And here is the one I pictured up top. I really love how it turned out.
This craft came about when flipping through olden times craft books, and I saw 'how to make a hat box'. The hat box they showed required cutting about 400 tabs on the outside of each piece of heavy card stock and securing them together with glue and then bias that was glued around the decorative paper the entire box was flawlessly covered in. I sat there for about an hour thinking, there has to be an easier way to do this craft, when it hit me.... sew it! So I set out to make a hat box in miniature out of old cereal boxes (the best card stock around).
thick embroidery thread
a small hole punch
an old cereal box
First measure out how large you want your box to be. I just made mine as big as the box was tall... it made for easy measuring. A shorter piece, just as long as the first piece, made for the lip of the lid.
I folded that part around until I had a circle or oval, and traced the bottom of it on to the cereal box... and that was the lid and bottom of the box.
The only special tool I would really recommend would be a mini hole punch. I bought mine 11 years ago in preparation for our wedding invitations where I had to tie tiny ribbon through two sheets of paper, and around the end of a skeleton leaf. Yes, it was just as tedious as it sounds. lol! But it works great for other projects too... mostly ones that involve a needle, thread, and my 7 year old.
After measuring the pieces and cutting the lid and bottom, I punched holes along the bottom and both short sides of the main box piece. I then secured the thread through both holes and sew down and back up again to bind the sides together leaving me with a ring of cardboard.