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Tangle Refresher 116 – Featuring how to make beautiful Zentangle-inspired gift boxes from Zendala tiles

Zendala gift boxesEarlier this week Sakura of America posted this demonstration created by Dorian Eng, one of my Florida CZT colleagues from Jacksonville in the northeast part of our state.

In this 5-minute video Dorian shows how easy it is to create sweet tangled gift boxes from Zendala® tiles and embellish them using several fun Sakura products.

As she notes, these make beautiful presentation boxes for chocolate or other small gifts. The boxes are friction-fitting so there’s no tape or glue necessary but you can add a ribbon if you so desire.

Supplies used:

Dorian uses CZT Margaret Bremner’s Beadlines and the Zentangle-original Mooka tangles in her demonstration.

Of course you can also make these clever boxes a little larger, just make sure your paper is a good heavy stock that will hold the shape.

Experiment! Enjoy! It’s only paper. 🙂 And many thanks to Dorian for a lovely idea and an excellent how-to.

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5 comments to Tangle Refresher 116 – Featuring how to make beautiful Zentangle-inspired gift boxes from Zendala tiles

  • Suzanne

    Love this idea!! And so simple, these will be great for Valentine’s gift boxes too. Thanks Dorian, and Linda.

  • Sonja T Van Laar

    This little box is very clever. I think I will get out my Zendala tiles and give it a go.

  • Priscilla Ware

    I will make several of these gift boxes to hold the money I am giving my grandchildren as part of their Christmas gifts from me! Thank you so much!!!

  • LLS

    Although the tangled pattern is different, I remember seeing these boxes made before. Rick made one with the paradox pattern on it for a hanging ornament in project pack number 16. . . He covered it with Mod Podge to help it stay firm. It is a very cleaver box. He showed how to use a square tile to get your markings. Both ways make interesting boxes. Thank you for sharing!

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