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Monday, August 1, 2016

My hands can do this --Tea Box Flower Bed with Bamboo Stand


Green tea gives us healthy benefits.  It helps our metabolism and lowers cholesterol level.  Every morning I like to take hot green tea together with my breakfast.  I can take any kind of green tea,  but decaffeinated, as my drink in every meal.  When I went to my eldest daughter’s house, she offered me a different kind of imported green tea from a well-known English tea maker.  It really tastes very good.  I asked for the box and opened it.  It has a very good packaging and I was delighted to see the inside of it because of the design it has.  That’s why it gave me an idea to make this project.   



Here are the different kinds of tea boxes that my eldest daughter likes to buy and drink.  I get to like buying and drinking this same brand of tea also.  The boxes are designed with drawings inside that gave me an idea to make a project out of it.  I have no problem anymore about drawing and designing the outer part of the box. You can try any one of these boxes for this project. 


TEA BOX FLOWER BED WITH BAMBOO STAND

Materials:
(1)  Twinings of London tea box (w/ drawings inside)
(2)  sets of  small artificial flower bouquet
(4)  pairs of unused bamboo chop sticks  (not separated)
(1)  pack of popsicle sticks 20’s plain jumbo
(1)  pack of interlocking popsicle sticks 50’s plain     
(1)  pack of round dowels 8’s  (3/16 in. each)
       artificial moss
       old newspaper or old magazines or used bond paper
       big pair of scissor
       pencil or ball pen
       Elmer’s glue clear
       Super glue
       small plastic spatula or disposable plastic knife
       tape measure or ruler
       bread tie  (used)
       
Level of Difficulty – easy
  
Instructions:



 Detaching the Sides
Using a small plastic spatula or disposable knife, carefully insert it to detach the sides of the box as shown in the picture above.  Carefully detach also the sides of the flip flop of the box.


 Cutting the Flip Flops
Using your big pair of scissor, carefully cut the top flip flop through its folded line as shown in the picture above with arrow.  Set aside the cut portion.  Then cut the two small flip flops in the front side of the box showing with another arrow.  Do not cut the folded portion of the two sides.   


 Making the Side Pattern (a)
Set the cut portion of the top flip flop under the curved side of the box that has drawing.  Using a ball pen or pencil, mark the top edge of the box to copy the side pattern as shown in picture (a) above with arrow.  


Making the Side Pattern (b)
Be sure the pattern should be the same size as that side of the box before cutting.  Carefully cut the marked lines and also its sides along the folded lines. This becomes the side pattern as shown in picture (b).


Making the Side Pattern (c)
Turn the front side of the box flat on the table and put the side pattern on top to curve the other side of the box as shown in picture (c) above.   


Attaching the Side Pattern
Carefully cut the marked lines to copy the same curved edge of the other side.  Fit the side pattern first on the designated side and if necessary, make adjustments before pasting it on the side without drawing.  Apply Elmer’s glue on whole side.  Press down the embossed lines on the side by running the handle of your scissor on it to make this line less prominent when the tea box flower bed is up for display already. You now have  made both sides even as shown in the picture  above.


Closing the Box
Inversely fold all the sides with the drawings facing you.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the first side.  Aligned them and let it dry well. Apply glue on the flip flop showing with arrow above to fully close the box .  Dry them well and don’t forget to remove the smear of the glue.  Do the same procedures on the other side.  Set it aside.  The outcome is shown in the picture above.

  
Making of Flower  Arrangement
Artificial flower bouquet can easily be set up without cutting them into parts.  You just have to twist its main trunk and bend its stems according to height with the tallest one first, followed by the medium, and then the smallest one.  Do the same procedures for the other set of flower bouquet.  Put both main trunks closely together intertwined and tie them with a bread tie to make them stand independently.  Fill in with sheets of old newspaper or old magazines or used bond paper as fillers.  Arrange them more to look like the shape of a fan.  Put the artificial moss on top of it.   Set it aside.


Making of Bamboo Stand (a)


Making of Bamboo Stand (b)
Don’t separate the bamboo chop sticks. Insert one end of jumbo popsicle stick  in between one pair of bamboo chop sticks.  Measure 1 ½ inches from the flat edge and mark it with a pencil as shown in picture (a).  Push down the popsicle carefully to that level by avoiding the bamboo chop sticks from getting split up into two.  Apply Super glue on the sides of the popsicle and bamboo chop stick.  Let it dry well first.  Do the same procedures for the other end. This is the first set of bamboo stand.  The outcome is shown in the picture (b) above.  Make another set of bamboo stand.  Set them aside.  


Making of Bamboo Stand (c)
Prepare ten pieces of interlocking popsicle sticks.  Arrange them first before applying glue just to be sure that each slit can be firmly interlocked as they are inserted.  Two popsicle sticks are arranged first vertically and then the other popsicle sticks are arranged on top of them horizontally.  Remove each stick one by one as in the order they are prepared horizontally.  Apply Super glue on the first and last slits only and insert the first stick on top of the vertically arranged two popsicle sticks.  Do the same procedures for the remaining sticks.  Let them dry well.  The outcome is shown in picture (c) above.  


Making of Bamboo Stand (d)
Turn the interlocked popsicle sticks up.  Apply Super glue on the first and last slits only of the two vertically arranged popsicle sticks.  Carefully attach them at the center of  the two  jumbo popsicle sticks.  To center them, measure the distance from one side of the interlocked popsicle stick to one side of the bamboo stand. Do the same measuring for the other side.  It’s approximately one inch on each side. Be sure the two sets of bamboo chop stick stand are well aligned to each other.   Let them dry well first.  The outcome is shown in picture (d) above.


Making of Bamboo Stand (e)
Prepare four interlocking popsicle sticks.  Apply Super glue on both ends only.  With one side facing you, attach it on the area where the end of the jumbo popsicle stick is.  Then apply glue again on both ends of the second stick, as well as, on side edge of the first stick.  Immediately align and attach this second stick on top of the first stick.   This serves to hold and strengthen the bamboo stand.  The outcome is shown in picture (e) above with arrows. Do the same procedures for the other side.  


Making of Bamboo Stand (f)
Put the tea box on top of the bamboo stand.  This will make it easier to measure the level before the attaching the dowel.  Insert temporarily one dowel in between the bamboo chop sticks.  Measure the sides to center it.  It’s approximately three inches on each side of the dowel.  Use the edge or the rim side of the tea box as a guide to determine the height where to level the round dowel.  The round dowel should be above the very edge of the tea box.  Make level adjustments, if necessary.  Apply Super glue on each side of the bamboo chop sticks and round dowel.   Let them dry well.  The outcome is shown in picture (f) above.


Making of Bamboo Stand (g)
Prepare four more interlocking popsicle sticks.  Apply Super glue and attach the two sticks vertically with even spacing on the remaining space of the jumbo popsicle stick.  The outcome is shown in picture (g) above with two arrows.  This serves to further hold and strengthen the bamboo stand.  Do the same procedures for the last two sticks. 



Making of Bamboo Stand (h)
Prepare eight more interlocking popsicle sticks.  Using a big scissor, cut the center area without any slit.  Measure and cut a piece into two equally. Do the same procedures for the remaining chips.  These become sixteen small chips of popsicle sticks.  (Note: Don’t’ throw away the remaining chips. Save them for other future projects to use.) Apply Super glue on two chips and attach them under the round dowel front and back on one corner side first. Let them dry well.  Apply Super glue again on two chips and attach them above the round dowel  front and back on the same corner side. Let them dry well.  They serve to strengthen and hold the round dowels.  Do the same procedures for the remaining corner sides.  The outcome is shown in  picture (h) above with two arrows on each side.  Then put the tea box flower bed on the bamboo stand.  


Tea Box Flower Bed with Bamboo Stand (a)




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