Introduction: Mini Xmas Gift Parcels

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There are some things money can’t buy.  Like a handmade gift.  Why not go a step further and put together your own handmade GIFT PARCEL!  You can fill these gift parcels with cookies, sweets or chocolate treats to give your friends and family a most heartwarming surprise.

I actually made these cute little gift parcels for my friends a few Christmases ago.  They loved it.  These gift parcels are not only fun, but really easy to make.  I’ve included templates in this entry for download.  The templates were created by tracing actual full-size post parcels (those you can find in post offices), then scaled down to fit A4 size.

Step 1: Materials

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1. 200gsm A4 size colored papers
2. Corrugated cardboard
3. Twines/ribbons/strings
4. Scissors
5. Stick glue/double side tape
6. Ruler
7. Cutter Knife
8. Paper scorer
9. Cutting mat

Download template here and print template over colored papers
(don’t forget to fit to A4 size when printing).

Step 2: Cut

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Cut out template outlines with cutter knife
(make sure you cut only along the definite lines, and not the dotted ones).

Step 3: Score & Fold

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Use a paper scorer to score and fold along the dotted lines
(using a paper scorer is not mandatory but if you don’t, the folds won’t turn out as neat).

Step 4: Glue Top Flap

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Glue top right flap (b) over the top left flap (a).  When done, the kink on the top right flap (d) should slot nicely into the little hole on the top left flap (c).

Step 5: Glue Bottom Flap

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Apply glue on bottom flap (f) and fold over the 2 side flaps (e).  Continue to fold inwards to glue the bottom flap back onto itself.
(if stick glue doesn’t stick well, try using double-sided tape.  However, you have to be extremely careful with double-sided tape because once you stick them, there is no turning back!)

Step 6: Glue Corrugated Papers

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Cut out corrugated cardboard pieces to fit cover and base:

10.5cm x 7.5cm (cover)
base: 15.5cm x 7.5cm (base)

Paste corrugated cardboard pieces on respective surfaces. They provide better structural support for the parcel.

Step 7: Glue Cover Flap to Base Side

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Paste linking surface of cover and base (h) with (g).

Step 8: Fill It Up With Goodies!

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Fill your gift parcel the goodies and write a personal message on the cover if you like.
Tie the parcel with strings or ribbons and finish it off with a sweet bow. :)

Hope this craft would be useful to you. Do visit my website for more exciting D.I.Y crafts!



babyhedder (author)2015-12-10

sooo cool.can't wait to try to make one myself (maybe to keep) lol

Love it, Thanks

SparkySolar (author)2014-11-08

Wicked neat.

SparkySolar (author)2014-11-08

Wicked neat.

nana.krnja (author)2012-10-11

This is sooooo good,. I love it :)

Alberta Leong (author)nana.krnja2012-10-11

Thank you!

grooooovy (author)2010-09-05

What are the exact measurements for the boxes?

Alberta Leong (author)grooooovy2010-09-05

just print the template on a A4 paper.

grooooovy (author)Alberta Leong2010-09-05

Yeah, I just found that. These are SO adorable!

Alberta Leong (author)grooooovy2010-09-05

Thanks! :D glad you like it!

grooooovy (author)grooooovy2010-09-05

Sorry, I found the "download template here"

sputnik00 (author)2010-04-05

i find using the dull edge of a butter knife works too.

grooooovy (author)sputnik002010-09-05

I use the end of my knitting needle.

Alberta Leong (author)2010-05-18

yea that would be fine too, as long as the tool helps make an indent. :)

kcls (author)2009-12-24

This instructable + this = Awesome :)

acexkeikai (author)2009-12-03

Hi sorry to have pointed this out but iit would be a a really bad thing to have this destroyed :)

I had a friend who tied a package with twine learned that the hard way...

acexkeikai (author)2009-12-03

If you send this by Post be careful of the twine you are using... they might get snagged on the Postal triage conveyer belt and rip your package. =/ I know in Canada they ask people not to use anything that might snag on there because they get a lot of packages destroyed this way.

Alberta Leong (author)acexkeikai2009-12-03

Hello! That's a good point!
I won't advise you guys to send these mini parcels by post. They are just too small, might get crushed! haha. But they are perfect for personal hand-delivered gifts! :D

1arrow24 (author)2009-12-01

These are perfect!
I am making alot of home made gifts this year (mostly sweeties) and was not looking forward to gathering all the relevant containers for them. You solved my problem!

Alberta Leong (author)1arrow242009-12-01

Really really glad my tutorial is of good use to you! Woo what sweets you making btw?

1arrow24 (author)Alberta Leong2009-12-01

Eeermm. There's a list somehwere, but I can't find it! There's:
-Kendall mint cake
-Bath bombs(not a sweet but still be boxed)
-Chocolate protraits
Gosh, there's one for every person but I can't remember any more!
ARGH! Where's my all important list gone?! :O

capricorn (author)2009-12-01

 Sweet :) Merry Xmas my friend :)

Alberta Leong (author)capricorn2009-12-01

Same to you Capricorn! :D Can't wait for xmas.

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