Sunday, September 21, 2014

Boo Dimensional Display "Box" Assembly

Create a "spooky" table centerpiece or display focus
for your seasonal decorating or Halloween party.
Large finished design measures approx. 8" tall x 11.5" wide x 2" deep.
Decorated front is attached to boxing strips,
with reversed shape back that has two trap doors to
provide construction access.
Make your version perky, or creepy.

1. Identify and cut the shapes.
A box front with pre-assembled decor shapes
B lower boxing strip
C left side boxing strip
D upper boxing strip
E right side boxing strip
F box back
G support strip
H finger hole covers

2. Prepare the front by positioning and attaching decor shapes (I have randomly held the spider and his string to the end of the process).

3. Prepare boxing strips by folding tabs back, folding on vertical perforation lines as "mountain" or "valley" folds that correspond with the corners and angles of the front. One way to accomplish this is to compare the strip and corresponding edge in a layout as shown here.

4.  Position the lower straight edge of the box front at the bottom boxing strip long base edge tab. Apply adhesive on the tab, then overlap the front's edge so that it lines up exactly at the perforation edge. Glue the two surfaces together.

It will be helpful during the joining process to turn the assembly over face down on a flat surface to apply finger pressure evenly in a side-to-side motion along the edge and tab until it is secure and smooth.

5. Bend the short left segment of the bottom boxing tab to line up with the next section edge of the box front, and repeat the gluing and joining process.

6. Attach the left side boxing strip end to the end tab of the bottom strip that is already attached to the front. To do this, overlap the new strip's straight end edge at the tab perforation line of bottom strip, make sure top and bottom edges/perf lines are also lined up exactly, then apply pressure to attach.

7. Bend the left side strip so that the next segment tab and edge align as for the previous assembly steps. Apply adhesive, overlap edge at tab perf line, and apply pressure to join.

8. Continue the aligning and joining process to attach all tabs and edges to complete the attachment of the left side strip.

9. Join the top strip end to the left side boxing strip in the same manner as done for the previous strip joining. Align and attach each of the multiple segments and edges along the top of the box shape.

10. Join the left side boxing strip in similar fashion, and attach edges over tabs. Pause the process when the final segment is ready to be joined. At this point, also prepare and apply adhesive to the final strip-to-strip end tab, then at the same time position the final segment and the final end tab, adjust and attach with required pressure.

Here is the boxing attached to the box front, as seen from the backside, complete.

11. Open the trap doors of the box back shape. Fold the back boxing strip tabs inward. Position the back over the assembly so that the shape roughly corresponds to the boxing shape.

12. Attach boxing tabs at back edges in the same sequenced, precise process as was used for the front-to-boxing strip process, using the trap door openings to reach in to apply pressure as needed.

13. Fold the support strip upper flanges down and glue in place. Fold the tabs back, and fold at the center vertical perf line so strip is in roughly an "L" shape.

14. Insert the strip, tabs downward, into the box's interior, centering if approximately within the box.

15. Apply adhesive to the tabs ...

... then position and apply pressure to attach the tabs in place.

Adjust the position so that the top of the strip will provide support under both trap doors (see next frame).

Make quick adjustments as necessary so that the support cross approximately under the finger holes, as shown here.

16. Apply adhesive to the top rim edge of the support strip that is still accessible to accomplish this.

17. Close the trap doors and apply pressure to the areas that will connect the backside to the top of the support strips until the join is secure.

Apply adhesive to the backside edges of the cover circles, then place one to cover each of the finger hole openings, bridging across the trap door edge to also join the back box edge in place.

18. Complete any front decoration not previously done.

HERE'S AN IDEA: plan and pierce holes down the center of the boxing area to insert a small, cool-burning mini lights from the inside out, leaving one or both trap doors unattached to trail plug and wire out.


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