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vinicode™ wine reviews Each year during the Holidays, we get together with our friends and have a cookie-swap, exchanging baked goods and sweet treats and the recipes we used to make them. We also began to think about ways to bring a little old-time Holiday nostalgia to our gifts. When we discovered a stack of old Christmas post cards and linens in an antique shop, the gears started turning and we knew how we wanted to present this year's offerings. With the addition of a few sheets of vintage wrapping paper we bought on Ebay.com and a dozen craft boxes, we were set.
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You'll need papier maché or cardboard craft boxes, glue, paint, pencils, brushes, scissors or an X-acto knife, a ruler, ribbon, tissue, along with vintage cards, linens, tags, and wrapping paper.

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Select the box and paper to cover. Remove creases by gently ironing papers on the reverse side, using very low heat, on a smooth, clean, firm surface (no steam).

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With box held firmly in place on paper, trace around the base and with a ruler, clean up lines and corners.

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Measure side panels of box. Add 1/2" to the height of the panel for overlap and draw each coming out from base lines of box. On two opposite panels, also add 1/4" on each side for overlap. Cut paper along outside lines, making sure to slit into the corner lines on the 1/4" overlaps.

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With a soft brush, apply a light coat of glue to base of box. Too much glue can cause the paper to wrinkle or the box to warp, so work carefully. A glue stick or double-sided tape can be used.

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Position paper, aligning pencil lines and corners. Tamp down the paper gently with fingertips, smoothing out any wrinkles working from the center out to the edges. Allow paper to dry for 10 minutes.

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Repeat gluing process for sides of box, applying both sides with the 1/4"overlapping flaps first, followed by the two opposite panels over these. This allows you a little leeway matching the seams together. Continue by carefully folding and gluing excess paper at the top onto the inner panels.

For round or oval boxes, slit excess paper out from the panel edge every 3/8" to 1/2". Apply glue carefully to inner panel and crimp down paper tabs with fingertips, overlapping if necessary. Any shortcomings or glitches on seams and corners can be covered over using leftover paper of the same pattern used on the box or from a solid-color paper, or ribbon can be trimmed to fit and glued cross the seam.
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For the box lids, choose the boldest or largest patterns or illustrations from your papers and frame them so they are featured to the best effect. Or you can simply paint them. Metallic paints work especially well. If you plan to use a bow or gift tag, align the design slightly off-center to allow plenty of space.

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Repeat steps 2-6. Lids and box bases don't have to be crafted from the same papers. Solid lids over striped bases, and vice-versa, look great. We also found it to be much easier to paint odd-shaped lids, especially those with scalloped edges. Allow boxes to dry for 24 hours before using.

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Before filling your boxes, wrap cookies in celophane or Saran wrap, tie off with a ribbon, and curl the ends. Line boxes with colored tissues and shredded paper or vintage linens. Arrange cookies and candies, top with an old post card, place the lid on, and tie off the whole thing with more curling ribbon.

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