I was asked by a friend's 7 year old daughter if I would make her a little album that she could take with her on her family vacation to Disney. She also asked if I could make a box for it so that she could "keep it safe". You can't let a little girl down, so this is what I came up with.
I started out with, of all things, a round cheese box and painted it black. It needed a couple of coats to cover all the writing on the box.
I made sure that the inside had good black coverage. then for the top, I only did the edges and about 1" in on the top.
I knew that I wanted to make this into a Minnie Mouse face. The first thing I did was cut a circle the diameter of the box top. I then went onto Cricut Design Space and found a Minnie face. I enlarged and tweaked it to that it would fit perfectly on the top of the box. I cut circles out for her ears, but had no idea where I was going to place them. Should I place them on the top of the box? The bottom of the box? Well I ended up gluing them to the bottom of the box. I them made a pink polka dot ribbon to sit between the ears. The ribbon is attached to the side of the box top.
Next up was the actual album. I used my Cricut Explore and cut circles out of lightweight chipboard. I then cut my patterned paper the same size and adhered it to the chipboard. I added some photo mats and a couple of Disney sticker, punched a hole in the top of each tag, and added a ring to hold it all together.
While Disney usually isn't my style, and I don't really create for children, I have to tell ya.....this was one Happy 7 year old!
Look around and see what you can upcycle! It's amazing what you can find sitting around your house that can be used for crafting.
Have a great weekend ~ Deb