Hi there! It’s Theresa here with a Celebrate and Decorate project to share with you. For my project today, I created a fancy gift box using dies and paper. I really love using decorative die templates to create lids for boxes. It’s a great way to give a gift in a unique and elegant keepsake.
Begin by cutting and embossing cardstock using a decorative die template. I used Spellbinders® Labels Forty-Two
for my lid, but you can use the technique here with many other dies you may have in your collection. I also did a little stenciling while the die cut was still in the die template, but that is optional depending on the look you are going for.
Next, place the die cut on a scoring board and score beyond the decorative part. In this case, I scored 1 inch from the edge. Then rotate the die cut and score the same width on each side. You can vary where you want your score line to be depending on how large you want your finished box to be, but it is easier if you always go beyond the decorative section and into the flat portion for gluing later.
Crease along each score line, then use scissors to snip along a score line until it intersects with the next score line. Repeat for the other score line on the same side, then do two on the opposite sides. This will create the flaps for folding and gluing the lid. I’ve added dash lines to the photo to make it easier to see where I cut the lines.
Fold up the sides and glue the flaps under the adjacent sides. This completes the lid.
To make the bottom of the box, you need to determine the size by measuring the lid. After I created my lid, the finished size was 2 1/4 inches square. Then I needed to decide how tall I wanted the sides of the box, double that amount and add to 2 1/4 inches.
I settled on 1 1/2 inches for the height of my box, so I multiplied that by two for the two sides, then added it to 2 1/4 inches and came up with 5 1/4 inches square for the size of cardstock I needed for the bottom.
Trim your bottom piece, then score along each side at 1 1/2 inches (or the size you decided on for your side height).
Use scissors to trim along the score lines on one side until they intersect with the other score line, the same way you did with the lid. Then repeat on the opposite side.
Add strong adhesive to the flaps created by cutting in the previous step.
Fold the sides up, with the flaps in and adhere.
At this point, you can place the lid on your box and it looks great just like that, but you may want to decorate further. I added some flowers and ribbon to mine. The steps below show how I created the flowers.
Cut and emboss the petals using ivory cardstock and leaves and calyx (flower base) from green cardstock.
Add pink ink to the petals using an ink applicator tool.
Add yellow ink to the petals.
Curve the calyx into a cone and adhere with glue.
Flare out the spikes of the calyx and use craft glue to adhere the petals to the inside. Once it’s dry, flare out the petals and add a self-adhesive pearl to accent.
To complete the project, make a second flower and adhere it to the top of the box, with ribbon and gold cord. Tuck the leaves under the flowers and adhere.
I hope this inspires you to use your die templates to create decorative boxes of your own.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Ivory, peach and green cardstock and gold cord from Gina K. Designs; Memento cantaloupe and angel pink ink pads and jumbo sponge daubers from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Decorative Labels Forty-Two (#S4-471) and Pansy (#S2-126) die templates from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Scor-Tape and Scor-Buddy from Scor-Pal Products; craft glue from 3M.