Show Me Sunday - A Tutorial by Cassie

Sunday, November 28, 2010

With a lot of gift giving occasions coming up more and more people are going to find themselves in need of some gift boxes.  With a few supplies that any paper crafter has on hand it can be extremely easy to do and can be made in a number of different shapes or sizes.  The gift box I am going to show you how to make today is 6 in. x 6 in. x 3 in.  Below I will show you the steps on a piece of white cardstock so it is easier to see.

Supplies Needed:
2 pieces of sturdy 12 in. x 12 in.  cardstock (in any color)
1 12 in ruler
craft knife or scissors
scoring tool
strong adhesive (I recommend either Zip Dry Glue or the Scotch Gold ATG tape)

1.  To make the main part of the box take 1 piece of cardstock and on each edge measure in 3 inches and using a pencil make a small mark.  You will do this step 8 times, twice on each of the four sides of cardstock.  

2.  Connect the tick marks on the opposite side of the page creating a straight line 3 inches in from each side of the page.  You will end up with a grid like this

3.  You will now need to make a tab in each of the 4 corner squares to use for adhering the box together.  To do this place a rule from one corner of the small box to another and measure in a 1/2 inch.  Flip the ruler to the other side and make another 1/2 inch mark.  Connect the two to make a tab.

4.  Using either scissors or a craft knife cut out the 4 small squares at the corners minus the 4 tabs you just created. 
When you do all 4 sides your cardstock should look like this

5. Using your ruler as a guide and your scoring tool score along the remaining pencil lines so you can now assemble your gift box.  I used a bone folder to make my score lines.
6.  Place an amount of adhesive on each of the 4 tabs and connect it to the side of the box next to it.  Lifting the sides until they come together.  Do this to all 4 sides and you will have a completed base for your gift box.
7.  For the lid of the box.  Take the remaining sheet of card stock and cut it to an 8 inch x 8 inch square.  You will then follow the same steps as above with the base, but instead of measuring 3 inches in on each side you will only measure in 15/16 of an inch in.  You want to measure in just slightly less than an inch so the lid will be slightly larger than the base and will fit over the base with ease.  When you are done measuring, drawing the lines, making the tabs, cutting away the squares at the side, and scoring the lines your lid should look like this.
8. Adhere the sides together and your gift box is completed.  If you are making the gift box for an edible treat as in my example above I strongly recommend that you line the box in waxed or parchment paper to avoid any grease spots on the outside or your box.

You can now either leave your gift box plain and wrap it or you can decorate it and forgo the wrapping paper.  To change the size of your  gift box you simply need to change how far in you measure on the sides and change the lid measurements accordingly.    Below are a list of other box sizes and the measurements you will need to use.

4 x 4 x 4 inch box measure in 4 inches on each side and cut the paper for the lid to a 6 inch square.
8 x 8 x 2 inch box measure in 2 inches on each side and cut the paper for the lid to a 10 inch square.

We would love to see the boxes you have created using this tutorial! Make sure to leave a comment for this post with a link back to your blog/gallery. Who knows... maybe your box will get featured on this blog!


11 Responses to “Show Me Sunday - A Tutorial by Cassie”

CraftyGirl said...

Cassie... your timing for this tutorial is perfect! With Christmas around the corner, I am sure I will be making a few of these! Thanks for the tute!
Barb :)

MommaSaid said...

Woo hoo! I started preparing yesterday to make several batches of cookies for the Holidays. Thank you for posting this awesome tutorial! I don't have many tins and I'd never expect to get any back that I gift out BUT I do have tons of paper to work with.

Thank you again!

Diana said...

Thanks this is a wonderful Tutorial, I'm going to need it quite a bit this Christmas. beautiful box.

Debbie said...

Not to sound repetitious, but a wonderful tutorial Cassie! Your box looks wonderful, especially filled with those yummy cookies!

Angela said...

WOW!!! love this! will be sure to make a few!! excellent idea

Leah (*BeeCherryLady*) said...

Oh I really like this! And come on, why do we love boxes so much! LOL! Great idea and can I have those cookies? hehe!
Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

li-bee-ti said...

Great tutorial! It looks really simple the way you explain every little detail on the way.
Thanks for sharing!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Cassie I love it! Great instructions, pictures and awesome product! Great job!

Nana Donna said...

I love your cookie box thanks for the tutorial. Your blog is an inspiration to me so I have a Stylish Blog Award for you on my blog

MommaSaid said...

It took me some time (and I bit of baking inspiration!) but I finally got one done. I don't think I can thank you enough for posting this tutorial. I've tried encouraging anyone who reads my post to head over and check it out, even if they've never been crafty before.