A gift must be carefully wrapped. However, purchasing pre-made bags and boxes, which are readily available almost anywhere, is the simplest and most practical option. Instead, how about spending a few minutes creating your own box to put your gifts in? The recipient will value it because of the time and work you put into making it, and it also has a personal touch. Three approaches will be discussed: using cardstock, felt, or greeting cards. These are all inexpensive, simple tasks that could produce a gift box you might not even want to give away. There are two ways, as follows.
Printable Gift Box Template
Table of Contents
Method1 Using Cardstock
1. Grab the necessary supplies and organize your workspace. Clear the table and grab a glass of lemonade. What else will you require is listed below:
- Two 12″ by 12″ pieces of thick scrapbook paper
- Glue, such as Mod Podge or glue sticks.
- Foam paintbrush
- Paper slicer
2. On the reverse of your paper, affix an X across the top. The fold lines are here; make sure they are on the back (uglier) side of your paper. Furthermore, be certain to center them precisely. If they are not, your box will be a little wonky and your folds will be uneven.
3. Fold the corners into the X’s middle. Place the paper in front of you in the form of a diamond, and then fold the corners into the center of the X. Again, make sure they align perfectly for your box to be perfectly symmetrical.
For the purposes of this tutorial, it is crucial that you have it in a diamond shape in front of you. Top, bottom, left, and right are the terms used to describe corners.” Keep the paper in this configuration in front of you to make following along simpler.
4. Fold in the sides. Leave the two side flaps tucked into the center and only lift the top and bottom flaps. Then, fold each one in half again, this time with the straight vertical lines of the edges and center matching.
- Look for an oblong shape with a point at each end.
5. Fold the top and bottom triangle flaps inward after opening the sides up. You should see a diamond-shaped area with vertical lines spaced every few inches in front of you. Keep the top and bottom triangle flaps—two of your initial folds—pointing in the direction of the center. You need to now cut these flaps.
- Each triangle’s right and left sides should have fold lines that run down the middle of them. As soon as the attractive paper ends, cut the triangles along these lines until they come to an end. As a result, each main triangle is flanked by two additional triangles, creating a house-like shape.
6. The top and bottom flaps’ tips should be tucked inside as you unfold the paper. You’ve just cut off the sides of the two large triangles. Fold the tips (the roof) of both into the base (the portion that resembles a house).
- When the flaps first touched the center, you should have folded it along that line. In essence, you’re taking the “house” and folding the “roof” away from the base.
7. The top, smaller triangles are folded over the side triangles after they are folded in. Take the two intact triangles on the sides and fold them in. Fold the smaller triangles over the larger triangles by placing them on the sides of the houses that you have already folded over. Till the cut stops, they should be folded completely.
- Now that the sides of your box are beginning to take shape, you can see that these are its creases.
8. Side flap tips should be glued in place. If the fold were to separate the side flaps, they would become a triangle and a square. Simply adhere the triangular tip to the original X’s center.
- You can use Mod Podge, a glue stick, or plain old white school glue; just be careful not to get it all over and create a sticky mess.
9. Wrap the top and bottom over the sides after raising them. Lift the sides up where the tips are glued down; you will see that they form the sides of the box (since they are glued, they will kind of be coming up on their own anyhow). Once those are up, take the top and bottom flaps and wrap them over, their tips also touching the center.
- All four of the box’s sides can be created by wrapping the top and bottom over the sides and arranging it so that their points meet in the middle. From there, everything just needs to be joined with adhesive.
10. Attach the box’s bottom with glue while the sides are upright. Everything that rests on the box’s bottom, in the triangles between the original X’s lines, needs to be glued down. This will result in a square bottom and four upright sides. In other words, a portion of a gift box.
11. To make the box’s bottom, follow the same instructions again, but first trim 1/8″ off the paper’s height and width. You just completed the box’s top half, which must obviously be a little larger than the bottom. Cut 1/8″ off the length and width of a piece of paper that is the same size as the one you just used.
- You just need to repeat after that. Once completed, the two sides will fit together perfectly to form a lovely, sturdy gift box.
Method2 Using Felt
- Take one piece of stiff craft felt measuring 9″ by 9″ and one piece measuring 6.”25″ x 6.25″ stiff craft felt. Some craft felt is exorbitantly expensive. You wouldn’t anticipate that felt would be expensive, but it can. Choose the stiffer, less expensive option that is available in most craft supply stores instead of that one. The stiffness is necessary regardless.
- The size difference between the two sheets of felt is caused by the fact that this particular box’s lid is shorter and its bottom half is taller. Of course, you can change these measurements as necessary.
- For the box bottom, cut a series of slits. The sheet measuring 9″ x 9″ is the bottom of the box. Grab your scissors and that sheet. Once you’re done, you’ll have something resembling a plus sign with triangular tops and bottoms. Here’s how:
- Cut the paper in half, creating two 3″ flaps that are 3″ deep in the middle. To put it another way, cut each side at inches 3 and 6, respectively, by 3 inches.
- Draw lines on the top and bottom at 3″ and 6″ intervals, respectively, all the way down to the center, where the flaps you just cut end. You will now have a cross-shaped or plus-shaped object.
- Cut diagonally into the center at 1.5″ inches on either side of the top and bottom lines, where the flaps end. Now you have a plus sign with a triangular top and bottom.
- Create a series of slits for the box top. Grab the smaller of your two felt sheets. Despite having small, significant differences, this shape is similar. Here’s what you should do while holding your scissors:
- Create 1.5″ deep cuts on the sides 1.5″ from the top and 1.5″ from the bottom.
- Cut diagonally from the corners of your square piece of felt until you reach the other cut you just made, removing tiny triangles from the edges.
- You’ll see a plus sign with more weight to it than you just created, which is also top- and bottom-triangular in shape.
- Crease the “tabs.” There are tabs in the triangle shapes you see all over. Two are at the top and two are at the bottom. To make it more rigid and simple to assemble, crevice the base of the object.
- With tiny triangles positioned to the left and right of each of the strips on the top and bottom, you are essentially converting this strange shape into a plus sign.
- With the help of the inside tabs, raise the box’s sides. Fold the “sides” into the center one at a time. You’ll notice that the felt sheet has a perfectly square center, which is the bottom. You’ll also notice that the bottom of your box now has 4 sides, or the sides of your box. Utilizing the inside tabs, raise those.
- The top and bottom tabs should be on the inside of the right and left sides of the box as you raise its sides. These are the pieces that will connect the sides.
- Likewise with the box top. Use your smaller piece of felt and adhere to the same instructions. Make “tabs” on the top and bottom of your felt by creasing them. Do you understand the box’s shape and how to proceed? Just slightly different in size, it’s the same concept.
- Make the bottom of the box distinct from the sides by folding the sides into the center.
- Make sure the tabs on the top and bottom are on the inside of the right and left sides as you lift up all the sides.
- The tabs should be adhered to the sides. Two half-boxes that are ready to be assembled once they are glued together are in your possession. Although hot glue is the simplest material to use, you can use anything you have on hand. Don’t squeeze it outward and all over the sides of the box; just dab a little bit on the center of the tabs.
- While holding the tabs to the box’s sides, let it dry for a short while. Then admire your craftsmanship by placing the box top over the box’s base.
Using A Greeting Card
- Along the fold, cut the greeting card in half. We’ll be using a common, rectangular greeting card for the duration of this tutorial. A square card works, but there are different requirements.
- Simply glue down a piece of paper over any writing on the inside of the card that you want to hide. Your box’s bottom won’t be visible once it is filled.
- One half of the card should have its short and long sides trimmed to 1/8″. Your box’s bottom will be like this. It must be just a tiny bit smaller than your box top so that it can fit over it.
- Score 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge on all sides. This creates a shape resembling a game of tic-tac-toe, with the middle row being wider than the top and bottom rows. Execute this action on both sides of your greeting card.
- You can use a ruler, a bone cutter, or even an empty ballpoint pen if you don’t have a paper cutter. Essentially, this just guarantees a flawless fold line.
- Along the score lines, fold both pieces in. Fold each score line while rotating so that it resembles a side of your box, which is exactly what it will. Execute this action on both card halves.
- Try your best to fold along the lines precisely straight. If your box’s folds are uneven, it won’t be even, and it probably won’t fit together as well as you’d like.
- Make two small cuts on the cards’ short ends. Given that we are working with a rectangle, lay it out in front of you long ways; from there, make cuts on the right and left. Where the score lines converge, make these cuts. Once more, the short end of the card halves should have the cuts.
- Two should be placed one inch from the bottom and one inch from the top on each side. This requires eight cuts—four for each half—creating four “tabs.” Your box’s halves will fit together in the manner shown.
- On the exterior of the newly formed tabs, dab a tiny bit of glue. If you use too much, it will flow over the tab and into your box; just a tiny dab will do. As the outside will connect to the inside of the larger flap, make sure it’s on the outside (the pretty side). Apply this four times per card.
- As an alternative, you can use double-sided tape. Avoid using regular tape because it will bulk up the sides of your card, making it difficult to fit together and make it look professional.
- The tabs on the inside are used to fold up the sides. Fold the sides of each card half up along the score lines that have been creased. Ensure that the glue is placed between the tab and the other flap and that the tabs are on the inside of the box.
- Hold them together by pressing the tabs into the side for a short period of time. Make sure the tabs are exactly aligned with the box’s edge.
- Once finished, repeat for the other card half. Fold up the sides to form the box half after applying glue to the tabs. Applying glue, firmly press the tabs into the side of the box.
The top of the box should fit snugly over the bottom of the box. Filling it is the only task left to do!
Take a single box and turn it so the wrong side is facing you. This is the first step.
The box’s lip should be reached by folding one side of the box over and up.
Repeat on the other side after opening up and turning around. Your new box side has now been formed!
Using a pair of scissors, cut along the fold lines, just for the lip of the box on both sides
Next, fold the two cut pieces inward before folding the box in half again!
You have now used up half of your single box and turned it into a smaller box. Easy right?!