Saturday, 6 December 2014

1:12 scale Christmas boxes - Super bumper edition printable! :D

Happy Christmas! I'm a tiny bit late with this one. I haven't even got my 1:1 decorations out of the attic yet, but the miniature ones appear to have been brought down. Priorities! :D

Quite a few of the images used for this printable are from Joannes flickr site Take a break. Joanne very kindly uploads a lot of ephemera for other crafters to use free of charge. She used to make dollshouses too! Small world eh? Other images were very poor quality sourced from eBay and fixed up for printing, which I'll probably explain more about in the future, for example the doubl-glo box was very low resolution, and both tinsel boxes are made from copying and pasting bits and pieces together ala Dr Frankenstein :D

The Santa (who needs his face repainted) is an old resin Christmas decoration, the Christmas lights were made using Miyuki beads and green thread for the wire. The plug is a piece of dowel, coloured with felt tip and with wire as pins. I used a plastic clothing label tie to create little bulb tips in each Miyuki bead (very hard to see). The miniature tree is a handmade bottle brush trimmed into a tree shape, with some railway modellers flock applied and no hole beads, and it's unfinished! :D Sort of threw everything together for this scene!  One of the bulbs has fallen off :(

For the printable, I recommend using a sharp craft knife for cutting out the boxes! I used one of those Swan Morton ones.

For best results print at Fine quality, on to 220GSM card.

Here are the Christmas boxes > Free 1:12 scale Christmas box PDF!

After printing lightly spray with fixative (or hairspray) to seal the ink.

If you need any tips on cutting out the boxes, etc, for a neat fit, the start of this post has a few. I find tabs annoying to cut out and unpredictable at this size (making the box lid too tight for the base etc.), so I make tabs later on, using paper. See the bottom half of this post for a picture explanation, under the title Shoeboxes and boxes.

I recently bought a bone creaser/folder, highly recommended if you do a lot of this sort of thing! It has saved my nails, which were actually wearing away from all of the creasing....

Cut out all of the windows before cutting out the individual boxes. For the fiddly windows,ie, curvy, spiky areas, use short cuts to help preserve the details, rather than trying to follow the line in one go.

Unlike the other boxes, DO NOT cut out the window on the two tinsel boxes, until the sides have been creased. The tinsel is a fly tying material called Chenille Sparkle, which I bought from Troutcatchers. If your husband/son etc, fishes, I wholly support you nicking from his stash of fly tying equipment :D There are some card pieces in the printable that you can use to wrap the tinsel around.

On the printable G, W, R stands for Green, White, Red, just pencil those onto the boxes, so you know which base belongs to which lid, as the sizes are slightly different. The dividers are also on the template, and are for these 3 boxes. 6mm beads and smaller will fit the boxes.

Unfortunately I couldn't mark out the cuts for printing, so you will need to measure and mark those out. Each slot should be 7mm apart. Make the first cut for a slot, then place the knife directly beside it and make another cut, then use the tip of the knife to remove the "slot" waste. Then the pieces will all slot together nicely.

Some of the other boxes in the printable. You can use cellophane of some sort, to create plastic windows too,  I haven't done that yet....

If you cut out the middle row of trees on the Holiday snow box, you can then put a bit of cotton wool or wadding in the box, and it will show through.

I've included some Christmas Cards in the printable, not shown here. The card might be a bit too thick, but if you run your finger nail or bone creaser along the edges of the card, it should give the illusion of  thinner card.

There are also interior cards for the two Christmas Light/ Lamp boxes, which are a bit awkward to fit, but you can play about with them, as you see fit. I ended up chopping some off.

The plain white card bases (in the printable) need to be creased and folded so that the black lines will be on the inside.

Any idea how to make miniature icicle ornaments? :D

And I think that's it! They would make nice little Christmas ornaments too, with a bit of thread on them and everything glued into place. I would love to see them in a Christmas setting, stall or attic, anything really, so if you make them up, leave a link below :)

 Also, I recently received a package of exquisite miniatures from Pepper, which I can't wait to post about, then that'll be me for this year! :D But even though it's a bit early, I think it is anyway, I wish you all a Happy Christmas, in case I miss you next time due to it being that time of the year ie. Hectic! :D


  1. Just wow! These boxes and printies are fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to gather all the information and collating it onto a PDF for us. You're a star. As for icicles, I'm thinking dipping thread into clear nail varnish but that is just an idea and not a bona-fide-tried-and-tested method =0/

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Wishing you a fabulous 2015 =0D

  2. Gracias por los imprimibles .Sí, es un poco pronto, pero Feliz Navidad

  3. Oooh, these are fantastic! I'll definitely be making up some of these to display in my little riding school's office. :D Cheers!

  4. I bought a package of very fine tinsel a few years ago and have been searching for packaging, yours are just perfect, thank you so much for sharing both the printies and tips.
    A Big Merry Hug, Mary

  5. I forgot - Threads from lame fabric make nice icicles, it is inexpensive and comes in many colors.

  6. This is so Generous of you! To make it so Easy for me!!! I have just printed it out and can't wait to get started assembling the boxes! Thank you so much! I will let you know when I have posted something! Happy Christmas to you too!

  7. I love everything you make. I'm so glad you share all your tips and your troubles too. I thought I was the only one having troubles with those boxes. LOL! Thank you so much for all the time you take to explain everything. You're a wealth of knowledge!

  8. Me encanta como te han quedado,son geniales!!! Muchas gracias por los imprimibles!!

  9. Thank you for the printies. I like the old color of the boxes.

  10. Hi Sarah! These Christmas boxes are fantastic work, I'm so glad you share all your tips and your troubles too :D!
    Thank you so much for all the efforts and your time to explain to us everything so clear, it is very generous of you.
    I will let you know if I'll ever use them for one of my projects, promised :D!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Hugs, Ilona

  11. Wonderful, thank you very very much!! Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic year to come.

  12. Your work is always perfect. Merry Christmas to you and yours! I can't wait for your 2015 first post.

  13. Wonderful printies perfect for the season! I love the vintage look to them, brings god memories ;)

  14. Thank you so much for this, just what I was looking for....

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  15. Hi Sarah! I have made some of your boxes and posted a link on my blog to this page! Thank you for sharing these!
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  16. Thanks for sharing these goodies!

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Fantastic boxes! Thanks so much! Just what I needed to bring on the miniature christmas spirit. I was too impatient to wait till I could get 220gsm card so went with the 180gsm matt photo paper that I had and it worked great. Back to the cutting mat to cut out the last two.....

  18. Привет Сара!
    Прекрасные Рождественские миниатюры! Гирлянда огней меня потрясла! :) :) :) Спасибо за ценные советы!
    Счастливого Рождества!

  19. Thank you for the printie! Your decoration scene here looks so beautiful and gives me lots of great Christmas spirit =)
    icicle ornaments, (I had to google it to see what it was, I have no icicle ornament at my house, have never seen them in real life, but they do look beautiful) =) would it be possible to make some from hot glue? (don't have that myself, so I can't try..) It was just a quick thought =) Or maybe from some liquid fimo/sculpey?! Hope you manage to make some, somehow =)

  20. These are incredible! Thanks for sharing your brilliant work. Merry belated Christmas!!

  21. I've been working on lots of these poxes and their contents for a Christmas shop. Thought you'd like to see what I've done so far. Thanks so much for sharing the images!

  22. I made 2 sets of your beautiful printies and put them in a tree decorating post!

    Merry Christmas

  23. These are wonderful printies! I'm in a miniature christmas gift swap and these will be perfect for what I have in mind!

  24. Just found this! Thank you so much! I love retro Christmas and am making a 1950s Dollhouse - so perfect!!

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  26. im so excited to find these. i am making a tiny house for christmas! thanks

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