Are you looking for a simple, creative, and budget-friendly way to wrap a sweet gift? This little handmade gift box, given to me by a friend, is just that. It’s so easy to make and is a great way to use up pretty cards that you’ve saved, or “fancy-it-up” by using an assortment of card stock to match any party theme.
Using scissors or a paper cutter, trim your paper to a rectangular shape. I’ve made various sizes that have all turned out including: 5 1/4 in. x 8 in.; 4 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; and 3 1/2 in x 6 in. Smaller sizes work, too, but your gift would need to be quite small.
Next, you’ll need to fold your paper. You’ll get the best and neatest folds using one of two different methods:
Either use an embossing tool (stylus) and ruler,
or a rotary paper cutter with a scoring blade.
If you have neither the stylus or scoring blade, you can fold the gift box freehand, it will just be more difficult to get crisp fold lines. In the following picture, the dashed lines represent the lines that you will score and ultimately fold.
To begin, you’ll need to score and fold your paper in half lengthwise.
Next, turn your paper and measure with a ruler and mark the middle lightly with pencil, as seen in the picture below. (Note, I marked mine heavily so you could see the mark. You’ll want to make a light mark so you can erase it once you are finished.)
Using either your stylus or scoring blade, score the four lines that connect the side middle tick mark you made to the middle fold that you made. This will create the four flaps that will fold down to create the sides of your box.
Once you have scored all four corners, you should be able to fold your box in half and line up the flaps. While holding the flaps correctly in place, use a hole punch to punch holes in both flaps on the same side. Repeat for the opposite side.
You’re now ready to finish your box with raffia or ribbon. I chose a wide ribbon and made a sweet bow.
I think these little handmade boxes would be darling set at each place setting at your Thanksgiving or Christmas Table. A fun idea at Thanksgiving might be to fill them with a chocolate or two, and also add a little note of thanksgiving or verse of encouragement.
What would you put in yours?