Introduction: Make a Holiday Gift Box and "Bow" for Cheap
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Step 1: Materials
- Paper trimmer (or ruler)
- Spray Adhesive
- 2"+ circle punch
- Posterboard (mine is red on one side and blue on the other)
- Green and Green Paper (I used construction paper)
- Black Bead
- Thin ribbon
- Wrapping Paper
- Aluminum foil
- Bone folder/corner turner (or a straight edge)
- Hole Punch
- Self-healing mat (or a piece of flat wood)
Step 2: Punch Circles
Punch 2 red circles and 1 green circle.
Step 3: Spray Glue Circles
Spray glue circles and smoothed out aluminum foil ready.
Tip: When spray gluing, run the glue over the edges of the material you're coating.
Step 4: Afix Circle to Foil
Repeat for all 3 circles.
Step 5: Cut the Excess
Cut the excess aluminum foil away from the attached circle.
Repeat for all three circles.
Step 6: Make Folds As Guides
Make folds for your guides.
Fold circle in half.
Connect the folded lines and fold again.
Repeat as demonstrated in the photos until the circle is folded into 8 segments.
Repeated for both red circles. You only need to fold the green circle twice for a total of 4 segments.
Step 7: Cut Petals
Cut the petals out from the red circles. I eyed it and left them connected to a 1/2" inner circle. Be careful to not cut away the petals or leave too little attached.
Step 8: Cut Leaves
Cut the green circle like you did for the 2 red circles except only make 4 large "leaves".
Step 9: Punch Center Holes
Using your hole punch, punch holes from the center of the 2 red and 1 green.
Step 10: Ribbon and Bead
Run one end of the ribbon through all three holes with the green on the bottom and both reds on top. Run the ribbon through a black bead and back through the holes.
Step 11: Cut Posterboard Squares
Cut 2 squares out of the poster board. One square will have to be 3/4" to 1" larger than the other depending on the wrapping paper you are using. Thin wrapping paper will probably only need 3/4" difference, but heavy wrapping paper will probably need 1". My squares are 6" and 6 3/4".
Step 12: Make Fold Lines and Test
Fold origami box as illustrated in the photos for both posterboard squares and run a dry test run to make sure the boxes fit snuggly inside one another without needing to force them together. Make crisp edges using a bone folder/edge turner (or a straight edge).
Step 13: Unfold and Spray Glue
Unfold your boxes and apply spray glue to the side you want to hide.
Step 14: Attach to Wrapping Paper
Gently press the squares onto a length of rolled out wrapping paper keeping the edges in line with any pattern the paper might have.
Note: The circle punch is just being used to keep the edge from rolling back up.
Step 15: Loosely Cut and Smooth
Loosely cut the boxes out and flip them over. Gently smooth out any bubbles or creases using your fingers or a straight edge.
Step 16: Cut Excess Wrapping Paper
Cut off the excess wrapping paper from both squares and refold both boxes.
Step 17: Attach Ribbon and Flower Bow
Note: Tying the box in this way makes it easy for the gift recipient to pull the box open.
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