When it comes to gifting things to the people we love, we’re sure you won’t feel any surprise at all to learn that we’re massive fans of making things ourselves whenever we can. Of course, we also value the thought that goes into store bought gifts, whether we’re giving or receiving, but we just get such a great sense of satisfaction watching our friends and family’s faces light up when they open something we made for them ourselves! Sometimes, however, a gift that we purchased rather than something we made is simply the best idea, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get crafty with the gifting process in some capacity. Lately, we’ve been completely obsessed with the idea of making our own gift wrap, particularly when it comes to gift boxes!
Just in case you’re as enamoured with the idea of making your very own gift boxes as we were, if not more, here are 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that will help you out along the way.
1. Toilet paper roll gift boxes
Are you and your friends the kind of upcycling lovers that will take any chance to prepurpose regular household items that you possibly can rather than creating more trash and throwing things away that could be used again instead? Then we probably don’t have to tell you about how awesome empty toilet paper roll crafts are! Red Ted Art is here to show you that you can make them look pleasant and classy too with a little bit of folding, some paint, and some ribbon or string.
2. Folded four side card gift boxes
Are you a huge fan of the way that first idea we showed you folds in on the ends but you actually like it so much that you’d be interested to see whether making that fold on all sides is possible? Perhaps you just like the idea but you’d like to make it happen today and you don’t currently have any spare empty toilet paper rolls saved up. In either case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Ventuno Art made little boxes from thick, decorative paper, folding it inward on all four sides.
3. Stunning layered cardboard, lace, pearl, and flower gift box
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making DIY and homemade gift box, would you rather go all out and make it incredibly special, like something the recipient might want to keep and continue to use? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how iCreative Ideas made this stunning closing box features layered tiers for different gifts and trinkets. Besides that useful feature, the way they decorated the outside of the box with lace, pearls, and flowers is nothing short of gorgeous! If we received this box, we’d use it as a jewelry box and place it on our dresser.
4. Unfolding cube box
Are you quite intrigued indeed by the idea of a cube shaped box but, because of the shape of the gift you’re giving, you’d rather one that has completely open space inside rather than one with compartments? Then here’s an awesome DIY alternative for you to take a look at! E-Woodworking Projects shows you how to make an awesome folding cube that opens at the top and is easily made in any colour or pattern of card stock or thick scrapbooking paper you please.
5. Cake shaped gift box
When it comes to birthdays, are you the kind of super enthusiastic celebrator that you’ll happy go all out with the adorable themed ideas no matter whose special day it is, just to make sure they have a happy time? Then we have a feeling you might be the perfect person to give this awesome cake box idea a try! Alanna Jones-Mann guides you step by step through the process of “icing” a circular box so it actually looks like a miniature cake with a present inside.
6. Wood and decor shavings gift box
Probably the best part of making your very own gift boxes is that you can customize them to the aesthetic you’re looking for, so if you’re looking for something that’s a little more rustic chic inspired but you haven’t quite found it yet, don’t fret! JS Events is here to show you how to make an adorable wooden crate inspired box filled with decorative shavings that mimix the way hay might fill a crate on the farm. Nestle your gift right inside!
7. Paper pyramid gift box
Are you very intrigued indeed with these geometric folded box ideas but, as much as you appreciate the cube shaped designs, you can’t help wondering whether there might be gift boxes you can make in other shapes too? Then we think you’ll be very pleased if you take a read through this folded box tutorial from Lines Across! They show you how to make a similar design but folded a little differently so the finished project is a pyramid instead of a cube.
8. Flower inspired folding box
Speaking of awesomely shaped folding gift boxes, cubes and pyramids aren’t actually the only shapes you can do, even with quite a bit of ease! If you’re feeling a little more girly or decorative, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how ZIZ Craft made this utterly adorable flower inspired gift box in surprisingly few steps. We love how well they outlined the process of making each crease in your folding neat and tidy so the box opens and closes very well.
9. burlap and dried flower gift boxes
Have you actually already bought a package of simple, pre-cut cardboard gift boxes to make party or wedding favours with andf you like that they’ll be quick to put together and all uniform for how many you have to make, but you could definitely use some inspiration when it comes to embellishing them? Well, if rustic chic aesthetics and flowers are things you like the sound of, we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at how Crafts Unleashed jazzed their boxed up a little using loosely woven burlap strips and pretty silk or dried flowers.
10. Heart shaped clasping gift boxes
Are you still thinking about how much you enjoyed the concept of folding boxes that result in cute shapes or designs but you can’t help wondering whether there’s an option that will help you make a cute textured embellishment of some kind rather than just folding and inverting to get certain shapes? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with this adorable clasping heart idea featured on The Wonderful World of DIY! Rather than being a negative shape space like the flower we showed you earlier, this tutorial shows you how to make cuts such that the two pieces that keep the box closed also make the shape of a little raised heart on the top of the box.
11. Pretty origami and butterfly gift box
Just in case you’re still thinking about how much you liked the cube idea but you’re also still wondering whether you might be able to make a version that’s a little more interesting looking, check out how iCreative Ideas made this adorable butterfly version that clasps shut using ribbon! We love their suggestion for folding a template first to give yourself a guideline to follow before you move onto folding your more expensive decor paper in order to make the box itself.
12. Bag-style tie gift boxes
Now, we’re fully aware that many of the DIY gift box designs we’ve shown you so far are quite feminine looking or girly in their aesthetic, so we understand if you’ve been scrolling through our list and hoping for something that might be a little more suitable for the men in your life. We’re pleased to tell you that Seek DIY is here to help you out with an idea so cute that we plan to reuse it again and again! Check out how they made these folding bag-style gift boxes that feature neck ties in all different styles. We love the way the buttons down the front make each one look like a dress shirt!
13. Mini milk carton gift boxes
Have you actually made little gifts or party favours that require you to make something you can fill, rather than something you can just place an object into? We’ve done this before when we’ve made goodie bags full of candies or snacks but one of our very favourite designs to make that type of packaging is this adorable milk carton idea featured on Gathering Beauty! They show you how to use thick decorative paper to fold the right shape, as well as how to close it well with cute washi tape embellished mini clothes pins or binder clips, just to make sure you don’t lose what’s inside.
14. Men’s suit gift box
Were you very enthusiastic about the men’s attire and neck tie idea we showed you earlier, but the gift you’re giving would do better in a box that you can lay it flat inside of, rather than in a standing bag style wrapping? Then we think you’ll be quite pleased to see this awesome men’s suit DIY gift box tutorial featured on One Dog Woof! Their design helps you make a box that slides open and closed
15. DIY book gift box
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a DIY gift box for a friend or family member that means a lot to you, would you prefer to make them one that relates to something they love in order to really impress them? Well, if your loved one is a bookworm, then we’re pleased to close our list out with a suggestion and tutorial that just might be perfect for you. Check out how Make & Do Crew transformed the inside of an old or damaged book into a hiding place for a present of trinket that will mean something to someone who is special to you.
Have you made other types of handmade gift boxed that were very well received indeed by your family and friends and showed them well how much you care, but that you don’t see anything similar to here on our list? Tell us all about how you made them or link us to pictures of your finished work in the comments section!