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Making an Upcycled Cardboard Box Gift Basket


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September 14, 2018

Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - basket ready to give with a card clothespinned on the frontI make little gift baskets as birthday gifts for my co-workers with products I coupon. I like to gift self love, mini pampering kits, essentially "me time" in a basket.

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In the basket include:

- face masks
- deodorant
- make up remover
- eyeliner
- lip gloss
- lip stick
- mascara
- razors

For the 10 items, with deals and coupons - I spent less than $10. This gift basket is valued at $45.

I ran out of gift baskets, but I was able to up-cycle a cardboard box (Justin's Peanut Butter Cup) into a presentable gift basket.

Total Time: 35 minutes

Supplies:

  • craft sticks
  • clear bag
  • cardboard box
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • pencil
Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Determine how many craft sticks you need to go around your entire gift basket.
  2. Once you determine how many craft sticks needed, I used making tape and lined up the sticks.
  3. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - piece of masking tape
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - lay the craft sticks on the tape
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - one section finished
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - second section
     
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  4. I lined the taped craft sticks against the cardboard box and using a pencil, made a line where to cut.
  5. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - tape the craft sticks to the box
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - view from box side
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - mark cutting line
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - remove from box
     
  6. Cut the sticks.
  7. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - sticks cut to correct length and tape removed
     
  8. Repeat this process on all edges to complete the gift basket.
  9. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - repeat on the slanted sides of the box
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift
Basket - side sticks cut at correct angle and length
     
  10. From Step 4 (the remainder craft stick pieces) can be used for the front of this gift basket - I just had to trim a little bit of the cardboard box in the front.
  11. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - short stick for the front made from scrap pieces, and box trimmed to fit
     
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  12. Once all the craft stick pieces are cut, you can paint your cardboard box or cover the cardboard packaging with Trueblock labels. I did not want the words peeking through.
  13. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - paint box or cover with Trueblock labels to cover the wording on box
     
  14. Now you are ready to hot glue all the craft stick pieces onto the box.
  15. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - glue sticks to back of box
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - begin glueing to sides
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - finishing a side
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - view of box from front
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - side and back view with craft sticks in place
     
  16. Place all the goodies you want in the gift basket. I used a bread baggie I bought from Walmart to fit the gift basket in.
  17. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - place gifts in the box
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - purchased bread bag will be used to cover box and contents
     
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  18. Optional: I used a clothespin and attached a homemade card. The card I made from photo paper and acrylic paint. I dabbed paint on with a sponge brush and allowed it to dry. Using edger scissors I cut out a card shape and I wrote "Happy Birthday".
  19. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - acrylic paint for a making a gift card
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - dab on photo paper with a sponge
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - mostly covered with paint
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - next layer
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - finished painted paper
     
    Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - card cut out using fancy edge scissors
     
  20. Place gift basket in the baggie and secure with a bow and it's ready to gift!
  21. Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - place the gift box in the bag and tie with a box
     
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