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Homemade Gift Boxes

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Gift boxes for all occasions can be created from a variety of materials. This guide contains ideas for homemade gift boxes.


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July 29, 2011

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. 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

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By 1 found this helpful
September 3, 2008

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. The only thing I had to purchase was the candy. There's plenty left over for more "baskets".



  1. Clean the container well with soapy water and allow to dry.
  2. Paint bottom of container with white paint. I use a sponge, it gives it a more textured look and you don't have to worry so much about it covering.
  3. When white paint is dry make black dots by dipping a pencil eraser in your paint and pressing firmly onto surface. Set aside to dry. If you are not using plastic paint, you'll need to spray the container with some sort of clear sealer.
  4. Write "Hugs and Kisses" on your round circle of poster board with the paint marker. Allow to dry.

  5. Glue this to the top of your lid.
  6. Tie on ribbon.
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  8. You can add shredded paper as a filler or fill the entire container with kisses.

By Artlady from Edmond, OK

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By 2 found this helpful
July 18, 2011

When you open up a gift, for any occasion, save the box. When you open up a box of food, save the box. These are the rectangle boxes that oatmeal cookies come in. You can cut them in half and these boxes can be turned into the most charming little gift boxes for children to give gifts in, or even adults!


Approximate Time: 30 minutes or less



  1. Take your rectangular shaped box and cut it in half.

  2. Cut out paper to fit on each side of box. Glue paper on.

  3. Glue pieces of torn tissue paper on the paper, all around the box.

  4. Punch a hole on either side of the box for attaching pipe cleaner to make a handle. You could use the Phillips head screwdriver to punch a hole if you don't have a hole punch.

  5. Attach pipe cleaner on each side and make sure there are no sharp ends on the pipe cleaner that are not turned under.

  6. I didn't attach a ribbon to mine, but it would be a cute extra touch if you wanted to.

  7. Put photos, gifts, or candy in these, and they are so homemade and cute, anyone would love to receive one!

By Robin F. from TN

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By 4 found this helpful
January 1, 2012

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.

Simply take apart the one you want to recreate. Now use it as a template for your new one. I chose a similarly patterned cardstock, but any thick paper would do.

With the folds clearly defined on the template, it was easy to mark the folds on the new one.

For the handle, I used a stiff shoelace instead of the wire handle you see on food containers of the same design. But you could use whatever you like or have around the house.

I think it turned out great and will make more when I need them. I'm keeping my template in a file I have especially set aside for that purpose.

By Gloria from western NY

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December 12, 2006

I bought the boxes at the dollar store and thought to myself that even though they were pretty I thought they could use some sparkle. I had some leftover beads from making Christmas ornaments so I decided to sparkle up my boxes.

Jeweled Gift Boxes

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October 10, 2007

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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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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