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Little Gift Box

What you will make:

Here's a little gift box (about 2 inches square) that's quick to makeā€”just print, cut, fold and glue. You can put a small gift inside or leave the box empty and use it as an ornament. It also works nicely as part of a table centerpiece, and looks cute under a very small tree.

These boxes also have the convenient feature of being collapsible for easy storage until next year.

Related craft: For a different version of the cube collapsible box and patterns for other sizes, see the Collapsible Box craft project.

Here's what you need:
  • Card stock, plain or colored
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Markers, crayons, colored pencils, and wrapping paper.

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Little Gift Boxes

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose a gift box to make. Download and print the pattern. Make a plain box to decorate as you like or wrap with paper. Or choose one with a design that prints in color or a black&white pattern that you can color in.

Tip: The plain pattern can be printed on the back of any colored or sparkly cardstock that is intended for a printer. For other cardboard or paper, simply cut out the plain pattern and trace around it.

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Color Pattern (optional) Gift box with flaps marked in pink and glue tab in orange

Color the box as you like with markers, colored pencils or crayons. Only the box sides, top and bottom need to be colored. You can color the box and lid flaps (indicated in pink) if you like, but don't bother with the glue tab (orange). You could even write a surprise message on the inside of the lid!

Rubber stamps, paper punches and stickers are also nice ways to decorate the plain box.

Step 3: Cut

Cut around the box pattern on the solid black lines. Try to make your cuts very straight. The box will be stronger and fit together better if the cuts are straight.

Step 4: Score Gift boxes - fold lids and flaps

Scoring the fold lines makes for easier folding and sharper creases. The fold lines are marked with dashes on the illustration and the plain pattern.

To score: Turn the box with the printed/decorated side down. Use a ruler and the empty ballpoint pen (or bone folder) to make a groove along the fold lines.

Step 5: Fold Gift boxes - fold lids, flaps, sides and glue tab

Keep the printed side down. Fold lids and flaps in on the scored fold lines. Flatten the box out again.

Fold the glue tab and each side in on the vertical fold lines, then flatten it.

Gift boxes - shape and glue Step 6: Make Box Shape and Glue

Apply glue to the entire length of the glue tab. Shape the sides into a box, and glue the tab to the inside of the last side.

Tip: You can use double-sided tape in place of the glue.

Step 7: Close Box
Gift boxes - close lids

Fold the bottom flaps in and close the bottom lid over them. Tuck the bottom lid's flap inside the box. Repeat for the top lid.

Tip: Make a stronger box by putting a piece of cardboard, cut to size, in the bottom of the box. You can also glue the bottom flaps to the box's bottom, but the box will no longer be collapsible.

Step 8: Add Finishing Touches
Gift box - wrapped with ribbon

Think how you will use your gift box. Is it packaging a gift? Will it be hung on the Christmas tree? Here are a few ideas for how to finish your box:

  • Wrap the plain box in wrapping paper.
  • Tie a ribbon around the box and make a loop to hang the box on the Christmas tree. For the loop, cut a piece of string or ribbon about eight inches long. Fold it in half and tape the loose ends to a box corner. Loop the string over a branch on the tree.
  • Add treats and surprises to the boxes before you hang them on the tree. Wrap candy in tissue paper and stuff it into the box. Other ideas for things to put in the box are small toys, happy messages, small cookies, jewelry, small soaps, or coins.
  • You can add a gift tag to complete your little gift box.

That's it! Your gift box is done!
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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Small gift box - metallic green

Tip: Print the plain pattern on sparkly cardstock.

This box was made using Wausau Paper's Pearlescent Cardstock in Gamma Green.
Small gift box - pink dots

Tip: Print the plain pattern on the back of patterned cardstock.

The patterned cardstock for this box was created by printing Aunt Annie's pink dots ePaper on white cardstock.
Small gift box - Christmas stripes, red

Tip: Use Aunt Annie's Christmas Stripes ePaper printed on white cardstock to make festive gift boxes.

Collapsible boxes in three sizes

Tip: For a different version of the cube collapsible box and patterns for other sizes, see the Collapsible Box craft project.

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