The milk carton template is an adorable gift container by itself, but today we are going to reconfigure it into a hexagon shape that will allow for a slightly larger gift. The Milk Carton template is available as both a printable template and as a
cutting file for use with electronic cutters. This project requires some modification to the template though so it will have to be printed and cut by hand.
- Milk carton template set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff
- Summer Days Shapes by The Cutting Files
- Paper Flower Templates Set 1 by The Cutting Files
- card stock, patterned paper, adhesive, ribbon, hole punch
- Spellbinders Elegant Posts Die
I used black card stock for the project and as I tried to take pictures, I discovered it was impossible to see how it was made. I, therefore, made a sample box from white paper to illustrate how it went together. Read all the way through first to get a good idea of how it was done.
Print the template two times and trim off the section on the side without the tab as shown. Do not cut out the bottom according to the template, leave as shown. I printed this on an 8.5X11 inch sheet of paper and left it the full width of 8.5 inches. This left about a 1/2 inch overhang beyond the bottom of the template. Cut up from the bottom making slits just up to the fold line.
The top portion will be folded all around so you will need to draw in guidelines. I measured and made a dot in the center of the section then drew in dotted lines.
I found it easier to make my fold lines before I put the two pieces together. If you have some type of scoring tool it will come in real handy about now. The straight lines make the mountain the upside down V’s make the valley.
Attach the two pieces together overlapping the straight edge over the tab.
A cylinder is formed when both sides are adhered.
Overlap the bottom and adhere the pieces together making sure that you have a nice, even shape.
This is the finished shape.
Since it would be impossible to see the print on the black card stock, I used the white print out as a template. The basic shape was cut from card stock then the template was placed on top and used as a guide for the folds.
To make a template for the patterned paper, a section was cut out then trimmed an 1/8th of an inch all the way around.
Six pieces were cut out of patterned paper and centered on to each section of the box before it was put together. Fold the patterned paper first, it makes it easier to fold the entire thing without wrinkles.
Finish as previously shown and punch holes at the base of each fold in the top.
The box is now ready to be embellished any way you choose. I added some scroll work to the edges with a Spellbinder die that had the top trimmed off.
This was adhered to each corner of the box to jazz it up a bit and cover up some of the raw edges.
This is a view from the top where the ribbon is threaded through the holes.
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