How to Make a Simple Gift Box

Updated February 21, 2017

Giving a gift is a special event, and it is wonderful to show your loved one that you spent extra time and energy making her gift beautifully wrapped. Much of gift giving is in the presentation of the gift. Wrapping a gift in a special gift box may seem expensive and unaffordable to many people, but it is actually a very inexpensive and efficient way to give a gift to a loved one. Discover a simple way to make a gift box.

Lay the shoebox on top of a sheet of wrapping paper. Make sure that the pattern of the wrapping paper is even and not laying crooked. Fold the longest sides of the paper up and into the box, taping it securely on the inside. Once both of the longest sides are taped, fold in the end pieces and smooth them out. Trim off any excess wrapping paper so that it does not interfere with your ability to fold the paper into the box. Tape the end pieces to the inside of the box.

Fold and tape the lid in the same manner as the box, making sure that you trim off any excess wrapping paper. Fit the lid onto the box to make sure that it still fits securely. If your lid is too tight, untape the wrapping paper and trim off more of the wrapping paper so that the lid fits on the box.

Tape the end of the ribbon inside the box on the longest side, and stretch it around the box. Cut the ribbon to fit into the other side of the box, taping it securely inside. Repeat this step in a perpendicular fashion so that the ribbon crosses in the middle of the box.

Tape the ribbon to the lid in the same way that you taped the ribbon to the box. Line up the ribbons so that when you place the lid on the box, the ribbons will line up uniformly. Finish your box by placing a bow on the top of the lid.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty shoebox with lid
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Bow
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