How to make your own gift card boxes

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gift_card_box_01aGift card boxes are a cute and fun idea, but sometimes it can be hard to find exactly what you want at the store, and they can be silly expensive.

Moreover, if you are like me, you sometimes worry about the perceived thoughtfulness of “just” giving a gift card. After all, how much thought and effort does it take to get someone a gift card?

The answer lies in a home made, hand crafted, personalized gift card box. It shows your care and effort (and your crafting skills!), while allowing you to give a gift that lets your loved one get exactly what they want. As Hannah Montana might say, “It’s the best of both worlds.”

All Cards AcceptedBy the way, if my husband happens to be reading this, I happen to have some home made gift card boxes on the shelf nearest my west crafting table… JoAnn’s, Archivers and Michaels are gratefully accepted. ;-) [P.S.: I’ve shown Emily where they are, in case you still can’t find them.]

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Basic Supplies

o 12×12 Sheet of printed paper or Cardstock (Which will make two boxes)
o Scor Tape
o Velcro Dots
o Embellishments of your choice
o Paper Trimmer
o Scoring Board
o Hot Glue gun
o Corner rounder

Instructions:

  • Trim your paper to 6″ x 10″.
  • Using your scoring board, score the paper twice down the length of each of the 10-inch edges. One score mark should be placed 3/8″ away from each edge, and the other score mark at the 3/4″ inch mark. You now have 2 score marks running down the length of each edge of your sheet, and none along the width of your paper. Yet.
  • Turn the paper 90 degrees on your scoring board to place four score marks down the width of the sheet. One mark is placed at 3 1/4″, one mark is placed at 3 5/8″, one mark is placed at 7″ and the last scoring mark is placed at 7 3/8 “.
  • Cut out the four corners by cutting down along the second score line until you reach the other set of score lines. Stop at the second score line. Then round the corners of the middle flaps as shown below.

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  • Fold all the score lines
  • Put Scor tape on the outside surface of the lower flap and fold up to and adhere to the side tabs (see below).

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  • The top flap can be decorated any way you want; you can use border punches, pinking scissors, corner rounders or just create your own shape with scissors — which is what I have done in each of the examples shown below.

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  • Attach Velcro dots to the inside flap. Although my Velcro dots were self-adhesive, I added a dot of hot glue where the Velcro dots adhere to the paper to give it added security. After all, you don’t want your loved one to pull the Velcro off the box while opening it; it kind of undoes the perception of quality workmanship. ;-)

img_0498The gift box to the left was made using the Recollections Paper Stack called “Stitch in Time.”  Stitch in Time is available for purchase at Michaels. I would have loved it if Michaels had matching felt embellishments to go with this stack, but as they don’t, I had to make my own. Rats. :-)

 

img_0499This box (on the left) was made using red card stock, and I used a “scallop” border punch for the top flap. The bottom ribbon was made by using the We R Memory Keepers “Sew ribbon tool and stencil kit,” and I made the Poinsettia using the McGills  Paper Blossoms Lily punch.

 

img_0518The embellishment on this card was made using the May Arts pleated ribbon (which we sell on our site by the way). I used the DCWV “Linen and Lace” stack from JoAnn’s. To create the flower, I used a Gluber on the base and finished it with a Maya Road flower in the center. Once again we used the We R Memory Keepers “Sew Ribbon and Stencil Tool”  for the Ribbon at the bottom of the box.

 

Now to see what you can come up with, I would love to see your creations.

 

 

 

 

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