Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Make Your Own Gift Box!

Most stampers or scrapbookers know the importance of a good stash. I love projects that make me feel frugal and that I am using up my stash.

This is one of those kind of projects. I needed to wrap an ornament and what better stuff to use than my scrapbook paper. Plus, the way this box is made, it allows the recipient to still USE THE PAPER!

Remember this? I showed it to you earlier this week. I made some of these kinds of boxes from a tutorial on www.splitcoaststampers.com, but I created my own tutorial , based on a size I created. Click here for a pdf tutorial or read on for photos.

Scoring Tool (Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade or ruler and Bone folder)
2 12x12 sheets of Double Sided Designer Series Paper
Paper Snips
Rub-ons of your choice
Ribbon of your choice (about a yard)

1. Using your scoring tool, score the base of your box on all sides at 3".

2. Fold the corner tips inward by creating creases along the diagonal and then the edges of the corner squares. Fold along the bottom edges of the base. This will create the box effect. You will need no tape! Clear as mud right? This picture might help you visualize:

3. Use your scoring tool to score the top of your box at 1 1/4” and 2 7/8” from all sides. Score the diagonals of the four squares on each corner.

4. Use your Paper Snips to cut the corner out to the second score line. Cut on the other score line to create tabs. It is easier to make tabs along the right and left columns instead of all 4 columns. (If that last sentence doesn't make sense, see this picture:)

5. Fold along the innermost score lines to create sides. Fold the tabs inward like in this photo:

6. Turn over the outside rectangle edges to create sides. The tabs will fall into place. (see above).

7. Fold the tabs inward, while folding the remaining side over the tabs to secure. Repeat on the other side. Here's a photo of what it looks like when it's done, in case you are a big picture kind of learner.

8. Place the lid on your box. It will hold the bottom sides in! When opened, your recipient can resuse the paper!

9. Carefully apply a white rub-on to the box corner.

10. Tie a ribbon around the box, leaving the corner exposed.

11. I used my crimper and a scrap to add a festive touch as well as my oval punch and another rub-on for the tag!

Happy Box-making!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the directions Sara. You did a good job on showing us how to make the gift box. It looks to be pretty good size too.


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