Starting out with an inexpensive trinket or gift box and some bits of materials, you can easily turn that plain box into a one-of-a-kind gift box the recipient will love as a gift itself. With everyone wanting to be more "green" by reusing and recycling as much as possible, why purchase gift wrap, tape, bows and other items used in wrapping a gift when you can make a box that also doubles as a usable, beautiful storage piece the recipient will cherish.
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Things you need
- Gift box made from cardboard, chip board or papier-mâché
- Measuring tape
- Fabric glue
- Sponge paintbrush
- Embellishments such as ribbon, lace, buttons, fabric flowers and charms
Lay out the fabric, wrong side up, on a flat surface. Trace the bottom of the gift box onto the fabric. Add 1/2 inch around all sides and cut out the tracing.
Trace the lid of the gift box onto the fabric (still wrong side up). Measure the height of the lip on the gift box lid. Add 1 inch to this measurement. Enlarge the line on the fabric by that amount. For example, if your box lid lip measures 1/2 inch, you will be adding 1 inch to 1/2 inch, which equals 1 1/2 inches. You will then draw your new line 1 1/2 inches bigger than the original line you traced around the lid.
Measure around the outside of the gift box using the measuring tape. Add 1 inch to your total. Measure the height of the gift box and add 1 inch to that number also. Cut out a rectangle from the fabric using the two figures you just determined. For example, if your gift box is 8 inches around and 2 inches high, you will be cutting out a rectangle that measures 9-by-3 inches.
Place the batting on a flat surface. Using the exact measurements for the outside of the gift box and the height of the gift box, cut a rectangle out of the batting with those dimensions. For example, if the gift box is 8 inches around and 2 inches high, you will be cutting a rectangle out of the batting that measures 8-by-2 inches.
Trace around the top of the lid onto the batting and carefully cut along the line. This will be the padding for the lid.
Cover the top of the gift box lid with a layer of fabric glue. Line up the edges of the batting with the edges of the glue-covered lid, firmly press batting onto the lid to ensure the glue adheres to the batting. Set aside to dry.
Cover the sides of the gift box with a layer of fabric glue. Line up the edges of the batting with the edges of the gift box and press batting firmly into place to ensure a good bond between the batting and glue. Set aside to dry.
Cover the outside and inside of the gift box lid lip with glue. Position the fabric centred over the lid and smooth out the top. Wrap the fabric down the edges, pressing the fabric onto the glue along the outside lip. Turn gift box lid over; wrap fabric over the edge of the lid and onto the glue along the inside lip of the lid. Set aside to dry.
Lay out the rectangular piece of fabric you cut for the side of the gift box wrong side up on a flat surface when the gift box is dry. Using the sponge paintbrush, paint a layer of glue onto the wrong side of the fabric. Holding the gift box in your hand, position it over the fabric so you can press the box down onto the glue-lined fabric. Once the fabric is stuck to the batting-covered sides, press the excess material on the edges over and stick to the inside edge and the very bottom of the gift box for a finished edge look. Set aside to dry.
Add any embellishments you desire after the gift box and lid are thoroughly dry. Some examples are a ring of lace glued around the edge of the lid, a double row of rickrack across the middle of the lid or a ring of lace around the side of the gift box.
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