Friday, September 4, 2009

Drop Spine Box Kit: DIY

Drop Spine Box Kit

For my lovely package swap I decided to make this drop spine box from a kit, which they sell at Paper Source (one of my favorite stores). You buy the kit and then you have to buy a piece of decorate paper and a piece of book cloth. All together this project turned out to be under $15, which I found completely worth it after the end result.

The contents of the kit and the glue I used, "Magic-Mend"
 At first I was a little nervous considering on the package it says: "Time to Complete: Approximately 3.5 hours "(which it did, about 3 for me, but I stopped half way for a margarita and quesadilla break) and "Level of Difficulty: Requires experienced cutting, gluing and hand skills" (which I guess I have from art school, because the box came out great, but I don't think this would be too hard for someone as long as they are not a child).

The first thing you do is to build your tray, which the directions technically said to do after cutting out the paper, but this worked out better because this way the tray has plenty of time to dry. To assemble the tray you just glue the given pieces of cardboard together with glue, the kit said to use PVA (but I used Magic-Mend which does have PVA in it), you could probably use any glue that won't make the paper bubble as it dries.

After assembling the box it was time to cut out all the pieces of the decorative paper and book cloth. The kit tells you the sizes to cut the pieces and how to arrange them on the paper so all the pieces will fit. I used an exacto blade and my t-square to do this.

After I cut out the pieces of paper the kit instructed to construct the cover. This pretty much just requires some gluing and measuring nothing too difficult just patience. After doing this part I took a break and I recommend you doing the same the kit says the next part is the hardest (which wasn't that bad I was expecting a struggle) so the break was at a good point. 

After enjoying my margarita and quesadilla I worked on wrapping the tray. For this you had to glue one side of the tray onto the decorative paper at a time and then wrap the rest of the paper around gluing each side as you go. After that you have to cut the paper to create flaps so the paper goes inside and around the bottom. This sounds confusing but the directions that come with the kit were very detailed and well explained so this was simple. You then glue on the remaining pieces of the decorate paper onto the tray so that the whole tray is covered in your pretty decorative paper.

Finally you glue the tray to the cover and then set it to dry.

All done! I was really happy with they way this came out and hope to make another one in the future. I kept my directions because I am thinking I can now save money and instead of buying the second kit I can just use the measurements provided and buy some thick cardboard and cut it to the specific sizes need. Therefore saving myself the money I spent on the kit. I highly recommend making one of these beauties, it would be a perfect gift, you could even fill it with candy or something else wonderful.


  1. the box came out really nice! i want one.

  2. Very pretty!! Nice color combo ;-)

  3. is it possible for you to post the directions to the drop spine box. i am currently making my first one and am stuck.

  4. thanks for posting this! i am making one and referenced your awesome photos to make sure i was doing it right.

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