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How to Make a Gift Box: A Step-by-Step Guide

 2023-09-18 12:37:32

How to Make a Gift Box

  • Introduction
  • How to Make a Gift Box?
  • Making a Small Gift Box
  • Steps to Make a Paper Gift Box
  • Steps to Make an Exploding Gift Box
  • To Wrap It Up!


Gift-giving is a beautiful way to show appreciation and love to your loved ones. But sometimes, finding the perfect gift box can be a bit of a challenge. What do you do in these kinds of situations? Well, crafting your own gift box is an ideal solution. But how to make a gift box that is durable and aesthetically pleasing simultaneously?

Don’t worry; we have a solution for you.

Whether you want to make a small gift box, a paper gift box, or even an exploding gift box, this easy-to-guide will teach you everything. So, get ready to impress your loved ones with your DIY skills!

Let's Dive in!

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How to Make a Gift Box?

Are you one of those people who enjoy giving and receiving gifts equally? That is something else we do, too! There are many occasions throughout the year to give gifts, including Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and even Christmas. And there is no better way to give someone a gift in a box you have crafted yourself. Creating your own gift box looks like a challenging task. But it is not. You just need proper instructions. And here we are with the best guideline that perfectly demonstrates how to make a gift box.

We will tell you the three best styles for designing a gift box. These box styles include:

  • Small Gift Box
  • A Paper Gift Box
  • Exploding Gift Box

Let's get started with creating the small gift boxes.

Making a Small Gift Box:

Sometimes, good things come in small packages. Small gift boxes look cute and are easy to make.

Below, we have described how to make a gift box step by step, along with the materials required.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardstock or decorative paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Ribbon or twine (optional)
  • Embellishments (stickers, beads, etc.)


To create a small gift box, follow these steps:

  1. The first step in making the small gift box is to measure and cut cardstock or decorative paper into a square shape. The size of the square will determine the size of your box. For a small gift box, start with a 6x6 inch square.
  2. Place the square on a flat surface with the patterned side facing down.
  3. Fold the square diagonally in half to make a triangle, then unfold it.
  4. Fold each square corner towards the center point, creating four smaller triangles at the corners.
  5. Flip the paper over to the patterned side and fold each side towards the center, overlapping them slightly.
  6. Use double-sided tape or glue to secure the overlapping flaps in place.
  7. Fold the top triangle over the flaps and secure it with tape or glue.
  8. Your small gift box is ready! Add a ribbon or twine around it for an extra touch.

We hope now you know how to make gift box at home with these eight easy steps.

How to Make a Paper Gift Box:

Paper is the best option when making a gift box for two reasons: it is budget-friendly, and it gives you the freedom to decorate it with unique designs.

Materials Needed:

Here are the basic materials that you need to design the paper gift box:

  • Sturdy paper (cardstock or craft paper)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder or edge scorer
  • Adhesive (glue or double-sided tape)
  • Decorative elements (markers, stamps, and stickers)


  1. First, determine the size you want for the box. Then, measure and cut the paper according to that size. An 8x8 sheet of paper works well for a medium-sized gift box.
  2. Orient the paper with the pattern side down. Use a ruler and bone folder to make score lines. Measure and mark a border (roughly 1 inch wide) along each edge.
  3. Fold along the score lines to create the sides of the box.
  4. Cut along the scored lines at the corners, meeting at the intersecting point.
  5. Apply adhesive to the flaps and fold them inward to form the sides of the box.
  6. Repeat for all sides, and secure the flaps in place with adhesive.
  7. You now have your paper gift box! Decorate it with your personal touch.

If you want to wrap your gift box, watch this easy tutorial on how to wrap a gift box.

How to Make an Exploding Gift Box:

An exploding gift box is a delightful surprise that reveals hidden compartments when opened. Let's create one!

Materials Needed:

  • Cardstock in different colors
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive
  • Photos or messages for the compartments
  • Ribbon or closure for the lid


  1. The first thing you need to do is cut the cardstock into four identical pieces. These are the layers of your exploding gift box. These will be the layers of your box. Start with larger squares for the top layer (12x12 inches), then gradually reduce the size for the inner layers.
  2. To make triangles, fold each square in half diagonally. Then, unfold them.
  3. With the patterned side facing up, fold the corners of each square towards the center about one-third of the way.
  4. Assemble the layers by adhering the folded corners of one square to the center of another square. Continue until all layers are in place.
  5. Create a lid using a slightly larger square of cardstock. Attach a ribbon or closure to the lid. We hope that after this step, you know how to make a gift box with lid.
  6. Now for the fun part: decorate the compartments with photos, messages, and embellishments.
  7. Close the box by folding the layers inward, and secure the lid with the ribbon.
  8. Your self-made exploding gift box is ready!

To Wrap It Up!

We hope you find this guide helpful in learning how to make a gift box. Creating your own gift box adds a personal touch that shows you have put thought and effort into your gift-giving.  Whether you are making a small gift box, a paper gift box, or even a surprising exploding gift box, these step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process.

If you need help designing your Custom gift boxes, contact OXO Packaging. Our expert design team will assist you every step of the way to make a gift box that your loved ones will love!

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