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How to Make a Gift Box Out of Scrapbook Paper

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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!

I love 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 heartfelt gift with something handmade: your own DIY gift box from scrapbook paper:

 

Learn how to make a gift box out of scrapbook paper for the holidays, birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, and any other gift-giving holiday! Includes an easy-to-follow video tutorial! - Thrift Diving

 

This has turned into one of my favorite little projects to do because not only is it quick, but it’s personalized, hand-crafted, and inexpensive.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Use different colored papers. - Thrift Diving

 

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - See the video tutorial. - Thrift Diving

 

 

The coolest thing is that all you need are 2 pieces of pretty, 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.

Then go grab some awesome little treats….toys….candy…..really, anything that will fit inside a 4 x 4 box…..

Be creative!

 

How to Make a Gift Box Out of Scrapbook Paper

Materials

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STEP 1: Get the right kind of scrapbook 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 for added thickness.

DIY gift box made out of pretty velvet scrapbook paper. - Thrift Diving

 

How to make a gift box out of scrapbook paper - Use felted paper - Thrift Diving

STEP 2: Measure your scrapbook paper (trim if needed).

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. Just make sure you’ve got a perfect square. A sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper will make a 4″ x 4″ box.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Measure paper to ensure it's 12 x 12. - Thrift Diving

 

Use a paper cutter to make trimming easier.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Trim paper if it's not 12 x 12. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 3: Draw an “X” across the back of the paper.

Flip your scrapbook paper to the wrong side and draw an “X” from one corner to the other.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Draw an X on the back of the scrapbook paper. - Thrift Diving

STEP 4: Turn your paper into a diamond shape.


How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Rotate paper to make a diamond. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 5: Fold in all four sides to meet at the center point.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Turn one side in to the center point. - Thrift Diving

 

This is what it should look like after all 4 sides are turned in.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Turn all the sides in to the center point. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 6: Unfold the top and bottom fold.

Leave the left and right side turned in.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Open the top and bottom. - Thrift Diving

STEP 7: Fold the sides in on itself.

Fold the left and right side in on itself, meeting up at the center line.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold the side on to itself. - Thrift Diving

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold both sides in to the center line. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 8: Now unfold the whole sheet.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Open all sides. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 9: Fold up the bottom corner to the center.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold in the bottom corner. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 10: Cut the fold, only up to edge of the corner.

Sounds confusing, but just cut on that folded line ONLY up to the edge of that corner is snipped.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Snip the fold up to the edge of the corner. - Thrift Diving

 

Snip the other edge, too, and here’s what you’re left with:

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Snip both folds up to the edge of the corner. - Thrift Diving

 

Now rotate your paper and do the same for the other side. See how that side is snipped, too?

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Snip both sides of the folds up to the edge of the corner. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 11: 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.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold down flap. - Thrift Diving

 

Both sides snipped will look like this:

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold down flaps on both side. - Thrift Diving

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 12: Turn the sides in.

Now you’ll turn in the sides and are left with this little flap.


How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold the sides in and you will have these wings. - Thrift Diving

STEP 13: Fold creases in the little side flap.

Fold these side flaps on all sides. There are 4 pieces of them.

 

 How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold the flaps in on themselves. - Thrift Diving

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold the flaps in on themselves to form the sides. - Thrift Diving

STEP 14: Mod Podge the side flaps.

Okay, don’t let me lose ya here. At this point, you’ll release the little flap, which is just for creasing the sides/corners of your box.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Fold the wings up to form the sides of the box. - Thrift Diving

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 wooden wine box on which  I glued paper. If you have a glue stick, that works fine, too.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Glue down the flaps. - Thrift Diving

 

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:

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Glue down the flaps with Mod Podge. - Thrift Diving

 

After you’ve Mod Podged them, you should be left with two pointy pieces glued down, pointing towards the center.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Glue down the center pieces. - Thrift Diving

STEP 15: Grab the two flaps.

Now, you’ll grab the two pointy pieces and hold them in your hand.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Grab the two flaps. - Thrift Diving

Next, you’ll wrap the edge over those pieces to cover them. Your box should be taking shape now.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Wrap the flaps over the edge to create the sides of the boxes. - Thrift Diving

Now you’ve got 3 edges up. You can glue this triangle down, too, if you’d like.

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Wrap the flaps over the other edge. - Thrift Diving

 

One side flipped over…one to go….

Now turn your box the other way and fold that flap over. Secure with the Mod Podge or glue.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Wrap the other flap over the other side. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 16: Admire your work!

The top is now DONE, baby! That was easy, right??

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Completed gift box top. - Thrift Diving

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Completed gift box top 2. - Thrift Diving

How to Make the Bottom of the Gift Box

To make the bottom of the gift box, you’ll do all the same steps, but this time, you’ll first need to trim two of the adjacent sides 1/8″ so that the gift box will be slightly smaller and will fit snugly under the top lid of the box.

STEP 1: Measure to 12″ x 12″ and trim, if necessary.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Trim to 12x12. - Thrift Diving

 

STEP 2: Cut 1/8″ from the BOTTOM and one SIDE.

This will ensure that the gift box is just a little smaller than the top so that the two fit snugly.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Trim 1/8th from the bottom and side. - Thrift Diving

 

Here you see I measured along the edge and bottom, 1/8″. Then I trimmed it.


How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Trim off 1/8 inch from bottom and side. - Thrift Diving

 

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 your inside doesn’t line up perfectly. This is good enough. 🙂

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Complete the bottom gift box the same at the top. - Thrift Diving

 

If done correctly, the bottom should fit right inside the top.

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - The top and bottom of the gift box will fit inside each other. - Thrift Diving

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.

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 are some ideas for things you can put in the DIY gift box:

  • Candy
  • Baked goods
  • Jewelry
  • Small toys for kids
  • Goodie boxes for a kid’s party
  • Left-overs to send friends and family home with (just line them with wax paper first).
  • Soaps/creams
  • So many possibilities!

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Small gifts, food, and treats can be stuffed inside the gift box. - Thrift Diving

 

How to Make a Gift Box Out of Scrapbook Paper - Thrift Diving

 

How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper - Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

 

Here is favorite DIY gift box: black and white velvet paper with a red ribbon! So pretty!

 

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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!

 

How to Make a DIY drawer organizer from scrapbook paper. - Thrift Diving

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If you enjoyed this crafty project, you’ll love these other projects of mine, too!

 

What little gifts would you wrap in these cute little DIY gift boxes made with scrapbook paper? Leave a comment and add to the discussion to keep the ideas flowing!

 

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  1. Thankyou so much. I’m desperately working in my craft room trying to rein in the chaos of 2 years of being very ill and still not 100% better yet. And of my craft room having become the place everything that didn’t have a place right that moment was put in there. Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed i came to have a 5 minute break and a look on Pinterest for Inspiration and then immediately i saw your gorgeous little boxes. I can’t tell how delighted i am. Your tutorial is outstanding in the way that i can understand your verbal instructions which i normally can’t follow verbal instructions from anyone because I’m a visual learner. And then to top it off the video and written instructions plus photos make it a 100% success. I’m now looking forward to organizing my whole house not just my workrom. Thankyou for bringing such joy to my day. Happy crafting Hugs Glenne šŸ’–

  2. Mother of 3 says:

    This would be a cute and personalized way to gift money or gift cards too. Pinned.

  3. It is very stylish Serena..! I got what I was looking for. thank so much. šŸ™‚

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