Friday, November 30, 2012

Crafty Christmas: DIY Pyramid Gift Boxes

Hi!

In preparation for our wedding in October of this year, I went looking for favours. I couldn't find any I liked - they were either too generic or too expensive. I came across a blog called Simply Creative (with Pink Petticoat) and in particular this post about pyramid boxes - I fell in love with their simplicity straight away and knew I wanted to make them as favours. I printed them onto cream A4 card, and made 200 of them. I added personalised labels from eBay, some ribbon, popped a couple of mints into each one, and voila - inexpensive favours that went down a bomb!


For Christmas, I love giving nail polish as a present. BUT. And it's a big but (and I cannot lie) - even though some nail polish is expensive, I think it looks really mean as a present on its own. Something that costs e10 or under shouldn't look mean - right, it's not a huge amount of money, but to those of us watching the pennies it's important that we feel good about what we give to people.

So, on the hunt for something to make the small little presents look a bit more presentable, I remembered these boxes. They're perfect for nail polish (or loads of other things - an EOS lip sphere, some eyeshadow, earrings or some other small little present would work really well too. If you make homemade truffles you could also use them).

I'll take you through it step-by-step!

First, download the template found here. The template belongs to Pink Petticoat, so all credit should be given to Liz Armstrong.

You will need:

A4 card of your choice, contrasting card (if desired), Ruler,
Scissors, Ribbon, Paper Punch.
Print the template onto the sheet of A4 card. For my wedding favour boxes I printed 2 to a page to get smaller boxes, but for these, print one per page. Cut along the main outside lines, NOT the inside dotted ones. You should end up with something like this:


Next, use your punch to make one hole in each of the 4 main corners. I found it easiest to get the holes centered if I fed the pointy end into the punch, then make the hole.


Next, use a ruler to fold along the little dotted lines on the card. There are two versions of the template in the downloadable file - one with guide lines and one without. I use the one with the lines because I'm hopeless at cutting/folding in a straight line. Use your ruler to fold all 4 main parts and both sides of each part in towards the centre. Fold all corners in to make sure the top pieces match up.

Click to enlarge.
Next, take your ribbon and feed it through the holes. There's a specific way to do this so that you can open & close it properly - start by feeding one end of the ribbon through one hole towards the centre, and out through the hole in front of it. Then feed the other end through the hole next to it, and out through the hole in front. The ribbon should be visible on the outside, like so:


Now, the fun part! Get the little item you want to pop inside, and wrap in a little tissue paper. This isn't necessary but it adds a little extra protection. If you're picking nail polish, very few brands will have room to stand up, but you can put them lying down in them. You could also add in a few chocolate coins.

Full-sized Essie polishes cost e9.99 from new display stands in chemists
all over Ireland, and are the perfect size for the box.

Once you put your gift inside, close the box securely by gently pulling the ribbon taut and tying a knot, then a bow. If your ribbon has a tendency to fray, you can stop that by using a candle or lighter. Just hold the ribbon near to the flame (not ON the flame, bubbly blackness is not what we are aiming for here) to gently seal the ends. Any ribbon will work well for the boxes - I think this green one came from the packaging of a pair of pyjamas! 

To finish it off, I cut a little circle of green card, used a gold pen to write on it, and added a little bow. 



I'm definitely going to make some more of these for the little presents, they deserve to get some proper wrapping too!






27 comments:

  1. These are fantastic Sharon! Definitely going to keep these in mind, they would look cute hanging on the tree for people to pick off as well! x

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    1. Thanks! I love them, they would look so cute on the tree - could fill them with chocolate! x

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  2. How awesome. I wish I had more people to buy for so I can make a bunch of these:) x

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    1. I want to buy loads of tiny things now to make more too :)x

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  3. Super cute boxes! I think I have that essie color. I was wearing it the day I dug around inside a turkey.

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    1. See, the story wasn't entirely complete until I knew that. I'll think of neck wieners every time I wear Sexy Divide, thank you!

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  4. That is the cutest packaging I have ever seen!!

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    1. Aren't they adorable! Nail polish is hard to wrap, I'm so glad I found that template! xx

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  5. What a cute idea, it's perfect for polish wrapping!
    Your little hand writing is also pretty too :)

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    1. Thanks Chiro! Haha my writing is normally so bad, had to really try to be neat! x

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  6. This is such a cute, neat and simple idea! I LOVE it! Awesome stocking stuffer!

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  7. That's such a lovely idea! I know exactly what you mean about how a nail polish can look a bit mean on its own so that's just a perfect way of presenting it! Fab!x

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  8. They look fabulous. I'm ever so pleased you made such great use of the template : )
    TFS!
    Liz
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much Liz, it was invaluable to me for the wedding, don't know what I would have done without you! :)x

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  9. This is an amazing idea!! I will most definitely be doing this! So crafty :D

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  10. Hey! New follower here! Just looked through your blog and decided I NEED to follow you. :D I love this idea. I definitely want to do something like this. So cute!

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  11. I just went and downloaded the template from Liz! Can't wait to use it :)
    Thanks for sharing! xx

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  12. This is such a clever and cute idea!

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  13. oh wow so in time for xmas wrapping.. Awesome idea! Thank you so much for this post :)

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  14. Excellent pyramid boxes. I like this design.

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