Floral Rectangular Milk Carton Tutorial + Plus Pigeon Antics…!

Floral Rectangular Milk Carton Tutorial + Plus Pigeon Antics…!

Stampin' Up! Floral Rectangular Milk Carton Tutorial

Well laugh? I finished my video project and had to wipe tears of laughter off my face!

We have 2 enormous pigeons that come into the garden most days, and they’re so huge, we have nicknamed them Turkey Pigeons…. They’re seriously huge!

And while I was filming, they flew down to a bird feeder right outside my window. What made me laugh though was that these great big things were balanced so precariously I was waiting for them to fall off!

Anyway, that is the reason for the slightly odd title today….

Oh and here they are – Jeff and Mabel apparently according to Luke (9 – it’s an age thing…)

Stampin' Up! Floral Rectangular Milk Carton Tutorial Crazy Pigeons

But back to the project.

When I was making the video, the All Abloom DSP was still in stock. I really hope it still is now as it’s a stunning paper and has been one of my favourites for the last 12 months.

Stampin' Up! Floral Rectangular Milk Carton Tutorial Close Up

Oh and I hope you like the closure. It was worth doing battle in the video with the ribbon for the slight variation in a milk carton close!

Dimensions When Finished – 2-1/4 x 3 x 3-3/4″ (5.5 x 7.5 x 9.5cm)

Cardstock – 8-1/4 x 11″ (20.5 x 28cm)

Score on the LONG side at 2-1/4, 5-1/4, 7-1/2, 10-1/2″ (5.5, 13, 18.5, 26cm

Make MARKS on the LONG side as per video at 1-1/8, 6-3/8″ (2.75, 15.75cm)

Score on the SHORT side at 2-1/4, 6″ (5.5, 15cm)


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Sam xx

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  1. Love this one Sam! So pretty with the ribbon!
    Great idea!! By the way great photo of Jeff and Mable 🙂
    Have a great day!!
    Iris xxxx

  2. Nice colour combo ! The pigeons are indeed huge ! Although we have a pair of small parrots and a pair of canary, we have put a bird feeder outside for rest of the birds. Thanks for sharing x

  3. Love the box and the ribbon closure!! Those pigeons are big!! I bet they are loud when they coo!!

  4. Helen howell says:

    Thank you again Sam for another great project . You are keeping me nice and busy. Just made the Serifs notelets and box last night to take to a friend today. Anyway love how you caught the pigeons. Only yesterday we had two big fat ones on our garage roof here in N Ireland . Wonder why they are so fat and “Turkey like” this year ? Ha ha . Love a laugh. Tank you soooo much again. Hugs . Xxxx

  5. Goodness!! those pigeons are HUGE!!! How can they not if they are being fed so fabulously, I bet you can hear them approaching, they tend to make a very distinctive sound when they fly.
    And I love this nice and big box, I like the idea of creasing the folds like that, it makes for a neater closure.
    Love the DSP, to bad it retiring.

  6. Linda Kerr says:

    Oh Sam, I love your posts! I am 3 weeks recovering from neck fusion due to compressed spinal cord and I haven’t been able to use the notebook to see your posts. I plan to make a morning of catching up on your videos! Even though I wont be able to bend my neck, and see to make your projects, for 9 more weeks due to neck brace, I can watch your videos and enjoy what you have done! Love your “turkey” birds, Jeff & Mabel! Have a blessed week!

  7. Joyce Sherry says:

    Love your version of the milk box, in fact, love your videos and you are now at the very top of the many videos on paper crafting I watch daily. Your work is so very neat and that is always my goal. A wonderful and complicated idea not crafted well is not nearly as fantastic as a wonderfully simple idea made without flaws and you do that so well. You speak so well and make me feel it is just you and me and I can do anything you can do…sign of a fantastic teacher. Thank you so very much for being you and sharing.

  8. Leslie S. says:

    I love those boxes, so pretty! And those pigeons are huge!!

  9. Oh I love these boxes. I’m gonna give them a try. The patterned paper is so pretty too. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Linda Jamme says:

    I have to thank you for your help. I have a friend that wanted me to make a box for a container she wants to put in it. The container measures 3.5×3.5″ and is about 3.5″ tall. Well I have the We Are Memory Keepers box maker so that was not problem. But when I had a temporary box made for her to look at she decided she wanted another little (and I do mean little) box to fit inside the domed container that will fit in the bigger box. Well, that’s where you came to the rescue. I searched your you-tube videos and found your tiny, little, itsy-bitsy “inchy box” and I think that will work. Oh the little things were putsy to put together but turned out very cute. Thanks for your much appreciated help. I knew I would find an answer from you! Happy Wednesday and loving blessings to you.

  11. Sam, your project is wonderful as always! Love the pics of Jeff and Mabel. BTW, my hubby names the birds that visit our yard, as well as the squirrels. Jeff and Mabel are a bit on the large side for pigeons I suppose. We have a bird that has been coming around for several years … well maybe it is now the second or third generation, but we have named him ‘Crazy Bird.’ He keeps trying to enter our home through closed windows. He started with a window in our guest room, moved onto the front glass door and now is attacking our sliding glass doors at the back of the house. He is just a hoot.

    I love watching your videos, I get so much inspiration from them.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us.

  12. Marthea W Aust says:

    Love your videos, all of them, I learn so much, you are very dexterous.

    I have a bird feeder for the galahs and twenty-eights, the kookaburras, magpies and butcher birds I hand feed raw meat. They are very tame and have individual characters. If I leave the door open they come in and perch on the chairs. The kookaburras laugh and the magpies have a very beautiful warble. They bring their babies every year and take meat and feed them. When the babies grow they come as well to be hand fed. I limit what I give each bird so they still need to forage for food in nature.

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