How to Make a Paper Gift Box

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Jeff_Rudell Jeffery Rudell, contributor
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Beautiful faux bois (literally false wood or woodgrain) paper turns my favorite box pattern into a gift in itself.
My favorite part of this design is the way in which the box blossoms when opened. What a perfect way for a box to feature the gift it contains.
Hambly also makes a complementary woodgrain design on transparent plastic out of which I made a small shade for a votive candle.
Beautiful faux bois (literally false wood or woodgrain) paper turns my favorite box pattern into a gift in itself.

Beautiful faux bois (literally "false wood" or woodgrain) paper turns my favorite box pattern into a gift in itself.

Photo: Jeff Rudell
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How to Make a Paper Gift Box
Begin by cutting your templates from a medium-weight stock. I used a piece of watercolor paper. I suggest drawing all of the score and fold lines on both sides of your templates, especially if you plan on covering your box with a decorative paper.

 

How to Make a Paper Gift Box
I used double-sided adhesive sheets to affix my decorative papers to my box. Known as Duo-Tak or Twin-Tak, these sheets are available from New York Central Art Supply.

 

How to Make a Paper Gift Box
After applying the Duo-Tak to my Hambly paper, I trimmed it to fit the areas of my box and then carefully pressed it into position.

 

How to Make a Paper Gift Box
The corners of the box fold inward, like pleats, and so I chose a gold-on-brown paper on them. For the rest of my box exterior, I chose a brown-on-brown design.

 

How to Make a Paper Gift Box
After carefully positioning most of the pieces in place on the box bottom, I added the final sheet, which covered the last side AND the center of the box bottom, all at once.

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Comments (22)

flowersnemotions writes: Awesome idea for box decoration, I will definitely try this for my store. Thanks for sharing such a nice idea.
https://www.flowersnemotions.com/
Posted: 1:41 am on December 14th
AnnGGG writes: Thanks for sharing that, I absolutely love brilliant yet simple design solutions.
Posted: 7:29 am on September 15th
RobertScarborough72 writes: This is the best box design I have ever seen, insane job, thanks for sharing!
Posted: 8:52 am on August 23rd
craftybegonia writes: Very nice and stylish!
Posted: 5:15 pm on June 5th
Jiyaa_Box writes: I made an exploding box today similar to this but I will have to try this template. Please see my blog http://jiyaabox.wordpress.com/
Posted: 8:55 pm on April 11th
NancyWard writes: Hi!

Today on my blog I posted a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?

Thanks,

Nancy Ward
http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com
Posted: 9:49 am on June 21st
BirthdayFavorBox writes: Beautiful Box that does not need glue. Nice tall size
Posted: 3:44 pm on June 14th
onejoanne writes: Jeffery, all the kudos have been given, I think! It's a really great box; you nailed it, for sure. I have questions. I would like to make decorative storage boxes for my daughter and daughter-in-law for Christmas. Couldn't I use the pattern for the top of this one for the bottom too? Again, very stylish box as is - I'll be using it as you've presented it too.
Posted: 11:14 pm on December 15th
LunarFaith writes: my coming sunday project ~YaYYs
Posted: 3:35 am on June 5th
myDIYweddingday writes: Oh, this project is so great! We linked to it on http://mydiyweddingday.com/. Thanks!
Posted: 2:43 pm on May 19th
cadiddle writes: THAT CERTAINLY IS A GREAT BOX IDEA JEFFREY.
I HAVE A REALLY GREAT TIP FOR YOU, IF YOU CAN'T FIND THE PAPERS. GO TO YOUR NEAREST HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER AND LOOK IN THE WALL PAINT SECTION. YOU'LL FIND A MULTITUDE OF GADGETS INCLUDING A ROLLER TO MAKE A WOOD PATTERN. USING THE ROLLER, SOME ACRYLIC PAINT, AND BROWN PAPER BAGS ( OR EVEN BROWN POSTAL PAPER) YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN FAUX BOIS.
Posted: 10:23 pm on May 16th
beaderonboard writes: What a wonderful box.
You always have the best ideas.
Thank You so much for sharing.
Posted: 7:26 pm on May 16th
sunrainor writes: Having made thousands of boxes in my career, I can say, this is an excellent box - especially the no glue part! I did a corporate gift recently which I wanted a 'ta-dah' box like this for, well next time and

even though I know we often 'had' to use glue because of needing to use as little card as possible (expensive handmade paper-card) and needing a box that doesn't pop open.

I still LOVE it - thousands of thanks:)
Posted: 5:28 pm on May 16th
JohnWLennon writes: OMG....I'm a paper addict and I also collect boxes, they make wonderful on the spur of the moment gifts! I have card stock in every imaginable pattern and now I know how I'm going to spend the remainder of the weekend.

Thanks Jeffery!!

Added tip: An empty fine point pen makes an excellent scoring tool and it's a great way to recycle something.
Posted: 5:20 pm on May 16th
LaDiggity writes: Utterly fantastic...Will be made over and over, faux bois or other. Makes me want to hit a few dumpsters myself! Thank you thank you thank you!
Posted: 4:47 pm on May 16th
annquill writes: What a great project - and well worth the dumpster dive! The box is cool and the beautiful ribbon adds just the right touch.
Posted: 10:09 am on May 13th
mgb4 writes: Thank you so much for this post! I am not particularly a crafter, but I am looking for a faux bois box so I searched google images and this came up! The color combination is stunning and the instructions actually seem easy. I just had to join to post this comment since this project is so charming. Any chance in finding these boxes in a chic little shop in my neighborhood in Brooklyn soon? You should sell these!!
Posted: 6:43 pm on May 12th
AWilcox writes: This box is GORGEOUS!!! Too bad you hadn't posted this earlier, every holiday, birthday, and Mother's Day, I give CASH to my MOM, because that is what she wants. She likes the GREEN because she can shop for herself, therefore I always try to find ways to gift wrap the CASH in a unique and precious way, THIS BOX would have been that special gift box to put the CASH!!! But hey, there is alway next year, or XMAS. Thanks again for the amazing BOX you have created. It's beautiful!
Posted: 5:49 pm on May 12th
EEQamouse writes: Very cool idea! I'm going to try this for some graduation gifts I'm giving!
Posted: 7:24 pm on May 11th
Sweet_Meats writes: I agree, packaging and presentation is so important! Gift giving is about the experience, and not just the thing. I love how the bottom of this box "blooms." This is not project I would make for just anyone, though, as it seems rather time intensive.
Posted: 2:51 pm on May 11th
WendyQM writes: Stunning! What a beautiful gift idea!
Posted: 10:01 am on May 11th
Sweet_Dee writes: Wow, great box design! Will have to try!
Posted: 2:38 am on May 11th
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