CD case tutorial

3 Feb

Yesterday, I introduced a project that was inspired by The Shabby Tea Room blog. Here is their post. Here is my project. Today I’m sharing instructions how to make it.

Which began as a humble CD box that I found at the $1 bins at Target {love those}.


  • Spray Basis 80# Pink Cardstock with water and crumple a number of times. Sometimes this takes longer than you think but keep at it. The results are worth it.
  • When altering a pre-made box or other item with a slick surface, sand it to knock off the shine. It will help things adhere to the surface.
  • Trim the crumpled paper so it will fit the height of the box sides.
  • Use PVA Glue to cover the box lid and sides. Spread the glue onto a side and smooth the paper out onto it. Complete the other sides. When covering the front–which has a half circle cut out–cut slits from the top edge to the curved edge and glue them on the inside. Cover the inside flap of the lid {I did this with flat cardstock, not crumpled}.
  • Using Black Onyx Stardream Metallic cardstock, cut/emboss two strips, twelve inches long using S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite. You’ll want to cut a piece out of the center and then cut either end by lining up the scallops on the end of the first strip. Remove the cut circles from the center and glue the strips together.
  • Cut/emboss four sunflowers from flat Basis 80# Pink Cardstock as follows: 2 of the large and 1 of the small sunflowers from S4-158 Sunflower Set Two, 1 of the sunflower from S5-004 Sunflower Garden Edgeability
  • Using your fingers, curve the flow petals down.
  • Glue the two pieces together with petals peaking between petals as seen below.
  • Using dimensional adhesive, add two squares on top of the large flowers and one on top of the middle flower.
  • Stack the flower layers and add the hole punches to the center of the top.
  • Add 2 more dimensional adhesive pieces to the bottom of the flower and adhere it to the bottom of the lid’s flap.
  • Glue the black band around the box.
  • Adhere black dots around the box.  I used one on the flap to cover the blue spot that you can see above.
  • Tie two ribbons around the flower. Trim the tails of one, as shown. Leave the other tails long so the box can be tied closed.
  • Cover a large brad with Watermark ink. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Apply 2-3 coats to make it really shine. Then insert it into the center of the black band so you’ll have a place to tie the box closed.
    There you have it. Using only two papers…look what you can do!

Important Stuff
Paper Basis 80# Pink Cardstock, Black Onyx Stardream Metallic (
Tools S4-158 Sunflower Set Two, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S5-004 Sunflower Garden Edgeability, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper
Accessories Top Boss Watermark Ink (Clearsnap)
Adhesives 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L), PVA Glue (Lineco)

Other Stuff Heat gun, black embossing powder, black satin ribbon, water spritzer


One Response to “CD case tutorial”


  1. Shabby CD Box « Frillions by eli - February 7, 2011

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