Easy DIY gift box

by | Jun 27, 2017 | Art & Crafts | 13 comments

I never seem to have boxes to put gifts in, and this year I decided to just make my own. I was surprised by how easy it is – all you need is some cardstock, Glue, Ruler and craft knife! The best part is that you don’t even have to wrap the boxes – they look beautiful as is! I like adding a simple white string and then experimenting with different toppers. Something homemade is a great personal touch – especially if it’s something useful, like this DIY Gift Box toppers.

Yoy Will Need:

Cardstock or cardboard (Base 160 x 160 mm, lid 162 x 162 mm)
Scissors and craft knife
Ruler and Pen
Optional: Decorative paper (wrapping, art, etc.), spray adhesive.


Turn the Cardstock with the marked lines up. Score along each of the fold lines (black in this illustration).
Heavy cardboard requires a cut score. Make a cut score by cutting all the way through the cardboard in a series of dashes. Hold the craft knife against a straight edge to make the cuts. Long cuts increase the flexibility of the fold, but weaken the cardboard. Base the length of the cuts and the space between the cuts on your need. You may want to do some testing on a scrap of cardboard.

Fold one side along the score line, then unfold. Repeat for the other three sides.  
Snip each corner on the dashed line. This creates the glue tabs needed to assemble the box.  
Fold the cardboard into a box shape. Be sure the glue tabs are on the inside. Glue the tabs to the sides of the box with a good craft glue. You can also use staples or tape.
Follow the same instructions for both the box bottom and box top (lid). That’s it! Your box is done!
Now that you know how to make your own gift box, you can experiment with different papers and ribbons. Use greens and reds for Christmas, pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day, red and brown for chocolates, blue and white or other masculine colours if the gift is for a guy… you get the idea. Just have a go and try out different combinations.

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