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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Calls for a New Project...

I decided that, rather than looking at old projects, I would do something new and quick.

I have done these before, but they are fast and fun.  What better way to start a new year?

If you walked into some one's workroom and saw a box labeled "tampons", you could possibly think that was a little weird....So...I labeled the box "bolster forms".  That sounds not quite so strange...and I get out of explaining the tampons to every new person that comes in and starts reading my labels.
The new ones are a bit different than the old kind.  I didn't discover, until I started using them that once again those silly people have messed up the design.  the new ones aren't an exact fit like the old ones were.  The inner tube is much smaller than the outer tube.  So I used part of the outer tube and cut a section out, in order to make the inner box that holds the top on.  Easy enough to do.

All you need for a nice powder box is the tampon, an index card, wallpaper or another paper of choice.  Thinner is better.  No card stock.  Other than that, you need white glue and small sharp scissors to cut the Vs in the top edges.
I should have said top and bottom edges.  The reason that I specify V cuts is you don't want the paper to overlap.

After you glue it as shown in the photo, cut a couple of strips of the paper that are the same size as the top and bottom sides.

Glue those around the box and over lap about 1/16".  I used my paper cutter to do the strips.  It makes for a nicer, straighter edge than scissors.

After you do that, decorate your box any way you want to.  I put bunka around the bottom of the top of the box.  I used four beads for three feet and a handle on top. 

As soon as I finish here, I am going back and put bunka around the top and bottom edges.  After seeing the photo, I think that it needs that little extra.

The answer to your next question....Yes.  It opens and you can hide things inside...Or you could even put a bit of dusting powder in it, with a felt circle on top for a powder puff.

Now go make something for the new year....If you don't need a powder box, you can make a set of canisters for the kitchen...Just don't tell anyone what you used to make the box.  They will think that you are a bit strange....

See you tomorrow.

10 comments:

Lucille said...

So pretty! Another brilliant idea! Who would have thought that tampons would be so versatile!

Veronique Blommaart said...

I was looking at yesterday's post and got lost on your blog again. I always discover new things.
Anyway... LOL on the tampons, I can see how that would prompt questions. Just occured to me, could the tampons themselves be used for pillows?

SharonS said...

Happy New Year Casey! I've been hooked on making these little boxes (and canisters, etc.) since reading a tutorial on your site some time ago. I've found that a 5/8" circle punch makes a perfectly fitted end for the "super" size tampon tube boxes (which I use for canisters). For powder size boxes, I use the outer tube of a "light" tampon and the inner tube of a "regular" tampon...the brand I use fit together perfectly, and a 1/2" circle punch makes a well fitted end.

Caseymini said...

VeroniQue, I don't like the texture for pillows, but I do use them for rubbing stain on furniture? I use the outside for making bolster pillows, thus the name on the outside of the box.

azteclady said...

Well, then, the box of "booster forms" my daughter left here when she left for college is getting a new lease on life--or perhaps, will reincarnate as something entirely different!

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Casey and a Happy New 2014 to you! I love the idea of using the tampon casing for a bolster! Very Clever! :D However, I am not clear on the scale of the powder box? The feet and the pull on the top look like they would make nice molds for blackberries or raspberries, depending on the actual scale, that is! :D
I always feel that I have learned something new after paying you a visit, so keep up the great work that you are doing Casey! I wish you and yours. all the very Best! :)

elizabeth

Caseymini said...

Elizabeth, This is a bit large as powder boxes go. I used the super tampon! So that the details could be readily seen. If I were really doing one for a scene, I would use the smallest size and probably smaller beads. The beads would be too big for raspberries and they are pretty conical in real life. The super tampon would make a better kitchen canister. Sorry about not telling you how large it was. I will be more specific next time.

Steinworks said...

hahahah Oh Casey you are so funny thank you for this great tutorial I never thought about using tampons to make kitchen canisters but it's a great idea Happy 2014

Caseymini said...

Marisa, I also use them for purses and bolster pillows, among other things...

Fabiola said...

Wonderful idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Your box is very nice.
Greetings, Faby