Sunday, September 8, 2013

DIY Recycled Gift Boxes

First item of business, we have a winner from last week's giveaway. picked #9. Congratulations, Kirstin!

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Doing this whole etsy thing has pushed me to think outside the box with packaging {pun intended}. What's the perfect way to wrap up recycled soda can flowers?

Continue with the theme, baby.

These pillow boxes are easy, FREE, and the perfect size for gift cards, candy, or a small mouse.

{Please do not wrap a mouse. Of any size.}

You can use any box or cardboard type thing you can get your hands on.

If you aren't too keen on the print on the packaging, you could certainly use it inside out, 
giving you a "kraft paper" style plain box.

If the idea of using TRASH is beneath you, first of all you're a gifting snob, and second of all, you can use decorative scrapbook paper instead {the heavier the weight = the sturdier the box}.

 Print out a template. They are all over the interwebs, but I got mine here.

(TIP: the bigger template works perfectly with a 12 pack soda box - the horizontal folds line up perfectly with the existing folds of the box. YIPEE!)

There are directions with the templates, but here's the quick version.

1. Trace

2. Score

There are fancy schmancy crafting tools for such a job, but a pen works too, as does a mechanical pencil with no lead.

3. Fold

4. Assemble

Hot glue one side together as well as the bottom, leaving one side of flaps unglued so they can be opened.

Leave it as is, or embellish.

Happy gifting.


  1. Greatness!...I like the big 'o Cheerio smile.

  2. I'm all over recycled packaging. Love these!

  3. LOVE these! Pinned onto my Great Packaging Board.


  4. I only want the reseese one filled with the puffs. That's it. That's all I want, those puffs.

  5. I've made these pillow boxes before, but never thought of making them from boxes like this. I bet you could make them with old greeting cards too and that might make some really pretty ones. The wheels are turning in this old head. TFS!

  6. Ohmygosh, I love these and never considered making them on my own. What fun and cute results! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  7. I did a blog post about this in August. I had no idea they had a name! I copied one from a gift that was given to me and have never seen this before today....but apparently I live under a rock because there are lots of tutorials! Reusing the cereal boxes and Ginger Ale boxes made me smile. Great Job!
    My post is here:

  8. Thank you so much for this!! I am using these boxes to "spiffy up" my homemade soap bars. I used card stock and printed my own pictures on them. Thanks for such a great idea!!

  9. thx for this helps for my fathers day gift

  10. Ahh! Thanks! I want to make gift boxes so bad and now I know how. :)


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