DIY Gift Box Ideas and Inspiration


Posted on 3rd June 2015 by Papermilldirect
Filed under All Papercraft Tutorials

Giving a gift in a pretty handmade gift box is a sure fire way to make a friend or loved one smile.  The time you have spent creating the gift box will make any little gift, even just a few sweets, extra special and thoughtful.  Making your own gift boxes can also save money, not only are you creating something unique and personal but you are saving money too!  What's not to love about DIY Gift Boxes!

Here are a few lovely examples from our design team, including details of how they have been constructed and the cutting files that have been used.

Sweety Shaped Gift Box Idea

Sweety Shape Gift Box

This pretty 'Sweety Shape Gift Box' - this has been made by our designer Angela who has explained here exactly how she made it.

"The sweetie shaped Candy Box has been cut on the Cricut Explore using a cutting file purchased fromMyScrapChick. I chose Papermilldirect’s Pale Turquoise card for the main body of the gift box. The software cuts the score lines for you, or you can do as I did and change the cut score lines to basic score lines that use the Cricut Scoring Tool, I prefer the look of the score line. The Candy Box file comes with a straight edged wrap but I wanted to add a more decorative effect, so I searched the Cricut subscription images and found a lace border which I then resized to fit the box. The lace border did have extra eyelet holes in the centre but I decided I would prefer it plain, so I easily removed them by simply selecting some basic circle shapes to fit over the eyelet holes, when all were covered I selected ‘weld’ and the circles disappeared leaving me with the plain inner to the lace that I required. Once cut I went over the score lines with a bone folder to crease a bit more firmly and then assembled the box using a little cosmic shimmer glue. Using distress ink in ‘Broken China’ I inked around the blue card to emphasise the shape a little. The lace border was attached around the centre of the gift box using double sided tape and a strip of patterned paper added on top. To finish pink & white twine was doubled up and tied in a bow at each end."

Carton Style Gift Box Idea

Carton Style Gift Box

Flower Girl carton style gift box, designed by our team member Lisa. Lisa has used Papermilldirect white hammered card and digital paper and elements from Carta Bella.  The design was cut using Silhouette Cut File design number 1201

Diy Gift Box For Chocolate Bar

Gable Box including a chocolate bar crate!

Our designer Sandie has used our special offer Emerald Green card and pretty patterned papers from My Little Shoe Box.  Sandie has also used a Silhouette File -  it's called the Gable Box with Candy Bar Crate

Gift Box Idea For A Yankee Candle

Gift Box for a Yankee Candle

Our design team member Craig has made these fun gift boxes to hold Yankee Candles. "These gift boxes have been made using sizes that are measured to fit the votive candles - 13.5cm x 14cm and its scored all around at 4cm in Teal plain card and the base has been made using White plain card. Before assembling the boxes I have taken an inside die from one of Tonics bow dies and die cut the centre, that leaves a lovely pattern in the top but still lets you get a peek through to see what could possibly be inside. I have placed a small piece of acetate to the inside lid of the box so it just creates a more sturdy lid but still enables your to see inside.  To create the sides, I have taken a strip of Pale Turquoise card measuring 22.5cm x 4.5cm and punched along the strip using a paper punch. using my PVG glue with metal tip, I have ran the strip all the way round the boxes to give the eye some excitment rather than a place side"

Pear Shaped Gift Box


Little 'Pear Shaped' Gift Box.


Another beautiful gift box created by Angela using her Cricut Explore - "This little pear shaped gift box is easy to fill and secure using the two little holes at the top to thread ribbon through. The cutting file is found within the subscription images available within Design Space (or if you have the cartridge and / or a different Cricut machine, the cartridge is called ‘Fancy Boxes’). I chose Papermilldirect's Raspberry Pink card to create a bright gift box and the letters cut out to spell 'Thanks' show in the contrasting panel. I chose to cut the inner panel in a pearlescent white paper and then ran it through my Big Shot using a Dots embossing folder to add some texture to the words. The box is easy to put together and features a choice of two cutting files, one is a single piece to fit a 12x12 card and the other is in 2 pieces so it can easily be used with A4 card. I chose to use A4 and only needed to add a strip of double sided tape to one panel to assemble. To finish I added one large clear adhesive gem at the top and 3 smaller clear gems along the flourish just under the Thanks wording. The top of the box was thread with sheer white organza ribbon and tied in a bow"

Leave us a comment with a link to your own gift box tutorials or samples on your blog posts - we'd love to take a look!


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