How To Make Shaker Boxes

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Some Summer Fun

Shaker boxes may or may not be the perfect embellishment! They add dimension and fun interactive elements into your layout or card as well as some personality. Mary decided to use the Shine a la carte as well as the Popsicle a la carte from the June 2019 Kiwi Club Kit to make her shaker boxes, which ended up being the perfect embellishment for her summer swimming layout.

  • Happy trails (2A, 2B)
  • Coastal Highway (1A/1B, 2A/2B)
  • Tags (7)
  • Tiny Seaside (1T, 4T)
What You’ll Need
  • Adhesive Foam Sheet
  • Paper of your choice
  • Templates of your choice
  • Transparency Plastic Paper
  • Beads (or other filler)

As for the supplies, you can find most of them at your local craft store like Michales, Jo-Anne, and so on. Once you have the gang all together, you can get started!

Choose Your Template

For the base, you’re going to need a designer template. Mary chose the Shine a la carte since it went perfectly with her ‘fun in the sun’ theme. Since we’re going into fall, you might want to consider the Autumn, Haunted, or Nature Sets. You can also look into Tiny Accessories as well as any template that correlates with your layout. Mary played with the idea of using the Heart 2 Heart a la carte, as well as some of her Kiwi Club templates.

The Base

The next step to making your shaker box would be the base. You can choose any paper that correlates with your color scheme to accomplish this. Keep in mind there are two ways you can do this.

  1. You can make the base the entirety of your template background like Mary did with her popsicle shaker box.
  2. You can make your base a certain section of your template background. For example, Mary decided just to cut out a circle as the base of her shaker box instead of the whole Shine a la carte.

It’s really up to you on how you define the shape of your final shaker box.

After you’ve traced and cut out the base of your shaker box, you’re going to do the same to your adhesive foam sheets. The reason we don’t recommend your average pop up stickers is you want to create a trap for your beads, and you don’t want them slipping out.

You start by tracing the foam in the same shape as your base shape (whether that be the whole template or a section). After you’ve traced it in the shape of your base, you are going to cut out the center so it makes a basic rim/outline of the original shape (you’re going to want the rim to be a bit smaller than the base shape). When cutting, you don’t have to be too worried about cutting into the rim to get started, since the top layer of your shaker box will cover it.

The Beads

Glue the base shape to your template design and then adhere the foam down to the base shape. Then you can pour your beads, glitter, pom poms, or any medium of your choice into the pocket. Mary used pops topping set beads from Queen and co.

The Lid

After you have your template background, the base shape of your shaker box, and then the foam rim glued together and the beads in, you can now work on the top layer of your shaker box. This is where you will be needing more paper as well as some transparent plastic paper.

Using your base shape as a guide, cut the transparent paper in the same way. You can then set it aside. Then you take your paper (it doesn’t have to be the same pattern as your base shape, you can mix it up), and cut it out, copying the whole rim concept as the foam piece.

You’re going to have a harder time hiding any mistakes when cutting this rim out since it’s your top layer, so Mary suggested using a Fingertip Loop Detail Knife to cut it out. This way you avoid having to cut into it. Make sure to cut it a bit bigger than the original foam rim, as you want to be able to cover it.

Then you’re going to start assembling it. Keep the glue light when gluing the paper rim to your transparent shape.

Then make sure everything is in place and you like the beads you chose. Once you’re satisfied you can seal the deal and glue the transparent and paper rim piece on, sealing the beads in and therefore finishing your shaker box.

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