Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's the Season: Make Your Own Gift Boxes

Note: This post was updated with some videos at the bottom (for those of us who like to see the process as it's taking place).

What fun!

Here's a pretty paper box by Flickr photographer, Vicki Burton:

Hand Made Paper Box

And here are the instructions on Simply Notable.

Another example by Aimée Wheaton of Mazur Design:

Handmade Gift Box #1


I located a video showing exactly how this is done. It's just like the one from Simply Notable, except for the smaller paper.

Here's another, slightly different way to make a square gift box:


Mary Preston said...

It's a great idea, because you can customise the size. Fun to make & decorate. They then make great keep-sake boxes.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Yes, and I also like how one-of-a-kind they are. It's so much fun when people share these ideas! I just wish I had more time for crafting.

Laney4 said...

I always scrapbook with 12"x12" papers/albums so was quite excited to read that that's all you really need (although I have tons of embellishments to add too). Well ... I understood the instructions re folding and cutting, but then it lost me where you fold the large flap over the two small flaps. Guess I should try this to see if it makes more sense as I do it, instead of just reading about it. It's too bad it only makes a 4.5"x4.5" box, as I don't know of any bigger (yet strong) square-sized paper to use instead....
Many thanks, Myrna!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, I was thinking the same thing about bigger boxes. And yes, I suppose strength would be the problem with something bigger. I wonder if lightweight poster board covered in something pretty (wrapping paper?) would work or if that would produce less than crisp folds.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Update: I went looking for some videos to make things easier. The first one is the same one as the written directions on Simply Notable. The second one is slightly different but the end result is similar.

Laney4 said...

Thanks so much for the videos, Myrna. I preferred the second video and I just tried it with scrapbooking paper. Voila! It turned out well! I must say, though, that it should be easier if the paper doesn't have a white back, as I found it difficult to see the folded lines where I was supposed to bring the paper up to meet, as well as where to cut. (Ten years ago I would not have had this problem, I might add....) I would think the box would look nicer when opened if it had a design on each side of the paper. Hmmmm. Now I want to make boxes!!!

Yes, I would think a thinner poster board would work - but not the thicker one, as I don't think it would fold as well. I glued everywhere I could (as well as taped where appropriate), but I think the box would be sturdier if I placed let's say a strip from the cardboard back of a pad of paper inside the "sides" of the bottom of the box before gluing shut. If I added to the top of the box, it might make the lid too tight to fit over the bottom (unless I adjusted the size somewhat). I did the lid 12"x12" and the bottom 11.75"x11.75", which was a little loose, so easier to open. I liked how, because they are squares, the patterns line up between the lid and bottom when using identical papers.

Thanks so much, Myrna. I will be making handmade boxes for my girlfriends' Christmas presents. In fact, I'm thinking that if I give something small enough, I could use photocopy paper cut into a square and printed with an original photo that will be centred on the top of the box (as long as the photo is small enough not to get folded up otherwise). Oh, the possibilities are endless!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, it sounds as if you're off and running. I'm so glad that the videos helped (don't know why I didn't think to look for them in the first place).