Friday, December 17, 2010

Last Minute Gift Boxes

Less than two weeks left until the big day!  Have you wrapped all of your gifts yet or are you still shopping????

I made some little presents for some friends from work but because I've been sick and it's been cold (deep freezer cold!!) I haven't been able to get out to buy gift boxes to put them in.  Suddenly it hit me....didn't I purchase something off of the Home Shopping Channel not too long ago that made boxes?!?!?  (if you've read the last few posts you may think that the Home Shopping Channel is a new sponsor, but they're not, I just shop there that much~)

Here's what I bought:

It's called the Ultimate Crafter's Companion.  This thing can help you make loads of different kinds of amazing cards and envelopes and boxes, plus you can do all kinds of embossing and scoring.  You can even make bows with it!  It's incredible.  It's also a little overwhelming.  This is the first time I've used it since it arrived at my doorstep about three months ago because I didn't really know where to start with it.

Anyway, onto the boxes.  These are really cute, super easy, and great for small gifts that are awkward to wrap (like maybe some wine gems???).  Here's what you'll need:

You don't actually need the Ultimate Crafter's Companion or a bone folder, I just needed an excuse to use mine.

1) Cut your paper into a rectangle.  You can use any size but for reference mine is 6" X 12".  Fold your paper in half across the width.

2) Locate the center of one end of your paper and make a small mark.  Now you can score a line from there to the middle fold. (It's actually better to score it on the wrong side of your paper.)  Score two lines, one to each corner, creating a triangle.

3) Do the exact same thing on the other side of your paper so that you have two triangles.

4) Fold your triangle sides up, wrong sides together, towards the centre of your paper along your scored lines.  It should sort of look like a boat.

5) Fold inwards on centre fold.

6) Make a small hole through both thicknesses of paper on each side and thread some pretty ribbon through.

A hole punch would definitely work better than my "stab the paper with scissors" technique

TAH DAH!!!!  Wasn't that easy peasy?!?

It's already so pretty but you can jazz it up with pretty edges if you have scalloped scissors or punches.  You could even use plainer paper and add some embossing to it to personalize it.  Let your imagination soar. 

This little box is so easy and takes almost no time at all to complete but your friends will be impressed with that extra handmade touch.  I'm putting gifts inside of mine but am thinking about making some more to give to guests as they leave a small party I'm having this weekend.  I might fill them up with candies or other Christmas goodies!

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I hope this is helpful for all of you last minute wrappers out there!  Leave a comment and let me know if you have some other ideas for these cute boxes.

I'll be posting this project at the linky parties throughout the week so make sure
to check out that linky party tab up top to get more great ideas.  And while you're up there, if you made something with your
Spool Knitter make sure to add it to the Spool Party.

Did you notice that my music player on the sidebar is full of
great Christmas tunes?  Take a listen~


mousee23 said...


Dannyelle said...

What a cute little project. I think your boxes would look so cute on a Christmas tree, or as favours at a dinner party on the plates, maybe with names on as well to double as name cards. Endless possiablities... Thanks for sharing.
Dannyelle at

Etcetorize said...

Great ideas Dannyelle! Thanks~

Kitty Deschanel said...

I'll admit that this looks a bit harder than "easy peasy" to me, but to be fair, I'm not very crafty (and am feeling quite lazy this weekend)!


Etcetorize said...

Just give it a try Lamb. I made about 26 in a row while watching a silly one hour show on tv. You can do it~

Legacy of Love said...

Those are really neat. You could use the heavy stock scrapbook paper for an interesting design.
Thanks for sharing and happy holiday!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

This is great idea for favors, esp. And if you can make that many while watching tv...well, maybe I can make 100s of these for my SIL's shower this summer!

if you have a sec, please link this up to my creative juice party...ending tomorrow!

nicolette @

Sjn said...

Great gift wrap idea, thx! Visiting from MM Between Naps on the Porch.

Bettymnz4 said...

I am your newest follower. Can't wait to try these boxes!! Thanks.

Amy Chalmers said...

Hi Tamara, found your blog on Met Monday. Following now too. I LOVE these little boxes!! I am so going to make one or two or three....thank you !

Etcetorize said...

Welcome to my new followers! What a great Christmas surprise. Thank you~

Delightful Order said...

Cute! I too, Love unique gifts! I recently posted a few homemade gift ideas and some printable Christmas Gift Wrapping Tags over at Delightful Order. Come over & check them out.

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursdays...

{sidenote: I am making some of these today because I overextended my wrapping budget!}


DANA said...

It's linky party time again! I have been looking for cute ideas for wrapping so i am going to try this out! Wish me luck! I hope to have you come link up and enter my $50 american Express giveaway! Happy holidays!
-Dana, Saturday Mornings

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

Okay, so I am using these to wrap my chocolate bark for my great grandma. I will link back to you when I post them on my blog!


Etcetorize said...

Awesome, thanks Nicolette~

thewovenspoke said...

Just joined the linky party, these are so neat! Have a Happy Christmas!

AllieMakes! said...

Those are really cute and super quick and easy! Love it!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Macrosoft said...

Good guidelines for gift boxes preparing.

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