I was in need of a small box to package some lovely little cookies and I didn’t have what I was looking for (as per usual). I remember seeing somewhere a-g-e-s ago that a cup had been turned into a mini box, and thought that would be the perfect size for these tasty, little treats.
Paper cups are in abundance at our place, but I thought I needed to give the little cups a makeover first. I came across this tutorial for marbling with nail polish and thought that would be perfect (and easy) for these little beauties.
Here’s a basic rundown on the how-to.
Nail polish (preferably NOT quick dry polish)
Old container large enough to dip your items in
Newspaper (to dry your items on- not pictured)
Items to be marbled (tags, cups, boxes- almost anything can get a makeover treatment!)
pic 3. Fill container up with water, and gently drop your nail polish onto the waters surface. It will spread out. (You may like to swirl the polish around with the toothpick for a more marbeled effect, but do it quickly).
pic 4. Gently dip/ roll desired item across the coloured water surface.
pic 5. Place item down to dry. It should take too long. Pat dry with paper towel when dry.
pic 6. Cut the lip off the top of the paper cup.
pic 7. Cut four evenly spaced slits into the cup (12, 3, 6, 9 o’clock), and make sure the length of the cuts are all the same (you may like to make a pencil mark on your scissors as an indicator).
pic 8. Make four more even cuts between the slits made in the previous step.
pic 9. Fold one flap down.
pic 10. Repeat folding all the flaps down, tucking the last flap under the second flap. And now you are done!
(The shorter you cut the slits, the bigger your opening will be on the top, making what you tuck inside more visible. For pic 12, I cut the slits shorter than that of the box in pic 11).
NOTE: Please make sure you do this in a well ventilated room.