The project that I chose for today's JustRite Christmas Blog Hop is a Mini Bread Box. I found these instructions online a few years back, however the copy that I have does not include the name of the blog that I got the instructions from. If anyone happens to know, please email me and I will gladly revise my post.
To begin my project, I chose a dark red cardstock as my bread box base. The cardstock needs to be 8 1/2 x 11. Score each side at 2 3/4" and again at 1/2" on all sides. (see photo)
Now you need to make some cuts. I think the easiest way to explain this is with a photo. The solid lines are the cut lines and the dotted lines are the score lines.
I hope these photos help with how the box will look after it has been cut.
I decorated my box before I assembled it because it is easier while the box is flat. My side panels are cut from the Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy designer paper. The long side is cut 5 1/4" x 2" and the short sides are cut 2 3/4" x 2". I added ivory/green ribbon along the top edges/flaps of the box.
Now you just need to assemble the box by applying adhesive to the short sides and fold along the score lines.
For my sentiment on the front of my box, I chose the designer center from the new Christmas Joy Borders & Centers from JustRite Stampers. This set is so versatile because you can use just the centers by themselves or with the borders.
I stamped my sentiment onto ivory cardstock using Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy ink. Then I diecut it using the Spellbinders Labels Four dies. My mat is diecut from DCWV green cardstock, also using the Spellbinders Labels Four die. Each layer has popdots between them to give lots of dimension. Then I added eyelets and laced narrow green ribbon through and around the box.
My next decision was what I was going to put in my box. I decided to make some Date Nut Bread (which happens to be my father-in-law's favorite). He also tells me that I am his favorite daughter-in-law when I make this bread for him. However, I am his ONLY daughter-in-law so I'm not sure what to think about that.
If anyone is interested, here is the recipe:
DATE NUT BREAD
3/4 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chopped dates
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Combine nuts, dates, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add shortening and boiling water. Allow this mixture to stand for 15 minutes. Stir to blend. Beat the eggs slightly; add the vanilla. Stir in the sugar and the sifted flour. Add to the date mixture. Do not overmix. Place in a greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven.
Now to make the bread look presentable, I added a belly band.
All I did was cut a strip of Cosmo Cricket designer paper approximately 2" wide x 12" long and a piece of green cardstock 2 1/4" wide x 12" long and adhered them together and taped the ends together. Next I stamped the designer center and border from the new "Something Sweet Borders & Centers" set from JustRite Stampers being released today. I stamped the center and border seperately and then diecut each using Spellbinders dies. I diecut 2 mats also using the Spellbinders Petite Scallop Circle Nestabilities. Each layer has popdots between them to give lots of dimension.
Be sure to check out all of these wonderful blogs for some great projects and inspiration using the new Christmas stamps being released by JustRite Stampers today. The possibilities are endless!!!!
Taylor Van Bruggen
Angela Barkhouse - that's me!!
Taylor Van Bruggen
Angela Barkhouse - that's me!!
Stamps: JustRite Stampers - Christmas Joy Borders & Centers, Something Sweet Borders & Centers, 1 3/4" x 2 5/16" wood stamper, 2 3/8" wood stamper
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy: Merry & Bright, DCWV green & red cardstock
Ink: Memories Cherry Red, Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels Four, Spellbinders Classic Circles & Petite Scallop Circles Nestabilities, Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalk, eyelets, misc green ribbon, AC Moore holiday trim, popdots,
Oh My!!! Love this box and the loaf with the belly band around it is simply awesome!!!!
Really cute gift giving idea!
Yummy and a fabulously great idea!! Your father-in-law sounds like a peach!
thankyou for this wonderful idea! What a nice way to present a hand baked gift!
Hi Angela! Long time no see! Your project is amazing! What a fabulous way to dress up such a yummy Christmas gift!
Angela, all I can say is "you go girl!" What a fabulous gift, the basket is so cute!
I have never seen a breadbox like this -- it is TOTALLY fabulous! I love it and what a wonderful presentation it makes for a simple gift of bread -- wonderful!!!
Oh my goodness! What a FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS project! That bread box is SO cool!!! Thanks for sharing it!!
What a fabulous idea!!!
Thanks for sharing this fabulous project. I'm bookmarking this for sure.
Darling! A perfect gift.
This is a great gift Idea!! thanks for sharing the instructions.
OHHH...wow! I will be using this idea, for sure! Thank you for the instructions, and the recipe! Your presentation is super...who wouldn't love this bread to arrive during the holidays?
Very, very fun! Love your bread wrap. A special way to celebrate! Great instructions. :)
What a great bread gift box, Angela -- love this idea! And what a pretty belly band for the bread (which sounds yummy)!
WOW - what a pretty presentation for a yummy treat! Beautiful work!
Wonderful treat idea! Gorgeous project.
Hugs and smiles
What a beautiful gift project. The box is wonderful and dresses up that bread to perfection! Great job!
A lovely idea for gifting a loaf of bread or fruitcake! Thanks for the tutorial.
Fab tutorial. Love your projects
Angela, I love baking breads as small take home gifts for family members at Christmas. You did a fabulous job with this project! Thanks for sharing your tutorial:)
What a fabulous idea! This turned out rlly lovely. Great colors. Perfect gift for the holidays.
Beautiful! The packaging is as pretty as the bread is yummy!
What a delicious project!! Love that layered medallion on top!
Great idea. I think I might use it. :)
what a yummy looking package- think i might use this idea for some of my friends this year- you girls have really excelled yourselves thanks for the inspiration. love this box and that belly band just sets it off atreat.
Thanks for sharing your "uber" cute bread box! I have snagged your template and will definitely put it to use ...love making the small loaves for gifts! Appreciatively, ^o^ CM2
Very creative loaf wrap!! An idea I will definitely use.
That is amazing, thanks so much for sharing the instructions and recipe.
What a beautiful project! Thanks for including the instructions and recipe.
What a great Idea !!
They are just everywhere today :)
Your project is great! I hope my sister doesn't see this because she'll have me making some for her church ladies.
And yet another idea I must scraplift!!! Awesome job!!! What a beautiful way to jazz up a gift! Thanks for sharing! ~K
Too cute! I LOVE this project! Thanks for the tutorial!
thanks soooooo much for the tut...I love this idea!!
Wow! Even got the recipe. Love this project. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much for the tutorial. It's very beautiful and I'll definitely give it a try.
Lovely gift wrapping ideas.thanks for inspiring.
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