When it comes to gifting things to our loved ones, we all know the great sense of satisfaction watching our friends and family’s faces light up when they open something we made for them ourselves! However, sometimes we purchase a nice little gift we know they’ll like. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get crafty with the gifting process since we can make our own gift wrap, gift bags and gift boxes!
Have you ever wondered how to make your own gift boxes? Making gift boxes that speak to the heart is super easy. If store-bought gift boxes aren’t doing it for you, there are many DIY gift boxes video tutorials and free printable templates online you can follow. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make high-quality homemade gift boxes using cardstock, felt or greeting cards to suit any gift-giving occasion. Are you ready for your new and exciting DIY project?
Step-by-step guide: How to make a gift box using cardstock
When you give away something beautiful, you also want the gift wrapping to be nice. Do you know how to make a box out of paper? Find here how to make a nice, simple, square origami gift box. You can use your paper box for many gift ideas, from Valentine’s Day to birthdays and any other occasion, just by personalising your papercraft project. Here’s what to do!
What you’ll need
- Two 30 by 30 cm pieces of thick scrapbook paper
- Foam paintbrush
- Paper slicer
Step 1: Draw an X from corner to corner
Draw an X from corner to corner on your paper’s back to create the fold lines. Make sure to get these lines exactly centred for the folds to be even and your box straight.
Step 2: Fold the paper’s corners into the centre of the X
Position your sheet of paper into a diamond shape in front of you, and fold each corner into the X’s centre. You must ensure once again that they meet perfectly for the box to turn out precisely symmetrical. The corners of your diamond shape will be referred to as “top,” “bottom,” “left,” and “right” in this tutorial.
Step 3: Fold in the sides
Open up the bottom and top flaps, leaving the 2 sides tucked into the centre. Then, fold each side into the centre again, with the straight vertical line of the edges matching the centre’s straight vertical line. You should now be looking at an oblong shape with a point at the bottom and a point at the top.
Step 4: Open the sides up and fold down the top and bottom triangle flaps
In front of you now, you should see a diamond shape with vertical lines every couple of centimetres. Leave the top and bottom triangle flaps pointing towards the centre, and then cut these flaps. The fold lines must be going down the centre of each triangle’s right and left sides. Cut the triangles on these lines until the triangle stops to form 2 new triangles on the sides of each main triangle. This will now have a house shape.
Step 5: Open up the paper and fold the tips of the top and bottom flaps in
You see those 2 main triangles you just snipped on either side? Take their base (the house-shaped part) and fold their tips (the roof) in. Then, fold it into the original fold line, where those flaps first met the centre. You’re taking the “house” and separating its “roof” from the base with a fold.
Step 6: Fold the side triangles in and fold the top smaller triangles over them
Take the 2 intact triangles on the sides and fold them in. Then, take the smaller triangles that came from the snips you made and fold them over the larger triangles. Fold them until the cut stops. You’ll notice now that these are the box’s creases, and the sides are starting to form.
Step 7: Glue down the tips of the side flaps
The side flaps have a fold in the centre. If that fold was to separate them, that turns them into a triangle and a square. Just glue down the triangular tip into the centre of the original X. You may use a glue stick or any regular white school glue.
Step 8: Lift the sides and wrap the bottom and top over
Lift the sides up to where the tips are glued down. They will form the box’s sides. Once they are up, take the bottom and top flaps and wrap them over so that their tips meet the centre too.
This will form all 4 sides of your box, and what’s left is to adhere all these together.
Step 9: Glue the sides in their upright position to the box’s bottom
You should glue down everything that lies on the bottom of the box, in the triangles between the original X’s lines. This will form 4 upright sides and a square base, or in other words, half of your box.
Step 10: Repeat the same steps as above
To complete the DIY gift box, you should:
- Follow the same steps as for making the bottom of the box, but first, cut 3 mm off the height and width of your paper. This is the box’s top half, and it needs to be a bit bigger than the bottom.
- Get the same size paper you just worked with and cut off 3 mm widthwise and lengthwise.
- All that’s left to do is repeat. When you are done with the 2 sides, they will fit snugly together into a sturdy and beautiful gift box.
How to make a gift box using felt
Do you want to honour the small gifts in life? Here is a cool tutorial on how to wrap up your awesome heartfelt gift with felt. Follow our step-by-step guide for amazing results!
Step 1: Get 2 stiff craft felt pieces
Get one piece of 23 x 23 cm stiff craft felt and a 16 x 16 cm stiff craft felt. This box’s shape has a taller bottom half and a shorter lid, explaining the size discrepancy between the 2 sheets of felt. Of course, you can adjust these dimensions the way you want.
Step 2: Make a series of slits for the box bottom
The box bottom is the sheet that’s 23 x 23 cm. Get that sheet and your scissors ready. When you’re done, you’ll have a sort of plus sign with triangular bottoms and tops. Here’s what to do:
- Make cuts on the sides, forming two 7 cm flaps that are 7 cm deep in the paper’s centre.
- On the bottom and tops, make lines at 7 cm and at 15 cm going all the way down to the centre, where the flaps stop. You’ll now have a cross or a plus sign shape.
- At 4 cm on each side of the bottom and top lines, cut diagonally into the centre, where the flaps stop. You’ll now have a plus sign that looks triangular on the bottom and top.
Step 3: Make a series of slits for your box top
Get the other sheet of felt, the smaller one. Grab your scissors, and here’s what to do:
- At 4 cm from the top and 4 cm from the bottom, make a 4 cm deep cut on the sheet’s sides.
- Cut diagonally from its corners till you meet the other cut you made to remove the little triangles from the edges of your felt’s square piece.
- You’ll now see a fatter plus sign, also triangle-shaped at the bottom and top.
Step 4: Crease the “tabs”
A tab is everywhere you see a triangle shape. There are 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom.
Crease each at its base to make it stiffer and easier to assemble. You want to get this odd shape into a plus sign, having little triangles on the left and right of each of the strips on the bottom and top.
Step 5: Bring the box’s sides up with tabs on the inside
Take each box “side” and fold it into the centre. This square centre of the felt sheet is the bottom. The 4 sides around the bottom are the sides of your box. Get those up with the tabs on the inside. When you bring the box’s sides up, the top and bottom tabs should be on the inside of the box’s right and left sides. Those are the connectors that will join the sides together.
Step 6: Follow the same process for the top
Take your felt’s smaller piece and follow the exact directions. Crease its “tabs” on the sides of the top and bottom of your felt. Then fold the sides into the centre to distinguish the bottom from the box’s sides. Lift all the sides, ensuring the tabs on the top and bottom are inside the left and right sides.
Step 7: Glue the tabs to the sides
Once you glue the tabs, you’re now holding 2 box halves that are ready to go after you glue them together. You may use whatever you have on hand, but using a hot glue gun is the easiest. Just dab some on the tabs’ centre, making sure not to squeeze it all over the box’s sides. Then, let it dry for a few minutes while holding the tabs to the sides. Place the top over the box’s base and marvel at your handiwork. You can then wrap and decorate it to personalise it even more!
Step-by-step instructions: How to make a gift box using a greeting card
We’ll be working with a rectangular, standard greeting card for this tutorial. A square card also works, but different dimensions apply. Keep reading to find out all you need to know!
Step 1: Cut your card in half along the fold
If your card has writing on it that you want to cover up, simply glue down a piece of paper over it. This will be the box’s bottom that won’t be visible once filled.
Step 2: Trim the sides
Trim 0,3 cm along the short and long sides of one half of your card. This will be the box bottom. Keep in mind that it needs to be slightly smaller than your top as the top needs to fit over it.
Step 3: Score 2.5 cm from the edge on all sides
Scoring from the sides’ edges will make a sort of tic-tac-toe shape, where the centre row is wider than the bottom and top. Do that on both halves of your card. If you don’t have a paper cutter, you may also use a ruler and a bone cutter to ensure a perfectly even fold line.
Step 4: Fold both in along the score lines
Rotating round and round, fold on each score line the way you want the side of the box to be. Do this for both halves of the card. Try to fold perfectly straight along the lines for the box to get even.
Step 5: Make 2 minor cuts on the short ends of the cards
Since we’re working with a rectangle shape, place the long way in front of you to make cuts on the right and left where the score lines intersect. The cuts should be again on the short end of the card halves. There should be 2 on each side – 2.5 cm from the bottom and 2.5 cm from the top. This calls for 8 cuts, 4 for each half, creating 4 “tabs”.
Step 6: Put a small dab of glue on the newly formed tabs’ outside
Put just a small dab; too much will flow over the tab and into your box. Ensure it’s on the outside as it will connect to the inside of the bigger flap. Repeat this on each card 4 times.
Alternatively, you may use double-sided tape.
Step 7: Fold up the sides with the tabs on the inside
Along your creased score lines, fold up the sides of each half of your card. Ensure the tabs are on the box’s interior, with your glue between the tab and the other flap. Then, press the tabs into the side and hold them together for a few seconds.
Step 8: Repeat for the other half, and you’re done
Having glue on the tabs, fold up the sides to form the box half. Press the tabs into the box’s side, securing them together. Place your box top over the bottom; it should fit snugly. The only thing left is to fill it and if you wish to wrap and decorate it!
Do you know what kind of gifts are the best ones? The small ones that fit inside a small little box, too! Follow our guides to make your own little box, adding your personal touch that the receiver will definitely appreciate. All three methods are easy to do, personalised, quick and inexpensive. You’re going to love your creation that much that you may not even want to give it away!