Friday, March 4, 2011

Lip Balm Holder

Lip Balm Holders are such a fun project to share with your friends. I first came across this idea when my friend pointed out Renee Ondrajka's cute Lip Balm Holders at Splitcoaststampers. You can view Renee's original Lip Balm Holder pattern here. I made some changes to her original design and created a tutorial. I have also included some time-saving steps for those of you who want to make more than one of these.

1. Cut two 5-¾” x 3-½” pieces of card stock (one of these will become your cover layer and the other one will be the inside layer). On the long side, score both pieces at 2-½” and 3-¼”. Put the cover layer aside (steps 2 through 5 involve the inside layer)

2. Cut a ¾” slot with a hobby blade 3/8” from both sides of the card stock. Start the cut at the middle point (2-7/8” mark) of the long side of the card stock.

Cut a 1-½” slot 1-¼” in from both sides of the card stock. Start the cut at the first score line (2-½”mark). It helps if you draw these slots with a pencil and a ruler first and then cut.

3. Using a ruler and a scoring tool, score the ¾” slots from each end to the nearest outer edge. Also, score a line between the end of the 1- ½” slots, which do not yet have a score line.

4. Fold along the score lines. The slots fold in the opposite direction of the score marks you made in step one. Decorate the inside piece.

5. Turn the inside layer over to the backside. Place sticky strip along the short sides. Remove the sticky strip liner and attach to the cover piece. Tip: If you would like your inside piece to fit better, trim just a hair of card stock off of each end that the sticky strip is placed on. This will allow your inside piece to fit snugly to your cover piece without any buckles.

6. Place a lip balm through the center band. The folded end slots keep the lip balm from slipping out.

7. Decorate the front cover as desired. Use a length of ribbon to tie the lip balm holder closed.

Timesaver Tip A: If you will be making more than one lip balm holder, you can save time by making yourself a template. Follow steps one and two of the tutorial and then cut away the middle tab and the side tab pieces.

Timesaver Tip B: Now with your actual inside piece follow step one and then trace the lines from the template onto your card stock with pencil.

Timesaver Tip C: If you fold your card stock along the score line that intersects the middle of your pencil lines. You can use a scissor to cut the lines. This will save you a lot of time. When you go to adhere your inside piece to the outside piece, just make sure your pencil marks are adhered to the inside and that way you won't have to do any erasing.

Here are some lip balm holders that my stamp club hostess made for the guests at this month's club meeting. Wasn't that sweet of her? I'm such a lucky demonstrator to have this great group of club members!!!!

Stampin' Up Supplies: Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Punch Bunch; Paper: Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive; Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive; Ink Pads: Pumpkin Pie (for inside flowers); Punches: 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle; Ribbon: 1/4" Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain
Other Supplies: Lip Balm

If you have a question, please leave me a comment and I will update my blog with your answer.
Thanks for visiting!!!!


  1. This is so clever. I know that I will make this at some point. I have two daughters, and this would be such a nice little thing for me to tuck away for them to find. They love the lip balms scented like sodas, candy and gum. (Yes, they are tween girls!!) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow!! This is a great idea!! I loved it!! And it's very beautiful!! :)

  3. Making the template---what a great idea. Haven't made any of these in ages. Now you've inspired me. *grin*

  4. Oh these are beautiful!!! I love the colors you used. Your tutorial is awesome!!! I can't wait to make some. I love to have little things like this on hand. Hugs,

  5. Wow, what a great idea. Thank you for the tutorial

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  7. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Gorgeous ~ can't wait to give this a try.
    Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii.....

  9. What a great little gift! I think this might be an addition to my little friend gifts. Thanks so much for the helpful tutorial, and pictures!

  10. Brenda, I have made several of these, along with the note card purse as gifts for special people in my life. Thank you! I have had so much fun putting these together and you make it easy to follow along. I even cut out extra and invited a friend over to my house to make her own. I use a Gazelle cutter and have directed folks from the forum there back here; hope you don't mind.

  11. I just ran across your blog tonight & am LOVING your work! I especially love these lip balm holders - they are darling & I really love how simple they are to make! Your color combo that you used for the group of them is gorgeous - I checked out the ingredients list to see what colors were used and now I'm a little confused. The Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight sound right but Old Olive? It looks like shades of blues to me, no? Is it Marina Mist & Bashful Blue? If you could clarify for me I would really appreciate it!

    So excited to have found a new favorite blog to stalk!

    Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja

    1. Hi Christine, Thanks for your sweet comments. The photo of the lip balm holders in the basket was made by my stamp club hostess. I'm not sure what blues she used, but I think your guess is correct. The sample I made and use for the tutorial uses Old Olive and it is to that which the supply list refers. Sorry for the confusion!

  12. what a great idea Brenda & thanks so much for sharing. Hope you have a happy day. Inky wishes, Di

  13. super idée qui est bien pratique tout en étant joli
    merci pour le partage

  14. Ooooh, Brenda! So glad to see your darling lip balm covers!
    I haven't made these in a few years and they actually never get out-of-fashion ... last time I actually found "Hershey's Chocolate" flavored balms which were deliciously flavored! LOL

    1. Thanks Bev!! This is an old tutorial, but the design is still easy to make and you can decorate the cover however you want. :)