Homemade Christmas Gift Boxes

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Homemade Christmas Gift Boxes
This year, add extra cheer and give a Christmas gift packaged in a handmade gift box. (gift box image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Demonstrating thoughtfulness during the Christmas season goes beyond the gift itself; you can show your affection through the way you wrap your presents, too. Homemade Christmas gift boxes can be easily created from materials you already have around the house, such as greeting cards, wrapping paper scraps and packaging materials. This means the gift boxes are not only a meaningful way to package items, but they're also environmentally friendly. Personalise the boxes for the recipient or make several general boxes and see them reused year after year.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Christmas Card Box:
  • Christmas card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Christmas Collage Box:
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Christmas cards
  • Photos
  • Comics
  • Christmas paper scraps
  • Magazine cutouts
  • Glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the greeting card into two pieces, directly down the centre fold. Turn the colourful side face down and fold one long side in about ½ inch toward the centre and crease. Fold the opposite side in toward the centre by ½ inch and crease it also. Flatten the sides back down.

  2. 2

    Fold the top and the bottom ends of the card's front side about ½ inch toward the centre and crease them. Flatten them back out. Snip a small line from the corner where the top flap and the left flap meet diagonally to where their creases meet. Repeat this on all four corners.

  3. 3

    Fold the top flap and the left flap up and dab a small amount of glue on the inside where the two flaps overlap. Press the flaps together for a few seconds. Depending on the thickness of your greeting card, you may need to use rubber cement or another strong glue to hold the sides together. Repeat to glue all four sides up.

  4. 4

    Take the other half of the greeting card, which will become the bottom of the box, and decide which side of it you would like to be the outside. Place this side facing down. Fold, crease and cut this half exactly as you did the first. When you glue the flaps up, overlap them slightly more than you did when you glued the front of the card. Greeting cards are pliable enough that you can fit the pieces together like a box, even if there is little or no difference in how far they have overlapped during gluing.

  1. 1

    Find an ordinary box to accommodate the size of the gift you want to wrap. Use cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, shipping boxes or any preformed heavy paper container.

  2. 2

    Gather the items to decorate the box with. Cut pictures from magazines and newspapers, find any scraps of Christmas paper too small to wrap with, dig out old Christmas cards and even find an old photo of your recipient to cut up. You might want to have all of your items follow a theme or colour scheme if you have enough.

  3. 3

    Glue the items onto the box randomly, like a collage, trying to cover as much of the box as possible. Place the pictures at different angles, overlapping one another in no particular order, except for a couple of your favourites to be on the front in the centre of the box. If you found the right letters from a magazine or newspaper to cut out the recipient's name, glue these onto the front also.

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