Many Merry Stars Alternative – Star Box With Brad Hinge Opening

Stampin' Up! Many Merry Stars Kit Star Boxes | Created by Rachel Legge rachelleggestampinup.wordpress.comMany Merry Stars Kit: Versatile, Huge and Simple
If I had to chose just three things I love about the Many Merry Stars Kit, those things would be the versatility of the kit, the amount of product included in the kit and the kit’s ease of use.

The kit comes with all the pieces needed to create 26 star boxes, ranging in size and patterns. Contents include heaps of die-cut star pieces and matching side pieces, wooden snowflake embellishments, multiple sheets of die-cut tags, banners, greetings and accents as well as plenty of gold twine. The really great thing about all these elements is that they can be used in multiple and varying ways so you’re not limited to just creating boxes. In a previous post I shared an ‘ornament-in-a-card’ Katie created using elements from the kit and the coordinating stamp set. You can also create place cards, ornaments, tree decor pieces and cards, example of which are pictured below.

Stampin Up Merry and Bright Holiday Suppliement Many Merry Stars Kit Alternative Ideas - Collage by Katie Legge

Alternative ideas using supplies from the Many Merry Stars Kit.Photos by Stampin’ Up!

In today’s post I am sharing another idea: Star Boxes turned into gift boxes that hold chocolate. The best part about these boxes is that they can easily be opened (and shut) without ruining/taking apart the box.

Stampin' Up! Many Merry Stars Kit Christmas Decorated Star with Swing Arm Opening | Brad Acts As Anchor To Create Swinging Mechanism Allowing Box To Be Opened | Created by Rachel Legge rachelleggestampinup.wordpress.comThe Details

To create the opening in the top of the box, use a star framelit and a craft knife to cut a star shape in the centre of the star piece that will form the the top of the box. Use the edge of the framelit as a guide where to cut. Be sure to create the opening before assembling the box. If you are using one of the smaller star boxes you could use the Big Shot, however I have used one of the large star boxes which was too wide to fit through the Big Shot (I don’t mind though because it means the box holds more chocolates 🙂 ). Once you have cut the opening and attached the lid, the box can be assembled as normal.

To create a window/lid for the box, cut a piece of window sheet using a craft knife and the star framelit one size bigger than the one used for the opening. To cover up the edges of the window sheet and to strengthen the lid, make a frame using a coordinating cardstock. Cut the frame with the craft knife and two star framelits. For this box we have used the same design from the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, but you could also use another star from the kit, the leftover kraft cardstock that surronds the die cut star pieces in the kit or glimmer paper.

To create a hinge, so the lid can be moved and the chocolates can be reached without tearing the box, I have used a brad as an anchor so the lid can swing side to side. For this box I have used a Candy Dots Brad Base with a pearl in the centre so it coordinates with the rest of the box. To add the brad, line up the lid and the top of the box with the opening in it (before the box is assembled) and use a piercing tool to poke a hole through each of the layers. Then, add your brad, separate and flatten the brad legs and voila! You now have a working lid.

To decorate the box, I have used Basic Pearl on the centre of each of the ‘flowers’ on the DSP. Make sure to only add pearls to the sides and lid of the box – not the top of the box – as these will interfere when you try to swing open the lid.

Another Sample

Below are a few photos of a another treat box I made using elements from the Many Merry Stars Kit. This box was created from one of the Kraft boxes in the kit and gold glimmer was added to the lid to jazz the box up. I have used a gold brad (retired however you can heat emboss one of mini silver brads to match the gold glimmer paper) for the hinge and have stamped the window sheet using white StazOn and images from the coordinating Many Merry Stars stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much I enjoyed creating these star boxes. Be sure to try creating your own star box with a brad hinge opening, using the Many Merry Stars Kit. Remember, the Many Merry Stars Kit and matching stamp set are only available while supplies last until January 5th, so hurry and get yours today!

Happy Stampin’,
Rachel and Katie xx


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