How often do spend ages choosing the perfect gift but then have trouble finding the best way to present the gift? You can get some beautiful wrapping paper these days, but how about making your own gift box and then decorating that to make the gift extra special?
I love making gift boxes as they add the perfect finishing touch so when I saw this cutting files in the shop, I knew I had to have a go:
This is a very straightforward design and could easily be cut by hand as well as with a digital cutting machine – the best of both worlds 😉 !!!
Then to finish off the gift box, I decided to use one of these rosettes:
I love the edging on those!
To make the gift box, you will need the following items:
- Card stock for the box;
- Digital cutting machine or sharp scissors to manually cut out the box;
- PVA glue, Elmer’s glue, double sided tape or similar for putting the box and rosette together;
- Card stock or paper for the rosette; and
- Other embellishments (e.g. ribbon, flowers, buttons, lace, etc.).
I used Papermania patterned kraft card stock for the box:
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the box but did not use it for the scorelines (in my next project, I will go through how to get scorelines on a silhouette cutting machine though 😉 ). Instead, I used a bone folder and a ruler to score and bend the card:
All I did was place the ruler along where the scorelines would have been and gently rocked the card up and down to bend it up against the ruler. When there was enough “give”, I folded the sides down and used a bone folder to make the creases sharp.
All I had to do then was fold the sides in, adding glue to ensure the box would not come apart.
You just need to make sure you line up the edges properly to ensure the box sits properly:
I just needed to make sure I had lined up the edges properly to ensure the box was not crooked:
So here is the completed box….looks pretty plain though, don’t you think?
Well, that was soon put to rights using one of Valentina’s rosettes. You can just make out the scalloped edge of the rosette in the photo below:
And here it is in close up:
I used Stampin’ Up! card neutrals designer series paper which is a little heavier than some papers and cut really well with the rosette cutting file. I cut two strips out and then I just concertina folded them:
I adhered the ends of the two strips together to make a circle:
Then the next part is a little fiddly as you have to push centre of the rosette down to flatten it out:
Once the rosette was flat, I pushed the middle together so there was as little space in the middle as possible. It is easier to adhere the rosette to something before actually using it as an embellishment so I adhered it to a small punched circle. I would normally use my hot glue gun on something like this but I actually could not find it at the time (typical, eh?!!)…………instead I used pva glue and held the rosette down onto the punched circle using a heavyweight punch.
It really just goes to show that you don’t need lots of fancy equipment when making something!
I then added a doily to the box:
After making sure the rosette was glued down, I adhered it to the doily and box, adding a button and twine to the top of the box:
Why don’t you give this a try yourself? It really does make a quick and easy gift box that adds the perfect finishing touch to any gift :). Please do come and post your creation in the gallery as we would all love to see it :).
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Mad Hatters tea party - March 27th, 2016