A Gift for the Teacher

We're back for our second week of working with the ever so fun My Little Shoebox products.

This week we have a great mix of layouts, cards and home decor ideas for you to get you thinking about outside the box...well the cereal box that is!

Up first...Designer Lindsay Wahl made the sweetest Spring Birdhouse that would be a welcome addition to your home! And Lesley Langdon is recycling, reusing turning a household item into the cutest gift box we've seen in a while! Don't you agree??

"Beautiful Spring" Birdhouse
Designer: Lindsay Wahl

• Glue Arts Adhesives: 3-d combo pac, Adhesive Squares, Glue Glider Max (Perma Tac), Glue Glider Pro (High Tac)
• My Little ShoeBox “Home Tweet Home” collection
• Birdhouse
• Buttons: Doodlebug
• Die Cuts: Cricut (Accent Essentials)
• Punches: EK Success

1. This project will obviously vary depending on what type of birdhouse you decide to use. Begin by measuring the background paper to fit all sides and the roof of the birdhouse. This is the most tedious part, especially punching the holes. I used a 1” circle punch after measuring where the holes should go.
2. Use the Glue Glider Max to adhere all of the background and roof papers to the birdhouse.
3. Punch borders from various strips of patterned paper. Use the Glue Glider Pro to adhere these borders around the bottom of the birdhouse, as well as the roof line around the entire birdhouse. Trim as needed.
4. Die cut flower border from Accent Essentials. Use Pro to adhere it around the openings of the birdhouse.
5. Cut trees, clouds, birds and flowers from patterned paper. Use the 3-d combo pac to begin adhering these embellishments to your birdhouse. For some of the trees, I doubled up the foam adhesive to give added dimension. Use adhesive squares to adhere the buttons.
6. Add the title and enjoy!
*If this birdhouse is going to be handled quite a bit, I’d recommend using a decoupage adhesive (like Mod Podge) to seal it.*

Cereal Box Gift Holder
Designer: Lesley Langdon

I saw this idea in a magazine and thought it was an amazing idea! Instead of making your own box out of cardstock, why not take a sturdy box that was headed to recycling, cut it to size, cover it with patterned paper and dress it all up! You just need some ribbon, a hole punch and you are good to go to that PARTY! I guarantee you, these kind of gift boxes will be used over and over again. No one would want to throw them out!

Glue Arts Glue Glider MAX with Perma Tac Adhesive
Glue Arts 3D UCut It Foam
Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun
My Little Shoebox (Paper, Cardstock Stickers, Alphas, Die Cut Borders and Label)
May Arts Ribbon
Big Bite Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers (hole punch)

1. Use an old cereal box, cut off top portion with scissors, cover with My Little Shoebox patterned paper using Glue Arts Glue Glider MAX perma tac adhesive.
2. Make rolled flowers out of patterned papers by die cutting circles and scalloped circles (Spellbinders), the cutting a swirl circular pattern from the outside all the way to the center, leaving a piece of paper in the middle (size of a quarter). Start rolling from the outside in, and hot glue the flower on the bottom and cover with the quarter size remainder of paper.
3. Use the Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun to hot glue flowers to the box, creating 2 layers. Hand cut cardstock leaves, and hot glue those as well.
4. Punch holes in sides of box, string through ribbon and tie knots. Hot glue a flower to the ribbon handle.
5. Adhere borders around the box and adhere ribbon with hot glue. Attach sticker birdhouse and piece of patterned paper for the birdhouse stand.
6. For the back of the box, adhere the label with Glue Arts UCutIt 3D foam. Adhere apple sticker and alphas.

So what is your favorite My Little Shoebox line? What GlueArts product can you not live without??

We'd love to hear and we invite you to leave us a comment! We're giving away this beautiful MLS Garden Party kit along with our must have Glue Glider Pro, a refill of your choice and our indispensable 3D Combo Pac! We'll pick one random winner next Monday who will enjoy these!!

Keep crafting and remember when you need it to stick....chose GlueArts! See you tomorrow for more from our Guest Designer and amazing Glue Girls!

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