This birthday Good Thing will make the recipient jump for joy.
Tools and Materials
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-1-inch box
Blue decorative craft paper
Green card stock
Yellow and green crepe paper
Frog-in-a-Box Card How-To
1. Line box with blue decorative craft paper, securing paper with a glue stick.
2. Print and cut out templates for the frog, happy birthday sign, message tag, lily pad, and water lily on green card stock.
3. Trace and cut lily pad from green crepe paper. Trace and cut water lily petals from yellow crepe paper in multiples, as specified on the template. Cut out and fringe strip of yellow crepe paper where marked.
4. For the base of the flower, roll the fringed strip of yellow crepe paper and glue the end to secure, Glue yellow petals around base with craft glue, starting with the small petals, and working up to the larger ones, overlapping as you go.
5. With a glue stick, glue the frog and the happy birthday sign to another piece of green card stock for sturdiness, and cut out around them.
6. Use thread to attach the sign to the back of the frog hands and secure with craft glue.
7. With a hot-glue gun, glue the frog to the top of the spring.
8. Punch a hole in the lily pad with a hole punch, and twist the spring through the hole.
9. Add hot glue under the lily pad to the bottom of spring. Making sure the frog fits diagonally inside the box, secure the lily pad and spring to the bottom of the box.
10. Glue flower to lily pad.
11. Punch a hole in the message tag and thread onto a ribbon.
12. Push the frog down into the box, and place the lid on top. Tie the ribbon around the box.
The small green box is from Liberty Display (212-929-2777); cover-weight (80-pound) card stock in tropical green is from Paper Presentation; the hot-glue gun is from Dremel; and the blue crafting paper, yellow crepe paper, glue, and cutting tools are from Martha Stewart Crafts. Springs can be found at any hardware store.