Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop.  This month's theme is "Home for the Holidays". I love decorating at Christmas time - and not just inside and outside the house, but my gifts as well. Making boxes is so easy and decorating them is easier yet!

This post includes a TUTORIAL on how you can make a CUSTOM box for your small gifts. I made three different boxes for this post. The directions to make a custom box is a little further down in the post. First of all, here's the decorated boxes:

This smaller one is my personal favorite. I love the Pretty Pines Thinlits and use them every chance I get. I decided against the traditional green and went with Mint Macaron instead. I added a Silver Foil 1/4" strip of paper to the Mint Macaron ribbon to dress it up. The pine cones are also cut from Silver Foil. The contents of the box are pine scented candles. The box measures 4 1/2" square.

I decorated this box like it's contents - a Sugar Cookie kitchen towel and a set of miniature cookie cutters.  The box measures 5 1/2" x 8".

And this box holds a playful red & white knitted scarf and mittens. Since the contents was playful, so is the decoration. I simply made a double bow with the Envelope Punch Board. This box measures 7" square.

Here's all 3 boxes, so you can see the differences in the size of each box.

Now for the really fun stuff!  Stampin' Up! posted a video some months ago about how to do this, but I prefer written instructions. So, I took good notes. In order to make a custom box you need to know these 3 things about what you're trying to fit in the box: width, height, and length

Sounds simple, right? So once you know these things, here's the formula for the BOTTOM of the box. We'll get into the TOP of the box a little further down.

Height  +  Width + Height     = _____ = Width of the paper to cut
Height  +  Length  + Height  = _____  = Length of the paper to cut

If you want your box lid to be the same size as the bottom, then you would just repeat the above formula for the top.

If you want your box lid shorter (as I did all my boxes above and in the picture below), then reduce your HEIGHT measurement on the above formula by an inch or two, or however short you want your box top.

For example, I wanted to make a box for my 2017 Calendars that I posted pictures of last week (if you missed that post, click HERE).  The calendar month sheets measured 3 1/2" wide by 5" in length. I added  1/4" onto those measurements for a little more room because I love to use tissue paper to wrap inside the box.  Here are the calendars inside the box:

So, I used the measurements 3 3/4" (width) x 5 1/4" (length). Because I love to use dimensionals (pop-dots), the completed stack of 12 months ended up being 2 1/4" (height). So here was my formula:

2 1/4" (height)  +  3 3/4" (width)  +  2 1/4" (height)  =  8 1/4"
2 1/4" (height)  +  5 1/4" (length)  + 2 1/4"  (height)  =  9 3/4"

So, I cut the paper for the bottom box 8 1/4" x 9 3/4".

Because you want  your bottom box to fit nicely with your top box and not be too tight, take a SMIDGEON off your cut paper for the bottom box only (like about 1/16th of an inch or less). It doesn't matter which side you take this off, but only take it off one side. Then, I scored the paper at 2 1/4" (height) on all four sides. You will always score the same measurement as your height.

Still with me?  Good! Now I needed to make the box top.  As you can see in the following picture, my top box (or lid) is a lot shorter than the bottom box. 

So here was my formula:

1 1/2" (height)  +  3 3/4" (width)  +  1 1/2" (height)  =  6 3/4"
1 1/2" (height)  +  5 1/4" (length)  +  1 1/2" (height)  =  8 1/4"

Cut your paper for the top box 6 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Then, I scored the paper at 1 1/2" (height) on all four sides.

After you make your box, you will know if you made a math error because it won't fit. Trust me because I made a math error the first time I did this. Here's how you assemble both the bottom and top of your cut and scored box:

There you have it - now you can make your own custom sized box. I hope this helps you and I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you. Also, if you would like me to send you this written tutorial in PDF format, please send me an e-mail ( 

Let's go see what awesome creation Liz Holloway has for us today! Speaking of awesome creations, I can't wait to show you what she has in store for us for January. So make sure you check back here on January 5 for the next Creative Circle Design Team Hop.

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  1. Love this! Great idea! Gonna start making some! Thanks for detailed instructions!

  2. Wosser! You did an awesome job on the boxes, and thanks for the instructions!

  3. These boxes are sooo cool! Great job and what an incentive to use that gift box board!

  4. Love how Mint Macaron looks with Real Red. Thanks for the box tutorials.

  5. Oh my goodness Sandy, just so beautiful! I have not yet paired Mint Macaron with Real Red and Silver, but you bet I'm going to try it soon. thanks for all the inspiration!

    1. Thanks Lynn! I needed a wider ribbon and the Mint Macaron caught my eye. I wish I could say it was planned, but it was truly a happy accident!