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Part of my graphic design training was creating package design, and making custom box dies was always one of my favorite tasks! It requires you to see a three dimensional object deconstructed into two dimensions and I think it is a fun brain exercise. I bought an eyelet setter a while ago and one of my first thoughts was how to make a soap box that could be tied together without the use of glue. This is one of my simple designs for a 2 inch by 3 inch by 1 inch bar of soap. The eyelets make clean holes to lace ribbon, and add a nice finished design element to the box. You can download the template for this box here and follow the simple instructions to put it together! ~Erin Pikor
• Letter size (8.5 inch by 11 inch) piece of thick paper or cardstock
• Instant eyelet setter with 1/16th inch hole punch and 1/16th inch eyelet setter attachments
• Setting Mat or Cutting Board
• 1/8 inch Quicklets™ Eyelets in color of your choice
• 18 inches of Ribbon in color of your choice
• Rotary trimmer with scoring blade or any scoring blade and a ruler.
• 2 inch by 3 inch by 1 inch bar of soap
1) Download the template and print it onto the Letter size sheet of paper. If you are using paper with a design on one side be sure to print the template on the blank side of the paper.
6) String your ribbon through the eyelets weaving in and out like a simple sewing stitch. The ribbon should be strung through the box so that it is coming out of the holes on the ends. Also, the ribbon sticking out on each side should be equal lengths so you have ribbon to tie into a bow.
7) Place your soap inside the box and fold the box up around the soap. The flaps should be on the inside of the box. If you want to you can glue the flaps to the inside of the box but it isn’t necessary.
Here is an example of some other boxes using the same template. I printed on the boxes and in the second box, left out some of the punched holes for more room on the front for printing text or to apply a label.