There is only one thing better than receiving a gift box that has been made especially for you, and that is to make and give a gift box to family or friends. In my opinion, presents that someone has put thought into and have a unique personal touch, mean so much more than something bought off the shelf. Do you agree? If so, read on for my DIY gift box tutorial.
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Gift boxes/baskets can be made to any budget–you can spend as much or as little as you wish. I decided on a rose gold theme for this gift box, which was for my daughter’s birthday, and purchased lots of bits and bobs, mostly from Primark, plus some chocs and beauty products from the supermarket.
Next, I needed a box to hold the goodies in. If you shop at Aldi or Lidl, you will know that they stack their shelves with the items still in the boxes, and people often grab an empty box to carry their shopping home in. So when I was in my local Lidl buying a few groceries, I scoured the store for a nicely shaped box. Unfortunately, the one I had my eye on was full of packs of tea, so I got a few weird looks when I emptied the box of the tea to put my shopping in (I don’t recommend you do this. It is best to try to find an empty one!). Here is my box along with some gorgeous wrapping paper that I also bought from Primark, some matching tags I bought from Asda, and *cellophane that I bought from Amazon.
To cover the box you will need:-
I measured from the top of the box, along the inside, and along the outside, and marked this total measurement on my wrapping paper. I then used the box as a guide to mark the width on my wrapping paper. I cut the measured strip out and wrapped it, starting from the bottom, then around the outside and the inside of the width of the box, using a combination of sticky tape and a glue stick to adhere it in place, taping along the bottom where both edges meet.
Next, I drew around the edge of the triangle side of the box. I drew two triangles on the back of the paper, and two triangles on the front of the paper, then cut them all out, and stuck them to the corresponding sides of the box, using the glue stick and sticky tape, starting with the insides, and overlapping over the angled top edge of the triangle.
I then arranged my items nicely in the box, ensuring everything could be seen, layering from tall items at the back to smaller items at the front. You can use a scrunched up piece of tissue paper to put under things to give them more height if you need, and use some sticky tape to stick any items together if necessary.
When you’re happy with the arrangement, take your cellophane and roll it out about 1 metre on a flat surface. Cut out your cellophane and then place your gift box in the centre, with the front of your box facing along the length of the cellophane. Cut some strips of sticky tape and have them ready to use. Then take the long edges of the cellophane, join them together above your box, and scrunch the cellophane together about 20cm down from the top, then grab your sticky tape and wrap it around the neck.
Next, get some more sticky tape ready and put your box over the edge of a table, so the side is hanging over a bit, and fold the edge of the cellophane back twice. Then tuck the cellophane underneath the box and tape in place. Repeat this on the other side.
Finish your gift box off by adding a bow or ribbon and a gift tag. I chose a black ribbon and rose gold tag to match the theme.
I hope my gift box tutorial has inspired you to get creating and surprise your family and friends with their own personalised gifts!