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Homemade Gift Boxes

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."

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Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

Instructions:

  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 Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng

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I was wanting a small inexpensive thank you gift for the young girl who had helped me at physical therapy. So, I came up with this "hugs and kisses basket". I had the container left from buying my husband some nuts and bolts from Dollar Tree.

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I received a gift in this adorable box. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away. And after looking at it closely, decided I could make one myself with supplies I already had on hand.

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For a quick and easy gift box for a small item, why not make your own. There are a number of templates on the internet that can give you an idea of dimensions, or you can take apart a box you have and figure it yourself.

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February 8, 2001

Here's some instructions for making your own treasure box to give as a Valentine's Day gift or for other occasions.

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October 28, 2004

I use the boxes that come from Cereal, Macaroni, Taco Shells or any box with a clean, interior to make wrapped gift boxes. Remove wax paper liner if there is one. Carefully undo the glued end flaps. Flatten box...

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This is a page about making a recycled glamour gift box. Recycle a round cardboard box into a beautiful gift box to fill with small seasonal or special occasion gifts.

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April 27, 2016

A homemade gift box for your valentine can take many forms, but they will all express your love. This is a page about making a Valentine's Day gift box.

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October 20, 2015

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July 24, 2014

Paper folding is a craft that can be tailored to all age groups. Boxes are a good place to start. This is a page about making folded paper gift boxes.

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January 2, 2017

Starting with a heart shaped box and adding pretty decorations makes a nice container for a special gift. This is a page about sweetheart gift box.

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April 23, 2020

This sweet little gift box begins with a lowly empty packing tape roll. The instructions and supplies list can be found below.

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March 28, 2020

Decoupage colorful clippings from a magazine or catalog onto a recycled ice cream box. Voilà you have created a unique gift box.

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March 2, 2020

This gardener's floral gift box begins with and unpainted clay pot. Follow the instructions in this project to make this gift box/planter. Add a few packages of seeds and it is ready to gift.

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