Gift Bag Room Box Instructions
These instructions were taken from one of the MSAT lists
(thank you!) and thought I would share. Sorry, no photos are available at
are GENERIC instructions. You can use them for any size and shape of a bag. The
procedure is the same, only the measurements of the pieces will be different.
NUMBER 1: MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE.
a Bristol board template (a pattern) for your pieces. Label each cut piece
marking the top and bottom, as well. This will ensure a good fit of all your
pieces. (Poster board can be substituted for Bristol)
a mechanical pencil for accurate measuring.
on a carpenter's square to make the pieces square.
a cork-backed ruler which should be longer than the item you are cutting.
a very sharp new blade in your x-acto knife. Change the blades often.
your blade straight up and down, and pressed against the metal ruler.
first cut is always just a score. Apply slightly more pressure on each pass,
taking 3-4 passes to cut through the gator board.
a sanding block to smooth out each edge.
a Plexiglas cutting knife to cut the Plexiglas in the same manner as you would
cut the gator board, except that after five passes, you place the part that you
want to cut off overhanging a sharp table edge, OR resting on a 1 inch dowel,
and snap the piece off at the cutting line. This should give you a very smooth
only need a miter on the molding ends that meet at the inside wall corners.
order for the least amount of warp-age to occur, prepare your walls and
immediately install them into the bag, or alternatively, allow wallpapered or
painted walls to dry under weights overnight.
the top of the bag that is folded inside by running a line of tacky glue close
to the cut edge, in between the two layers of the bag. Masking tape will hold it
in place while the glue is drying.
DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR BAG WINDOW:
you are working on the inside of the bag, you should be deciding on the shape
and size of your opening. This will all depend on what you are planning to put
into the room, as well as the outside printed design of your bag and your own
personal preference. Here are some ideas for a bag window:
a square or a rectangular window
picture frames glued around the window
ribbon, lace or Bunka glued around the window
irregular shaped opening by cutting out around the shapes of the print or image
on the bag
straight edges on opening, but cut out shapes are glued around the window
AND CUT THE INSIDE SHELL IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER.
IS IMPORTANT TO CREATE A TIGHT FIT OF THE INSIDE SHELL BY PLACING EACH
INSIDE THE BOX BEFORE MEASURING AND CUTTING THE NEXT PIECE.
FRONT BRISTOL BOARD STABILIZER
FLOOR, RIGHT WALL, LEFT WALL & CEILING (All four pieces are the same size!)
THE INSIDE SHELL:
FRONT BRISTOL BOARD STABILIZER:
and cut the Bristol board to fit the front of the bag. It should be almost as
tall as the bag handles. Folding up the bag helps to get the size correct.
the Bristol board as a template for the Plexiglas. Draw your cutting lines onto
the paper protector and cut the Plexiglas through the paper with a Plexiglas
cutter. Place the Bristol board and then the Plexiglas into the bag. IT WEAKENS
THE BAG TO CUT OUT THE WINDOW NOW, THEREFORE ONLY AFTER ALL OF THE PIECES ARE
CUT, YOU WILL CUT OUT THE FRONT WINDOW!
FLOOR, RIGHT & LEFT SIDE WALLS & CEILING:
and cut the Bristol board to fit the bottom of the bag snugly. Use this template
to cut four pieces of gator board all the same size. Sand the edges smoothly and
label each piece, including which way is Up . There will be a smaller piece left
over, which can be placed into the bag, underneath the floor, to raise the
floor. It is helpful to round the corners of the floor piece slightly, so that
it goes in and out of the bag easily without tearing the gift bag. Put the floor
pieces and side walls in the bag.
the floor template to cut a piece of Plexiglas for the ceiling if you are not
installing a light. You can buy clear plastic tissue paper which you can glue
onto the Plexiglas . . . OR leave the ceiling off completely.
the floor template to get the correct height for the back wall, and measure the
space between the walls, so that the back wall will fit in between, very snugly.
Cut the back wall template from Bristol board. Use the template to cut the back
wall out of gator board. Sand the edges and label which way is up .
the bag and fold it up. Use the width of your ruler to measure and cut out the
opening for your window on the Bristol board piece from instruction #1. The
opening should have a border which is at least 1" wide from the edges of
the bag. The bag should be slightly bigger that the Bristol board, so that the
edges of the Bristol board can't be seen from the outside.
get a smooth front cut, slide a cutting mat (or the back wall) into the bag and
use it as a hard surface. Draw your cutting line with a pencil, and use your
x-acto knife to cut the straight lines. Cut the curved lines with scissors. Use
a glue stick to glue the Bristol board to the front opening.
can outline the Bristol board edges with marker or paint if they show.
NOT GLUE THE PLEXIGLAS to the bag. IT SHOULD SLIDE IN AND OUT EASILY, AND BE
REMOVABLE SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET INSIDE THE BAG FROM EITHER THE CEILING
OR THE FRONT WINDOW.
FOR THE WINDOW:
can use the shapes from the piece of the bag that you've just cut out. Glue them
around the edges with a glue stick.
you can plan ahead and cut around certain shapes.
you have made a rectangular or square opening, you can frame your window with a
picture frame, or miniature framing wood. You can even use lace or Bunka to trim
the edges. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE LIMITLESS.
your ceiling piece is clean, no paint is necessary. Install your track light or
other source of lighting with double-sided tape and leave the ceiling unglued so
that you can decorate the interior. You may have to make cuts on either side
wall so that the track lighting fits in between the walls.
PREPARING YOUR WALLS:
or paint your walls, add chair rails & baseboard moldings. GLUE YOUR WALLS
INTO THE BAG USING WALLPAPER PASTE. Glue one wall at a time by laying the bag
down, and with both hands inside, apply pressure to the wall for a few minutes
to make sure that it is glued in well.
TISSUE PAPER DECORATION:
if this is not a gift, having tissue paper coming out of the bag creates a very
pretty effect. Choose tissue paper in a coordinating color. Cut out about 20 -
25 pieces of tissue paper about 6 - 8" square. Run a line of glue on the
top of the ceiling piece at the back. Pinch each square in the center and
scrunch up slightly. Working from the back of the ceiling piece, forward to the
front, run more glue lines and glue in the scrunched up tissue pieces, until the
space is full of tissue.
GIFT TAG AND HANDLES:
not cut off the handles as they are very useful for transporting and moving your
gift bag. If you are giving this as a gift, you can write your message inside
the tag. Otherwise, write the title of your project and the date that you
the extra pieces of gator board to raise the floor and cover it with your choice
of: prepared flooring paint plank flooring from Popsicle or craft sticks
linoleum sheets from canvas-paper ceramic tiles from Fimo, Das, or canvas-paper
wall-to-wall carpet, or an area rug over hardwood.
Sand one top edge of the long wood strip to round it. Measure and miter the inside corner edges. Paint or stain and set aside. This molding strip could also be used as a chair rail.
Voila! By Roz Weitzman ©1998
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