Everyone loves to receive gifts, but I like giving them just as much. And by making a reusable box to place items in, you can make the giving experience that much more beautiful. This wood veneer gift box is easy to make, and your recipient will be able to continue to use it. Or, just whip up several of these for your own personal storage. They look amazing on a desk or shelf, and are a great way to store craft and office supplies!
Are you ever in a pinch for gift wrap? A sack? A box? Don't freak out if you ever need to wrap a present on short notice again. Folding a box from paper creates a unique and lovely way to gift to friends and loved ones!
We are a bit strapped for closet space here in San Francisco –- the verdict is still out on if it’s because I have a shopping problem or the fact that our 1906 apartment has tiny closets! I had been on the hunt for a practical way to store excess blankets and pillows when I came up with the idea to make a fabric basket.
It's no secret that I have an on-going love affair with felt. Add my obsession with little boxes and storage containers to the mix, and this DIY project is a no-brainer!
Before you toss your next plastic milk jug into the recycling bin, you just might want to turn it into a sandwich/lunch box. No need for a lunch box? Could be a cute gift box. Stuff we need to make one include a 1-gallon milk jug, marker,
So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2" x 11 3/4" backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn't really fall into the how-to's category, which was 'The Bathroom', unless, of course, you're in the habit of sketching in the tub. But I digress. Here's what I did to make it the most awesome pencil box ever:
Is it art? Probably. Is it comfortable? Probably not. Is it interesting? Definitely.
I think Creature Comforts wins my very, very unofficial award for best DIY holiday projects this year. Nearly every day of the yuletide work week this December, they've offered some very fine holiday how-tos, many with free printable patterns and art, as well as all kinds of free alternative gift wrap options and gift tags.
So, to give Ez and crew a final round of applause, one more great project from Creature Comforts: DIY Origami Box Ornaments...
Julie from UpUp Creative is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her excellent Etsy shop UpUp.
And to celebrate? Why, this free, printable pillow gift box in a delightful Etsy orange. Just in time for the holidays, it looks as if it would add a little handcrafted touch to those not as personal gifts, like gift cards or that rolled twenty bones.
Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that's just plain fun.
"Whether you're off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don't forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po'boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant...
Regine at WeMakeMoneyNotArt writes,
"Encastrable is a series of guerrilla art residencies held inside gardening and DIY megastores in the Paris area... At no cost at all, the young artists have at their disposal a huge array of material that they can grab, move, superimpose, and organize onto temporary installations and sculptures. Authorization of the manager of the establishment is obviously never requested."
Perfect for party favors or small gifts, these fry boxes are a snap to whip up!
- heavier weight scrapbook paper, sized 8.5" x 11"
- a printer
- a scissors
Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything.
And you're welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand...but, with this easy jig, you don't have to, and unless you're a purist, there's no reason not to crank them out by the dozens. This is designed for a router table, but the same approach would work for a table saw and dado blade....
"When creativity, ecology and innovation collide, packaging becomes the product. This sleek wine box by Ciclus converts into a table lamp with no extra parts required. The packaging is made with wood from local, managed forests and recycled cardboard. Inside is a locally and ecologically produced bottle of Cava, Spanish sparkling wine."
Here's to the light!
I cringe everytime I put a cereal box in the recycling bin. Sure, it's better than tossing it in the trash, but there's such stiff yet pliable material in my hands, yet at that moment, I'm not clever enough to come up with a project for its re-use. Luckily, someone else is (though I bet it wasn't the mogul herself)...
- Large, sturdy cereal box
- Craft knife
- Straight edge
- Decorative paper
- Spray adhesive
Simply cut the box to...
Tisch 5's bench-in-a-box prototype is what it says it is: a bench in a box. Expand it to fit you and a buddy or your whole entourage. To see more pictures of the clever cardboard bench box, go to Tisch 5.
A gift box from a greeting card: easy, free, and recycled. Can't beat that.
- Greeting card
- Bone Folder or scoring blade
This is a great and easy way to recycle greeting cards (Christmas or otherwise) into gift card holders or small gift boxes.
Straight edge blade
1. Print out figure below as template, adjusting size to 7 ½" by 6 ½" to fit standard gift card, if necessary.
2. Position template over greeting card, as shown, aligning card’s fold to template’s center fold.
3. Trace around template.
4. Cut out...