Easiest Gift Box Ever
Merry Christmas, my friends, and welcome to another Stamp Off! with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, our theme is (very appropriately) Christmas. We don’t have rules for our challenges, but I’m thinking Jackie & Susan will share the cards they made to send for Christmas. That is not what I’ll be sharing. I made cards for Christmas, but most of them were either for classes or blogs, and I’ve probably shared most of them already. The ones I haven’t shared, I didn’t take pictures of. So instead, I have a fun packaging idea for you.
This idea was demonstrated by Stampin’ Up!® CEO Sara Douglass. It is so fun and so very simple, I had to share.
First, start with a square sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP). For my boxes, I used a 6″ x 6″ piece of Poinsettia Place and an 8″ x 8″ piece of Snowflake Splendor. You can use another piece of DSP for the bottom of the box, but I used card stock (Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay), because it’s a little sturdier. The paper for the bottom of the box and the top of the box are the same size (6″ x 6″ and 8″ x 8″)
Decide how tall you want the sides to be. I chose 1″ for the smaller box, and 2″ for the larger box. Both boxes are 4″ square, but the snowflake one is deeper – so it can hold more!
Start with the bottom of the box. For the poinsettia box, I scored the 6″ x 6″ piece of Mossy Meadow Cardstock at 1″ on all four sides. Fold on the scores in both directions, using your Bone Folder for sharp creases. When you fold up two adjacent sides, you should see the corners pop into triangles. These can be folded in the box or out; either way looks nice. I chose to fold mine to the inside of the box. If you’d like, you can score diagonal creases at the corners, but you don’t really need to. It will look like this.
For the top of the box, I scored the Poinsettia Place DSP at 15/16″ on all four sides. This makes the top a tad bigger so it fits over the bottom. As Sara said, “Less is more.” Your score lines are closer to the edges (smaller measurement) to give more to the top. Fold the same way as you did the bottom. You can use liquid glue, SEAL, or SEAL+ to adhere the flaps. Or you can even use staples. If you have colored staples that match your DSP, that could be a fun look!
That’s it. After you cut the initial pieces of DSP/cardstock, there’s no cutting involved. Here’s how the box looks when it’s open.
Decorate any way you’d like. I added some Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim from the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog and a Bumblebee Cardstock banner. The little poinsettias on the banner are from the Poinsettia Dies that coordinate with the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set. I inked the dies with Crumb Cake and Bumblebee Stampin’ Write Markers, then die-cut from Whisper White Cardstock. I sponged a little more Crumb Cake ink over them before gluing them together and adding them to the package.
Good news! The Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set, Poinsettia Dies, and the Banner Pick a Punch will all be carrying over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.
For the Snowflake Splendor box, I used the exact same instructions, but 8″ x 8″ DSP and 8″ x 8″ Bermuda Bay Cardstock. I scored all four sides of the card stock at 2″. I scored the DSP at 1-15/16″ on all four sides. To decorate, I added some Metallic Mesh Ribbon, a die-cut snowflake (from the So Many Snowflakes Dies), and a Beaded Pearl.
More good news! The Metallic Mesh Ribbon, Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set, and So Many Snowflakes Dies are all carrying over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog as well! Sadly, though, the DSP (both the Snowflake Splendor and Poinsettia Place) and the Beaded Pearls will be retiring January 4 at the end of the August-December Mini Catalog. The DSP is still available (and both are being offered at a discount), but the pearls have already sold out. Remember, if there’s something you want from the retiring mini, please order now to avoid disappointment!
With this box design, you can create beautiful packages. If you use a full 12″ x 12″ piece of DSP, you can create a really nice sized box. If you score each side at 2″, for example, you will have an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ box. The boxes I created are 4″ x 4″ x 1″ and 4″ x 4″ x 2″. Either one would be perfect for little gifts for your mail carrier, hair stylist, or any other friend. They’ll hold a mini cake or cookies, gift cards, little “love note” cards and envelopes the recipient can give away, candy…so many possibilities!
Now, let’s go see what Susan and Jackie have created. Whatever they share will be amazing, so you’re in for a treat.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope you have a wonderful day and the happiest of holidays.
these are excellent Buffy. It’s so much fun to open a PRETTY box on Christmas, and to be able to make them is wonderful. Merry Christmas
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Thanks, Jackie! My favorite, of course, is the Snowflake Splendor. And I LOVE opening presents. Although gift bags are easier, it’s just not the same. Merry Christmas!!
I remember making this kind of box when I first started. They are so easy and very pretty. Thank you for the directions and the reminder!
You’re welcome! I love going back and using old techniques.