A very close friend of mine recently celebrated their birthday and I already had an adorable gift for them, but I realized on the morning I was supposed to give it to them that I’d forgotten to buy wrapping! Instead of spending my day before their dinner running around to stores to buy gift paper or bags, I decided to make them a little DIY gift box myself. I was very pleased indeed with the results, especially with the spiralled flowers I chose to try, since I hadn’t actually done that technique before!
Here are all of my DIY steps laid out for you to follow, so that you might try your hand at making a DIY gift box too. If you find that you’re a more visual learner rather than a person who learns well following written words, scroll down for the video version of this tutorial near the end!
For this project, you’ll need:
- Coloured paper (in shades of your choice)
- Glue stick
- Gift box
Gather your materials! I started out using a lovely purple jewelry box that I received when I bought myself a necklace a while back. I liked the colour of the box so much that I kept it, and now I’m very glad that I did. The piece of ribbon I used was also one that I’d upcycled from something else; this time a gift basket I was given in the spring.
Widen your calipers until they measure about two inches apart. On each of your pieces of coloured paper, created a circle in one corner, leaving enough space across the page to make other, smaller circles. Then, decrease the width of your calipers to about an inch (or whatever will fit on your page) and make a smaller circle on each next to your bigger circles.
Cut out each of your circles from both pages. Then, take your first circle and cut it into a spiral, starting at the outer edge and, making your strip about half an inch wide, cutting inward towards the middle. We cut and spiralled our paper flowers one at a time to make sure nothing got tangled, bu you could do all of your cutting at once if you prefer.