Saturday, December 4, 2010

*Tutorial* Make your own Chinese Takeout Gift box!

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Chinese Takeout Gift box:

I absolutely love these little containers for small gifts. You can make them any color you want and decorate them like crazy! I didn't do very much with this one but the possibilities are endless.

You will need:
1 poster board
bone folder
hole punch
anything else you'd like to use to decorate it with
pattern (click to download)

Print and assemble pattern template. One of the pages you'll need two copies of because both sides of the box are identical. Place template on poster board, anchor with weights and trace around it. I used brown paper for my template and testors model paint for weights. (At least they're being used for something).

Your template should look something like this with four sides joined to the box in the center.

With careful precision cut out gift box. And now you'll have this:

Here's where the fun begins. Using a bone folder (or anything you can get your hands on. I used a ruler and a flat head screw driver) create perfect creases in the areas marked with dotted lines. This really makes a difference giving your box crisp clean lines.

Using your hole punch, place strap holes in the center of the side pieces. Don't try to do this part later you'll hate yourself (Trust me I know). Now fold your box together and glue sides. I kept the flaps on the outside because it appeared more authentic to me, but its your preference. Place ribbon through the hole you punched on each side and knot. Now its time to decorate. Have fun!

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  1. so cool!

  2. Very nice Terra! This could be used for all kinds of cool gifts! Thanks!

  3. where I first read the post.After reading this post I’m really thinking of going ahead and doing all of them…jade jewelry

  4. these are great! thanks for sharing!!

  5. Thanks for this great tutorial!

  6. nice!

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  7. thanks so much for sharing the pattern! These look so fun :)

  8. Thanks for the pattern. I am going to use this for presents this year.

  9. Thank you so much for the pattern! I can't wait to use it for some presents this year!

  10. fun way to give a gift! thanks!

  11. I love to fill these with goodies and give them as treats but I've never made my own before, thank you for sharing!

  12. These look fabulous- what a great tutorial!
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