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« on: November 10, 2003 08:23:41 AM »

With a little help from Readymade #8 and a bit of extra creativity, I have started making boxes to give my marble magnets in.  It's a nice & cheap craft.

Origami Magnets Box
Project Overview

+ a couple of sheets of decorative paper (big enough for 8.5" square to be cut out of them)
+ a piece of metal (something that magnets will stick to)
+ good glue stick
+ ruler
+ sharpie
+ tin snips
+ silicon sealer

Start by carefully marking off 2 7/8" square on your sheet of metal with the sharpie. Use the tin snips to cut it out. This measurement will work if you're using the dimensions given in these instructions, but if you're using different dimensions, you'll have to work this part out on your own.

Next, cut the pieces of paper to size. They should be 8.5" square and 8.25" square respectively. The larger piece will be for the top, the smaller piece for the bottom.

We'll work on the top first. Fold the piece in half diagonally. Unfold, and fold diagonally again in the other direction. Unfold. Fold each corner into the center. Take a side and fold it into the middle. Unfold it. Do the same with the other three sides in turn. Unfold the paper completely. At the center of each edge of the paper,cut from the edge diagonally through the square that's been folded. You'll have four cuts. Fold two of the corners into the center again. Then fold the excess triangles on their edges in. On the edges that aren't folded into the center, fold the edges in and secure them using your glue stick. Then put a generous amount of glue stick on the center of these square bits and fold them in, tucking the little triangles from the other sides underneath and getting them all glued in. Repeat with the other side. You should now have half a box with four flaps in the bottom. Glue these down and you've got half a box.

Now you've got to make the bottom. Follow the instructions from above, but stop, once you have the flaps folded in and glued down. Take the silicon sealer and glue the metal square into what will be the bottom of the box. Then fold in the box as above, using silicon sealer instead of glue stick wherever you need to glue the paper to the metal.

Now you've got a bottom that should fit perfectly into its top.

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2003 03:57:29 PM »

Ooh, fantastic! I've been trying to think of ways to package mine. Thanks for sharing!


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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2003 06:43:26 PM »

i just wanted to say that those are some darn good instructions--step by step photos and all!!  awesome!!  gotta love origami!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2003 09:52:18 AM »

Ooh, fantastic! I've been trying to think of ways to package mine. Thanks for sharing!

Another idea I once saw for packaging marble magnets is to  buy one of those can openers that takes the top/bottom of a can off with no sharp edges and stick your magnets on to the circular top or bottom that you are left with. Since it's metal, it works great for this.

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2003 10:43:53 AM »

What a Fab craft, but I only have one question where would you my metal sheets. Does anyone know of a Manufacter or a brand that works well that I can use at home. And then so I don't sound dumb to the guys at home depot are they called metal sheets or do they have some cool name too???

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2003 11:02:47 AM »

LoL!  Yea, I kinda went crazy with my digital camera on that project.  I think it sort of makes up for how bad my verbal descriptions are.  Oi!  

I used "ducting" to make mine.  I bought a 2.5' x 1.5' or so sheet at Home Depot for about $4.  You cut it using tin snips which are about $12-$25 for a pair.  When you cut it it's a bit like cutting thick fabric or something with a regular pair of scissors, but it's not bad.  

Glad you're enjoying this craft.  I've got gooooood stocking stuffers now!

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2003 12:12:58 PM »

Another source of metal are the aol tins people get in the mail or the bottoms of those holiday cookie tins that fill thrift stores!  

Use these and your are recycling too!


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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2003 02:56:09 PM »

I found hinged metal boxes at work (Wal-Mart) for $1 each.  They have holiday themes on the outside and can hold about 12 or 15 magnets.  Since that is more magnets than I am planning on giving away to each person, I'm using 1/2 of the space for magnets (think 6) and the other half I'm sticking a small styrofoam piece in and giving 6 marble pushpins as well.  Works great.

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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2003 03:12:46 PM »

YET another idea for packaging marble magnets:The lids off of glass jars are usually metal too, like the ones artichoke hearts and jam come in... You can fit 7  3/4" marble magnets in a 2 1/2"diameter lid.
and can you believe I don't have 7 marble magnets... people must be stealing them off my refrigerator!

great idea beeosh.. great way to recycle too!

« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2003 03:50:24 PM »

Starfire: that's a good idea -- magnets & pushpins!

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