Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gift Box Tutorial

I just love the Bo Bunny 6" x 6" paper pads. They are perfect little squares of paper, all set and ready for a little paper foldinig craft. To make the above pictured gift box simply pull out two of the pretty patterned papers and start folding!...

Just follow these steps to make yourself a cute little gift box. I've broken it down into a lot of tiny steps and photos so that it's easier to follow along....

Step 1 ~ This will be the lid to your gift box. Take one of your patterned pieces of paper and fold in half. Then open it up and fold in half the other'll end up with a cross in the middle....

Step 2 ~ Open up the paper again with white side up. Now bring each corner into the middle using the folded X to guide your folds so they are nice and straight....

Step 3 ~ Open out the paper again to have the white side facing up. Now bring two opposite edges to meet in the middle, creating two long folds on each side. You are creating the folds that will help this box fall into place....

Step 4 ~ This time you'll leave the piece as you've folded it in step 3. Bring folded edge to the opposite side to create an angle fold. You will do the same thing on the other side except bring it in the opposite direction.

After you've made your 2 folds your piece should look something like what you see in the photo below....

Step 5 ~ Now open out both those folds and do the same thing again except going in the opposite that when you open up those folds you should have 2 side by side X folds. Next you will open out all your folds except 2 of them (the long folded edges should be running parallel to the two edges that are staying folded in.....

Step 6 ~ Bring up the two sides along the fold that you created earlier.....

Step 7 ~ Now bring up the 3rd side pinching in the little side should fall into place fairly easily because of the folds you made earlier. Bring the white pointed piece to the center of the box....essentially creating the 3rd wall of your box (see photo below this one to help you understand how this flap goes...

Step 8 ~ Follow the same instructions as step 7 to create the 4rth side of the box. This completes the lid of your box.

Step 9 ~ To create the bottom of the box you need to make the square of paper a little smaller so you just want to trim off about 1 centimetre off two perpendicular edges as shown below. Then follow the steps 1-8 to create the bottom.

Your gift box is complete! Decorate with blooms, butterflies, ribbons....Bo bunny has the cutest coordinating glitter stickers that would make lovely decorations for the box. For my box above I made the bloom out of some plain cardstock using the 'Water Distress' method that I shared here at the Bo Bunny blog a couple of months back.

For larger boxes you can cut the Bo Bunny 12 x 12 patterned paper to whatever size suits your needs. ....And before you say you can't do this......I just want to say I photographed my 12 year old daughter folding this box design. If she can do it so can you! Enjoy!


  1. VERY cool! Thanks for the tutorial!
    - April W

  2. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I can defenetly use it for my next gifts...

  3. Hey that´s nice. Thanks a lot for the tutorial. Hugs Martina

  4. Beautiful tutorial. Thanks for sharing such a sweet project. Happy Holidays

  5. I am bookmarking this page! I've made a folded box several times (they're great for holding gift cards!). Every time, I end up having to google how to do the folds again. Thanks for the step-by-step with pics!

  6. This is such a wonderful tutorial and project! And I think your daughter did a great job on this as well, Gabi!

  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh this is GORGEOUS!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  8. Well done Gabi.... it is verry "CLEAR" how to make!

  9. Seeing this I was reminded that I still need to get two bracelet boxes -- and it's Christmas Eve day and I don't want to go anywhere. What a perfect solution!!!!!! Thank you
    so much.
    Merry Christmas

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