Tutorial: How To Make A Card Stock Gift Box.

I don't always have gift wrap for every occasion on hand, but what I do have, always, is quite a large supply of card stock.  So when it comes time to wrap presents last minute, more often than not I dig around in my paper supply trays to make pretty gift boxes rather than run out to the store for paper.  I've decided to assemble a tutorial for you as I found myself in just that situation this week getting ready for a dear friend's baby shower.

These gift boxes can be customized to any size, and for any occasion!

What you'll need:

1. 2 sheets of card stock- I'm using 12x12" sheets, but if your gifts are larger than that, of course you'll have to buy bigger sheets.
2. Your gifts!
3. Ruler or T saqare
4. Scissors, glue, & a pencil
5. Any "extras" you like to incorporate into your gift wrap.  I'm using ribbon & a heart paper punch to finish the boxes off with cute gift tags.

What You'll Do:

1. Math It- Measure the length, depth, & width the gift you intend to box, leaving a little wiggle room.  Mine will need a 6x9x1" box.  To figure out the border, what will be left for the box's depth, subtract the bottom of the box (longest side first- 9") from 12" (the width of your paper), to get 3".  Divide that by 2 sides to get 1 1/2 Inches of depth per side.  Mark a line on each side to indicate your 1 1/2 inch borders.

2. The box must have the same depth on all 4 sides, so keeping our 1 1/2 inch border on each side, add the box's width (6") to the border (3") and subtract from the paper width (12") to get 3" extra, which must be marked and cut away.  Next, mark out the 1 1/2" border on the final two sides.

4. Repeat steps 1 & 2 on a second sheet of card stock for a bottom & top piece of the box.  Next, notice that each corner is marked off in a square.  To create a tab that can be folded up and in to create the box's depth, snip from edge to border mark on just one of the square's lines.  Do this to all corners.

5. Creating Depth- Line your ruler up on a border line.  Using it to keep your fold straight & sharp fold up each side including the corner tabs.

6. Apply a little glue to the front side of each corner tab.  Use a q-tip to spread it over the entire tab.

7. Putting it Together- Tuck the gluey corner under its side & hold firmly until the corner is stuck well.

Next, just place your gifts inside & finish off with a cute bow or whatever your heart's desire!

*Optional Modifications-
- Try experimenting with using different top & bottom box depths to have the bottom colors peaking out like in the first photo.
- Make the top box a little bit larger than the bottom for a less snug fit.

Happy Making!


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

These are great! I love that I already have all the supplies on hand! Perfect for small gifts!

Love that you have a little helper too :)

Keytiques said...

What a great tutorial! I really never even thought of attempting like this but like you, I don't always have wrapping paper but I always have card stock!

I may have to try this in the future.

Vivid said...

Great tutorial!
We've been working on new packaging ideas for sending out Vivid packages - will defo be taking inspiration from here :D thanks for sharing!

Rose said...

Awesome tutorial! Like Edi, I have the supplies on hand to do this, too. I am not a fan of wrapping paper and would like to use re-purposed gift bags or my own wrapping for as many gifts as I can from now on. This definitely made my list. Thanks!

LimeRiot said...

I'm ALWAYS digging through my closet for gift boxes. This is a great idea. I should make some up and store them for last minute gifts.

Judy Nolan said...

Great minds think alike! I came to your post later today, and thought it was funny that I had to make a box exactly like this for some journaling cards to give my sister. The only thing I did differently was to use a scoring board. Your boxes look very pretty!

Lin said...

These are really cool!! And with all those cool cardstock patterns out there--you can really make an impact with your box!

Oh NO!! I just remembered I have to get a gift for a baby shower this weekend. THanks for the reminder. ;)

storybeader said...

Great boxes. Would be nice to put my paper beads in a box instead of a plastic bag!

FabricFascination said...

What beautiful boxes. I'll bet you could cover them with fabric this way too. Thanks for the tutorial.

Sedruola Maruska said...

Fantastic! I now have to consider all the gifts I need to give and get some paper to play with. Thanks!

Jessi said...

this is so cute!

Additionsstyle said...

Thanks Nancy for putting together the box tutorial! I hate buying boxes, it is really nice to know how easy it is to make them.
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Kathleen said...

This is a great idea - thanks for sharing!