a1is010a ~ Hat Box Assembly and
Bow Handle Making

Required tools and supplies:
  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • Tweezers
  • Good cutting mat
  • Detailing scissors
  • Thin metal ruler with edge on which you will press your paper to make even crease lines.
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
  • Artist's paint brush to apply craft glue
  • See end of tutorial for bow maker which requires a small piece of mat board (size depends on scale of bow, I used a 4"x6" piece), 4 thumb tacks and 2 slender nails, plus some craft cement/epoxy.


Envelope Construction:

Visit the Envelope Photo Tutorial to learn how to make a perfect fit envelope.

Hat Box Construction:

1. Cut out pieces and notch the tabs on both the box lid and box base.

2. Fold carefully at each intersection as shown. Make sure you use a thin ruler and press against the edge. This is especially important for the line of tabs. If they are not folded all on the same plane, your finished box will have an uneven baseline.

3.  Paint glue to the side tab on both the box lid and box base. Press evenly.

4. Take the inner panel and slip it into the box base to check if any trimming is required. If it fits properly, paint glue to the blank sides of the tabs. Now slip the inner down inside. Press it down evenly against the table surface. It is important to do this before adhering the outside bottom panel, for this method will ensure the proper shape of the finished box.

5. Now glue the outside bottom panel in place after you make sure it does not need to be trimmed.

6. Splay the lining panels outward. Paint plenty of glue to one of the panels and press into position. If you do not use enough glue, you will not be able to position it properly because it will not be slippery. Hopefully, you used a ruler to make the creases so the lining panels fold down straight. Repeat for all panels.

7. Repeat the above same steps for the lid.

1. Take a piece of mat board or other heavy flat material. Here it is about 4"x6"

2. Draw two lines down the middle approximately 1" apart to be used for guidance. This sample is good for a 1:12 scale bow. Of course, you will adjust the positioning according to the size of bow you would like your finished product.

3. As you see here, I used 4 tacks and two slender nails and epoxied them to the mat board as shown here.

4. Take a 6" length of ribbon and poke it onto the tacks as shown, running parallel to your lines.

5. Take a separate 18"-24" length of ribbon and position it across the center of your first ribbon. It should bisect at the middle. Secure it on the righthand tack.

6. Weave it back and forth in figure 8's on the nail pegs. The number of times depends on the type of ribbon and thickness it is. You may need to experiment a couple of times.

7. Here is a bird's eye view.

8. As you see here, 1/16" synthetic ribbon is good at about 4 figure 8 weaves per side. Most of my ribbons are thinner silk.

9.  Secure the last end on the lefthand tack.

10. Remove the 6" ribbon under the bow from their tacks and tie into a knot.

11. Position bow over the center of the lid. Determine how loose you want the bow and handle.

12. Make sure the bow is in the middle and your tails are even on each side.

13. Glue one end to the inside of the lid and allow to dry thoroughly. This just makes it easier to handle.

14. Glue the other end to the inside of the lid.

15. Here is the finished product. Notice here I did not use it as a handle, but just as a bow embellishment.

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