17 March 2011

Tutorial To Make A Special Gift Box

Hello everyone! I hope your all well! Today I would like to give you a tutorial on how to make a special gift box. To give you an idea of what the gift box looks like,
 here is a picture:

Currently my dad and I both have braces and our orthodontist is in Durban.
On Monday, my dad and I flew up to Durban and stayed over with my Dad’s aunt, so I made this box as a thank you gift.
To make the box:
 Step 1:
Cut a piece of paper exactly 30 x 30 cm.
Step 2:
You will score your piece of paper on both sides of the paper.
First score two set of parallel lines, perpendicular to each other, 10cm from the the sides and each other.
Then turn the paper over, and score the four corner squares from corner to corner. 
This will be the side you stick your paper squares on to, so make a little mark on this side of the paper.
I made a sketch so you can have a better idea - the pink lines indicate where to score.

First score your piece of paper on the pink lines, turn over your paper and score on the blue lines (remember to mark this side).
All the squares should be 10cm.
Step 3:
Cut a set of four square pieces of paper 9.5 X 9.5 and distress them.
Step 4:
Cut a second set of four square pieces from another patterned paper also 9.5 X 9.5
Step 5: 
Cut the second set of paper squares in half , from corner to corner (diagonally), like the picture above, leaving you with eight triangles, from the four squares.
Distress them too.
Step 6:
Stick the four squares and eight triangles on to the 30 x 30 cm piece of paper from step 1. Make sure you stick the squares and triangles on the side you marked in step 2.

Here is another figure I drew, to give you a better idea.
Step 7:
Cut another 9.5cm piece of paper from one of the two papers you used in step 3 and 4.

Step 8:
Turn your piece of paper over, with the squares and triangles facing your working surface.  Stick the square form step 7 in the middle block on the side facing you. Like the picture above.
Step 9:
With the squares and triangles still facing the working surface, take the four corners and fold it in. It should look like this.
Step 10:
Punch holes in the corners of the piece of paper. Be careful to not punch the holes to close to the edges. About a centimeter into the paper, so it does not tear when putting the ribbon through and tie them together.
Step 11:
Decorate the squares with all kinds of stamps and/or embellishments.
I used a stamp on each side, but that took a long time. You can also just decorate it with other embellishments, like flowers.
Step 12:
Tie ribbon through the holes and make a bow.
I’ve used two different colours and widths of ribbon.
Then put a flower on top.
Here are some pictures of how I decorated the sides of my box:

I made up little packets of dried fruit to put as gifts inside the box.

This is what the empty box looks like. 
You can also give the box without anything inside and people can put their own valuables inside.
I would also like to enter my gift box in the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best -  Anything Goes 
Do You Stack Up? -  Add a Bow
Shelly's Images - Show us What you Got
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
Creative Belli - "C" embellishments
Penny's Paper-Crafty -  from the kitchen
Baby Bud - Ribbons and Bows
Make it Monday - anything goes
Stamps R Us  - In the Kitchen

Have a blessed weekend everyone! 
Crafty Greetings


  1. This is fabulous! Gorgeous basket! Love the colors.

    Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  2. Wow what a lovely and stunning creation you made, such a nice give-away! Thanks for taking part at the challenge at Shelly's!

  3. Absolutely adorable Heidi! And what a great tutorial!! Thanks for joining in on our "Kitchen" Challenge this week at Penny's. Good Luck!


  4. What a fun gift!! Love the colors and the crystal embellishments. Thanks for sharing on the Belli challenge.

  5. Gorgeous project, and beautifully made. Hugs Tamara Posh Cat Crafts!

  6. this is an awesome project, love the colors and design you have created. thanks for playing along.
    Mary Anne

  7. Wow!! Totally amazing project! Thanks for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

  8. This is fantastic! How creative and festive! I love the DP you chose, and I know this was a welcomed gift for some lucky recipient! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps R Us this week!

  9. Thats a really cool box!
    I should try and make one sometime!!!

  10. Oh my goodness, so cute! I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing with us at Shelly's Images in our "Show Us What You Got" challenge

  11. Dear Heidi
    Thanks so much for this! I am totally not a crafting person but this post inspired me to try this with my little ones and we had such fun. You can see the the boxes we made on my new blog www.gracefulgirlsandbraveboys.wordpress.com Love to you all. Karyn

  12. Such a gorgeous giftbag! Everyone will be happy for a present like that! :)
    Have a nice sunday!

  13. Wow, a fab tutorial and a gorge box too, thanks for sharing with us all at Penny's and creative craft challenges too, good luck.

  14. Very pretty love the flowers, thanks so much for joining us in our Flower Challenge at Southern Girls. I hope to see you again.

  15. Hey Heidi, your creation is fabulous and a great instruction. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us at DYSU this week :) Janna

  16. Absolutely adorable. Thanks for joining us at Shelly's Images.

  17. A fantastic project. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft.

    Nikki x

  18. This is so pretty! Your tutorial is amazing!! Thanks for sharing your talent at Southern Girls.
    Alicia xx

  19. Fantastic gift box, thank you for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
    Ruth x

  20. Beautiful! Thanks for joining our lace challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!


  21. Fantastic project and brilliant instructions. I will definitely have to give this a go. Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

  22. Gorgeous box, thanks playing along with BB Designs this month

  23. Gorgeous little box! You did a fantastic job!!!!
    Hugs, Dena

  24. This is absolutely beautiful, and what a lot of work pitting your tutorial together, thank you so much for sharing.

  25. Dear Heidi.
    Congratulations on the win with Penny's Challenges.
    Please email me your address, so I can post out the ATC I made. manuela(at)thecallaghanclan(dot)com
    Best wishes again,

  26. Fabulous little project. I will have to give this a try for a quick little gift for my 6 yr old granddaughter. Thank you for sharing you idea and tutorial

  27. Hi Heidi, thanks for the tutorial! I am attempting to make a easter gift box for a friend's daughter! you are one awesome 13 year old :-)

  28. Hi Heidi-mar
    this is fab-u-lus, I am going to give it a try (although mine will be NOTHING as good as your's) lol. I came to your blog via Janiel's blog, she is on the D.T. for Elisabeth Bell, she has made a basket from your tutorial, and it is on the Elisabeth Bells World blog (go check it out) well done you.
    Sandra (craftynan)

  29. Thank you for sharing your basket and this wonderful tutorial. Your basket is awesome. Love it!

    Happy crafting
    Hugs Julie

  30. Wow thanks for show it ! It's a wonderful idea !!!
    Greetings from Austria

  31. Impressive work i get found in here.....Especially the colors and the crystal embellishments.......
    buy and sell


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