Gift boxes are one of my favorite things to make and receive because they bring back memories when my grandma use to cover cardboard boxes with fancy paper and fill with homemade canned goods for family and friends. When I was younger we put these boxes together on rainy days and when I got my driver’s license I had the pleasure of delivering them through town.
Giving is a wonderful thing and this holiday season I thought it would be fun to share how to make your own gift box. This begins with live workshops here.
The Gift Box Kit
Every box begins with pre-cut pine that’s been sanded and drilled with pilot holes, this means assembly is a breeze. I enjoy putting these kits together and this time around I took a few to see how I could turn this kit into different styles.
For builders far away follow the links below for DIY similar style boxes. Measurements can be adjusted to your liking and remember the box ends are attached to the bottom piece first and then you add the sides.
Finishing the Gift Box with Stain and Stencils
Adding those finishing touches is always the fun part and this time stain was first before building. I used Dixie Belle Chalk paint and stain which is easy to apply and dries fast. I love how that wood grain shines through, it offers a little rustic texture that’s irresistible.
- Apply paint or stain using a rag, use something that can be tossed afterwards. Get my paint stain technique here.
- This paint/stain dries fast so you should be able to build immediately.
Gift Box Styles
I mentioned earlier you can style this box several different ways which wasn’t my plan but I started playing with the wood like blocks and realized this kit has a lot of possibilities.
- Top left style would be great for wine bottles or fancy olive oil bottles.
- Top right style is excellent for mason jars filled with anything or bagged goodies like fudge, cookies and so on.
- The bottom left I imagine for garden seeds, anything would be awesome.
- The bottom right I imagined using for a coffee, tea or cocoa bar, sit on a shelf or drill to the wall.
Fun with Cutting Edge Stencils
With the gray box I used Cutting Edge Stencils, this one is called Chrysanthemum Twist. By using small sections of the stencil from the front, back, side and handle the design turned out less uniformed, something you won’t see anywhere else.
- Get my How to Stencil Tips Here
Adding Ribbon or Fabric
I love ribbon and shades of fabric but here’s the thing, I don’t sew! The gray box welcomed this soft plaid ribbon that I added for detail. This addition isn’t necessary but if you’re using this box for gift giving it definitely dresses it up.
Fabric was used for the white box by cutting in strips and over time the edges will fringe if you don’t have the patience to do that by hand. These details can also be changed through the seasons if the box isn’t holiday themed.
Finally, we have two Gift boxes that are ready to be filled with homemade or store purchased goodies. Who wouldn’t love them? They’re perfect for teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts, or just use as a centerpiece filled with potted plants or festive greenery.