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!
- 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.