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Friday, June 17, 2011


Hello, everyone!!!  Glad to be here and at Pam's to share another DT project/tutorial with you today.

What I have for you is a little bath salts project with a matching card.  I call it  "Put It On Display" because these little bath salt envelopes rest in their own little display box.  Here it is:

And here's a picture showing one of the bath salts envelopes outside the display box:

And, of course, I just hade to embellish the back and include the directions:

This little display box holds 2 envelopes of bath salts (or you can add potpourri, candy, or whatever you like).  It makes an adorable gift, and it's quick and easy!  Here's how you can make it.  First cut out the 2-page cut.file which will be the display box and the envelopes (I have these files available for you for download as a cut or gypsy file at the end of this post):

Page 1

Page 2

Once you have cut the box and envelopes, this is what you'll have:

I'm sure you all are familiar with how to fold cut files but, just in case, I'll go through it for you.  Starting with the display box, fold in the outer side tab on the right side of the box, and next fold in the front, back and side panels by aligning the folds with the middle of each tab slit; last fold in each bottom tab.  Below is an example of how the folds will look:

Next fold the side tab on the right into the inside of the box and add adhesive/glue to the front side of the side tab (the side that's up); bring over the opposite side panel and adhere the top side of side tab to the back side of the panel.  See example below:

Once you have glued the sides together you will notice part of the side tab protruding over the diagonal edge of the side panel, before completing the display box you will need to snip off the protruding edge ajligning it with the diagonal edge as shown below: 

All that's left to do with the box is fold and glue the bottom tabs, leaving one of the larger tabs to fold/glue last:

Now it's time to fold the envelopes for the bath salts.  So easy -- just fold in the side tabs, add glue to the top of the tabs, and fold the bottom panel up to just along the top of (and aligning with) the glue tabs on each side:

Below I'm showing you that I've added tick-marks so you'll know where to fold the flap down for your bath salt envelope:
And here's your display box and bath salts envelopes:

All that's left for you to do is decorate/embellish them as you'd like and add whatever you'd like inside your envies.  You can even toss in a small matching card using the scraps like I did.  I've added about 6 teaspoons of bath salts to my envies; you can use a store-bought brand but I used a very simple and basic recipe.  If you'd like to use it too, here's how:

Mix all the ingredients together well and allow to dry for 24 hours - 
(All except the oils can be found at your local grocery or drug store. The fragrance or essential oils can usually be purchased at a health food store or some beauty supply stores) 
  • 1/2 cup each  Epsom Salt and Sea Salt
  • 3-4 drops of glycerin
  • Several drops of fragrant or essential oil (or spray with your favorite perfume/cologne)
  • Optional:  1-2 drops of food color, if you prefer your salts to have a color 
Because I like a finer and less course bath salt, once the glycerin is dry, I blend it for several seconds in a blender.  That's it!

The cut and gypsy files below were done using the George cartridge; you can download whichever one you'd like by clicking on your preferred file -- or take both!.  If you have any comments and/or questions, I'd love to hear from you!

Have fun with this!    I hope you please let me see what you've done with it, and thank you so much for stopping by!!!

I'll be seeing you! 

bath salt and display box.cut

my bath salt display box.gypsy


Pam said...

These lool so elegant and love the salt recipe. TFS

Susan said...

Oh, Audrey! I love this little project! What a delightful gift this would make. Thank you, once again, for sharing your wonderful ideas and instructions with your fans. Sue from Kansas

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Super cute as always Audrey. I love how you put the "directions" on the back. lol.. You are so sweet to share your awesome talent, thank you for always including such perfect instructions and the cut file.... hugs

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow this is such a great idea. Love this project and I bet you can smell tha aroma through out the room. Thanks for sharing.

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Gorgeous gift idea. Love that paper that you used too. Hugs! :)

Jean said...

This is just beautiful! Love it.

Staying Crafty said...

Oh how fun! Great gift idea :)

Love That Bug said...

This is gorgeous, it looks like it belongs in a gift shop
Great job

Love That Bug said...

Hey sweetie, just me again
I have an award for you on my blog, swing on by and pick it up!

~BridgetL~ said...

Hi my dear, wonderful wonderful bath salts gift idea. But everything you do is always wonderful. I was surprised that you left a comment on my old 2009 blog. lol I thought it was funny because I didn't know I was starting a new blog then I realized it was from the old blog. So im not really going anywhere. I enjoy your visits. :)

- - Sheryl - - said...

fabulous - I love little gifts to give and yours is great - wish I had DS... thanks !

girlia said...

Great job Audrey

Stephanie said...

Such a neat idea and very nicely done! Love it! And glad to see everything is okay with your husband's aunt!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

You rock!!! I wish I were as creative as you are. Your DS file is awesome!

I'll tell the chef you are looking forward to his next post. He is making steaks tomorrow.

Hugs to you!!! Have a great weekend :-)

lovemypaper said...

Audrey, Great project I love it.There is a award on my blog for you.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [18 Jun 08:25am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Beebeebabs said...

Wow Audrey such a great gift idea and the choice of paper is perfect you did a wonderful job - love it. Hope your husband enjoy his Father's Day!!!

Brenda said...

What a wonderful idea. These are super elegant. Love the idea. Great job as always!!!

I can't wait to get my "craft it forward" gift from you. I still need 2 commentors and then I will be ready to send mine out. I will probably repost on Wednesday.

Have a blessed day my friend

Rhonda Emery said...

so pretty I have a award for you on my blog. hugs

Georgiana said...

What a great set and I love the pictorial/ instructions!

Sandi Cl~ said...

Wow, what a gorgeous gift set! I don't know where you get all these great ideas but I am glad you do! Thanks for coming by my blog .. you are too kind! I have been on vacay myself and so busy with family activities .. not sure when I'll get any new craftng done .. July maybe! LOL Seriously ... July!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [19 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

jen said...

Audrey you are so creative...this is fantastic...great job and how cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee....
Just love it. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog today....:)
It's only been one day and I feel lost....lol
I can't wait for my vacation to start this week coming up...lol
Have a super weekend.
big hugs,jen

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Box, Purses, etc. post on Jun. 19, 2011. Thanks again.

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Wow! these are BEAUTIFUL!!! tfs! -Sam :-)

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Hi lady!!! How are you?

I told hubby you wished him a Happy Father's Day...he thinks you are the sweetest! Thank you for thinking of him today and sending a message. I hope your husband had a great Father's Day as well!!!

We didn't plan a formal get together with my family but we all ended up meeting for dinner. My sisters live next door to my parents and brother's wife does too (well, not right now, her house was destroyed by the tornadoes in April)...however, it worked out we all ended up under the big old trees between my parents house and my oldest sis house. Even my nephew and his wife stopped by unexpectedly...how awesome is that? We were able to sleep in this morning (after getting up really early for breakfast, we fell back asleep, haha). This afternoon we went to visit hubby's family. It was a full fun filled day!!!

I need to find some scrappy time!!!!!

Talk to you soon :-)

Mary said...

I love these little bath salt envies. You have the cutest projects Audrey. Hope you had a great weekend my friend.

Susan said...

Oh Audrey these are so beautiful! Boy do you have such talent, I hope you realize that! I also have an award for you over by my blog, which is the least I can do for all the inspiration I get from visiting your blog!

Take care,

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Just popping in to say hi.. I so love it when I see you have left me a comment.. you are so sweet, as busy are you are to take the time to visit me ... hope things are all set for your reunion..and you can just sit back and visit and have a wonderful time with your family... love and hugs my friend.

Lori Apgar said...

Wow ~ how does your brain come up with these beautiful envelopes and boxes?? I wish I could put shapes together like you do girl!

Love your gift set!!

MsJay said...

Awesome! I still don't have the George cartridge. I have to get this cart. My daughter needs to see this one as well for her hand scrubs. TFS

Kingston's Kreations said...

Great project! Thanks for the awesome tutorial and pictures. I am going to have to try this. Some wonderful bath salts would make great party favors at a Baby Shower! :) Hugs to you Audrey!

CraftyGirl said...

Audrey... I love stopping by your blog to get wonderful gift ideas! You are so creative and your gifts are always so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing these with us today!

barb :)

Lisa said...

Hi Audrey, what a beautiful set. That would make such a pretty display in anyones bathroom. You always come up with such unique creations.

Barbara said...

I really love this project, but what machine uses the .cut files? I can't find the information anywhere on the web. I have a Silhouette, so I'm hoping maybe I can do a conversion somehow.

Audrey Frelx said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Barbara, with respect to your question. I tried to contact you, however, your blog is not available/open to the public. These files cut on the Cricut Expression or Imagine. I'm not family with the Silhouette and don't know if the files can be converted to cut on it. If you'd like to email me, I can provide you a .pdf version of template which you can hand cut and assemble. Please let me know if that might be comfortable for you. My email address is audreyfrel@sbcglobal.net