Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thrifty 3D Wednesday

This month for my Thrify 3D Wednesday post, I wanted to share a project that would be a great gift for someone at Christmas! Something they can enjoy throughout the coming year! This Calendar Box could sit on a co-workers desk...or in someone's home office!

Isn't that Punch Owl just TOO cute? I love it! The pull out drawer could hold post-it notes or sheets of scratch paper, or fill it with candy for a special treat!

I've seen this project from several different sources, and combined their ideas with some of my own. It really is quite easy...decorating takes the longest, of course!

The base is So Saffron cardstock and I used Real Red cardstock for layers behind the calendar and the Scallop Trim Borders. I used the floral pattern from Play Date Designer Paper on the top easel portion and the green leaf print in that same DSP for the front of the drawer and the top of the box. The owl is punched from Early Espresso and his vest from a scrap piece of Play Date DSP, too. The pupils in the eyes are Black Mini Brads and I added a little red heart. Hello from Tiny Teacup a la cart stamp is stamped with Early Espresso on Whisper White and punched with the Small Oval, then layered on Real Red Large Oval punch. I punched the branch from Two Step Bird Punch from Old Olive and placed the Owl on it. Then put the entire owl piece on a 2 3/8 Scallop Circle of So Saffron. Last I added the calendar, layered onto Real Red that holds the easel top standing open.



So Saffron cardstock: 4 1/4 x 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4 & 6 3/8 (card top)

So Saffron cardstock: 4 1/4 x 11, score at 1", 5 3/8", 6 3/8" & 10 3/4" (box shell)

So Saffron cardstock: 6 1/4 x 6 1/4, score 1" on all four sides (inside box)

Old Olive cardstock: 4 1/8 x 4 1/8

Assemble the box:

On the 6 1/4 square piece, cut up to the intersecting lines and cut off the corners on a diagonal, this will help insure that you don't have edges sticking up.

Add Sticky Strip to the back of the diagonals and assemble box

Assemble the box shell:

On the 4 1/4 x 11 piece, add adhesive to the 1/4" strip and assemble.

Card top:

Fold in half at the 4 1/4 score line. Adhere the card top to box shell. Make a mountain fold with the scored flap to form the easel.

Decorate the Old Olive panel and adhere to front of easel form on card.

Add calendar (inside card) so that it holds the easel open!

Decorate front of box, add flower brad for drawer pull. Slide box into box shell.

Place card on top of box shell.

Hope you enjoyed my contribution to Thrify 3D Wednesday. If you decide to make one yourself, I'd love to see it! Leave a comment with the link so I can check it out!



  1. Wowzah Connie! Fantabulous job on this! I'm going to have to try to make one!

  2. WOW! I loved it so much, that I had to go make one ASAP, mind you, it is now 2am here, and it is completed... but will wait until daylight to photograph it! I think I will make a few more in the coming weeks.... I am visiting my house mates family over Christmas, and it might be a fun present!

  3. This is a wonderful project Connie, well done. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  4. I will be making one. I love the owl punch. Thanks for the directions.

  5. WOW! This is beautiful will give it ago doesn't look to hard


  6. THANK YOU for sharing I gotta make some of these, they make great gifts!

  7. Great idea! Would love to make some of these. Could you let us know a source for the little calendars?

  8. I printed my own off of the computer, cut them out, and attached them to each other with a brad. Mine can be seen here at my blog. thanks

  9. Thanks so much for condensing the directions! What a time saver~~

  10. I have made the 3D item above i have posted it onto my blog

  11. I like this idea with the calendar. I want to do a project using this size calendar. Can you tell me where to find this size calendar? Thank you.

  12. Thanks for a great idea! I will use this in my stamp class.