Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gift Box Tutorial

I promised to show a tutorial on how to make the gift box shown here:


I am not real good at tutorials, but I am going to give it a shot! This box measures approximately 5” x 6” and is 1 3/4” high. It is assembled like most boxes, but if you’ve never made a box, I will give some quick details as I go along. My sample will be a different color than the one above! So lets go! First, I’ll give you the products you’ll need:

  • Cardstock in your choice of colors
  • Window sheets or transparencies
  • Rectangle scalloped Nestabilities and diecutting machine
  • Scallop edge punch, if desired
  • Strong adhesive
  • Fiskars Personal Cutter or Exacto Knife & Ruler

Second, here are the dimensions of each piece:

  • Box – 8 1/2” x 9 1/2” – score at 1 3/4” on all four sides
  • Lid – 8 1/16” x 7 1/16” – score at 1” on all four sides
  • Scalloped Window Panel – 4 3/4” x 5 3/4”
  • Transparency – 5” x 6” – may need to trim a tiny bit off each side.
  • Edited to add: The original measurements for the lid were incorrect (score at 2") so I have corrected them! SO SORRY!


To make the box, fold on score lines; cut on the sides as shown by the black lines.


Fold flaps in; apply tape or adhesive on the areas that say “tape”.


Fold in the taped sides to make the box. I like to use clothes pins, as you can see!


Now for the lid, fold on score lines, just like the box. Don’t cut the corners quite yet.


Using a cutting system like a Fiskars with a sliding cutter, or an Exacto knife and a ruler, cut an inside window from the top of the lid, leaving 1/4” border from the score lines.


To cut the scallop window in my top panel, I use a Nestability that measures about 3 1/4 x 4”. Lay it at the top portion of the panel (I just sort of eyeballed it as to how far down to bring it); a couple pieces of tape ensure that it doesn’t slip around. Run it through your die cutting machine.


Now reposition the Nestie so that it will cut out the remaining portion. You’ll have a section that will not make a cut. Make sure that your scallops line up with the previous cut:


Here you can see the back side….see how they match? Again, tape helps! Now finish the cut.


This is what your piece should look like.


Now adhere this piece to the lid, centering the panel over the cut portion. A thin line of Tombow Multiglue works well. I like to fold my edges in to make sure the piece looks centered. At this point, adhere your window sheet or transparency to the back of the opening in the panel. You can also cut the sides to begin to form the lid.


If you want to scallop the edge of your lid, fold back one of the tabs and run your punch along the edge.


When you do the other edge, trim the tab like this so that when you fold it under, it won’t show beneath the scallops. I like to use Sticky Strip for these tabs since they are small.


Assemble the lid just like the box….now put it on the box and you’re done!


You can add any kind of decoration or ribbon you like. Hope this was clear enough, and feel free to show us what you come up with! Any questions, just email me!


Linda L said...

Wow, That is the coolest box. I love the extra steps to scallop the edge of the lid. You do great tutorials.

Kim said...

You did a great job with the tutorial!! TFS!

Andrea said...


I think your first tutorial was just perfect. Thanks for sharing it with us. I can't wait to make one and fill it with some fun goodies.


mudmaven said...

Great tutorial LeAnne! Can't wait to give this a try. ~chris

Elaine M said...

Don't know why you feel you're not good at tutorials - this was excellent. This is a great box that can be used many ways ... thanks for taking the time to do this!!!

Shasta said...

Love this!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

super super super tutorial LeAnne!!

Sylvia said...

Love your box LeAnne! I did a tag box at Christmas using the pattern, much smaller and not as fancy with all the punches! Beautiful!

Tammy Hershberger said...

"I am not real good at tutorials, but I am going to give it a shot!" Says who??? You did a fabulous job with this, LeAnne! Great photos and explanations!