10.19.2013

Holiday Gift Box Tutorial



Once again all those bit and bobs and fancies and trinkets that just catch my eye, gathered over time from yard and garage sales,  have come to fruition. I keep them all sitting around in pretty glass jars,  just waiting to be utilized in a great project.  These little boxes are so pretty and so much fun to make.  They are perfect little vessels for a very special sweet treat or piece of jewelry, or even a beautiful scarf.  And the gorgeous presentation becomes a cherished keepsake itself.  If you start now you have time to make some for the upcoming holiday season.  




There really isn't much of a tutorial for this project.  Just gather all your supplies and start creating.  

Your imagination is your best tool here.  :) 

  I purchased my papier mache and thin wood craft boxes from Wal-Mart.  They were a set of 3 graduated nesting boxes for $7.99.  I am sure you can get them at any hobby store, and perhaps less expensive on-line or eBay.   So many of us creators have a stash of "stuff" already accumulated to decorate the boxes.   I always try to make a point of using vintage in whatever I am creating so I used:  vintage tarnished jingle bells, vintage tinsel,  vintage ornaments, vintage sheet music, vintage pompoms and even vintage silver sugar and creamer lids.   German glitter glass, sterling glitter,  pink and blue glitter and Dresden foil added a little bling.   I also had a little bit of vintage glitter still in the package.  Original Cost: 29¢  I love using this glitter.  It's so soft unlike the new glitters of today which seem rough to me.  (hope that makes sense :)

Remember, with your imagination........the sky is the limit

I also dug into my stash of pretty papers, my sewing box, crepe paper and wrapping papers.  
I found that spray adhesive was the best, quickest and easiest way to adhere your papers to the boxes.  It grabs quick but gives you a few minutes to adjust.  I also used white glue and the glue gun for adding other elements to the boxes.  Something, I am sure a lot of you don't do is this.  Always sign your pieces.  You may not think you aren't,  but you ARE an artist.  Sign your work!  

I hope I gave you some inspiration and to remember there is no right or wrong....it's just whatever your beautiful mind creates
Have Fun!
















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29 comments :

Junkchiccottage said...

Lynn,
These are really pretty. I love the pink and silver one with the bird so sweet.
Kris

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

What a fun idea xo Laura

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

You do such a beautiful job! I'm so inspired! Isn't it so much fun to CREATE?? :)
Erica

Betsy Brock said...

lovely...and so much better than wrapping paper that gets ripped up and tossed away! Love it!

Tete said...

Cute!

Genie Robinson said...

I HAVE to go to Richmond for the show. Live in Lexington and my son and his family are in Richmond. Can't wait. genie Love your boxes and your ribbons.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn, I love them, do you know I have never decorated a box! You have so inspired me! I did not know you show was 2 days...Wow, double the fun and exhaustion. I can't wait to hear how it goes. I think you are so smart to add holiday items!

Carol

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

So charming! Looks like something I might be able to do with my little girl...she loves crafting!

Enjoy your weekend,
Jillian

Anne said...

Lynn these are so pretty! I love each and everyone! Gotta love that glitter bling!
xx
Anne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

So cute, Lynn! I bet they sell like hot cakes!

Alycia Nichols said...

Creating these pretty boxes surely takes a great deal of patience, commitment to the project, and skill. I possess none of the aforementioned qualities, so I'll just have to live vicariously through you! :-) These are really pretty, Lynn!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Lynn, each and very box is a beauty. I have a lot of little trinkets and bits that I could use to make one. What I don't have is the imagination and creativity that it takes. Is that vintage Santa wrapping paper - so cute. laurie

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Lynn,
Your gift boxes are divine.Awesome.but everything you do is awesome.
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Jen said...

Lynn, I just love these little trinket boxes. They are so sweet and have a perfect vintage vibe. My girls and I may have to take a Saturday and create some of our own for their friends for Christmas.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Melinda Hartzog said...

These are so pretty. What a special way to give a gift for Christmas.

Jeannie Marie said...

The boxes are adorable! It would be as fun to make them as to use them.

Donna Wilkes said...

It would be hard to let these go after making them - so lovely. I think "Glad Tidings" is my favorite.

Tattered Tiques said...

Oh just beautiful!! I have a gift to give my dearest and oldest friend. I must make a beautiful package like you've done. Thanks so much for the inspiration! So wish I could go to that market!! Hope you have a great show!
Julie

Tattered Tiques said...

Oh these are beautiful! I have a gift to give my oldest and dearest friend. I'll have to make her a beautiful package as you've done here! Thanks for the inspiration! I so wish I could go to that market. Hope you have a good show!
Julie

LV said...

You have done a very nice job on your creations. I never go into crafting, but love seeing what others make.

Lorraine said...

Your boxes are adorable, and thanks for the tutorial! Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine :)

Marti McClure said...

Hi Lynn, your boxes are adorable! Great head start on Christmas packaging. Happy Pink Saturday, Marti

pinkkandy said...

These are so cute..
Have a lovely week-end..and I ask God to bless you!

Kaye Swain said...

Oh Lynn, how precious! And there are some that definitely look like they might be easy crafts for kids through seniors, so my grandkids and I may have to give these a try for Christmas projects. Thanks for the grand ideas. Happy Pink Saturday!

Annesphamily said...

Oh Lynn! what memories you have reminded me of! I suppose I had been very creative! LOL! When I did a lot of Princess House shows back int he 1990s I bought the paper mache boxes in different shapes and decorated them for a game we played. The game was to ensure we get more bookings for future parties (it worked too). women are always drawn to pinks and lavenders and purple colors so I used those alot! The object of the game was to offer a box to each guest. Some boxes had paper that stated you received a FREE gift. Others were a FREE gift with your own booking. I never strong armed anyone to book but I was good at the game and always got my bookings! Gosh, I need to find those little boxes. I am not as crafty and talented as you but I used broken jewelry and buttons and fabric pieces! Lots of ribbon and bows. My goodness I collect the little ceramic boxes and love them so much! You are inspiring me and I must say you have created some awesome special boxes. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Anne

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

What a lovely collection of pretty boxes Lynn. You can't beat handmade!!
I'm featuring them at Shabbilicious Friday this week.
Hugs - Kerryanne

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, Your boxes are adorable and I love the bling!
xx,
Sherry

Laurel Stephens said...

Hopped over from your feature at the Shabby Art Boutique to see your lovely boxes. I'm starting to feel a bit of Christmas and very inspired!

Ramzan Ali said...

These gift boxes are so beautiful! Excellent job.

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