Christmas Poinsettia Box Workshop


This workshop shows how to make a spool trinket box from a parcel tape reel that would normally be thrown away. So many different Spellbinder circle dies could be used for the base & lid of the piece.


The boxes can be decorated with ribbon or a stamped design & the theme can follow through to a stamped piece of tissue paper for a matching inside.


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Christmas Poinsettia Box Workshop


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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinder Petite Scalloped Large Circle Die : WIZS4-115

UMount Snowflakes & Sprigs A5 Stamp Plate : UMSNOWSPRIG

UMount Cushion :  UMREPOSTA4

Heartfelt Creations Peaceful Nights Stamp Set  : HCPC3553

Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

 Assorted Wide Creative Expressions Ribbon : Ribbon & Lace

White A4 Card  : 40001 or Coconut Card : 40980

Tim Holtz Distress Dabber : Peeled Paint : DSPEEL

Tim Holtz Distress Markers : Peeled Paint : DMPEEL , Shabby Shutters :DMSHAB  & Fired Brick : DMFIRED

Water Brush : WBF

Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peeled Paint :  DPPEELEDPAINT

Fired Brick : DPFIREDRED  & Festive Berries : DPBERRIES

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT & Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Archival Black Ink Pad : ARCHBLKSM

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR


Step by Step Instructions

1 Select the ribbons and stamps you want to complete this project with. Here the stripped green & white wide ribbon & the poinsettia stamp from the snowflakes & sprigs plate have been used.


2 Take the empty parcel tape roll & remove the shiny tape that sticks itself to the reel. This can easily be pulled away from the cardboard. Alternatively if you want a shiny surface to add alcohol ink over it then leave the tape on.

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3 Take the empty roll & place it over a piece of grey thick backing board that is often sent with card packs or use a very thick card. Draw a circle  using the inner inside as a guide.

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4 Cut the circle out making sure you cut slightly in (3mm) from the line as this will form the stopper section in the lid later on.

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5 Apply some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the back of the circle.

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6 Place the circle onto the grey card to create a thicker circle.

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7 Cut around the circle using the shape as your guide. Repeat a 3rd time to achieve a nice thick stopper.

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8 Turn the circle on its side & with the edge of a pair of scissors scrap them along the edge. This will smooth the card into one & eliminate the 3 layers.

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9 Also take the edge off the top edge of the spool. Once done use some distress stain & ink around the top.

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10 Place some of the stain onto a piece of cut`n dry foam.

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11 Lay the cut`n`dry foam flat and swipe around the inside of the spool. This will make it so easy to colour or use paper to cover the inside area. Also colour the rim on the front of the spool.

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12 Cover the top & side area of the stopper circle.

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13 Cut 2 petite scalloped circles out or use a different decorative circle die. The die needs to be slightly bigger than the base of the spool. Glue the 2 pieces of card together.

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14 Use a dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue or some wonder tape to stick the ribbon around the bottom edge of the spool.


15 Cut a small piece of ribbon to cover the rough edge of joining of the ribbon. Tie a nice bow in the same ribbon.

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16 Add some of the dries clear glue to the reverse  of the bow. Stick the small piece of ribbon over the join & add a dot of glue to hold the bow on.

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17 Stick & hold the bow in place until the glue dries. It won`t take long but when it`s complete the bow won`t be going anywhere.

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18 Using this method of adding a small piece of ribbon over the join means the edges will be hidden under the bow &  give a neat finish to the piece. Stick the red base to the bottom of the spool.

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19 Cut a mat of the red card & some green card and stack them together using a foam pad for added dimension.

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20 Stick the prepared green thick piece to the centre back of the red scalloped circle. This will act as the lid stopper.

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21 Add the lid to the base of the pot. This lid will form a nice platform to add the stamped image to later on.

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22 If you would prefer not to use the ribbon to cover the outside of the box then measure the depth of the spool & cut a strip of white card to fit the piece. Use the distress markers to add colour to the swirly stamp from the Peaceful` stamp set.

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23 Build the design & glue the finished piece onto the spool. Distress the edges of the piece with some peeled paint distress ink.

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24 Stamp the poinsettia image onto a piece of white card using the black archival ink pad. If you work quickly then add clear embossing powder & heat set the image.

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25 Either colour the image in using the distress inks directly on the cut`n`dry foam or scribble some ink onto an acrylic block & pick up the ink on a water brush.

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26 Blend different areas to build up a nice effect on the flowers. Also add some green to the tips of the poinsettia to make them life like. Cut the flowers out.

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27 Snip into the flowers to allow them to curve & shape the petal for extra movement. Add one to the lid of the box & the 2nd at an angle to make it look like there are more flowers.

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29 Use the swirl from the peaceful stamp set to stamp onto some tissue paper & add to the inside of the boxes. Here are the finished trinket boxes ready for a gift to be added to. Why not change the colours and make an everyday box or jewellery box.

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One Response to Christmas Poinsettia Box Workshop

  1. Paper Junkie says:

    What a brilliant idea Suzanne. I’ve got some very strong cardboard inner tubes from the fabric rolls I was given for the theatre costumes I made recently and forgot to put them in the recycling this week – I won’t now! I’m sure with my trusty saw and can make good use of them and (maybe) turn them into gorgeous boxes like yours! Many thanks.X

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