Box It! (Gift Box)

During Christmas time, it is always difficult to find ways to stretch the budget. I enjoy handing out small presents. To me, this is a way of sharing the joy of Christmas and spreading some cheer all around. Just giving a handmade bar of soap doesn't sound like much, but if the soap is packed into a box with a nicely decorated lid, it will certainly add more meaning to the term "it is the thought that counts."


Approximate Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 riffled cardboard box
  • 3 to 5 small skeleton leaves
  • a selection of small artificial paper flowers
  • 15 to 20 brown seed beads
  • 1 small decorative brown butterfly
  • 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • a pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue
  • brown paper, cut into thin strips
  • a handmade bar of soap
  • tweezers


  1. Using the skeleton leaves, start making a "flower arrangement" on the lid of the box. Use the 3D self-adhesive foam squares instead of glue.

  2. Now add the white arum lilies, the small brown roses, and the small green-white flowers to the arrangement, again using 3D self-adhesive foam squares instead of glue.

  3. Finish it off by adding a few seed beads to the arrangement. Use the quick-drying glue to fix them to the "arrangement." Remember to use only a small drop of glue for each seed bead. Use a pair of tweezers to make the task easier.

  4. Add the butterfly as a finishing touch. Use the quick-drying glue.

  5. Fill the box with cut strips of brown paper, and then add the handmade soap bar to the box.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

July 31, 20110 found this helpful

Oh, how lovely. You did a great job on the box, and I bet it could be reused after, which is a bonus.

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

Didn't even think that it could be reused again, thanks, good idea! :-)

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

That is so very pretty! It is a gift in and of itself!

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