Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gift box packaging tutorial

For the past few weeks I've been constantly reminded of how I need to throw out the mindset of "I just need this/that before I can do my project", and rather just use what I have. One of my big problems is that I make something as a gift and then usually can't find appropriate packaging. So I've decided to start making my own. It works out WAY cheaper and if I keep it simple it only takes 10min. Here is a basic tutorial so that you can make your own too.
  
First choose and download a free template from Mirkwood designs for the type of box that suites your need then follow the tutorial. If you want a bigger box than the template, you can re-size it on the computer or with a photocopy machine.

The tutorial below is for 'milk box' packaging, template here, but the same technique applies to all the different box shapes. (I used this one to package cookies)

Print straight onto cardboard or trace the template like I did, because the cardboard I had was too big. (Make marks on the sides so that you know where to rule the lines for the folds)

 Cut it out and with the back of your scissors trace along all the lines that need to be folded. This just helps to get precise folds.
 Now fold along all the lines And cut slits/darts between each of the tabs that you will be sticking together (you can see this on the bottom and right of the picture)
Stick double sided tape to each of the tabs (making sure that the double sided tape is on the right side:) On the second tab at the bottom you can see that I stuck my tape in the wrong place and had to adjust it - don't be as silly as I was - although no-one will see it in the end.
 Now fold your box and stick it together. Then add a piece of double sided tape so that you can close your box AFTER you have placed your gift inside the box. 
 And then do any finishing touches that you need - I usually add some or other stamped design and sometimes a ribbon. 
TA DA!!
I usually use the milk box for sweets or cookies. You can easily make it longer by just adding a few cm to the length when you trace it.

Or I make puffy boxes, template here, for small gifts that I sew.
  
This one was for a bib that I made for a friends baby shower :)

Hope this inspires you to use what you have!!

   ^-^ 
(Korean smiley face)

57 comments:

MyWayToSay said...

What a great idea! thank you for your tutoria

galejade said...

Your packaging is so beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

They are great. You should consider using Washi tape to finish off the 'quirky' factor!

Moon Tan said...

Thanks for tutorial ... wish u can share more here... really appreciate ^^

SilkMari said...

Fabulous tutorial ... the boxes look fantastic ... thanks ... SilkMari

maro said...

I just Bookmark this Article. Thanks for the useful information. Can't wait to practice.

Anonymous said...

Great DIY - but can you give advice on where to source the cardboard?

Anonymous said...

Great idea!! Thank you for sharing :O)

Ocean Style Jewelllery said...

Great ideas and nice photos. Thanks for sharing the link for where to get templates - perfect.

Any tips of type or weight of card to use anyone?

Chelsea Defino said...

I just made one and it came out adorable! I used an old cereal box with the brown side out-great way to recycle, stamped it, glued on some rhinestones, and filled it with newspaper. it came out soooo cute!

Gabi said...

Thanks everyone. Chelsea I would love to see what you made.
Saturations & Ocean style jewellery: I just bought card at the local stationary store - they only speak Korean so they couldn't tell me the type or weight. (I'll get back to you on this)
^-^

Kitty said...

Way cute! Thanks for the tips, my husband rolls his eyes every time I say "Well I just need...." when I look at a new project. I'm learn to use what I have too, I started Kanzashi flowers and found that 1 1/2" ribbons works great...and I have a ton of that stashed away

Amy G. said...

I love these oh so much! I just got done making four of these for my favorite teachers at school. They certainly do make great little gift boxes. :) Thanks for sharing!

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Cool! :) thanks for sharing!

Viola Rose said...

The milk box tutorial is so cute I could not believe!! I think I just found a box for my little sister's birthday present!!! ;)

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