It’s super easy to learn how to make a gift box out of scrapbook paper. You know what kind of gifts are the best ones? The small ones that fit inside the small little box, too!
Something that speaks to the heart and isn’t just store-bought gigantic electronic for the sake of fulfilling a “gift quota.” (Umm….I love my electronics, but some things are more precious than that).
To honor the small gifts in life, here is a really cool tutorial on how to wrap up your awesome heart-felt gift with something handmade: your own DIY gift box from scrapbook paper:
This is turned into one of my favorite little projects to do because not only is it quick, but it’s personalized, hand-crafted, and inexpensive!
Coolest thing is that all you need are 2 pieces of pretty (and THICK!) scrapbook paper (one for the lid, one for the base), and some basic supplies, and anyone can make it!
Okay, so quick– go grab your scrapbook paper, because I know you have some!
Then go grab some awesome little treats….toys….candy…..really, anything that will fit inside a 4 x 4 box…..
How to Make a Gift Box Out of Scrapbook Paper
- Velvety scrapbook paper like this pretty black and white one from Amazon
- Paper cutter
- Mod Podge (I like the matte version)
- Tissue paper (TIP: Keep an assortment of tissue paper on hand!)
- Pretty ribbon (here’s my favorite purple satin ribbon!)
STEP 1: Get the right kind of paper.
For this project, use thick paper, preferably the kind that has yummy velvety stuff on it. I absolutely LOVE this black velvet filigree on white one from Amazon. It will hold up much more sturdy. But regular scrapbook paper works well, too. You can also glue or tape 2 pieces together so add thickness.
STEP 2: Measure your paper.
Make sure your paper is a perfect 12″ x 12″ square. Most scrapbook pages are–BUT, I have found that the ones that come in the packs that you have to tear away, tend to be a little longer. This one here is 12″ on one side….
…but on the other side, it was a bit too long.
STEP 3: Trim your paper (if needed).
Use a paper cutter. Scissors just won’t “cut it” for this step. (HA! What a corny pun….)
(If you have kids, you probably have everything covered in stickers, too. SIGH….. lol
STEP 4: Draw an “X” across the back.
Flip your paper to the wrong side and draw an “X” from one corner to the other, both sides.
STEP 5: Turn your paper into a diamond shape.
STEP 6: Fold in all four sides to meet at the center point.
This is what it should look like after all 4 sides are turned in.
STEP 7: Unfold the top and bottom fold.
Leave the left and right side turned in.
STEP 8: Fold the sides in on itself.
Fold the left and right side in on itself, meeting up at the center line.
STEP 9: Now unfold the whole sheet.
STEP 10: Fold up the bottom corner to the center.
STEP 11: Cut the fold, only up to edge of corner.
Sounds confusing, but just cut on that folded line ONLY up to the edge of that corner is snipped.
Snip the other edge, too, and here’s what you’re left with:
Now rotate your paper and do the same for the other side. See how that side is snipped, too?
STEP 12: Turn down the tips on the flaps.
Now that you’ve got that little flap part from those snips, fold down the top part of that. Do this for both sides you snipped.
After you’ve folded the flaps out, this is what it should look like. It’s okay to let them “go” after you’ve folded them. You really just want the creases.
STEP 13: Turn in the sides.
Now you’ll turn in the sides and are left with this little flap.
STEP 14: Fold creases in the little side flap.
Fold these side flaps on all sides. There are 4 pieces of them.
STEP 15: Mod Podge the side flaps.
Okay, don’t let me loose ya here. At this point, you’ll release the little flap, which is just for creasing the sides/corners of your box.
Now see where my thumb is? That’s the little side triangle flap part that you’ll Mod Podge down. Mod Podge is just a glue but is also used as a sealer for a bunch of awesome projects, like this one. If you have a glue stick, that works fine, too.
It should look like this. This will form the inside base of your box. See that other flap on the right side? Mod Podge that one, too:
After you’ve Mod Podged them, you should be left with 2 pointy pieces glued down, pointing towards the center.
STEP 16: Grap the 2 flaps.
Now, you’ll grab the 2 points pieces and hold them in your hand.
Next, you’ll wrap the edge over those pieces to cover them. Your box should be taking shape now.
Now you’ve got 3 edges up. You can glue this triangle down, too, if you’d like.
Three sides done….one to go….
Now turn your box the other way and fold that flap over. Secure with the Mod Podge.
STEP 17: Marvel in your work!
The top is now DONE, baby! That was easy, right??
How to Make the Bottom of the Box
To make the bottom of the box, you’ll do all the same steps, but THIS time, you’ll first need to trim two sides 1/8″ so that it will be slightly smaller and will fit snugly under the top box.
STEP 1: Measure to 12″ x 12″
STEP 2: Trim excess
STEP 3: Cut 1/8″ from the BOTTOM and SIDE.
This will ensure that the box is just a little smaller than the top so that the two fit snugly.
Here you see I measured along the edge and bottom, 1/8″. Then I trimmed away.
Continue making the bottom the same as the top.
This is what it should look like when you’re done both. Don’t mind if you’re inside doesn’t line up perfectly. This is good enough 🙂
If done correctly, the bottom should fit right inside the top.
Next, grab some pretty tissue paper. As I mentioned, it’s good to have an assortment of tissue paper on hand so that you always have some available to match your box.
Grab your die cutter, like this one I found here at the thrift store for 50 cents! To cut out shapes with your die cutter on light tissue paper, you’ll need to fold up the tissue paper into many layers so it’s thick. THEN it will cut nice little hearts 🙂 Otherwise, it will just clog your cutter and you’ll be so irritated! *#&!(!#@)! LOL
And stuff your box with any little treasure, treat, or trinket. Your friends and family will thank you! And they’ll love the custom box!! Here I used fortune cookies from dinner! 🙂
Have fun with it!! There are so many cool pieces of scrapbook paper to try this with.
Here is the last gift box I had made, with black and white velvety paper! It was divine!
Take This Project One Step Further
So I got a little creative and decided to make a bunch of these little gift box tops and glue them together to make a DIY drawer organizer! HA! 🙂 Isn’t that clever? And so easy! Read the full tutorial here!
Suggestions on Gifts to Put Inside
- Handmade jewelry
- Leftovers from holiday dinners (lined with wax paper)
- Goodie box for kid’s birthday party
- Lotions and creams
- Much more!
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What little gifts would you wrap in these cute little boxes? Leave a comment and add to the discussion to keep the ideas flowing!