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Colorful Handmade Gift Boxes

handmade boxesstep1Handmade gift boxes are a great alternative to traditional wrapping and a cool option for gifting baked goods.

I made this colorful box to hold a big cupcake and a couple of mini cupcakes for my dad on Father’s Day. It’s a quick, fun and cute option for packaging. I also imagine this would be a great way to go if you need the box to match a specific pattern or color. The pattern I have made is for a 5 x 5 x 5 box. You can change the dimensions to 4 inches to 5.5 inches on all sides. When shrinking below inches, reduce the flap size to 1/2 inch. Boxes over 5.5 will not fit on one piece of poster board.

handmade-boxes-step2What you need:

  • Posterboard
  • Tissue Paper
  • Plastic Gift Basket Wrap (or just plastic baggie)
  • Ruler
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scoring tool
  • Spray Glue
  • Rubber Cement

giftbox pattern click for .pdfHere’s the guide to drawing your box on the piece of posterboard. It’s designed to print on standard paper, not to print to size.

Step 1. Using your ruler, draw the box onto the piece of posterboard. Copy the solid and dashed lines exactly from the pattern. It will help you remember where to score and where to cut.

Step. 2. Cut out the box ON THE SOLID LINES.

Step 3. Score the box on the on the dashed lines. Then fold fully on the score lines.

Step 4. Spray outside of box posterboard with spray glue. Lay tissue paper good side down on a flat surface. Press box onto tissue paper, making sure it is pressed on.

Step 5. Cut Plastic on the folded edge to fit over the window. Glue on with rubber cement with the fold lining up with the fold in the window.

Step 6. Use rubber cement to glue the flaps and secure all sides of the box except the top.
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Let dry and your box is ready to use! Enjoy!

Here’s some fun patterned tissue paper to purchase on Amazon:

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  1. What a great idea, and I love how colourful these turned out. I have heaps of tissue paper lying around so I can’t wait to try it.

  2. What a pretty idea!

  3. Hi! I found you through Domestic Superhero Link Party and this is a really cool post! I’ve been looking for a cool alternative to just wrapping and I’m now bookmarking this! I’m sure it will come in handy!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. This is a wonderfully cute idea! I’m featuring you at this week’s Manic Monday. See you tomorrow.

    Renea – cupcake-n-bake