Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine Gable Box

I wanted to make Valentines' Boxes using these cute little test tubes, so I took the original pattern and idea posted on SCS here and changed it a bit to accommodate what I put inside.

I filled my boxes with 3 small Trendy tubes from Papertrey Ink stuffed with Valentine candy on one side and four 3x3 notes and envelopes on the other side.

I used the little lamb from Pun Fun for the cards and the tags. Candy Lane DSP on the cards. The hearts on the tubes are made using the Heart to Heart punch and silver elastic cord.

I used my new favorite stamp set, Branch Out for the cover of some of the boxes.

On others, I cut a rectangle leaving a 1/2" border out of the front and put a piece of transparency paper inside for a see-through look.

Here's how I made it...

Start with a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock. Score along the 11" side at 1/2", 4", 5 3/4" and 9 1/4". Rotate cardstock and score the 8 1/2" side at 1 3/4" and 6".

Cut on the score lines up to the intersecting score lines as shown. Instead of just cutting a straight line up the score, I take a small 'v' shape out to remove some of the bulk in folding it up. Also, cut out the extra part as shown on the photo for the little flap on the left side of this photo.

Cut cardstock 3 3/8" x 2 1/4". Score on the two long sides at 1/2". This is the holder for the tubes. Punch 3 holes with the 1" circle punch. I used prepunched shapes as a pattern for even spacing.

Cut cardstock 5 1/4" x 3". Score at 1/2" and 1" on both short sides and one long side. Trim excess from corners as shown in the photo. Fold on score lines, assemble as shown and add Sticky Strip to the back side. This is the pocket for the 3x3 cards and envelopes.

Peel Sticky Strip and attach the pocket for the 3x3 cards and envelopes to one side of the INSIDE of the box. Peel Sticky Strip from ONE side only of the tube holder and attach to the other side of the box, again, remember you are working on the inside.

Apply Sticky Strip to the little closing flap, add test tubes and 3x3 cards & envelopes. Peel the tape on the remaining side of the test tube holder and close the box. Now peel the tape on the closing flap and seal the box closed...forever and forever so make sure it's straight ;)

I decorated the outside of the box with a 2 1/2" wide strip of Bella Rose polka dot paper before adding the Branch Out tree. You can decorate them anyway you want...have fun!


  1. This is so cool and love those test tubes. Very creative and inspiring gable box.

  2. Oh Becky these are have the best ideas, and thanks for showing us how you did this cute box. I love the test tubes but we don't have them available at our local craft supply. hmmmm wonder what I could substitue? LOL

  3. Becky, your ideas just keep coming! You are so inspiring. THANKS for posting the pattern, I may have to stash for next year or try it for Easter. I am valentine's dayed out. LOL This is so cute, I keep thinking, ok make just ONE MORE VALENTINE'S DAY THING!

  4. too cute and thanx for showing how you made them. love it.

    xox ~ carol.

  5. Becky Roberts you once again are amazing!!!! I can't believe the wonderful things you are always coming up with!!! Soooooo cute!!! Keep up the fantastic job.... and your blog looks so good!!!

  6. Oh my gosh I love this! Thanks for posting directions! :o)

  7. How have I missed your Blog for so long? You have an awesome Blog and you are so talented! Thank you for sharing and giving inspiration.

  8. Where did you get those cutie test tubes me love them.. and your Gable box so freaking cute.. OK and do you know my Branch out is ON B/O!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA so I have to waitttttt NOOOO and you with all these yummy creations I can't take it.. YOU ROCK GIRL! :)


  9. Becky, this is absolutely gorgeous, thank you for the instructions. Beautiful projects.


  10. This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing all your hard work.

  11. Love it!!
    You are so clever and so talented Becky.

  12. What a gorgeous set Becky!

    I love the colours and the little lamb is so cute. Another great project and more inspiration for me to try - thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Beatiful creations! Thx for sharing!


  14. You have such cute ideas...Love all your projects

  15. it is adorable
    were did you find those tubes?