Christmas Crafting Day 8 & Cooking!

November 16, 2011 at 11:55 am 6 comments

This is  my favourite project so far- one that I’d imagined and then created it. I’ll show you some step by step pics as we go. It’s a simple set of drawers that you could add sweets, jewellery or anything slim-ish. The drawers are simply rectangles, with an inch added all the way around, scored, folded up and then snipped so you can fold and glue to create an open box.

You then need to make a large deep box (think mini-type shoebox) that you can stack as many drawers as you think necessary.

In order to stack them and be able to open them, you need a little shelf in order to separate them. I turned each box upside down and then attached my u-shaped shelf. Then add the next upside down shelf and work upwards until you end up with this. You simply need to decorate each drawer and I added lots of die-cut letters. In order to make the ‘roof’ I needed to add a triangular support to rest the roof on.Here’s an idea of the shape. Just measure the width of the box at the top. Measure half way along, add a vertical line and then add intersecting lines so to create a triangle. Check the sizing against the box and then add an extra half inch around all the lines, score on the original lines and then stick the triangle onto the top of the box. Cut a rectangle that you score and fold in half and rest that on top of the triangle. With any luck, you’ll have something that looks like this.

Decorate up as you please! I added two different coloured papers for the shelves and then a brown roof and started to think about different ways of opening the drawers. Here’s a close-up so you can see

 The first drawer- I’ve wrapped a ribbon all the way around the drawer, tied in a bow and so you open it using the bow as the handle.

For the second, I’ve put two brads into a button and attached on the inside of the drawer. The other drawers were simply bradded up and add a swirl to the triangle and a couple of pearls.

Right now, I’m lost for an idea. It seems a little ironic that I’m stuck over preparing a craft item that’s Christmassy based. Its for an event on Friday and I have quite a few limitations such as time, finances, simplicity and originality as others are doing some defined projects that I have to be different from. Tough one really, need some inspiration but its not coming. Better hope something appears before Friday or I’ll be doing invisible crafting a la ‘the Kings New Clothes’.

Other than that. I’ve got a Birthday cake to make for Will’s Birthday on Saturday. He’s specified chocolate cake but he’s pretty happy to please. There’s another one to make for his nursery for Tuesday and the pears never got peeled the other day either, so I’m gonna be sharing a few hours with the kitchen. This poor kitchen sees a lot of action. This week so far has seen chicken lasagne, Mac’n’cheese, Suzie baking a quiche, Heather making a Suffragette cake (yup, you heard it right!), and there’ll be sweet and sour meatballs and spicey pear chutney by the end of today. When you think that I make an average of 50 plus main meal portions a week, you can see that my oven owes me nothing– its a workhorse and a half!!

Better crack on, see you after I’ve wrestled with a few dozen onions! xx

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  • 1. sharon bates  |  November 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Brilliant again, any chance of you doing a rosette on friday, im desparate to see how they are made, they look fantastic on all your makes!!


  • 2. Ros crawford  |  November 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    That’s so clever Miss Keren … Love the idea … I hope you come up with something for Friday … try going onto Pinterest … heaps of inspiration … have a lovely day with your kitchen … xxx


  • 3. veronica  |  November 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Loved the drawer box but am wondering why/how you are cooking for 50 main meals????? The mind boggles at the thought let alone the actual event/accomplishment.
    To have time to craft on top………you are a whizz on wheels.


    • 4. kerenbaker  |  November 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks Veronica! There are 7 of us in this family- (5 kids plus me and my husband)-we normally have others round for meals so 7×7 main meals is 49 plus any guests!! Sounds a lot but it’s just normal. Count up your meals- bet you make a few too!!! x


  • 5. Cath  |  November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Fun project, Keren! 🙂


  • 6. Christine  |  December 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Such a great idea – love the drawer 🙂



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