I love making pretty boxes for gifts! They’re always a big hit.
Handmade boxes work especially well for small gifts, like this one that measures 5″ square with 1/2″ sides. I made it out of some Neutrals Designer Series Paper following a pizza box design that I posted previously on my blog. (See below for a copy.)
To create the belly band, I used Crumb Cake card stock.
Tip: When making a belly band, I cut a strip of cardstock or designer series paper to the desired width, and then I finger fold it around my box to ensure it’s large enough to easily slip on and off the box. Afterwards, I set the folds with a Bone Folder. If the cardstock isn’t long enough, I splice in an extra piece on the bottom. Fast Fuse adhesive is great for boxes, because it’s super strong and holds 3-D objects together securely. Again, be sure to wrap the belly band around your box before adhering the final sections together to ensure it’s the right size.
All my decorative banners are 2″ wide. I did that so I could use the Triple Banner Punch to cut all the Vs on the bottom.
I used that same punch for the smaller banner with the sentiment. While that punch is set up to cut Vs for either 1″, 1-1/2″, or 2″ strips, you can also use it to punch smaller strips by centering the strip on the front of the punch.
For my top banner, I used Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, and Basic Black Archival ink to stamp the butterflies from Watercolor Wings. (For the background of the butterflies, I stamped off once to lighten the Hello Honey.) Afterwards, I held a Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush over the banner and banged it with a Bone Folder to create splatters.
To create the curve on the small banner, I used a Bone Folder to curl the end, then I adhered it with Fast Fuse. After adhering all the banners together, I wrapped them with some Basic Black Baker’s Twine.
Here’s a look at the inside.
Tip: When you’re cutting out your box, think about the orientation of the design on the inside of the box! As you can see here, mine is not going the right direction!
Supplies used on my box:
Pizza box instructions: The only thing I did differently was to add another 1/2″ side on the bottom.
Get creative with your gift wrapping. It’s a great way to use up that old designer series paper and make a someone feel super special!