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Friday 20 September 2019

Box It Up - Tutorial

Hello crafty friends and welcome to the AVJ monthly tutorial post.  Julia (Create with Me)  here this month as the hostess for the September challenge "Box it Up" sharing a quick tutorial of how I put together my Halloween Haunted House Treat Box.

I often make projects like this to sell at my church at various holidays - so I'm making maybe 10 of them - and while I want them to look vintage, spooky and 'professional' (!?!) -  I also want them to be easy to make!

To that end - I used already distressed-look papers from Tim Holtz Regions Beyond and Materialize Paper Stash pads which saved me the time of distressing them! Instead of using matboard, I cut the house pieces out of black cardstock and again from the patterned paper, then glued them together.  It makes them sturdy but not quite as bulky as when you use matboard.
I cut out the box pieces using Eileen Hull's new House Ornament Die along with some pieces (chimney, window frames, roof trim and door) from her older House Pocket Die (which just happen to be to the same scale!) I cut out various faces from one of the papers in the Regions Beyond and mounted them on foam tape behind the windows so you really feel they are 'inside' the house.
I double layered all the window frames for extra thickness and rubbed them with Bronze Age Metallique Wax from Prima.  I did the same to the Irongate Fence pieces as well as the cat and bat - all older Tim Holtz/Alterations dies.  I put two chimneys on the roof (see 3rd photo below) - as a haunted house would surely have at LEAST two giant fireplaces right?!
Here is my Halloween Treat Box - from all sides!
And the spooky faces in the windows close up!
 There's even a skeleton in the attic!
And finally - the treats found inside when you open the bottom of the box!  River Rock Chocolate Candies!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put this together . There is still plenty of time to join in our Box It Up challenge, link up by 10/3.  You will find all the challenge details HERE along with some fabulous Box It Up projects from my fellow Creative Guides.

As always thank you for joining us at AVJ and we hope you all have a creative weekend!


  1. What a chic house! Thanks for the lesson, be sure to try to do the same)

  2. Well, they certainly look professional, Julia - I'm sure they'll go down a treat at the Church sale. A really clever little treat box idea, and your tiny houses are a treat in themselves. Love the papers, and the different faces peeking out of each window. Beautifully finished with the metallic railings and a pop of colour from the twine... oh, and the eyes of the bats!
    Alison x

  3. What a stunning make! I loved seeing how this came together, you created so much beautiful details - perfect 😀. The scary faces peeking out of the windows and black cat along the fencing are fabulous! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  4. A great tutorial , Julia . Love your little haunted house treat box especially the spooky faces in the windows- such a fab idea . I have no doubt these were prove to be very popular tat your church sale .
    Sorry for the delay pinning - just off to do it now .
    A x

  5. I always love seeing your Church makes Julia and the haunted house might just be my new favourite, I am sure they will go down a treat at the sale. Great tutorial too! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. This is awesome!!! Sadly I didn´t make it beyond paper-mobiles... (and here Halloween still has not really arrived...)

  7. This was such a fantastic box Julia and you have put together a fantastic tutorial! Love the look of the treats that fit inside too!!