The project I have today is a top opening gift box. It is 2″ by 2″ by 4″, and will hold two K-cups, some votive candles, a few candy bars or ghirardelli, or washi tape, or other small gifts in tissue paper. The great thing about this little box, is that the shape of the top side tabs keeps the top of the box from pushing down into the box. That means, if you are gifting a small item wrapped with tissue paper or nestled in paper shred, the top of the box won’t sink into the box.
Start with a piece of card stock 8 1/2″ by 8″. With the 8 1/2″ side up, score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. Turn it to the 8″ side and score at 2″ and 6″. Fold and burnish all of the score lines.
Start with the end that has 1/2″ section, and remove the two side rectangles, leaving the center section on the end, and slightly angling into both ends of the center to make them even, as this will be the front tab section.
Next, cut along the second score line from the 1/2″ section end, then folding that tab out of the way, cut along the 2″ score line to the next intersecting score line. On the same side, cut from the front end along that same 2″ score line, freeing both the side tabs to fold toward each other. It is hard to explain, so please watch the video for a demonstration. Repeat all of these cuts on the other side.
I like the ribbon to stay with the box, even when untied, so I threaded the ribbon through the box across the bottom. You can skip this step, if you want to wrap it around the box.
Working from the front edge, I folded that edge under, so the fold from the 2″ section was folded out. I then made a little score notch at 1/2″ and 7/8″ from the left side score line. I repeated this for the back, inside score line. Then I used a 1/8″ hole punch to make holes on the bottom of the box at each of the score marks. Using a pair of snips, I connected the holes on each side, making a little slit for the ribbon to pass through. Then I threaded the ribbon as shown in the picture. You can cover the bottom of the box with a piece of card stock 3 7/8″ by 1 7/8″ if you wish. You can also just make a slit using a blade, so you can mark then cut, and skip the hole punch altogether.
To make the curve in the top tab, I traced around a ribbon spool, and cut inside the line. Then, I attached the patterned paper to the front, top and back (3 7/8″ by 1 7/8″) and one to each side (1 7/8″ by 1 7/8″).
Fill the box with goodies, close, and tie the ribbon in a knot or bow. Stamp the desired sentiment, and cut or punch it out. I did some selective coloring, because I wanted the outline of the Truly Tailored stamp, but not the sentiment. So I used a marker to color the outline only. Then, I stamped “You’re Awesome” from epic celebrations. Because the Tailored Label Punch leaves an edge around the coordinating stamps, I trimmed the stamped label closely around the image, and was able to mat it on a full-sized punched label. For the demonstration, I used markers to color the Label Me Pretty stamp how I wanted, then punched it with the Pretty Label Punch. I then backed it by punching out another label, cutting it vertically, and attaching it slightly offset on both ends.
Attach and embellish to suit your occasion.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed! Smiles, Darby
Supplies: Stampin’ Up!
- Card stock: Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz, whisper white, soft sky
- Stamps: Truly Tailored, Label Me Pretty, Epic Celebrations
- Paper: Coffee Break
- Ink: Soft Suede, pear pizazz, soft sky pads, and pear pizazz, calypso coral, wisteria wonder markers.
- Punches: tailored label, pretty label, triple leaf, 1 1/4″ circle
- Other: pear pizazz shimmer ribbon