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 using wood.
The Gift Box
I enjoy building these boxes and this time around I took as basic design and made a few different styles.
For builder, follow the instructions from either link I’ve listed below.
These projects are a similar style and measure each board to fit your needs.
Measurements can be adjusted to your liking and remember the box ends are attached to the bottom piece first and then you add the handles and sides to complete. This project is so simple friend…
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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. Colors included their Up in Smoke Voo Doo Gel Stain and Fluff paint.
I love how that wood grain shines through when using the gel stain, 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 don’t see very often.
- 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.
If you enjoyed this craft and think it might be a good fit for your gift giving then go ahead and give it a try. These boxes would also make a great workshop project, gather some friends together to create fun!
I’ve used this example several times in my own workshop classes and everybody loves it. You can even sell additional kits at the end so they can make more at home.
Theses boxes are perfect for teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts, or just use as a centerpiece filled with potted plants or festive greenery. Have some fun and make your own gift boxes.
Supplies For Project and Workshop Include:
Dixie Belle Paint Here
Cutting Edge Stencils Here
You can also find a neat selection of Christmas Stencils at Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils Here
Don’t forget Make and Take Workshops for your guide to creating a great workshop environment.