Friday, March 18, 2011

Frugal Friday - Emery Board Gift

It's Frugal Friday again. If you haven't visited on a Friday before, Frugal Friday is my time to create something very inexpensive or at no cost, using items from home, found items or things from the dollar store. I tend to make little gifty items for my club girls as a thank you for their membership and support.

Today's Frugal Friday item starts with these pretty emery board files...

I picked up these three-packs at my local Target store for $1.99. Each emery board is individually wrapped in shrink plastic which keeps them sanitary when packaging them up.

I used my Sizzix Bigz Two Tags die to create this tag from Kraft cardstock. It has the hole, a curved slit and a score to fold up the tag (see next photo). If you don't have this die, no worries, you can use any tag shape and just fold it up 3/4 of the way. The slit can be mimicked using a craft knife at a slight curve. Just make sure the curve is positioned so that the flap fits underneath it slightly. You'll see what I mean in a minute.

Here's a look at the fold. I stamped the bottom part of the tag which will fold up creating a pocket. I chose inks that matched as close as possible to the colors of the emery boards.

Looks like a little file folder.

I stamped this sweet sentiment on little pieces of matching card stock and backed them with black card stock. Then I added some foam tape to the backs and adhered them to the tags.

I added some satin black ribbon to each and slid the emery boards into their tags. Unfortunately, they slipped right out, so I added some adhesive to the boards to hold them in place. Another good reason they're wrapped in plastic. No adhesive will gunk up the emery board.

You can see how the flap tucks under that curved slit to hold it all together.

These were fun and fast to make and cost me less than 70 cents each.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you try something fun and frugal this weekend.


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