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    I went through a Christmas with no money at all and ended up giving very small presents: I was given a box of chocolates by a neighbour (for helping them with their computer) and used the last years Christmas cards to make boxes to re-pack the chocolates individually as presents for other friends and family (I figured that anything I could give would be better than nothing)!
    So everyone got a little box with a chocolate in.

    Since all the chocolates and most of the cards were different shapes and sizes, I wrote a computer program to help me draw the shape I needed to cut out to make the boxes. I simply typed in the Height, Width and Depth of the chocolate and put an old Christmas Card in my printer which would print the box-net onto the back of the picture.

    Now I have children and they're into 'gogos' (small bits of plastic shaped as characters with special features). Some of them are 'special', so I they'd ask me to make a box for their treasures.

    I realised that other parents may like to share my ability to make these little boxes, so I re-wrote my software so that it would work from a web page. It also lets you set the thickness of the card so you can make the boxes from thick corrugated card too.

    Now I've got it working and put up a basic page I realise that I don't know how to let other people know about it!

    So perhaps this site is a start? If you'd like to be able to make gift boxes from old cereal boxes, chocolate boxes, Christmas cards etc. (anything that'll fit through your printer) my web page is worth a try (it's free I'm not a company, just sharing).
    http://tinyurl.com/BoxNetDesigner

    My Box Net Designer prints four types of box (so far): two types of top and two bottoms.
    It is possible to make bigger boxes, but from a normal printer you'll get boxes about the size of a pack of cards or smaller. Having said that, I've made pencil boxes etc. from large cereal packets: so it depends on what will fit through your printer.
    You can easily print onto normal paper and tape that onto the card you intend cutting out. Scissor through the paper and card together and tape them together at the end of each long cut.
    I've even printed onto clear plastic that was protecting my monitor when I bought it! I keep tiny drill-bits in it and it's great for seeing which one I want without them all spilling all over the place!


    The 'Clicker' top is my favourite: the lid holds itself shut and makes a satisfying 'click' when you open it. It is quick and easy to open and close, but needs two tabs to be glued or double-sided sticky taped.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1qw61XdBaw

    The 'Locker' top is a normal packaging top (like the box for a pack of cards) but with a locking tab (which you can ignore on the printed pattern if you wish) making it very smart for holding a precious present. No glue or tape is needed.

    The 'Tucker' bottom is my favourite: no glue needed and it can be untucked to flat-pack the box again. It doesn't look neat from the inside, though.
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-G26sRm6lSU


    The 'Glued' bottom is just that; it looks neater than the Tucker bottom from the inside of the box but needs the front tab to be glued or taped.
    Fold the sides in first, then the back, then glue the front tab onto the back tab. The lines on the Box Net are all at slightly different heights to make these folds very neat.

    I've found a couple of tricks to help make them more easily: one is to glue or tape the main side glue-tab by folding that side flat onto the back of the box and then folding the other side down flat on top of it (the first three pictures in the above 'tucker' animation).

    To show how to get the clicker to work easily, I've made a little video
    which shows how it is possible to correct the sticking of the first tab if it isn't straight, and how it is possible to check if the clicker tab is folded too far down while sticking the top tabs.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtxqIiS9LNY

    If anyone has any suggestions for improving anything, I'll do my best.
    I have more little software projects that I really ought to share, and a box that doesn't need any cuts or glue and opens like a suit-case and clicks shut - but it's proving complicated to get the net accurate, and describing how to fold it could be a nightmare :-/

    But hopefully someone may get some fun out of making little boxes for Christmas!

    Have fun!
    Last edited by RhinosoRoss; 19-11-2008, 07:56 PM. Reason: Finally able to add URLs and photos!
    If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

    http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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    Long post for an introduction. Like anyone else, we are a little wary of unsolicited advice - however good - until we figure out the reasoning behind it.........................but, as you said, you can't put URLs or pictures on until 25 posts - that includes all the ways around that as well, so welcome to the forum.

    Ahhh.............I read through your post again - it's your 'My Box Net Designer' you are advertising!................I knew there had to be something! Thought I was slipping for a minute there!

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    • #3
      Not so much 'advertising' as 'sharing': I'm a sharing craftsman, not an advertising company. Big difference there!
      If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

      http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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      • #4
        Some useful ideas there...I will bookmark your page in case I feel like making some boxes, thanks!
        http://www.westofscotlandcraftfairs.com

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        • #5
          to the forum
          Sarah

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          • #6
            The Journey

            A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
            For those who may need to expand their knowledge of Rhinocerotidae, a little history may help:

            http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=19151
            http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=19202
            http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=19260

            Apparently you'll need a good supply of tea and biscuits...
            If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

            http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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            • #7
              The boxes look good.
              http://www.westofscotlandcraftfairs.com

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              • #8
                you made the 25 posts then I see.
                My blog http://setters-delight.blogspot.com

                Folksy http://www.justgifts.folksy.com

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                • #9
                  Do you have any plans to make some boxes suitable for earrings or necklaces?
                  Flat ones about 1" high by 3-5" square.

                  Melanie

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                  • #10
                    Congratulations on making 25 posts, once you get there it's not so bad

                    Originally posted by silvermaid View Post
                    Do you have any plans to make some boxes suitable for earrings or necklaces?
                    Flat ones about 1" high by 3-5" square.

                    Melanie
                    that's a good idea, any thoughts?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by silvermaid View Post
                      Do you have any plans to make some boxes suitable for earrings or necklaces?
                      Flat ones about 1" high by 3-5" square.

                      Melanie
                      Good point: the boxes are only suitable for things that are higher than they are deep... The only way to ship necklaces would be in a tray that slid out from one when it was on its side. I tried:
                      Width: 735
                      Height: 1270
                      Depth: 254
                      and that will print OK (though I need to fix a bug regarding how it draws the white background on the screen)!
                      So then you need a way to make a great looking tray easily...

                      If there are existing paper necklace boxes, send me a photo or a link and I'll see if I can make one. I bet I can easily make a flat sort of 'sachet' thing that would work, but may not look as luxurious as a whole box...
                      If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

                      http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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                      • #12
                        http://www.carolynsstampstore.com/ca...late_small.pdf

                        makes a pillow box. I use these for my earrings.

                        lots of box templates. http://www.jersgirl.com/temps.html
                        Last edited by goldy1; 19-11-2008, 09:50 PM.
                        "You've Got to Keep Your Mind Wide Open" - AnnaSophia Robb
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by goldy1 View Post
                          http://www.carolynsstampstore.com/ca...late_small.pdf

                          makes a pillow box. I use these for my earrings.

                          lots of box templates. http://www.jersgirl.com/temps.html
                          Goldy, Would it work on a much larger scale - say - big enough to put a knitted scarf in.
                          Carol
                          God helps them that help themselves.

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                          • #14
                            I don't see why not. depends on how big your card is.
                            "You've Got to Keep Your Mind Wide Open" - AnnaSophia Robb
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by goldy1 View Post
                              http://www.carolynsstampstore.com/ca...late_small.pdf

                              makes a pillow box. I use these for my earrings.

                              lots of box templates. http://www.jersgirl.com/temps.html
                              The pillow box was what I had in mind, but they're actually simple to make without involving the computer at all (just draw around a curvy thing a few times and it'll work). Once you have a template you can make loads easily.

                              As for the other link (that didn't show for me until I quoted a reply, mods)... So many of patterns!
                              Many are very simple: I should probably only add really good ones to my page so as not to clutter it.

                              If a few people really really want a particular pattern.

                              The milk carton looks funny: I like the idea of giving a strange present in something like that! http://www.jersgirl.com/templates/sm...n_jersgirl.jpg
                              If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

                              http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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