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Teacher Appreciation Heart Box

by Amy Bowerman

Just in time for Teacher Appreciation week I have  a fun Heart Box tutorial to share with you.  You can use this paper heart box to bring in treats for a special Teacher, Bus Driver, or  any other special someone!  No time to make one for Teacher appreciation week?  No problem!  You can create this Strawberry heart box as an end of the school year gift when fresh picked strawberries are sure to be in season!

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com

A custom tag made of Sticky-Back canvas and K&Company “Sweet Nectar” Cardstock sends a “Berry Sweet” Message for Teacher.  While the heart-shaped strawberry box is sturdy enough to hold small gifts or treats.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com  I had the pleasure of meeting Sizzix designer Eileen Hull  a few weeks ago.  My Strawberry Heart box was created with her  Heart Bag Sizzix ScoreBoards die. You can find the Heart Bag Die and all of  the other “Lovely” dies in the “From the Heart” collection HERE. To see the entire line of  Eileen’s  products and Sizzix dies click HERE

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com Die by Eileen Hull for Sizzix

 How to Make a Strawberry Heart Box

 

You can substitute many of the supplies used for this tutorial.  Use whatever you’ve got…be creative and have fun creating something special your child’s teacher is sure to appreciate as much as you do them!

Supplies:

  •  Chip Board or Mat Board
  • Scrapbook Paper/ Card Stock (I used Core’dinations “Shattered”, Distress, and K&Company “Sweet Nectar”)
  • Paint (I used Distress Paint)
  • Flower Punch (I used Fiskars “Small Cosmo”)
  • Sticky-Back Canvas
  • Adhesive (I used Xyron)

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com STEP 1:  Make a template for your Heart Bag Sizzix die and use it to cut Chip Board and scrapbook papers.  You will need to cut two of each.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com STEP 2:  Apply Adhesive.  I like to use my Xyron Creatopia for larger projects.  Just run the parts through and stick them together!

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com If your adhesive runs out halfway through like mine did (thanks to being severely overworked from the Skylanders Party:)) a Xyron Mega Runner will help you out of that “Sticky Situation”.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com STEP 3:  Create “Strawberry Seeds” for your heart box with a paper punch and cardstock.  I used Fiskar’s Small Cosmo and Sizzix emboss and cut Core’dinations Distress Collection. Run punches through Xyron 1.5″ create-a-sticker (my go to for small projects).   Snip off petals at an angle and adhere.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 4: Assemble pieces by folding and bending down scored lines.   Attach with Hot Glue or other strong adhesive.

*TIP*  There are tabs on each side piece that lock together to form the point at the bottom.  I had it backwards in the photo…Thanks Eileen!

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com STEP 5:  “Excuse me your adhesive is showing!”  If some of the glue seeps out don’t sweat!  Sand it down and dab on some Distress Paint to create a nice smooth edge.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

Adding a Handle to your Heart Box/Bag

I wanted to give my Strawberry heart box handle some Strawberry inspired leaves. A Strawberry ain’t strawberry without little leaves no?

STEP 1: Stick two pieces of Sticky-back canvas together and die cut with a Sizzix Flower Die…I used Flower Layers #4 but pretty much any flower die will work for this step.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com STEP 2:  Apply Distress Paint to craft sheet, mist with water and press die cut flowers into paint.  Mist with Perfect Pearls to blend and dry with heat tool.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com STEP 3:  Thread flowers through ends of large pipe cleaner and secure with hot glue.  Hot glue pipe cleaner handle to provided tabs on Heart Box.

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com

Now fill your sweet Strawberry box with some sweet treats for your favorite Teacher!

Teacher Appreciation Heart Box Strawberry Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com

Everyone loves a sweet juicy Strawberry…unless your allergic or don’t like strawberries but I digress.  You don’ have to be super fancy to show your appreciation for a special Teacher.  A heart-shaped box filled with yummy treats and  a simple note will have her (or him) thinking you’re “Berry Sweet” too!

Thank a Teacher today!

Amy*

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1 Audrey Pettit May 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

Oh, wow! This is soooo adorable, Amy, and SO clever! I LOVE that you used a heart box die to create a strawberry! And never would have thought of using a flower die to create leaves. You are a genius! LOVE this!
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2 Eileen Hull May 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Beautiful! I love this project Amy- so bright and cheerful.
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3 Shahrul Niza May 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

Such cuteness!!. I think the stick back canvas leaves looks so real :). Bless your warm heart for making and giving amazing goodies away :). HUGS.
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4 Anita Houston May 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

How cool is this??? LOVE that you turned this into a strawberry! Genius! The seeds are too cool as well! Even a mother (My mother loves strawberries!) would love this gift basket! PINNING!
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5 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

I’m so glad you like it Anita, and thanks for giving me ideas :). After reading your comment I thought “By golly she’s right!” I’ve made some Mother’s Day heart baskets that just need a few finishing touches before posting. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy*

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