Make your Own Gift Boxes

DIY Stenciled gift boxes that are great for workshops and this design can be built in 4 styles with the same kit.

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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.

Stacks of Gift Box Kits

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…

Staining Gift Box with Dixie Belle Stain

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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.

Application Steps:

  1. Apply paint or stain using a rag, use something that can be tossed afterwards. Get my paint stain technique here.
  2. This paint/stain dries fast so you should be able to build immediately.


Gift Box Styles

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.

  1. Top left style would be great for wine bottles or fancy olive oil bottles.
  2. Top right style is excellent for mason jars filled with anything or bagged goodies like fudge, cookies and so on.
  3. The bottom left I imagine for garden seeds, anything would be awesome.
  4. The bottom right I imagined using for a coffee, tea or cocoa bar, sit on a shelf or drill to the wall.

Cutting Edge Stencils for Gift Box

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.

Adding Ribbon to Gift Box to soften the mood

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.


GIft Boxes at Garden Up Green

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.


Just a few more styles of fun for stenciling…

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  1. Jemma says:

    Love your projects Carole, these are wonderful!

  2. Chas says:

    Super cute and useful – I love these kind of gifts. Great share, thanks.

  3. daisy says:

    Wow! I can think of a million uses for these. What a great gift idea.
    Love your new hairstyle! Hope all is well in your world. ;0D

    1. Carole says:

      yes a very dual purpose box, I like that. Things are going well we finally got some rain so the ground is nice and soft which means we can hopefully get started on my new projects outside, like putting in a fence.

  4. Jane says:

    good morning, Carole. Now, these are perfect & I love the idea of filling them up will all sorts of things. Stockings are always a favorite and in this case, they can use the gift box as a centerpiece etc.

    I look up to the comments and see the centerpiece idea…it would be perfect


    1. Carole says:

      Good Morning Jane- I was thinking when I made them they would make a great replacement to a stocking and something you could use later. I may need to find some pansy’s and dress up a box for a simple centerpiece. Thanks for stopping by always fun to hear from you.

  5. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    These are gorgeous and can be used in so many ways. Garden caddy, centerpiece with flowers, gourmet treats. I’m sure you will be getting a ton of interest on this one.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you, I just ran them into town to the coffee shop. Great ideas and I agree perfect Garden caddy but also loving the idea of a centerpiece.

  6. mickie mclaughlin says:

    I LOVE HOMEMADE!!!!! Be it containers or baked goods (smile). These will be fun to make AND to receive. Thanks for firing me up today. mickie

    1. Carole says:

      Homemade is great! Glad you liked these now you’ll have to share photos of your boxes with me once you get them finished. Enjoy a Great Tuesday!

  7. Karen says:

    I love this! The white, Christmas tree-themed box is my favorite and I can see it brimming over with delicious gifts. I so love the four different styles of boxes and your list of suggested fillings has my head swimming around all kinds of Christmas ideas. These would “tote” and “give” so beautifully. This is such an inspiring project!

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks Karen – I’ve never created a kit before where there was the option to change things up which was great inspiration. I did that paint stain on the white one and with your cricut you could make some neat stencils to finish them off. Have a Great day!

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