Wednesday, October 26, 2011

diy {gift boxes}

Here is a fun and easy project to spruce up a plain gift box. These come in handy for birthday presents, Christmas gifts, or they can also make cute storage boxes for your own items. You can use whatever you have on hand to decorate and the possibilities are endless!

Each one of those boxes started out like this, plain and simple. I bought them in a pack of six at Jo-Ann Fabrics and with my 40% off coupon each box came out to about 40 cents a piece.
First I measured the top of the box and cut out a square of scrapbook paper. I also cut a second square slightly smaller for the inside of the box.
Next, I applied the paper to the box with a thin layer of Mod Podge. 
After allowing a moment to dry, I brushed some Mod Podge on top of the paper. It will go on white but dies clear and provodes a protective seal.
After this step I gathered some items to decorate.
Here is a really cool way to make a pretty paper flower. I found the awesome tutorial here.
1. Cut out 10 scalloped circles from a book (or a newspaper, scrapbook paper, magazine...)
2. Gather all the circles and use a 1/16" punch to make a hole in the center.
3. Attach a brad (the color doesn't matter because you won't be seeing it in the end result)
4. Layer by layer, scrunch up each circle
5. Now just fluff out the flower and voila!
Here is my finished product!

I love the pop of color on the inside.
Here's another look at the boxes I have made so far. Have fun making yours!

16 comments:

  1. Love this idea! No reason to wrap. Pinning this and using it for Christmas!

    Melissa
    www.lovebugliving.com

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  2. Great little boxes, so cute and such a great idea. I have a vintage book page flower tutorial on my blog, too!
    http://iloveitallwithmonikawright.blogspot.com/2010/07/flower-tutorial.html

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  3. What a great Idea Sarah! Thanks.

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  4. Sarah, do you also make your little spilt flowers? If so, where do you get your patterns? Lovely idea and so wonderful for using scraps, bits and bobs!
    Jessica
    Www.healthyhoustonkids.com

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  5. So cute! i love it, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Love this!!! So clever, I just pinned it too!! I saw it over at craftgawker!

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  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!

    @Jessica
    Little Birdie Secrets has an awesome and easy to follow video tutorial that I used for the pink crochet flower. Here's the link:
    http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-crochet-flower-video-tutorial.html
    The blue flower came in a pack that I got at a scrapbooking store.

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  8. I love what you've done with the place and your boxes are divine.

    Hugs

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  9. These are so cute! I love them.. Perfect for those on my list who like to get gift cards for Christmas.

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  10. Awesome tutorial. Have added your tutorial onto my blog post today!

    Thank you!

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  11. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:
    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party-week-sixteen.html

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  12. Hi Sarah,
    I loved all your work.. superrb :)

    sharon

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  13. Love the cute boxes! And the fluffy flowers! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Hi Sarah, I just featured your pretty paper flowers on my blog, Adirondack Girl @ Heart
    http://dpetrillo.blogspot.com/2013/12/super-simple-vintage-paper-punch-flowers.html Loved the craft and your site! Thank you, Diana

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  15. Love your paper flowers. thanks for sharing.

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