Monday, August 15, 2011

Simple Custom Gift Box Tutorial

This project was a guest post that I did over at Scissors and Spatulas a couple weeks ago...

Today I'm going to show you how to make a simple custom gift box. Shouldn't you wrap a handmade gift in a handmade box? Yes! I was searching high and low for a little gift box in my basement a few weeks ago, but all I could find were enormous gift bags. I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and make a cute little gift box of my own...


Adorable, no? These are so easy... I used to make this style box when I was a kid. And you can customize the gift box for the recipient by choosing the right rubber stamps, colors, and embellishments. Now you really want to make one, right? Here's the how-to...

Materials:
  • 2 pieces of 8.5" x 11" cardstock
  • rubber stamp(s)
  • ink
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • butter knife
  • scissors
  • glue
  • embellishments

Instructions:

Step 1: Chose a piece of cardstock to use for the top of your gift box. We are going to stamp the paper first. You can stamp however you like, but I like to use the following method so that I don't end up with any gaps. Lay your ruler out from one corner of your paper to the opposite corner. Start stamping along the ruler every couple of inches (depending on the size of your stamp).


When you get to the edge of your paper, place a piece of scrap paper along the edge and continue to stamp so that you get the partial pieces of your pattern on your cardstock.


Step 2: Once you complete the first row, move the ruler down a few inches, keeping the same angle along the paper. Start stamping the next row, staggering your stamps between the stamped images in the row above.


Continue until you've filled the paper above and below that first row that your created in Step 1. Let the ink dry before moving on to Step 3.


Step 3: Now it's time to assemble your box top. Flip your paper over so that the stamped images are facing down. My finished box is 7" x 4.5" x 2", so these measurements will result in a box of that size, but you can make any size you want. You need to start by creating four lines on your paper. Each line will be 2" long and will be located 2" from the adjacent edge of the paper. The lines drawn from the short edges of the paper will be horizontal. The lines drawn from the long edges of the paper will be vertical.


Please see the picture below for more detailed information...


Using scissors, cut along each of these four lines.

Step 4: You will need to score your paper to make it easier to fold. With your stamped images still facing down and using the blunt edge of a butter knife (upside down), score the entire length and width of your cardstock, 2" from each edge. See the picture below for more detailed information...


Step 5: Time to start folding. With your stamped images still facing down, fold along the score lines on all four sides, folding the edges toward the center of your paper.


Take the four small squares formed by your cuts and score lines and fold them into the middle of the box top.


Glue these squares to the inside of the box at all four corners.


When you are done, it should look like this on the inside...


Step 6: Take your second piece of cardstock and trim 1/8" from one short side and one long side. This will make it easier to fit the top piece over the bottom piece when you are done. Repeat Steps 3, 4 and 5 to create the bottom for your box. When you are done, you will have a cute little gift box!


But what is a handmade gift box without embellishments? Time to decorate!


I took a piece of fabric bias tape and looped it around one end of my box, securing it with glue. I made a little bow with the bias tape and glued that on top, followed by a small white button.


This is a quick and cute project that really adds a nice touch to a gift. There are so many options here. You could stamp the recipient's name somewhere on the box, stamp the cardstock used for the bottom piece of the box, wrap it up with some ric rac or baker's twine... the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and creativity :)

9 comments:

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

cute! I want you stamp! where did you find it?

Shirley said...

Love this, I am always looking for small gift boxes!

Sharon said...

great idea!

Debra said...

What a darling box! I am eyeing that fabulous stamp. Where did you get it?

Little Treasures said...

Oh I like this so MUCH! I have been searching the internet for such projects and I am so glad you are sharing this with us! I will certainly make many of these.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Absolutely love this project. Your Russian doll stamp is so cute, perfect shade of red in my opinion! I will definitely be using this tute. I have so many ideas for Christmas right now.

Nik said...

Ok. This is adorable!! I would prefer this to a bag with tissue paper any day.

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Terry said...

Super cute and looks easy enough to do.

yngla said...

Really cute! I will definitely try this as soon as possible:)

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