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HATBOX ROOM BOX

© 2006 by Rachelle Spiegel

Create your own Millinery Shop in a hatbox, or create a room in a hatbox to fill with a subject of your own design. We will construct a one inch scale room in a round hatbox and decorate walls and floor to your taste. This is the first of three classes being offered to create and stock a shop with a sales showcase filled with Milliners' supplies, a fabric draped table displaying several hats which you will decorate, as well as miniature hat pins, miniature hatbox and various shop supplies which you will craft.
 

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The hatbox room may be constructed from either an unfinished paper mache hatbox or a purchased, finished hatbox that has an inside lining which is either a solid color or has a print which is in scale. The kit will provide an unfinished box. The box will need to be at least 12 inches in diameter in order for it to work well  in one inch scale, but it may be larger. You will also need a piece of 3/16” foam core - for the minimum sized box it would need to be approximately  12” x 24”.

You will also require one or two wallpapers for the unfinished box. The paper lining the box should be in scale. The one covering the exterior of the box may have a larger pattern, if you wish. For the outside of the minimum sized box, you need a standard width of wallpaper measuring about six feet in length.

If you are using a finished box, you will need enough of a harmonizing paper to cover the foamcore walls.(about one foot)

For either type of box you will also need a floor covering material measuring at least 10”x12”. This may be a velvet, velour, or velveteen fabric or a suede or flocked paper. Any visibly napped fabric or paper - that will give the in-scale appearance of a carpet, may be used.

 

The paper mache boxes you buy in craft stores are generally handmade and  therefore, no two are precisely alike. Because of this, it is necessary to fit each part of your project to the individual box.

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To cover the side of the box, you must first determine the the circumference of the box opening. Either use a tape measure , wrapped carefully around the perimeter of the opening, or calculate the circumference by multiplying the diameter of the box by the constant pi (3.14) Add one inch to this measurement to determine the length you must cut the paper that will be covering the outside of your boxCalculate-circumference.

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Measure the box depth and add    1-1/2” to get the width of the paper for the outside of the box..

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From the paper that you have chosen for the exterior of the box, cut a long rectangular piece measuring the circumference of the box (3.14 x the diameter) plus one inch, by the depth of the box plus one and one half inches. Measure ¾” from each long edge,  and using a yardstick, draw a line parallel to the edge on the wrong side of the paper.

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Fold over a straight edge along a marked fold line toward the wrong side of the paper  to crease it and then reopen the fold.

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Mark one inch increments along the fold line on the wrong side of the paper.

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Clip v’s, spaced about an inch apart, along the edge up to the line that you drew. Because the box may be somewhat irregular in shape, we will clip and fit the other edge of the paper, that will turn over the rim of the box, later.

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Check to make certain that the side edge of the box will comfortably fit within the distance between the drawn lines. 

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Fold the tabs over around the bottom of the box to check fit.

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Apply thinned bookbinders’ (Yes) glue, or wallpaper paste to the outside of the box and to the wrong side of the paper with a brush, palette knife or plastic card .....

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and attach the paper to the side of the  box, making sure that the v’d tabs extend past the edge of the bottom of the box.

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Gently smooth the  paper out with your hand or a plastic card. Be careful not to distort the paper. Smooth the paper both to the side and toward the opening. Because the box is handmade, you might find it not exactly round and will have to adjust things so the paper lays as flat as you can get it. When the glue dries, the paper should shrink a little, which will help everything lay more flat. Using just a little glue, secure the flap end to completly cover and overlap the beginning.

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Now apply glue to the back of the box, just along the edge – the width of the extending v’d tabs. Press each tab smoothly around to the back of the box and secure in the glue.

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Using a small scissors that has been designated for paper, cut v’s in the unclipped edge of the paper (that is on the side of the box opening) . Leave about 1/8” between the point of each v and the box edge As on the other edge, make the v’s about  an inch apart.

 

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Fold the tabs over the edge of the box opening and crease into position. Now open the tabs back out. Apply glue over the lip and roughly an inch inside the box. Apply a bit of glue to the underside of the tabs as well. Press the v’d tabs smoothly and neatly inside the box. Let the glue dry a bit..

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Lay your wallpaper that you are using for the outside of the box on your work surface, with the underside facing up. Place your box on top and trace around the circumference with a pencil. You want the circle to fit just to the edge on the  outside of the box. Now move your box to the underside of the wallpaper that you will use inside of the box. Trace another circle on this . Put this circle aside. It will be used to cover the bottom of the box later.

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Cut the  circle for the outside box bottom out, along the line you drew. Test fit against the back of the box and trim as necessary.

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Apply glue to the entire back of the box (including over the wallpaper tabs), and apply some to the underside of the back circle. Line up your circle on the bottom of the box and smooth the paper down. Let the glue dry a bit.

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Now we will need to cover the inside of the box. From the paper that you have chosen for the interior of the box, cut a long rectangular piece measuring the circumference of the box (3.14 x the diameter) plus one inch, by the depth of the box plus 3/4” inch.  Measure ¾” from one long edge, draw a line and using a yardstick, draw a line parallel to the edge.

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Fold over a straight edge along a marked fold line toward the right side of the paper to crease it and then reopen the fold. (This is the opposite direction from the way you creased the outside paper.)

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Mark one inch increments along the fold line on the wrong side of the paper

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Clip v’s, spaced about an inch apart, along the edge up to the line that you drew.

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Test fit your sides, making sure that the tabs lie flat on the bottom of the box.

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Apply thinned bookbinders’ (Yes) glue, or wallpaper paste to the wrong side of the paper and to the outside of the box with a brush, palette knife or plastic card .....

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and attach the paper to the inside of the  box, making sure that the v’d tabs extend flat against the bottom of the box.

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 Cut out the interior circle that you had put aside, a tiny bit  inside the line you drew. You want the circle to be incrementally smaller than the outside of the box to allow  for the thickness of the box walls.

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Test fit against the inside bottom of the box and trim as necessary.  Apply glue to the entire bottom of the box, line up your circle and smooth the paper down. Let the glue dry a bit.

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Paint the rim of the lid inside and out with an acrylic craft paint that compliments the wallpaper that you have used on your box. Allow the paint to cover the outside edge of the top of the lid as well. If necessary, apply several coats, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

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Trace the lid twice on the underside of your wallpaper; once on the paper you used outside the box and once on the inside paper. Cut the outside lid circle on the drawn line and cut the inside lid  circle just enough inside the line to allow for the width of the lid. Test fit, trim as necessary, and glue the smaller one inside the lid and the larger one to the outside of the lid. Let the glue dry.

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