Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holiday Gift Card/Treat Box

Hi - It's Jeanne here and welcome to the all new Holiday 2009 version of Joli Paquet! I'm so excited to be the first to share with you my tutorial for the festive Holiday Gift Card/Treat Box box shown above.

This project includes a template for making both a large and small size of the box. The larger one will hold a gift card or bracelet. The smaller box will hold a pair of earrings or candies. It's a tradition in our family to have a little treat by each place setting for Christmas dinner. The smaller box is the perfect size for this and it can do double-duty as a placecard as well.

~ Supply List ~

One - 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock - any color
One - 6" x 8" sheet of decorative paper - scrapbook paper, wallpaper, gift wrap
One - 1" x 6" strip of coordinating decorative paper
One 3" x 3" sheet of another coordinating decorative paper
12" strip of crepe paper in a complimentary color
2" diameter scallop edged circle punch
Large snowflake punch
Silver glitter
Medium sized Button
Embroidery Floss & Baker's Twine (optional)
Small tag
Heavy Duty Double-sided Tape
Glue Stick & White Craft Glue
Pinking Shears (optional)
Embossing Stylus or Bone Folder

OK, now let's get started!
Step 1 - Double click on the template above to enlarge and then print out on plain paper.

Step 2 - Cut out the template for the size box you wish to make. (I am going to show you how to make the large size in this tutorial.) Using a pencil, trace the template onto plain cardstock.

Step 3 - Following the lines you traced, cut out the box from the cardstock. Using an embossing stylus (or bone folder), trace over all the dotted lines. Press down fairly hard to make folding and constructing the box easier.

Step 4 - Cover the entire back of the box with a glue stick and adhere in to the back of the 6"x8" piece of decorative paper. Cut off excess paper. (Gluing first and cutting second assures that you will have a perfect fit.)

Step 5 - Apply heavy duty double-sided tape to the right side of the entire tab. (I think this tape was originally called Wonder Tape. It is available at Michael's and various scrapbook stores.) Fold box on creases made with stylus. Peel off tape backing. Fold tab over and adhere to the inside of the other end of the box (see last picture in the photo above).

Step 6 - Fold end flaps on creases made with stylus. Attach the 1"x6" strip of decorative paper, as shown, and trim ends to fit box. (Both of these papers are from My Mind's Eye)

Step 7 - Punch a large snowflake from white cardstock. (I used Martha Stewart's Himalayan Snowflake punch available at Michael's.) Punch a 2" circle from coordinating paper. (I used a scallop edged circle punch.)

Step 8 - Glue the snowflake to the center of the scallop edged circle. Apply white craft glue to snowflake and sprinkle with silver glitter. (I used German glass glitter, but any glitter will do. You can even use Stickles Glitter Glue if you'd like.)

Step 9 - Gather one edge of approximately 12" of crepe paper (use the full width of crepe paper) by stitching a basting stitch with thread. As you pull the thread the crepe paper strip will form a rosette. Tack down center with thread to hold in place. Glue snowflake circle on top of crepe paper rosette.

Step 10 - Thread embroidery floss through button holes and secure with a knot on top of the button. Glue button to center of snowflake.

Step 11 - Decorate a small tag with your choice of paper. I added a vintage red label to write the recipient's name. Tie a bow through the hole with a length of baker's twine and attach to the front of the box with a little craft glue.

Now you're ready to fill your pillow box with a small gift, sweet treats, or a gift card. You can decorate these little boxes as simply or extravagantly as you desire. Either way, the recipient is sure to be delighted by their little gift! As the saying goes. . . . . Good things come is small packages!
Happy Holidays!!!


CosmoGirl Carla said...

Love it! We give out lots of gift cards and cash to nieces and nephews at C'mas, and this will be the perfect "vessel" for them.


ValerieC said...

Beautiful! What a wonderful project. Thanks for sharing.

vintage girl at heart said...

Perfect and oh so cute!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Thank you so much for a great tutorial! This can be used for any occasion, fabulous!


Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

I love your gift boxes!!!! So cute. My kids will even like helping with these!

Simply Jessabells said...

Oww, I really like this. Thanks so much. I give my daughter jewelery every year for xmas, mostly fake gold and such. She's a teen. It would be cool to package it in this.

Ellen said...

love this cute treat box! A very cute way to give gift cards and small trinkets....and perfect for kiddos to help with!

Casii said...

Very cute! Great way to wrap up a little stocking stuffer or two!

Little Pink Studio said...

Considering all my 16 year old wants for Christmas is gift cards and make up this will come in handy! :)
Super cute Miss Jeanne!
xoxo, Cerri

Unknown said...

Love your little treat box!!! It is tooo cute!

dear jane said...

Jeanne love the polka dots and the snowmen! Great detail! Can't wait to make mine! Soooo cute!:D

Auntie Cake said...

So glad you guys are up and running again! I miss it when you are gone!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Elyse said...

so adorable

(but what's a basting stitch?)


cherished*vintage said...

Oh those look super cute and fun to make. Love 'em!

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Unknown said...

This is wonderful! Lucky me I just bought that paper and punch! I can't wait to try it.


fleamarketstudio said...

Thank you it is just perfect!

Geek+Nerd said...

This is so pretty!

Rizwan said...

Can't wait to make mine! So cute love to get you thanks
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babar said...

creative art work i like the flower which is in red color.
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