I have made a set of two cans for my youngest daughter. This is the second can and the problems I encountered with the paper fitting. Or the paper NOT fitting.
The back side was a real disappointment. There was nothing I could do to make the paper edges meet. I don’t like the way this looks.
After a full day of searching the internet for making a “Corset Lacing” guide I had to just wing it. I saw enough photos to get an idea of what to do.
My fix is the following. A sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 craft colored card stock cut at 2-1/2 inches. I would later trim 1/8 of an inch off of that to make the pieces fold together properly. I would need a total of four strips of craft card stock. This means that I have to do the same with the big can I had been working on earlier, as well.
Score the 2-1/2 inch width at 1/4 inch and again at 1-3/8 inches.
Fold the score lines. This is when I found I needed to cut 1/8 inch from the side to be folded inward.
Next will be to mark the folded pieces to punch holes for eyelets. I made my eyelets 1 inch apart and 1/2 inch away from the folded edge. You might choose to make them closer together.
Next you will punch the holes on both pieces. If you put the two pieces together make sure the 1/4 inch folded edges are BOTH on the same side. If you are a “Lefty” the 1/4 inch will be on your right side. A “Righty” the 1/4 will be on your left side.
Attach the eyelets. Do both strips in this step.
Choose your ribbon. I have chosen some off white satin 1/4 inch ribbon to lace these two strips together.
Now work the other ribbon through the eyelets ending with your ribbon ends on the outside at the top.
Tie your ribbon in a nice bow. After you have your bow in the desired look add a touch of clear glue at the bow knot. This will keep the bow from untying.
Next you will add lace trim to the edges of the craft card stock. Make sure the 1/4 inch fold is held firmly underneath. Hot glue the lace near the folded edge.
You will see that this is beginning to look like what it is intended to be. A Corset Lacing.
I am not a huge fan of hot glue. In fact, I very seldom use the stuff. If you are proficient with hot glue then you can use it in the next step. I’m not so I will be using 1/4 inch Score-Tape.
Apply the tape to the 1/4 inch folded area on the strips. Do it to both sides.
Place the can in a manner that is easy for you to handle. I’ve laid it over on the side. You will be attaching the Corset lacing strips at the back seam of the paper.
The top edge of the Corset strip will be jammed as high up under the top lace as you can get it to go. Make sure the hot glue or the tape you are using is in the proper position to follow the seam. Otherwise make adjustments before you fully adhere the one side to your can.
Adhere the other side of the Corset piece to the other side of the seam area. Voila! Unsightly bit hidden.
While I was at it I made one for the larger can as well. Can’t have one different from the other now can we.
Now I am finished with my daughter’s birthday present. I can put these in the mail and not fret over how they look. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.
I hope this has given you some ideas on how to fix a problem with paper that doesn’t fit well.
Have fun making your storage cans.