DIY Gift Boxes | How to Get Two from One
Here’s a useful project for saving money this Christmas season — make two gift boxes out of one!
I stumbled upon this easy DIY project when I needed a small box for a gift and could only find half of one that was already too large.
To me, the packaging of a handmade gift is just as important as the gift itself. The wrapping and packaging need to reflect the creativity and maybe even the design of the project inside.
I was packaging the gift at the last minute — I hadn’t expected to need it ready so soon. So I took the box half and began folding it and making some hasty cuts. I was surprised, and so thankful, it turned into a side-fold box, and I got it right the first time!
So what do you know, I’m here ready to share with you my hasty, but magnificent discovery. It’s an easy project with very little supplies. The instructions are for gift boxes measure 11″ x 8″ x 1.13″ but the theory will work with any similar box style.
(So happy to announce that my very first video tutorial will be coming soon!)
How to Make Two Gift Boxes Out of One!
- Gift/Apparel Box – 11″ x 8″ x 1.13″
- Tape measure (optional)
Suggested package decorations
- Crepe paper
- Handmade tags
Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to start! Let’s make some boxes!
Step One: Measuring
To start, take one half of the box, a pen and tape measure. You can use a ruler but it will be just a little awkward since you need to measure inside the box and it is shorter than a ruler. However, if you don’t have a tape measure, you can cut a piece of yarn or thread the right length and use that for measuring.
You will be folding over the long side of the box. Measure 4 7/8 inches from one end of the inside of the box and mark. Make a couple more marks across to guarantee a straight line when you draw it in.
Now lay the ruler across the box, matching up the marks, and drawing a straight line from one end to the other. Don’t be afraid to smash the sides of the box a bit.
Flip the box around to the other side and do the same. These lines represent where you will be folding later.
Simply folding at the lines now would cause excess material to bulge at the sides and keep the box from laying flat. You will need to make a few simple cuts to get rid of that excess.
Working within the boundaries of the two center lines you have made, and only on the sides of the box, draw a line down the seam/fold. You will have made a square with your line. Now use the ruler to draw a line from the outside bottom corner to the upper inside corner of the square. Make sure and do the same to the other side.
Confusing? Refer to the picture where I have made dotted lines, representing where you will cut later.
Step Two: Cutting
Cut out the outside triangle you have drawn. And then cut along the dotted line at the seam, but do not cut out entire triangle. Do the same for the other side.
Step Three: Folding
Use the ruler for a straight fold and fold tab over on both sides.
Your box should look like this. Almost done!
With the ruler, fold box at both center lines.
Press fold well from the outside…
And there you have it! A side-fold box small enough for the little handmade items you wish to give, twice the value of the purchased boxes.
Following these instructions should give you a box with straight, fine lines and no buckles. Pack you project in the box with crepe paper for a professional touch.
Step Four: Dressing Up Your Box
Now to decorate — my favorite part! I used a strand of grosgrain ribbon, 45″ long, to wrap around the box and tie with a bow.
So far I have made 8 side-fold gift boxes out of a pack of 4 apparel boxes. Obviously, I still need to run to the store and get more. But there is something so satisfying about seeing a mound of finely decorated boxes ready to be shipped out or given to people. And talking about shipping, I better get a move on.
Next year I want to make a little room in my budget for brown paper wrapping, and then maybe some sprigs of greenery, or pom-poms, or little metallic Sharpie drawings. I think I like packaging and wrapping better than making the gift…
I hope this tutorial helps you save some money this Christmas season! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
My sister helped me film this session as well and I can’t wait to share it with you! Come back next week to check it out!
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