milk carton holder using hougie board

I have been asked by some of my docraft buddies how to make one of these for some time now.

They will be pleased to know I have finally gotten around to it

This tutorial is for the the holder that will fit four of these milk cartons in it.

For this tutorial I am using my hougie board for speed but you could quite easily use a ruler and a scoring tool and just follow the measurements given
Cardseock you will need:
2 pieces measuring 20.5 cms x 13.5 cms
2 pieces measuring 29.5 cms x 14.5 cms
1 piece measuring 15 cms x 14.5 cms

 Take the 2 pieces measuring 20.5 cms x 13.5 cms and score/fold
around all four sides at 3cms

Trim a little notch as shown from all four corners ( the same as you would to make a box)

 Place adhesive on the corner tab and secure and shown to make your "box"

 Repeat for both pieces and you will end up with 2 boxes, as shown below

For me a strong wet glue is a must as it bonds the fibres of the card together . I know some people will recommend the super sticky red backed tape and I have used this in the past. However I always go back to a wet glue because I find I need a little more flexibility when fixing things. With a tape once it's stuck it's stuck, with a wet glue you have a few seconds to manoeuvre things into place. I suppose the one downside is that you do have to use something to hold it in place whilst you wait for it to dry, as I have below but if you use a quick drying glue then it should really only be a couple of minutes...Just my personal choice of course, do whatever suits you.

Here is what you should end up with times 2

So while I wait for my "boxes" to dry we'll move on to the handle

For this tutorial I am cutting my hole for the handle with a circle nestability
You could use an oval or any large punches you may have

Take the two pieces of cardstock measuring 29.5 cms x 14.5 cms
( As you can see I have rounded off the top corners using a papermania punch but you could omit this step if you wish)

As shown below, make a pencil mark at the top measuring in around 1.5 cms and another a few centimetres further down marking the center point of the width (7.25cm) This does not have to spot on as we are only using it as a guide for placing the nestie or punch used for cutting our handle

We need to cut both pieces of card at the same time to get perfect alignment for the handle holes so
lay one piece of card on top of the other , ensuring that they stay perfectly aligned at all times .( I find keeping them aligned quite easy but you could secure with a piece of very low tack tape)
( you must also remember at this point that if you are using a patterned or textured cardstock
to place the two patterned or textured sides facing outwards)

( if you are using a punch , simply punch your first piece, lay that ontop of the other peice (perfectly aligned) draw around the punch out and line your punch up with the lines when you punch)

Place you nestability as shown in the picture .
But the edge up to the mark you made 1.5cms from the edge
and use the central mark as a guide to get your cut central.

 You should end up with 2 pieces like this

 Place you nestie under the right side of the cardstock and embossing with a ball tool
( I find this easier than faffing trying to put them back through the diecutter especially with such a simple shape as this)

Now score/fold both pieces as shown at 7.5 cms from the bottom

Now we are ready to assemble
Cover the small section at the bottom with adhesive

 and place inside the box as below

 smooth down with a bone folder or similar

(boy don't my hands look fat) lol

Place some more adhesive down along the back panel where the base meets the handle 

repeat for the second side and you should have this

now we join them together

cover the back of one half in adhesive and join together as shown

you should end up with this

now for the final step 
Cover the bottom of you holder with glue
and adhere the last piece of card measuring 15 cms x 14.5 cms

 this is the part which adds all the strength and stability to the design

 And that's it!  you can now decorate as you wish

And voila in true blue peter's the one I made earlier lol

All I did to this one was add four thin strips of stamped card along the edges of the "boxes"
I would probably always do that because it hides the join (see below)
And a couple of stamped images cut out with nesties

I hope this tutorial has been of use to you and is understandable.
But as always, if there is anything you are struggling with and need help
please feel free to either chatbox me or email me (from my profile)
Kerry x

Well after all that it just suddenly popped into my head this morning that why didn't I just make the bottom tray out of one piece of card?? doh!
1 piece of card measuring 20.5 x 21 cm score all the way around at 3cms and cut and assembled as shown above (like you would a box)?
The above tut works perfectly well of course but it is much less time consuming and a bit neater with just the one piece. I will edit this post at a later date :)



Anonymous said...

So clever! You really should have a career with a big craft company somewhere. xx

kay said...

kerry,you are a superstore,shall be having a play later,x

kay said...

oops,should have read superstar,x

arnold77 said...

Brilliant - thanks Kerry! Sandra x

Clare Brown said...

Thanks for the tutorial Kerry, you just may have convinced me to get one of those boards.

Irene said...

Thanks for the tutorial Kerry, love your blog. Irene x

Ohneilly said...

Fab! Thank you, I think I'll try one this week.
Claire x

Irene said...

Thanks Kerry, been waiting for this, and you used the hougie, so it should be easy to follow.

Sarah said...

This is a fab little gift. Great tutorial as usual

angie babe said...

thanks kerry, have save it on my favs, going to have a go at making this, and you`ve made it look So easy! you`re a star! lol (and pretty with it!)love angie xx

Aunty Sue said...

Great tutorial and very clear too. Thanks

coops said...

fantastic tutorial kerry.thanks for sharing :D

xx coops xx

The Craft Bucket said...

Fabulous Kerry, must get me ones of those Hougie boards. Jane x

Anonymous said...

excellent tutorial, i must have a go at one of these. thanks kerry.

suzanne2 x

Lee said...

i agree with Katina's comment.This is really fab,i must have a go and make the cartons and the holder.Thanks Kerry.xx

Eileen said...

Oh thanks Kerry, you're a star. I've been after a tutorial on how to make one of these for ages and youv'e come up trumps once again. Eileen xx

Anonymous said...

That is just the cutest. You were saying about the stability so it probably is stronger to use the two boxes with the sheet underneath. Either way, its fab fab fab! Lucy x

Annette said...

Fab tutorial Kerry x

Alison59 said...

Brilliant Kerry. YOu are a clever pickle :)

Jo said...

Kerry I,ve had a go with this and it is fantastic, thank you so much. Hugs Jo

jules said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I have just got myself one of those boards will look forward to playind ( When I finish my craftroom LOL wish I'd never have started it now all work and no play ! LOVL
Julie xx

Sandra said...

Another fab tutorial again thank you
Sandra x

little miss naughty ??? said...

thank you kerry, this will keep me out of mischeif...... or maybe not, happy crafting lmn x

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kelly said...

Brilliant thanks for taking the time to do this,it`s fab.

JanieB said...

Brilliant thank you so much, perfect for a holder for small Easter eggs.

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