What do you get when you combine a passion for gift-wrapping and a love of all baked things? Lots of goodies that you want to box up and hand out throughout the holiday season! I always struggle with packaging when it comes to baked goods. Sure, you can cover a plate of cookies with plastic wrap, but it just doesn’t look pretty, you know? This year, I’ve taken some heavy cardstock and folded it into these papercraft gift boxes – perfect for wrapping up baked goods or even small treasures!
Each box requires two sheets of cardstock – one for the base and one for the top. I’ll give general size instructions below and you can tweak the size of your boxes to fit your needs once you get going!
1. To make the bottom half of the box, cut the sheet of cardstock into a 7.5″ square. On one side, mark two inches in from each corner and cut a straight line 2 inches deep. Repeat this on the opposite side.
2. Use a bone folder to score a line 2″ in from each side, running parallel to each side. Fold the cardstock along each scored line – you will begin to see how the square will fold into a box base.
3. Apply adhesive to each small corner flap and glue it on the inside of the side piece of the box. You can alternately tape the flaps on the inside. I used a white glue and noticed some waviness in my silver foil finished box, but couldn’t tell on the glittered cardstock boxes. I’d recommend two-sided adhesive tape for smoother cardstock.
4. Repeat the above steps with another piece of cardstock to make the top of the box. However, cut your square just a smidge larger so that it will slip over the top of the base box after it’s assembled.
Now that the box is done, you can begin embellishing it. Add a ribbon across the top of the box, folding the tails to the inside of the box and down onto the inside of the top of the lid. Then, cut a 5.5″ square of another festive paper to put on the inside of the box base and the box lid (this will hide the tail edges of the ribbon).
That’s all there is to it! Your papercrafted gift boxes are ready for filling and handing out! I would add a little wax paper around the baked goods to keep the food from coming into contact with the paper – you don’t want it to leave grease marks on your pretty box! You could also put the treats in plastic wrap or plastic baggies if it wasn’t going to be handed out and consumed right away.
The supplies used to make these Papercraft Gift Boxes were purchased at or provided by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) as part of the Papercrafted Christmas campaign. The paper stacks that I used included: 12″x12″ Cardstock (for the boxes – you need this heavy cardstock so that they’ll hold their shape), 12″x12″ paper stack (for the box liners), and 4.5″ x 6″ Glitter Cardstock, and the Embellishment pack – all from the DCWV Christmas & Winter Paper Stack line. And guess what? I have another super coupon for your holiday crafting stockpile!!