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Heart Shaped Box Tutorial

Heart shaped box
Dear friends I am overwhelmed at the response to my heart shaped swinging box..I never imagined you would like it so much!That shabby chic style heart box was not my usual style and my little 6 year old critique even told me "how dull it looks"!
Heart shaped box
So to oblige my little daughter,for my GD for ICR ,made a more "kiddy style" swinging heart shaped box

Heart shaped box
I printed and cut several bear angels [images are a winnings from Nikki]and made a 3 D decoupage using foam tape.Added silver glitter on the angel bears to make them sparkle!
Like the earlier heart box, this one too is held shut using ribbons threaded through eyelets atop the heart shaped gift box
Valentine Gift box
On releasing the ribbon the box swings to reveal a silver butterfly[Cheery Lynn die cut] inside the heart shaped box.
Heart shaped box

Many of you commented on the earlier heart shaped box that it looked like a tough project.Once you read the tutorial and try it you will realize its actually easy and entirely doable!

Materials required : First of all Nothing fancy is required to make this box!You need just:
  • Card stock - the sturdier the card stock , stronger your box
  • Scissors
  • Glue -normal thick white glue is enough
  • Ribbon /twine /thread/rope - to hold the swinging heart halves together
  • Scoring tool -use a bone folder/used ball point pen/blunt knife to score and get a crisp fold.
Fancy optional tools: Glue tape,eyelets,Single hole punch, Dies + cutting machine and a scoring board.
  1. You need  to cut 4 hearts:Hand cut using a heart shaped template or die cut like I did.You can make all 4 hearts the same size or 2 larger than the other 2. My 2 base hearts are around 3 inches and the outer scallop hearts are slightly bigger.
    Heart Box tutorial
  2. Take 2 card strips and fold up a 0.5 inch strip lengthwise.For this box the strips are 1.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches long.The length will depend on you heart size so keep it long and cut short as required.If you want a box with more depth so as to add fan fold tags like in my first heart box use a card strip 2 inches wide.
    Handmade box tutorial
  3. Make zig zag cuts on this folded 0.5 inch edge as shown. More examples of Zig zag cuts in making shaped boxes : Pram shaped Box ,Wishing Well,CD recycling Box,& the Oval gift box
  4. Apply white glue or stick a double sided tape on the zig zag teeth and stick the teeth on the under surface of a heart starting from the top as shown in the handmade box tutorial.
    Heart shaped box tutorial
    You can decorate the inner part of the card strip and add a brad before you stick the strip or do it later.Stick the strip till the tip of the heart.
  5. Cut off the excess card at the tip of the heart box half in one half.Repeat step 4 and make another heart box half but this time chop off just the zig zag teeth jutting from the tip and cut leaving 1 inch of card strip beyond the tip of the heart box.Score and fold this card strip at the tip of the heart box.
    Heart shaped box tutorial
  6. Stick a same size / large heart on the other side of the box to hide the zig zag teeth .This can also be done later after completing the swinging heart box.
    Heart shaped box tutorial
  7. So you have 2 halves of your swinging heart box [made in step 5]which look the same except for the card strip flap on the tip of one half of the heart box.
    Heart shaped box tutorial
  8. Invert one heart box half as shown apply glue on the inside of the folded flap[I have shown it here without the heart atop the zig zag for better clarity]
    Heart shaped box tutorial
  9. Stick this flap to the other half of the heart box aligning the tips as shown and you've made a swinging heart shaped box!
    Swinging Box tutorial
  10. To give more strength to the hinge of the box ,add an extra piece of card stock at the tip of the heart box.
Gift box tutorial
You can punch holes and add eyelets on the hinge if you want to secure your fan fold tags like I did in  the first heart shaped box.
Heart shaped box
I have no photos of how I made the fan fold tags..they are easy but if anyone wants me to do a tutorial on the accordion fan fold tags do tell me in the comments.
Heart shaped box
Supplies : Nellie Snellen heat scallop die,Cheery Lynn Butterfly die[Priya]
Edited : This tutorial was featured on Totally Tutorials

98 comments:

  1. Wow...Dr Sonia...you create magic in such simple steps.
    Lovely outcome and very good tutorial...thanks for sharing

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  2. Gorgeous.....I just love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. Thank you so much for the tutorial Dr sonia ...I really liked your heart shaped box the moment i saw it and now that i can see how easy it is to make ...will definitely give it a try ...i loved your teddy bear gift box as well ..looks so adorable!! hope Prisha is happy now :)

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    1. Thank you Hussena ha ha yes this box earned me a "wow" from her!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, your tutorials make everything so easy!!! :-)

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    1. Thank you Tanvi. This particular project is quite easy though looks rather complicated

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  5. Amazing...This card can be called the cupid duplicate of the shabby chic card :)
    Which punch have u used on the borders of the heard?
    It looks beautiful!

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    1. Ha Ha I like how you called it the cupid duplicate! The heart border is not punched Bijal. Its a scallop heart die

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  6. Butterfly is captivating me, love your creativity...

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    1. The butterfly is a die cut on silver paper Rashida. Thank you its one of my favorites too

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  7. You have wonderful creative ideas inside & outside the box. Saw that you recently won a prize challenge with your swinging Valentine Box.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  8. Awesome as always... This box is so cute..i am surely gonna try this one some day! Thanks so much for the tutorial.. :)

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    1. Ha Ha I hope the someday is soon Sindhu..you will really rock at 3 D paper craft!

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  9. Beautifull, thanks for the visit to my blog, and for the tutorial too :)

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  10. This is so awesome! Not that difficult as i thought it to be.. going to try this next weekend! & I would love to see a tutorial on those fan folded tags as well..

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    1. Thank you Kishley..and ok will take pics of a fan fold and post a tutorial soon

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  11. How very sweet....I'm sure your daughter just loved it! Those little bears are just the cutest!!!
    Lots of work put into these boxes...thanks for the tutorial!

    Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan..yes the artist Nikki creates super cute stuff

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  12. Your daughter knows what she likes and doesn't. Ha Very sweet that you made another box to accomodate her and I'm sure she loves it. Nice tutorial. Thanks.

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    1. Ha Ha Yes Benzi..today she was blog hopping with me and smirked at a cute Tilda saying..it doesnt have a nose or a mouth!!

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  13. wow!! this is awesome Sonia!! and thanks for the tutorial.. I must try this some day!! You are awesome as always!!

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    1. Thank you so much Berina. So sweet of you to always drop in with kind words

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  14. Thanks doc. A must do for me.

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    1. Oh I would love to see one with your fabulous quilling Suganthi!

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  15. brilliant creation ,will try it.prisha's saying is so cute and adorable ,love her.

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    1. Thank you Megha. Yes little Prisha did love this one..it was more to her taste with bright colors and cute teddy bears!

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  16. Very very lovely, TFS, Hugs, Marion

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  17. i can so imagine them filled with chocolate what a detailed post

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  18. sooo cute, love it and sure your Daughter does to !!!!
    Paula

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  19. Wow...its amazing box...your tutorials make everything so easy to explore !!!

    p.s. just realised I share my new name"prisha" after marriage with ur daughter :-)

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    1. Thank you Neelam. Oh you changed your name after marriage!! Prisha means God's gift in sanskrit

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  20. Another beautiful box Sonia. I love the little images. These boxes are fantastic. My fav is the first one you made (pink one).

    How exciting Annette. I remember when my daughter gave me my little Maltese 12 years ago. She has been such a wonderful addition to our family.

    Cute LO. Love the paw print pager and what a darling little puppy.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥

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  21. Gorgeous hearts, love all the details and cute images on them... I will have to try this one out someday... Love your tutorials you make it look so easy to follow..
    Enjoy your new crafty week Sonia!

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    1. It is quite easy Shirl..thank you so much

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  22. Wow this box is so,so swith. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  23. Dr Sonia, I have no words....every craft of yours leave me speechless every time. Wonderful tutorial.

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    1. Oh you are so sweet Disha...thank you so much.

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  24. Thanks Dr.Sonia for making such a wonderful tutorial with clear photos n step (no chance of anything going wrong !)I was guessing how you made the center strip and how you held it in shape Now I got..teeths !! I have an idea of making a similar but circular box with discarded CDs n of course swinging mechanism some day !

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    1. A circular swinging box is an awesome idea Pooja..how about an egg shaped box that cracks open!! Here is the link to a CD recycled box tutorial

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    2. Egg shaped box sounds interesting ..can be nice gift for coming Easter !I forgot to request for the fan-fold tags tutorials in previous comment.

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  25. Another gorgeous heart box Sonia, and a fabulous tutorial, they would make beautiful advent decorations on the tree for Christmas...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  26. both of the heat boxes are very lovely they inspire me to do some craft every time you make amazing creations that i wait for your posts

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  27. Beautiful dear :)

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  28. What a pretty box. The image looks great and I love the colours.

    Thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen challenge this time.
    Lorraine x

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  29. O my word, What a Beautiful heart box...Stunning detail... Thank you for the tutorial.. I must try this out... Love it!! Hugs May x x x

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  30. Dr sonia i want to ask you something...that why you always make me speechless???
    you are sach a wonderful lady but your craft...no wards to say.
    Thanks for tutorial.

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  31. Beautiful box!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    I loved it!

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  32. Rockstar you are!!! It's a really cool project and I was just wondering how come you didn't do a tute. Fab job!!

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    1. Thank you Sunehra.I had the tutorial pics with me since 2 weeks just couldnt get around to blog about it!

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  33. Wow, this is stunning!! And what a fabulous tutorial!! You are so sweet to take the time to write it all down and take pictures!! I have to try this - it is fabulous!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  34. Noch eine wunderschöne Herzschachtel. Mit diesem Tutorial kann ich es sehr leicht nacharbeiten.
    Liebe Grüsse, Ulla

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  35. This is Fantastic Sonia. Thanks for the tutorial. Another thing on my to do list..Loz

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    1. Thank you so much Loz.Would love to see you work your magic hands on a heart shaped box!

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  36. wonderful dr. sonia, when came t know about ICRC26, i wanted to make a heart shaped box only , tried thrice also but stuck with how to attach strip to base heart, for its wall but as usual u had explained so well, i got all my queries answered.....

    thanks a ton dear

    you are alwayz an INSPIRATION

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    1. Thank you so much Naina ..it is comments like this which makes writing tutorials so worthwhile.Most of my tutorials are experiments which worked out..so gald you liked it. I have seen some crafters use the glue gun to attach the card strip to the base of a box to make the sides..I tried it but the box didnt last long as when dried the slightest wear and tear would make the box fall apart..nothing beats the zig zag teeth and white glue to make a sturdy box!
      Check out another shaped box tutorial: Pram shaped box tutorial

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  37. Awesome!!loved it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  38. Marvelous! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

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  39. Awesome Sonia.. Never expected tis box was so easy to make.. Cant wait to try it.. Appreciate ur patience n generosity in sharing such detailed easy to follow tutorials :-) :-) would also love to learn ur fan fold pockets..

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  40. Halo Sonja,
    the heart box looks fantastic. You got wonderfully decorated. Thanks for the detailed instructions.
    Many greetings, Carmen

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  41. Love it! I've always wondered just how to make those cute shaped boxes! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I adore the teddy box. It's just so sweet! Thank you BEAR-y much for joining us this week at Card Crafter's Circle!

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  42. A fabulous project, thank you for joining us over at Glitter n Sparkle, good luck

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  43. Thanks a lot for very clear tutorial Dr.Sonia ....Whenever I start doing something, first i will search in your blog ....Please do post the tutorial of Fan...

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    1. Thank you Sindhu..that is such a compliment! And I do feel good when someone wants a tutorial..I will surely make a tutorial of the fan fold tags and post soon

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  44. Sonia, I'm truly amazed how you find the time not only to create these but also to do a tutorial. You truly are an amazing person.
    http://ajourneyintoquilling.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Christine.You are also so generous in posting quilling tutorials..thank you Christine!

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  45. Loved it..:):) Thanks a lot for the Clear tutorial.

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    1. Wow!!! this swinging heart shaped box too is amazing
      and I must say u have decorated it beautifully

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    2. Actually I 2oo have made n gifted 1 4 my daughter on 21st Feb whose piks I have not yet posted on my blog...but luking @ my creation I must say urs is Simply Awesome:);)

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    3. Thank you Kunda.Good to have you visit after a long time.Will love to see your heart box

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  46. Love this version of the heartbox too...

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  47. Dr. Sonia your tutuorial is so clear! For the first time ever I feel I can leave here and make it make this beautfiul swinging heart bix without having to refer back !!! Beautiful job, I chuckled that your daughter thought the other was dull... hehe , you have to love their perspective and honesty, lol I can certainly understand the overwhelming response you got from the first one.. you are amazing!!!

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  48. thanks for sharing tute sonia.it is very useful

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  49. Oh I missed your first heart shape box Dr. and don't know how..and it is so so beautiful.And this is something I have never seen..Step 7 is quiet tricky..love this tutorial !!

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    1. Poornima you will be able to make it easily.While I made the box I made a mistake of making the halves as mirror images..later realized they need to be made the same.The flap is actually optional..you can use an extra card strip to glue the halves together

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  50. What a fun project to make, I love how it swings open like that. So kind of you to include a tutorial too!

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  51. Another beautiful heart box! Thank you for your step by step tutorial on how to make this awesome project! Congratulations on the win of your gorgeous pink box and fan!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  52. Adorable box and GREAT tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Wow!!!awesome!!Thanks for such a detailed and easy to follow tutorial!!!

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  54. This is awesome! I am thinking of doing a simple version with a wedding theme with some black and white cardstock. Thank you for the clear instructions :)

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  55. Perfect for the valentine month :)

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  56. Awwww....this is soooo cute! :)

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  57. This is incredible! Love the bears on the heart and thanks for the great tutorial! Thankyou for joining us at Card Crafter's Circle!

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  58. Oh this is totally stunning beautiful image and amazing backing papers so beautifully presented too!.....thank you for joining our challenge at Forever Friends " BEARS" and good luck hope to see you next time DT Member Sandra H xx

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  59. WOW ! its wonderful ! .ATB.

    attyfattycrafts.blogspot.in

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  60. WOW ! its wonderful ! .ATB.

    attyfattycrafts.blogspot.in

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  61. This is absolutely beautiful. Love the heart shaped box and thanks for the tutorial. Not sure if you meant to link to the monthly or fortnightly FF challenge though, but thanks for sharing at Forever Friends monthly. Absolutely love it. Hope to see you back next month for a new challenge. Bettina xx

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  62. Dear Sonia, Whenever I visit your blog, I definitely find something very creative and beautiful. I always love to visit ur blog... I must appreciate your time management. You manage your time to create so many crafts with ur darling kid and post tutorials also in such an elaborate way... This box is so gorgeous...

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  63. wow stunning . Love the colours and the box is beautiful too.Thanks for sharing with us at glitternsparkle Hugs Trisha x

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  64. Gorgeous box! Thanks for the great tutorial. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends.

    Karen

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  65. WOW WOW WOW this is a gorgeous creation, very elegant and unique and a brilliant tutorial. That Craft Place Challenge Blog. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

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  66. What a beautifull cards! Thank you for joining us at Foever Friends.....
    Rachel xx

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  67. ur ideas,thinking,creativity are unbiliable.......
    i have no word to appritiate ur beauty..........

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    1. Thank you so much Madhuri...you are so sweet!!

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  68. Dr. Sonia hi, lovely boxes and awesome tutorial. Thanks once again. In the process of making it. Do you ve a tutorial on how you made the fan fold tags or can you guide me where you got one?

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    1. The fan fold tags were indeed tricky to make as if I made even a little change in the dimensions they wouldnt fit in the box!! I am sorry this post was so long ago I have no clue of the dimensions...do experiment and be prepared to waste some paper!

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  69. Thanks doc, no worries, shall try and find it and shall pass on the info to you too so it could be of help.

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