Creating a Lidded Box

Davey board is cut into the various components. I assembled the trays using PVA. The flat pieces will be covered with papers and joined together to make the lids.

Davey board is cut into the various components. I assembled the trays using PVA. The flat pieces will be covered with papers and joined together to make the lids.

I used the same paper on the lid. Notice the recessed area I cut on the small Davey board component. I will place a patterned paper into this area as a way to embellish the lid.

I used the same paper on the lid. Notice the recessed area I cut on the small Davey board component. I will place a patterned paper into this area as a way to embellish the lid.

The components are covered and joined together. I cut the bird images from a Cavallini paper. I thought they added a wonderful decorative element to the finished boxes!  Handmade boxes make great gifts and are so nice to use. This particular size is often purchased for use as a jewelry box.

The components are covered and joined together. I cut the bird images from a Cavallini paper. I thought they added a wonderful decorative element to the finished boxes!

Handmade boxes make great gifts and are so nice to use. This particular size is often purchased for use as a jewelry box.

Several years ago I took a box building class at the Penland School of Crafts with Julie Leonard; book artist extraordinaire. It was a great class as well as being a remarkable experience. I have continued to design and build boxes since the class. As a result, I can now build hinged and lidded boxes without instructions! There is truth in the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ (though I am not sure my boxes are perfect)! I recently built several boxes. Take a look at some of the steps in building lidded boxes.

Here, the trays are being wrapped and covered with a patterned Nepalese paper.

Here, the trays are being wrapped and covered with a patterned Nepalese paper.

I used a pressure printed French paper to cover the upper layer component. I printed this paper on my Vandercook SP 15. I liked how these larger circle designs worked with the dotted Nepalese paper. Note how the recessed area looks before I added the embellishment.

I used a pressure printed French paper to cover the upper layer component. I printed this paper on my Vandercook SP 15. I liked how these larger circle designs worked with the dotted Nepalese paper. Note how the recessed area looks before I added the embellishment.