I made these for my Brown Owls craft group as an end of year favour of sorts with a little reminder about when the group is to resume. They're really easy & inexpensive and they could be used as favours or small presents for any occasion just decorate the boxes to match the occasion. You may be familiar with this simple peg magnet making technique but I thought I'd do a mini tutorial just to show how easy they are if you haven't tried it.
For the pegs you will need:
- Common wooden pegs ($2 for a 52 pack at Woolies)
- Some magnetic tape or other magnets (I got mine for $2.50 from a discount store and had heaps left over)
- Mod Podge (or you could use a few thin coats of white PVA/craft glue)
- Some pretty paper- you can use scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, sheet music, old picture book pages or anything that takes your fancy
- Paint sponge or brush for the glue
- Pen or pencil
Later for the favour boxes:
- Sheets of A4 paper or origami paper (2 per box)
- Twine, ribbon or other embellishments
|Ok so if you want to get technical you could use a ruler to mesure & mark out the strips of paper but it works just fine to just grab a peg and start tracing around it until you have the desired amount of strips (one needed per peg)|
Cut out the paper strips and glue onto one side of the peg with a thin layer of mod podge and then coat the paper with a thin layer of mod podge & repeat with the rest of the pegs. Apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of the paper.
Next measure & cut strips of the magnetic strip. Mine was wide enough to be cut in half for use on two pegs, you may need to experiment with how much magnetic strip you need for the weight of the peg, I found it was best to cover the whole back of the peg to hold the weight.
Although the magnetic strip that I used was sticky-backed it isn't strong enough to stick to the wood, so you will need to glue it down also with mod podge or PVA.
Let dry & wallah!
Now for the boxes. I could have photographed the procedure for you but here's a link to an easy to follow tutorial for making these origami boxes.
I used an A4 sheet of paper and folded them diagonally & cut of the excess to make a square, the second piece needs to be slightly smaller so that it fits inside the first so just fold it about 1cm less & cut off the excess.
Fill the boxes with your favours & add the lids.
Now decorate with twine, pretty ribbon, or other pretty embellishments & you're done.
I hope you liked this easy peasy favour, I have another little one to share with you this week!