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Try This: DIY Gift Box

An empty box from the pantry quickly becomes great gift wrap in this DIY gift box project.

| December 2012 Web

  • Turn an empty cereal or pasta box into a handmade gift box in this easy DIY project.
    Photo By Gregory Miller/Courtesy Roost Books
  • Place your fabric on top of the box, fusible side down. If the box has a slick side, it will be best to adhere the fabric to the opposite (nonslick) side. Make sure the fabric hangs over all edges of the box evenly. Iron down.
    Photo Courtesy Roost Books
  • Make vertical cuts in the fabric between each tab to separate the tabs from each other. Then make two horizontal cuts on each side to separate the side panels from the top and bottom tabs.
    Photo Courtesy Roost Books
  • Use scissors or a craft knife to shape the short, diagonal, side edges of the top and bottom flaps.
    Photo Courtesy Roost Books
  • Try reusing and decorating an oatmeal container or coffee tin.
    Photo By Gregory Miller/Courtesy Roost Books
  • Ruby Star Wrapping by Melody Miller and Allison Tannery features 30 easy-to-make gift wrapping projects that you can create using common materials in your home.
    Photo Courtesy Roost Books

In Ruby Star Wrapping, authors Melody Miller and Allison Tannery inspire you to think resourceful, reusable and unusual when it comes to gift packaging. Their 30 easy-to-make gift wrap projects illustrate how to create beautiful, reusable packaging from the common materials in your home. This project for a DIY gift box comes from chapter 2, "If the Gift is Small, Soft or Squishy."

We love how easily an empty box from the pantry can become such great gift wrap. Cereal, pasta, hot chocolate, breakfast bars, crackers, popcorn, cookies—the variety of boxes is endless. One of our favorites is the toaster pastries box from Trader Joe’s (Melody’s kids love these, so there’s always a box available). This past Christmas when we had prototypes coming out our ears, Blake and I used a cereal box to give our parents homemade photo books, which no, are neither small, nor soft, nor squishy, but worked nonetheless! Note: Very few grandparents can resist entire books of their grandchildren. Easy + impactful + inexpensive = SCORE.


• Empty food box from your pantry
• Fabric scraps
• Fusible web (We use Pellon Wonder Under, regular weight.)
• Iron
• Hot glue (or craft glue)

Optional, but Helpful

• Rotary cutter and cutting mat
• Ruler
• Fusible web


1. Carefully open all the glued seams of your pantry box, so the entire box is one long flat piece. If the paper peels a bit, it’s OK. If there are any raised blobs of glue left on the surface of the box, see if you can peel them off. (You just need a fairly even surface under the fabric; it doesn’t have to be perfect!)

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