Carrot Boxes

I am beginning to run out of time (and steam) for Easter projects, but before I do, I want to share a couple of last minute projects.  These projects are fairly quick (especially compared to the egg boxes and decorative eggs I posted earlier this week).   If you are looking for a last minute project (or two) to complete before Easter one of these projects may be just what you are looking for.  I think these little carrot boxes would be adorable filled with foil covered candies and tucked into an Easter basket.

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Spring Cleaning . . . Recycled Calendar Boxes

If you are like me and are just getting around to taking down your 2011 calendars, you are in luck because today I will show you how I make origami gift boxes out of recycled calendars.  And if you recycled your calendars months ago, don’t worry, pretty much any paper will work for these boxes, although heavier weight papers work best for larger boxes.  These boxes are a great way to recycle pretty papers that you have around the house and wrap small gifts or candies or to hide small clutter!

The first box may take awhile to make, but they get easier with practice. I know from experience.  For our wedding and reception, I made a few hundred of these out of recycled gardening catalogs to hold candies and thank you notes.  The bright floral pages of the catalogs worked well for our outdoor garden wedding.  Ever since I was a kid I have loved reading gardening catalogs and even now we always have several lying around the house.  There is something magical about planning out a garden and growing plants from seed (or daydreaming about it!).  Our current apartment does not have garden space, but I am looking forward to having a garden one day.  For now, I make do with a few pots in a west facing window where I grow herbs (mint, chives, basil, rosemary and sage) from seed to use in the kitchen.

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