Generic ~ Container: soup, ice cream, pencil can, cup.

Example Container

Must have items for assembly:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade and/or
  • Small detailing scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Metal straight edge ruler
  • Small artist's paintbrush
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as "glue pot"
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry glue. Nicole sells a great one. White craft glue takes too long to dry and is messy. Glue stick will work, but becomes brittle and pops loose after time.
  • A true cutting mat. Cardboard will ruin your project

Example Containers

1. The ice cream container is used as the example container in the photo tutorial.

Cut all pieces. Use a sharp blade tool and/or small detailing scissors to cut items.

2. Get a good curve on each long piece by wrapping tightly on a slender cylindrical item. In this case a slender paint brush handle is used. This keeps sharp corners from popping up during assembly.

3. Fold tabs that are on a straight line. Use the metal ruler to press against for good straight creases. See "Ann's Tool Box" tutorial to see how to make a "folding device.”

Make sure to see next step.

4. Tabs built on a curve need to be folded manually, so be careful to make all folds on the same plane.

5. Use a pair of tweezers to get a good clean bond. Glue the side tab of both the carton and lid cylinders. Use a good "fast-grab" craft glue.

6. Trim bottom if require beforehand. Glue the bottom onto the carton. Place glue on the circle rather than the tabs. The color side is placed upwards. This makes an uneven edge less noticeable.

7. Glue down the lip lining panels. Press firmly with tweezers in order to get a nice flat and thin edge.

8. This is a step that is not required for most projects.

Glue the container's top panels down inside the container.

9. Make sure the lid rim fits over the ice cream container (this step may not be necessary for your project at hand).

Glue the top to the lid. Again, place the glue to the circle rather than the tabs. The lid's seam should run up the back, so position the picture accordingly.

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