1. Cut all pieces. The image below represents the layout of the files when imported into your cutting program.
2. Crease all score lines. Use bone folder to reinforce the creases. This is particularly important for curved letters to get a nice, crisp fold.
3. Choose your first grouping to assemble (I chose group 2). The 3 pieces in this group are:
a. The “C”
b. A longer strip with tabs along one edge only (the outside of the “C”).
c. A shorter strip with skinny tabs along the edge and fat tabs at each end (the inside of the “C”)
4. Make note of the icons on the ends of each strip. These will be important to help you match up the pieces at a later step.
5. Apply adhesive of choice along the length of the tabs. I suggest not using liquid adhesive for this as it will not dry quick enough to keep the curves from creeping open. I used the 3M ATG gun and adhesive for this project, but if making a larger size it might be best to use Sticky Strip or [[other strong adhesive I have]] Don’t forget to also apply adhesive to the tabs on the ends of what will be the inside curve of the “C”.
6. Beginning with the strip for the outside of the C, start with one end and match it to the lower outside corner of your “C”. Adhere the strip along the outside curve, curving the paper to fit the “C” as you go.
7. Pick the end of the inside strip whose icon matches the icon on the outside strip at the bottom of the “C”. In my case, this was the square.
8. Adhere the tab at the end of that strip to the inside of the strip you just adhered to the outside of the C. Look at the picture…it will make sense!
9. Begin adhering the inside strip along the ends and inside contour of the “C”, pressing to ensure the adhesive takes very well.
10. Finish the inside strip by adhering the end of the strip around the corners of the top of the “C”.
11. Run your fingers along the inside of the box top you created to reinforce the adhering of the tabs
12. Repeat steps 6 through 11 to create the bottom of the box in the same manner.
13. Once complete fit the top and bottom together and make any adjustments if necessary.
14. Working with group 1, apply adhesive to the back of the accent paper and adhere it to each section of the top of the box. The longer rectangle will adhere to the outside edge and the shorter rectangle will adhere to the inside edge.
16. Once all accent paper has been applied, place the box top on the box bottom and admire your completed project!
Tips for curvy letters
· When using bone folder on the creases of all of the tabs, flip the piece over so the tabs are on the bottom and your solid piece is on the top… Then run your bone folder over the length of the crease.
· At the points where the paper will curve for a letter, use the bone folder to give the paper a slight curve by running the paper over the bone folder edge in the same motion you would use for curling ribbon.