Designing and Building Boxes

 Cutting the boxes from Davey Board is the first step.

Cutting the boxes from Davey Board is the first step.

 I combined various papers and patterns. The navy circles and squares are pressure prints I designed and printed on French paper - yum! The other patterned papers came from Paper Source; a fun place to find great papers. 

I combined various papers and patterns. The navy circles and squares are pressure prints I designed and printed on French paper - yum! The other patterned papers came from Paper Source; a fun place to find great papers. 

 I cut a recessed area in the lid portion of the case before covering them. I did this for the letterpress printed relief prints I would place on the lid, once the boxes were completed. Lots of planning goes into making boxes.

I cut a recessed area in the lid portion of the case before covering them. I did this for the letterpress printed relief prints I would place on the lid, once the boxes were completed. Lots of planning goes into making boxes.

 Covering the case. 

Covering the case. 

 All four wraps are covered and the inner paper cover is applied over the hinge. The wraps and trays can be joined and the boxes completed!

All four wraps are covered and the inner paper cover is applied over the hinge. The wraps and trays can be joined and the boxes completed!

 Relief prints addorn the lids (inside the recessed area).

Relief prints addorn the lids (inside the recessed area).

 A peek inside - treasure chests for keepsakes!!

A peek inside - treasure chests for keepsakes!!

I had the urge to make some boxes. Valentines Day was approaching and boxes make great gifts at this time of year (or any time, for that matter). I enjoy the process; though it can be challenging. Here's a look at the various steps involved in making hinged boxes.

 The trays are sanded and built using PVA. I now begin the really fun part - covering with various papers!

The trays are sanded and built using PVA. I now begin the really fun part - covering with various papers!

 I wrapped the trays in a Japanese paper. This is the most tedious step in the process. 

I wrapped the trays in a Japanese paper. This is the most tedious step in the process. 

 Case completed. I was really pleased with the pressure printed papers. The French paper was  nice to work with when covering the hinged covers.

Case completed. I was really pleased with the pressure printed papers. The French paper was  nice to work with when covering the hinged covers.

 Joined and drying with weights.

Joined and drying with weights.

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