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To make this beautiful gift box you can use recycled materials and the ones that are not recycled are very cheap.
The white glue I used it's a kind of glue used for constructions, named "Aracet" in my country and that only costs $1 for 500g.
It may look like there's too many steps, but it's not as hard as it may seem.
This little box cannot be finished in one shot, you have to work on it every few hours or a bit every day, that's why it's the perfect project for those who have to go to school/work or have other stuff to do. First row of pictures:
1. From a PET bottle you cut a segment with the wished height.
2. You put the piece of PET on the cardboard and with a pencil/pen you draw lines that are paralel with its sides, at a distance of 5-8 mm. We do this twice, once for the base of the box and once for its top.
3. You cut the base and the top of the box from the cardboard.
4. On the piece of cardboard that's gonna be the base you put some white glue with the brush where the PET will be glued to the base.
5. You put the PET segment on the glue and then, on the interior and on the exterior too, we add some more white glue with the brush. Don't get the plastic too dirty.
The white glue at the base must look as if it's snow around walls. This is the esthetic purpose of it. The main role of the white glue is to stick the plastic and the carboard together.
Let it dry.Second row of pictures:
6. On the piece that's gonna be the top you glue another piece of cardboard of irregular shape. The purpose is to make it look like a little hill, on which the snowman will stay.
7. If your napkin/toilet paper has more layers, separate them. Break each layer in smaller pieces.
8. Cover the hill with pieces of paper and white glue like this: put some white glue with the brush in a thin layer, over the white glue put a layer of paper, over the paper put another layer of white glue.
We have to cover the piece of irregular cardboard so that it can't be noticed anymore that it's a separate piece of cardboard. You can add other smaller hills around it too if you wish.
Let it dry.Third row of pictures:
9. As we did for the hill, we put white glue and paper at the base of the box, to build the snow banks (only on the outside).
Let it dry. Repeat the process until you like the result.Fourth row of pictures:
10. On the hill you glue a bit of cardboard, the base of the snowman.
11. Cover it with white glue and paper and while you do this try to give it a round-ish shape.
12. On the big snowball put another one, the medium one, in the same way.
Let it dry.Fifth row of pictures:
13. Remember to build the snowbanks from time to time if necessary.
14. Make the snowman's head. I didn't use cardboard for this one, but paper mixed with white glue. Sixth row of pictures:
15. If you have metal wire, you can see in the images how to make a sleigh.
If you cant make a sleigh, add any wintery/Christmasy object. Seventh row of pictures:
16. With a needle/toothpick scatter small white glue drops on the walls of the box. It must look as if it's snowing.
17. On the bottom of the box glue some textile material for a nicer look. I used felted wool. I think it gives a plus to the idea of winter, through contrast: outside of the box it snows and it's cold, inside it's warm.
18. Draw the eyes, mouth and buttons of the snowman and put something on its head. I made some kind of pan out of metal wire. I also added a piece of textile material on the sligh, because I felt like it needed a blanket. Eighth row of pictures:
19. To keep the top of the box in place I added underneath it some icicles.
I made them out of translucent white polymer clay. But you can use other materials to make them if you don't have polymer clay: normal clay, glass, even glue and paper if you are patient enough.
20. Varnish it. It will protect the snowflakes and give it a nicer look.
And that's it!
It might look like a long process, but considering you're not doing everything in one day, I think it's OK.
I really enjoyed working on it.
If you have any questions, ask in the comments.