Have you ever received a gift so nicely packaged that you kept the box? A couple of years back I was given a tube of hand cream and it came in a lovely elegant box that fascinated me.
The lid was attached and the opening was at the top and when closed it was an elegant rectangular shape held together with a ribbon. When opened it looked like a…… half a Christmas Cracker! LOL.
Fast forward and two years on I have made something similar. It’s a perfectly elegant, Slimline box. Because of it’s size it would be perfect for gifts like make up, perhaps Mascara or a bottle of nail polish or maybe a row of those round Lindt or Ferrero Roche choccies….
About the Design.
There is the Box base Template and overlay panels. Cut the base from Card stock and for the overlay you could use patterned paper or contrasting card stock. I opted for a Black Base with a crisp contrast White panels which I embossed with a leaf pattern.
I have included the fold lines in my cut files but I haven’t personally used them. I scored my fold lines with my Scoring board instead.
- Cut the Card Base and the hole reinforcement rings. With the right side of the box facing you, fold all perforated lines in Mountain fold style, with the exception of the thin fold lines in the middle of the cut diamond shapes, These should be valley folds.
- Cut and decorate the panels from material of your choice. Set aside the larger square for now. Adhere all to the box Base lining up the two panels with holes to the holes in the base box.
- Flip over and adhere the Hole reinforcements to the inside of the box. (Shown in white for clarity only – usually I’d do these to match box colour.
- Insert the ribbon: Depending on the width of ribbon you are using you may need something to stop the knot from sliding through the hole in the box. If so,
1. cut a small square of scrap card, Thread the end of the ribbon through a large eyed needle like a darning needle. Push the needle and ribbon through the card scrap leaving a tail to tie a knot.
2.Remove needle and tie a knot at end of ribbon.
3. Slide the scrap card up against the knot.
4. Trim ribbon near knot, and re-thread needle at other end of ribbon.
- and Pass ribbon through from the inside to outside of box.
- Now glue the Top and bottom side tabs to the opposite side on the inside – the box will look like an opened ended cylinder.
- Glue the box bottom. This can be awkward to adhere. So, after positioning the tabs in place I pop the box upright on the bench and with the handle of a wooden spoon, I gently burnish the inside bottom of the box to press and adhere it all in place.
- Ta Da! – It’s done 🙂 Insert a gift into the box through the top opening. Press down gently on the top to close. Pop that extra Square of card inside the lid to cover the folds and secure with the ribbon tied into a bow.
After finishing this I changed my mind and switched out my Silver Ribbon for Black Organza Ribbon. Here’s the box open on the left (I told you it looked like a Christmas Cracker!) and closed on the right…