We used small hexagonal cardboard boxes; square boxes will also work.
Tools and Materials
- Hexagonal boxes, dcccrafts.com and dickblick.com (square boxes will also work)
- Crepe masking tape, in black, pearlpaint.com
- Fabric stiffener, Stiffy by Plaid, joann.com
- Shards vintage glass glitter, in Obsidian, artglitter.com
- Glitter, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels
Lump of Coal Gift Box (with a Secret) How-To
1. Pain container: using black tempera paint, paint a cardboard box.
2. Make a lid: tear a piece of heavyweight black card stock, and crumple it up. Attach it to lid of box with black crepe masking tape. Continue to add scraps of card stock, tearing, taping, and pressing into place (when you press the top, it should feel firm, not hollow). The surface should be jagged.
3. Complete the lid and add glitter: Saturate a piece of black construction paper in fabric stiffener. Remove it from stiffener, and lay it on top of the lid, smoothing it with your fingers so it conforms to the shape. Trim the edge with scissors. Let dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Brush the jagged surface with craft glue; sprinkle with black glitter.
4. Make the tag: print the stocking template, and trace it onto red card stock. Cut out. Use a white gel-ink pen to decorate stocking, or trim with white wool roving or cotton.
5. Punch a small hole in 1 corner, and thread with baker's twine. Tie gift tag around coal box.
To make the blue jewelry-box insert, print the template.