Today, on The Garden Club Live, I showed how to construct this simple, but stunning box that you use for gift giving. My plan was to create these boxes for my grands for Easter since they are getting too old for baskets! A sturdy box that can not hold just Easter treats, but also their treasures. Also, Mother’s Day in the United States is coming up in May and these would be perfect to give your mom, grandmother, sister, or best friend for the occasion.
Let’s Get Started
I designed this box so you can use 8 1/2″ x 11″ (A9 in the UK) 100 lb./300gsm cardstock, which seems to be more easily obtainable. In fact, I used Spellbinders/Poppy for this box, but they have an array of other colors to choose from.
- Box Base – (Cut 2) 9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″. With your cardstock in landscape, score at 9 1/4″ – 6 3/4″ – 1/2″. Turn your base counterclockwise into portrait and score at 7″ and 4 1/2″
2. After you score the bottom, mark with pencil a 1/2″ line as shown in red. Now, cut away on the areas marked with hash-lines in red.
Repeat with the second piece for the base.
3. Place one of the bases right-side-down, then place the second base on top as shown.
This is how the base will go together. Glue the center area of the box and of the first box laying down, then carefully place the second on top, making sure you align them within the score lines. (Refer to the video on my FB LIVE). Use a brayer or the Tool-in-One Roller to create a good seal.
4. Burnish ALL score lines. Fold in side tabs and glue the box together. Then, glue the 1/2-inch score lines and fold down, starting with the shorter ends, so your box has a finished edge. (again, refer to my FB LIVE).
Box Top – (cut 1) 9 3/8″ x 7 5/8″. Score all four edges at 1/2″ and 1″ as shown.
Then, cut alway all the edges in diagonal red lines and cut the tabs in solid red lines.
Your box top should look like this. Next, burnish all score lines and glue tabs to form the top. Glue the 1/2″ score lines to fold down, starting with the shorter ends, to finish the edges of your box.
Double-Sided Paper for the Top
Cut (1) 4 3/8″ x 6 1/8″ (top)
Cut (2) 3/4″ x 4 3/8″ (short sides)
Cut 2) 3/4″ x 6 1/8″ (long sides)
Now, decide on the blooms you wish to decorate and let your creativity flow!