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Holiday Gift Boxes

Making Holiday Gift Boxes

By Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Making gift boxes is easy and fun and people love getting home-made items that are unique and it shows that you care.  At the bottom of the page I have listed sites where you can find patterns for making the boxes shown along with many other styles.  All of the supplies I used were from my stash.

Above is a pattern for a box I selected from patterns found on the internet.  Select a solid or light patterned 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper.

First print the design on scrap paper so you’ll know whether it will print the size and dimensions that you want for your box.  Once you’ve verified it will meet your needs, print on the paper you wish for your box.  As you can see from this example I used 2 solid sheets and one of reversible printed paper.  (Make sure your paper is heavy enough so the box is solid, not flimsy)  I printed on the wrong side of the paper as I didn’t want any of the instructions or ink lines showing. On my first box I decided I wanted to emboss a design.  I trimmed around the card enough so that I could get the embossing folder positioned to get the design where I wanted it

You need to pre-plan when making boxes.  For an embossed box I need to emboss before using the boning tool to crease the fold line.  At this stage of your box you only want to lightly score your fold lines as you need the box still flat for coloring, painting, adding glitter, etc.

Here are all three boxes cut out and lightly scored.  Now for the fun part:

By having lightly scored marks, I know where the folds will be on my boxes and can stamp accordingly.  Along with stamping the boxes I also used stamps and die cuts for making the red poinsettia embellishment along with the floral design I put behind it.  I used glossy paper for stamping the three flowers, Colored with copic pens, used a pen to run lines down the flower, curled as shown in previous instructions on a previous project and put tiny rhinestones in the middle of the layered flower.

For the Christmas bells I stamped with black ink, the holly with green ink and penned in the red berries.  For the two bell clusters I used glitter pens, fine line pens, and glitter for the center of the stars.

For the printed paper, I randomly stamped the poinsettias with green ink. I stamped the small poinsettias from a stamp that I got at Michael or Joann’s for 50 cents several years ago I used 1 pink and three shades of red and also colored the leaves with green pen highlighting the stamped ink.

The green box that was embossed was colored with just about everything found in my pen drawer and the large flower was accented with glitter glue.

The last step using was using my scoring tool to make tight clean score lines to stabilize your box.  I glued the box sides and one end of the boxes with either Scrap Happy Sheer Glue by The Rubber Café or I used narrow double-sided tape.  I attached the ribbon to hold the one side of the box not glued closed and ready to be opened.  I added embellishments like the poinsettia and rosebuds on the red trimmed box.

These boxes are fun to make and I know you all can up with fun designs and embellishments for giving to your friends and family.  These boxes can be made for any gift giving event.





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  1. Perfect for all those small gifts. I love the variety of decorations.