I love boxes! Wooden boxes, porcelain boxes, clay boxes, cardboard boxes. Even if they’re empty, I just love their potential to hold something old or new, something edible or something forever. And they are logical, symmetrical and perfectly constructed. I used to make these kinds of templates in technical drawing class, so they appeal to the younger me too.
In time for Valentine’s Day, we are stocking three different types of gift box templates so that you can make your own to present to that someone special in your life. Naturally then, I couldn’t resist trying out some different paper and card combos on these boxes.
For the five I made for this week’s blog, I chose the following:
– Petite Gift Box Template with Heart Topper ($9.95)
– Heart Gift Box Template ($8.95)
– Square Gift Box Template ($7.95)
– Vellum (8.5″ x 11″, $0.75 per sheet or $13.95 per 25 sheet pack)
– Glassine Frost (27″ x 39″, $2.50)
– Ito-iri White Weave Japanese paper (8.5″ x 11″, $1.20)
– Gira Pearl Coral Heavy WNP paper (8.5″ x 11″, $1.10)
– Mokume Japanese paper (8.5″ x 11″, $0.90)
– Antique Gold WNP paper (8.5″ x 11″, $0.85)
– Double-sided crate paper (12″ x 12″, black & white heart/stripes, $2.50)
– Double-sided crate paper (12″ x 12″, playtime/floral, $2.50)
– 4” bone folder ($6.95)
– Scalpel knife or scissors ($5.95 or $5.95)
– HB pencil
– glue stick ($5.95)
I chose to put the Vellum and the Glassine Frost, the Ito-iri White Weave and the Gira Pearl Coral and the Mokume, and the Antique Gold together to create boxes with an internal and an external appeal. I chose the Mokume and the Ito-iri White Weave in particular for their wood and fabric aspects respectively. I glued these sheets together using the glue stick and then simply traced around my chosen template with the pencil. Don’t forget to trace the slits which will allow the heart-topped box to close. The crate paper is already double-sided so you can choose which side you want to face out!
Then I just cut out the trace, using the scissors in a slow, fluid way to get the curves really curvy. Once cut out, I used the scalpel knife to cut out the slits. I also used the back of the scalpel knife to score along the folds (along the base of the heart-topped box and the sides of the heart-shaped box) although I think the bone folder itself would have been enough to do this. It is nice when a box has bends but not super-defined corners.
Then, carefully, I folded the boxes into their respective shapes. This is best done slowly and gently so as not to tear the more delicate parts of the box (flaps etc). After that I only had to choose what to put into them. Mendiant chocolates had just arrived from my brother and his family in France and I always have M&Ms just lying around!
These boxes, especially ones made from one of our cardstocks, are perfect for sweets, pieces of jewellery or love messages. They are a breeze to to make and the paper or card you choose is guaranteed to put your own personal mark on them.