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How to Make a Simple Gift Box With Lid

Updated October 31, 2018

Gift boxes make wrapping most items easier; wrap the item in a few sheets of tissue paper, pop it in a box, slap on the lid, top it with a beautiful curling ribbon spray and you are all set. Gift boxes can be made in many shapes: square, rectangular, round or even hexagonal. You can simply change the dimensions of the box template as needed in order to make the box in the shape and size of your choice.

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  1. Lay out 1 sheet of 8 1/2-by-111/2 inch white or coloured poster board on a cutting mat. Trace the box template onto the bad side of the poster board with a #2 pencil, using light strokes. Adjust the dimensions of the template to make the size and shape box you desire. The template shown will make a square box.

  2. Fold the poster board along the long sides first, then along the short sides, if the box is rectangular. Cut along the indicated lines to make the box tabs. Cut only from right to left and left to right to make the tabs. Do not cut from top to bottom or bottom to top. If you do, you will cut your tabs completely off.

  3. Apply contact cement to the tabs at one end of your box template. Attach the tabs between the sides of the box and secure with paper clips until the glue dries. Repeat for the other end of your box, securing the corners with paper clips while the contact cement dries.

  4. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to make your box top. Adjust the dimensions of the box template to make your box lid 1/16 of an inch wider and the box sides 1/16 of an inch narrower. This will make your lid fit better.

  5. Once your box has dried, remove the paper clips and fill it with your desired items, wrapped in tissue paper. Secure each end of the box lid with cellophane tape. Make curling ribbon sprays for the top of your box and tape them in place. If your package will be mailed, wrap it securely in brown paper and tape it well.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of 8 1/2-by-11 1/2 inch white or coloured poster board
  • Ruler
  • Sharp #2 pencil
  • Contact cement
  • 8 large paper clips
  • Curling ribbon
  • Cellophane tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors

About the Author

Jane Smith has provided educational support, served people with multiple challenges, managed up to nine employees and 86 independent contractors at a time, rescued animals, designed and repaired household items and completed a three-year metalworking apprenticeship. Smith's book, "Giving Him the Blues," was published in 2008. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1995.

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