue and the expired gift card
1.cover the printed side of one piece of cardboard with white glue
use the expired gift card to spread the glue evenly making sure you have glue coverage on the corners and the edges
place a second piece printed side down on top of the glue, Lining up the edges as best as possible. Use the 2nd gift card to "squeegee" the cardboard- this ensures the pieces are stuck together real well
now let's add a third layer- spread glue on the 2-layer piece of cardboard just as above- place the third piece of cardboard printed side down and again squeegee the layers together- repeat with the fourth piece-
It is important to make sure the printed cardboard is not exposed, the printed side of the cardboard is hard to paint over- there is a shiny finish to it that does not allow the paint to stick properly- while the unfinished side takes the paint quite easy-
set the newly laminated cardboard aside and allow to dry as we go on to the next step
2. Take the empty paper towel roll and measure and mark with the pencil 1" increments.
using your cutting tool cut the paper roll up into rings- from a paper towel roll you get 10 rings in the organizers above I used twelve rings
at this point I paint the rings and one side of the laminated cardboard with the interior color and set aside to dry
3. Now that your laminated cardboard and rings have dried we can cut the frame pieces
place the rings in the configuration you desire onto the the laminated cardboard mine is 3 rings by 4 rings
using a pencil mark the cardboard where the rings end to create your cutting lines.
this will be the base your rings sit on the remaining laminated cardboard will become the sides-
using a sharp cutter cut out your base (I used a paper cutter)
4. cut the remaining piece of laminated cardboard into 1" strips
5. assembling the frame: I do the short ends of the box first- using your base as a guide mark the length of the 1" strips 2 end pieces. Glue the pieces to each short end an allow to dry for as long as you can stand waiting (yeah, we all do that)
Again using the base as a guide measure and cut the remaining two sides- and attach- set aside and allow to dry
6.Putting it all together- once frame is dried it is time to glue the rings in- place glue on one side of the rings and place inside the frame- make sure the rings are touching the base, set aside and allow to dry.
when dried paint the outside of the box and your done!