Why not use the boxes that might be a little dented or crushed to help make your templates last forever!
I know I use Mod Podge a lot (because I love it), but regular white glue would work too.
Paint the Mod Podge onto the box...
Place your template down on the wet glue...(you may want to make a copy of your original template and keep the original for safe keeping. The glue might rip the template when wet. It hasn't happened to me, but not sure how thin your templates are.)
and then paint another layer of glue (Mod Podge) on top of that.
Here it is almost dry, but I was off to work before a better picture!
So here it is all dry. The Mod Podge acts as a sealer, so it has a nice plasticy coating to keep it clean and the card board makes it so sturdy. If you need it to be even thicker, you could always print your original template onto card stock first and then glue to the box.
Now for the fun part...doing something creative with this template. For crafters, I'm using double sided scrap booking paper. For those of you who have fabric busting out of your shelves...just take 2 of your favorite fabrics and use Heat and Bond to fuse the 2 fabrics, wrong sides together. Follow the directions on your Heat and Bond...Bond, Heat and Bond! (I couldn't resist. I just watch a James Bond marathon yesterday. Sean Connery is my favorite!) This will give you the same look as the double sided paper.
Now just place your super duper sturdy template on your paper or fabric.
Trace...I used a dark pen so you can see it, but a pencil would be less visible if you miss cutting some of it away.
You have to fold along the dotted lines, so pop over to this post I did on using a tracing wheel to help the process.
Crease along all your fold lines.
For the note card, just add your little message.
Start folding one petal over the other and then tuck the final one under the first one you placed down.
All set for your package, gift or just a little love note. If you want to keep the petals sealed and flat you can add a pretty little sticker to the center.
Here's the back side where you can write their name.
Instead of a love note...how about a needle case for your favorite quilter or sewing friend. They'll love it, especially if they are hand sewing a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
- saves your templates
- uses paper and/or fabric
- project is quick and easy
- and great gift idea