Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LIPBALM HOLDER TUTORIAL

I was walking through the MOA this afternoon when I saw this cute itty bitty bag holding a lip balm tin. I thought the bag was uber cute so I bought it, took it home and disassembled the bag so I could make the template. I'm not a big fan of lipbalm in tins but I do make natural perfume oils that I put into flat tins and therefore, I'm turning these into stocking stuffer gifts.

I wanted to share this idea with others in case you too are in need of some stocking stuffer ideas this Christmas. This bag is really simple. I tried really hard to create a template to share but I'm no expert at this type of thing. The template before folded must measure 5 1/2 x 5 inches in order to fit the .5 oz flat tin perfectly. You will need to adjust the template to get it to the right size because I had no idea how to size it correctly on my computer (it just sorta grew after I scanned my original).

CLICK HERE FOR TEMPLATE

If you have trouble viewing the template let me know. I can email the .pdf

Fits tin size .5 oz


Here is my sample (I have Christmas paper on order so I did this one as a simple "to you from me.") I used the lipbalm that came with the sample I purchased. Sorry about the blurry pictures, photography isn't my forte either :(

Cut out template:



Scor along designated lines (and fold):



Using a 1 3/8 circle punch, punch a hole in the lower front of bag:



I added a scallop border using a scallop punch. You can see that part of the flat covers the circle opening so I just trimmed that bit off (it must have been my measuring skills that I don't have either):



Now that you've trimmed off that extra bit you will adhere the flap on the left side of bag:



Then fold in the bottom:



So it looks like this:



Pinch in the sides:



So it looks like this:



Punch a hole small through the flap and all the layers of cardstock:



Wrap ribbon or raffia through the hole twice and tie:



You need to wrap it twice to make the flap lay flat:



Decorate with a little tag and your done:



One tip: cut a piece of cardboard and slide it in behind your lipbalm tube to keep it pressed snuggly against the window.