Thursday 26 September 2013

Inspired by a Song

Good afternoon everyone.
My weekly visit to Through The Purple Haze challenges. This means I'm still in for the running for the MEGA prize at the end of the year. Hanging in there - YESSSSSSS.

This week the theme is "Inspired By a Song/Book/Film/Cartoon"
Now when I saw that theme, and I have no idea why, the silliest song popped into my head. Little Boxes!
"Little Boxes" is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963. All made out of  "Ticky-Tacky".
Mine don't look exactly the same but they're made from the same free paper pad that came with a magazine at some point and have been taking up room in a drawer since. I do think they're rather tacky and could not bring myself to use them on a card for example. One big advantage - they're already cut to 6" squares. Ideal for making origami boxes. All 24 of them to make an advent calendar for my Grandson.

All the boxes were lined with a small piece of card covering the base and the front side after attaching a brad drawer handle. They were then linked up with folded card with more of the same to go all round after fashioning a top and back to make it look a bit like a house. This also meant I could add a little sentiment.

 Peeloffs - again from my long forgotten (and never used in the last 2 yrs) stash and ribbons to make it look like a present.

Each of the drawers will contain a small gift of some sort, one drawer per day in December leading up to one of his favourite days of the year when Santa might deliver some pressies.

There we have it. Not my usual kind of make - but useful - it will be.

I'd like to enter this Advent calendar into the challenge at
Through the Purple Haze - Inspired By a Song/Book/Film/Cartoon


  1. Helen, this is spectacular!!! Wow, you put a lot of work into this! It is incredible! Love the 24 origami boxes and the colors!!! This is a wonderful project! Thanks for joining us again this week at Through the Purple Haze Challenges!

    Darcy DT

  2. Wow that is fabulous! as soon as i saw the song title i started thinking of the program Weeds...but this is gorgeous and a lot of work has gone in to it......beautiful work! many thanks for joining us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges this week. Anita DT

  3. How cool is this idea? Brilliant! Ace pressie for any adult with like drawers stuffed with chocs...... I mean kid... Great for any kid! Very unique! Your grandson is gona love it!
    Thanks for playing along again this week @ TTPH - getting close now!
    Lisa ~ DT

  4. FAbulous project love all the origami boxes so cute and the colours are beautiful thanks for joining us over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges ~ Denise DT ~

  5. Helen,
    Love how it folds up and makes a present! This is a great Advent Calender, hope your grandson likes it, I am sure he will if you put candy in those tiky tacky boxes! And by the way I love that song, ("Little Boxes" is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962,)

  6. Wonderful very clever card...

    fiona DT

  7. totally amazeballs, it's really wonderful Helen & must have taken an age. Thanks for playing along at
    Through The Purple Haze Challenges
    Hugs, Teresa DT
    Ceesa's Card Creations

  8. Wow your grandson is so lucky! Thanks for sharing with us at Through the Purple Haze, Lynne DT xxx

  9. Wow, what an amazing gift sure your grandson will love it. Such an amount of work, it looks brilliant and truly a fantastic idea! Thanks for joining us this week at Through the Purple Haze Challenges.
    Eithne DT