...don't throw away the box.
(Or: "The why I rarely post tutorials-tutorial". Or: "Recycling craft no.1").
I couldn't write a crochet or knitting tutorial if my life depended on it and I'm in constant awe of people who can (especially when they offer charts for different sizes as well - it seems like rocket science to me). I tried, believe me. That's why I usually describe what I did and not even that works most of the time as most of my projects are trial and error.
Well - making gift boxes from old shoe boxes is quite another thing. I've made a ton over the years to hold everything from sewing notions to make-up items or cookie cutters. So...here it goes.
You will need:
- old cardboard box
- wrapping paper (I even used newspaper once)
- scissors/cutting knife
- cutting mat
- plastic bag
- mod podge (dries quicker) OR wall paper paste (makes a smoother surface but can distort your box if you use too much)
Take the measurements of your box. Make a pattern according to this drawing (I hope you can read everything...)
You will - of course - need two. But you figured that out already. One for the lid, one for the bottom.
The rectangle in the middle should be exactly as big as your box (theoretically speaking you could trace around it, if you are very accurate), the sides should measure twice the height of your box or lid, plus about 1 cm for the tab. Really - don't forget the tabs! And even more important: don't forget the tabs on the sides! Cut out. Cut two rectangles that are slightly smaller than your lid/box.
Place your paper pattern on the plastic bag, left side facing up. Now either smother pattern in wall paper paste OR brush mod podge on the box. Carefully place box on the pattern, make sure to center it and match up the corners. Carefully lift sides of paper cut-out, the ones with the side tabs first. Try to smooth out bubbles while you are working. Fold and smooth tabs around the corners, fold the paper carefully over the sides. Smooth, smooth, smooth paper into corners and around the edges. Do the same with the other sides. Paste/glue rectangle to the bottom, covering the long tabs. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles you might find. Note - some wrinkles will magically disappear when the box is completely dry. Some don't... So try to get out as many as you can while the paste/glue is still wet.
Let the box dry completely before you put on the lid (overnight is best).
Tadaaahhh! - that's it. Give yourself a pat on the back. Make more.