You know how when you buy a small present, (I mean physically small) and you've wrapped it and it just looks well...disappointing....insignificant. This little gift box should make sure your kind thought is the 'start of the show' and will look as gorgeous as it's contents.
You will need:
A4 sheet of card
Fiskars Paper Cutter with scoring blade (or ruler and something blunt for scoring eg crochet hook/knitting needle)
Double sided tape or glue
First cut your A4 sheet to this size, 8.25" x 6.5" (21cm x 16.5cm), using either your paper cutter or ruler and scissors
Then ink up your stamp with your chosen colour and stamp away until you have covered the sheet with your design. This is the best bit!
Next turn your card round, so that it is landscape. You are going to score your sheet on the stamped side at 2" 4" 6" & 8" or 5cm, 10cm, 15cm & 20cm.
You should have a little bit at the end left over. Thats fine you'll see what this is for later.
|Can you see the score lines?|
Just in case this isn't showing up on the photograph I've done one on white paper drawing in the lines. Hope this makes it clearer for you.
Now taking your scissors, you are going to start at the bottom of the long edge and cut up to the line that you have just scored, at each of your 2" (5cm) intervals. It should look like this.
|See the bottom right hand corner?|
Now fold along all of your scoring lines. Can you see it's starting to take shape now isn't it?
Add double sided tape to the sections which will form the bottom of the box and the little tab and carefully start to join them altogether........
.......tucking the tab inside the box.
You should end up with something like this.
Not finished yet. Pinch the top together and push in the sides of the box at the same time so that you force the box into this kind of a shape.
Punch a hole through all card layers at the top edge of the box ..........
........and secure with a ribbon.
Well done - you did it!!!
I've added a little gift tag to mine which you may want to do and of course it's not just card you can use, you can also choose to make this box with some of the gorgeous papers you can find in the shops. You can make the box taller or smaller according to your needs and use it for earrings, gift cards (altho' I do use another kind of a box for those) choccies in fact anything that is small but deserving of this box.
I've posted this with Christmas in mind but of course it could be used at any time in the year. I like to make mine in batches on a cosy Winter's night with a glass of red wine in one hand and a stamp in the other!
Now before you rush off to get your gift box essentials why not pop over to see Wendy the host of Handmade Monday. She has a fabulous giveaway at the moment so make sure you check it out along with the great contributions from the Handmade Monday crafters.
I'll pop this onto the 'My Tutorials' page for ease of reference.