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Holiday Blizzard: Personal Hand Sanitizer Gift

By: Marion Davis, Artistic Guide

Finished project 3” x 4.5”

Don’t you hate it when you try directions and they don’t work because the products used are different sizes than the ones the artist used.  Well that was what happened here. A friend sent me these directions last year and I just tried them. Disaster! She must have used very small hand sanitizer bottles because the one I used was never going to fit the paper measurements she gave me. Therefore I have just spent the morning problem solving and you benefit by my frustration. <LOL>

Supplies:  For this project I decided to use up some of my scrap stash so I am afraid I do not have much supply info for you.
Double sided cardstock (unknown from artist’s stash of scraps)

White scrap
Olive Grove Memento (Tsukineko)

Ribbon also from stash
Scroll Chain punch (EK Success)


  1. Measure the width of your bottle of sanitizer and cut a strip of decorative paper at least 1” wider than the bottle and the full length of the 12” paper. The width really can be wider if you wish.
  2. Score the strip along the long side at .5”, 1.5”, 3.5” and 4.5”.  Fold all scores in the same direction.
  3. If you are making more than one at a time I suggest that you create a template at this next step. Trace the bottle bottom onto the cardstock so that the back edge extends slightly above the 1.5” score.  If creating a template trace this on a scrap of cardstock and cut it out. Then trace onto the decorative cardstock.
  4. Score the traced lined and then slash across it in several places where you want the opening to be. 

  5. Fit the bottle in to be sure it does not cause the cardstock to buckle. 
  6. Now measure against the cardstock  and mark where the top of the bottle places. Score that line and 1” to the right (away from previous folds.)
  7. This is where my disaster happened. The paper was not long enough to cover far enough to close the container. Since I tell my students that there is no such thing as a mistake…just a creative challenge, I raided the scrap box again and found the green paper (no idea what color or company). I punched it with the Scroll chain punch and adhered that to a gold paper tag on the scrap stash.
  8. I adhered this under the edge of the card stock and trimmed to the correct width.
  9. To keep the cover closed you can use a small piece of Velcro but I opted to just tie the ribbon around in and knot it.
  10. On a scrap of white paper I stamped the sentiment and edged the piece in Olive Grove.

And now you know how to adjust directions that don’t fit.

Happy Holidays!





Photo: Finished sanitizer

Happy crafting.






Created by Marion Davis

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