Want to create your own Flower Tab Paper Gift Box out of pretty scrapbook paper and add a handmade touch to your next Mother’s Day gift or party favor? Read on for the easy, breezy tutorial and access to the FREE printable download!
One of the first Mother’s Day gifts I remember giving to my mom was a circular pin I painted for her in my kindergarten class. I remember thinking it looked fierce…until it dried. Then, the pink paint took on an orangey hue and my brushstrokes looked more splotchy than artful. And yet, you know what silenced my perfectionist insecurities? The fact that my mom wore that pin like it was her most prized possession. That’s just the kind of woman she is. She still wears it to this day. And sent me a photo of it to share with you all, so you can see the kindergarten pin in all its glory:
So, for old time’s sake, I’m giving my mom another piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day this year, but this time, I get to spoil her a bit more. How? Well, so, you know Blue Nile? Well, I used to think they just sold bling-tastic diamonds; but having had the chance to work on a campaign with them, I’ve discovered that they have quite the assortment of jewelry for under $100. And I was able to find two gorgeous sets of earrings for both my mom and my MIL for Mother’s Day this year. Wanna see? ‘Cause I wanna show you!
And then these ensemble links drop earrings just exude elegance, don’t they? They’re even more sparkly and brilliant in person if you can imagine! Perfect for a night on the town.
Now, since my two mamas are getting a major sneak peek at their Mother’s Day gift through this post, I won’t share which set of earrings is going to which lovely lady, so there is some element of surprise. Mom L. and Mama C., you’ll just have to wait to see which beauty is tucked away in your paper gift box!
And speaking of paper gift box…I have a lil DIY tutorial to share with you all today.
How to Make a Paper Gift Box
Now, I couldn’t leave you without sharing a tutorial for a fun Flower-Tab Paper Gift Box I made to accompany my Mother’s Day jewelry gifties. Because as much as I love the little blue satchels, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some DIY paper gift boxes…and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!
I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel; however, you know me: I can never take the easy road. So, I took the concept from Carolina Gonzalez’s jewelry boxes and made adjustments in size, height, and tabs to better fit my gifts and the occasion!
So, I actually made y’all a 15 second Instagram video showing this whole process, start to finish. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is.
Step 1. Download the free paper gift box template and cut your design.
First things first: paper. I worked with two kinds of 12″ x 12″ paper: *very thin scrapbook paper (akin to printer paper in thickness) as well as heavier specialty paper closer to cardstock thickness. The heavier paper definitely worked better. It looked better, too, because it was double-sided. But in a pinch, use what you’ve got!
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Silhouette users: the base of this paper gift box is approximately 2.75″ x 2.75″ and it’s about 2.75″ high; however you can resize it as needed. Just remember to do a test-cut to confirm your blade settings are correct. (Note: if using thinner paper, I recommend using an old mat that has lost a lot of its stickiness.)
Printable instructions: the 2.2″ x 2.2″ base perfectly fits on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet. You can just print (with the printed lines on the inside of the paper gift box) and cut it out with a pair of scissors. And the larger 2.75″ x 2.75″ size (featured in this tutorial) fits on 8.5″ x 11″ sheet in two parts. So, you’ll just need to cut them out and tape them together as a stencil to trace onto a larger sheet. An x-acto knife might be better suited to that task.
Step 2. Fold the four edges of the paper gift box. Simply fold up the four bottom edges of the paper gift box, aiming to perfectly align the folds with the cut edge so there are no gaps.
Step 3. Curl in your four walls. Just use your hands to gently curl and tuck the walls inward, the 2 opposite walls at the same time. This will help your paper gift box ease into its snug curved position. If using thinner paper, you may even find that it helps to fold the two edges on the flower tab sides about halfway up. If using heavier paper, this won’t be necessary.
Step 4. Place your gift item at the base of the paper gift box. I wrapped the jewelry satchel in some tissue paper and placed it center stage. That confetti-style stuffing would be fun to use, too!
Step 5. Close your paper gift box! First grab the flower tabs so they meet in the middle. Then, one side at a time, carefully slide the slits over the flowers to seal up the paper gift box. And voila: your flower-tab paper gift boxes are all ready to be gifted!
You can even tie a tag through the center of the flower, so you know who’s paper gift box belongs to whom!
Can’t wait to send these goodies off to my mama and my MIL! And to keep up with my tradition of gifting jewelry on Mother’s Day…upping the ante a bit thanks to Blue Nile while keeping that handmade touch I love so much.
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