Making a Gift Box

If you are like me and you are still Christmas Shopping and definitely still wrapping then you might have come across the same situation….a lid to a gift box and no bottom. What to do what to do…. ?????

Have you ever ended up with one misplaced box top or bottom? Is it just me or do these just seem to vanish.  I think they are hanging out with that  misplaced sock. LOL..  Well if so this tutorial is for you!

I happened to be on You Tube looking up Christmas DIY’s and for some reason a video caught my eye…. “How to Make a Gift Box from a Box Lid”…boy that was a mouthful.

I thought it was interesting and I probably will never use it or I won’t be able to do it.  Well, as luck would have it, I ended up needing to make a small box for Gift Cards.

I ended up with a  top of a shirt box and thought….I am going to try this out.

I’m so excited about it I  wanted to share a  “How To”  for turning  half of a shirt box into a whole smaller box.

From Box Lid/Bottom Into A Whole Box

In a few easy steps you can create a box out of half of a shirt box or two boxes out of one box!

Step 1: Buy a box. (or use one you already have)

Step 2:  Take half of the box and folding it down flat if it isn’t already.

Fold over each end of the rectangle to meet up with the opposite folded down side and make a crease as shown in the the 2nd and 3rd photos below.

Step 3: Open the box back up to see where your creases are. See it is the same width as the two sides at the ends. Well this middle piece will become a new “side” in the smaller box you are creating. Then cut slits on the long sides where the creases are. Make sure the slits go all the way to the edge where the box is folded.

Step 4: Fold over half of the rectangle to become the new box top and bring it over the other half using the creases and slits as the new side. If it doesn’t seem to fit over the other half well then try the opposite side as the new top instead.

[Clapping Hands]

“I Did It”. It is a Masterpiece!

To me, shirt size boxes seem to be perfect for wrapping so many smaller things like gift cards, books, socks, children’s clothes, games, etc. I think you get the idea, endless possibilities, simple and fun.

Well there you have it, Simplified and Easy  Gift Wrapping DIY that gives you a wider range of box size options!

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How to Make A Gift Box from a leftover lid is one of the Simplest, Easiest DIY. It is also economical.

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  1. I just tried this for some last minute gifts. It worked out great! I would’ve never thought to do this. What a great idea!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing Vicky. I am glad it was helpful. Have a great Holiday and New Year.


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