SIMPLE DIY GIFT BOX.in craft, diy, paper crafts
I've been playing around with my Martha Stewart score board again. It's a little bit addictive. I love knowing with a few scores, snips and a couple of blobs of glue I can make any size box that I want.
I saw this easy gift box over on Damask Love and really liked the idea of having a simple go-to gift box I could make quickly when needed. This box ended up being a bit more complicated than the one that originally inspired it but I still think it's relatively simple to make. From start to finish including cutting out all the pieces it took around 20 minutes.
I made my simple diy gift box out of scrapbook paper as it's something I always have on hand but card stock would've worked just as well if not better. As much as I love scrapbook paper, you just can't beat the colours and patterns, it's not the sturdiest of things, it is paper after all so I made extra tabs on the lid to reinforce it.
This box measures 3x3 inches. To make it you'll need 2 pieces of paper, one measuring 5x5 inches to make the lid and the other measuring 5 and 7/8 inches by 5 and 7/8 inches to make the base. When folded the base of the box is 1/8 of an inch smaller than the top so it can slide easily on and off.
Scrapbook paper or card stock, I used the Maggie Holmes Paper Pad for Crate Paper,
A Martha Stewart Scoring Board or if you don't have one of those a ruler and embossing tool,
Scissors and some paper glue or double sided tape.
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1. Cut your paper to size.
2. We're going to make the lid first. Take the 5x5 inch square and score creases at the 1/2 inch mark and the 1 inch mark. Turn the paper 90 degrees and repeat. Do this for each side.
3. To make sure the box all folds in neatly we're going to need to cut away an 'L' shape from each of the corners. I've marked the part you need to cut away in the third square down on the left. You should be left with a square in each corner.
4. Next we need to turn each of those squares into a tab. Cut along the folds to make the tabs.
5. Fold along all your creases. We want to fold all the tabs inside the lid.
6. Apply glue to the back (patterned side) of each tab and glue down. I used double sided tape to stick mine but you could use any paper glue or adhesive as long as isn't too runny. Liquid glue if applied too heavily can warp the scrapbook paper.
7. To finish off the lid we need to fold down and glue the last tabs. It's these tabs that reinforce the lid.
8. To make the base score at the 1.5 inch mark on each side.
9. Cut your tabs.
10. Fold along the creases and fold the tabs inside the base. As well as holding your box together these tabs also help support and strengthen the sides.
11. To finish the base apply adhesive to the back of each tab and stick down.
There you have it, a simple diy gift box with a reinforced lid. You can find more of my diy gift box tutorials over here.
I filled mine with some left over angel hair from Christmas and some of these white chocolate hearts. If you're going to fill your box with anything edible it's probably best to also line it with some greaseproof paper to stop any grease bleeding through.