Store-bought gift boxes are pretty and convenient ways of presenting your gifts, but they can be quite expensive – especially if you buy one for every present you’ll be giving out this year. With a bit of time and effort, you can create paper boxes that are great alternatives because they’re economical and customizable. You can choose the texture, color, and thickness of the paper, as well as the type or pattern of the box. Not only that, the recipients feel even more special when they find out that you made the gift box yourself.
What you’ll need
- 2 pieces of short bond paper, construction paper, or cardstock (8.5” x 11”)
- Glue or paste (Optional)
- Bone folder (Optional)
Once you’ve gathered all the materials needed, follow these three easy steps below:
Step 1: Cut the squares
- Fold one piece of paper diagonally and cut out the rectangular excess. The remaining square piece of paper will be your lid.
- The second paper will be your main box, so you’ll need to make it smaller for the lid to properly cover it. To make the second piece, cut it the same way as the first. Once you’ve cut the second paper into a square, draw a line 3/8” from the edge for two adjacent sides, and cut it along this line. The result should be a smaller square than the one for the box lid.
Step 2: Crease the squares
- Fold the square in half, matching one corner to the opposite corner to create a triangular shape. Open the sheet and repeat the step with the remaining two opposite corners. The creases created will help you pinpoint the center of your square.
- Fold all the corners of the paper into the center to make a smaller square shape.
- Fold the top and bottom edges, making them meet at the center, and then unfold. Turn the paper 90 degrees, and repeat the process of folding the top and bottom edges.
Step 3: Tuck the corners
- Unfold all the creases you made except two corners that face each other.
- Tuck the wall corners in then fold the bigger corner over and into the box’s base.
- Repeat this process for the other side.
Follow the same steps for the other paper. After you’re done with your box and lid, put your gift inside and secure with some ribbon, burlap, or twine – or even a length of pretty lace!
Many people say that Christmas is the most costly holiday, partly because of the gift-giving tradition. The fun challenge here is looking for ways to save money while making it even more special for your friends and family.by