Make Your Own Gift Boxes Using Martha Stewart's Scoring Board
You may have read my hub tutorial on how to make your own gift boxes but I wanted to share an even easier way to make them. A while back I had purchased Martha Stewart's Scoring Board but just recently got over my fear of making boxes and tried it out and I have to say I totally LOVE IT! It was specifically made for scoring your paper crafts. It even has a handy envelope tool so you can score and make your own envelopes. This is definitely one of my favorite crafting tools now and I can tell that I will be using it for LOTS of crafts! I got it for like $15 on Amazon and after using it and seeing how neat and handy it is, it was well worth the purchase. I have a feeling I'll be using this for many paper crafts for years to come! You can make LOTS of different sized gift boxes but for this tutorial I have decided to do a 3x3x2 gift box.
What You Need
- Martha Stewart's Scoring Board
- 2 Pieces 7" by 7" cardstock
- Double Sided Tape
First, we need to score the bottom of the gift box. Take the piece of card stock which will be your bottom and put it on the scoring board. Open up the top compartment and take the scoring tool out. You will also see under the lid of the compartment a guide which tells you all the different sizes and measurements for the gift boxes. We are going to do the 3x3x2 sized gift box so it says we need 2 pieces of 7" by 7" paper. Take the piece which will be the bottom of your gift box and place it in the upper left hand side of the scoring board. Make sure it's lined up perfectly in the corner. Also make sure that whatever side of the card stock that you want to be showing on the outside of the box is facing down.
Now that your card stock sheet it is all lined up, look again under the lid on the guide. It says you need to score it at 2" and 5" for the base. Take your tool and line it up with the 2 inch mark and then carefully press down and drag the tool all the way down to the end and then do it again at the 5" mark. Be sure not to press too hard or it will perforate the paper. Turn the paper a quarter turn and score both measurements again.
Now you do the same thing with the other piece of card stock which is going to be your lid. Remember to place your card stock print side down. Looking back at the guide for the measurements, it says for the lid you need to score at 2" and 5 1/8" but notice the asterisk by score for lid above the lid measurements. That means that for all the lid measurements, you need to shift the left side of paper to line up with the arrow mark. This is very important because this makes sure the lid comes out slightly larger so it will fit over the bottom properly. So once you have lined the left side with the arrow, line up the scoring tool at 2" and score it. Then again at 5 1/8" and score. Now turn your sheet around 1/4 of a turn, line up with the arrow, measure and score again at both measurements.
Now take both sheets and fold them inward along all the score lines to get ready for the next step.
Always Remember: Don't score the side of the sheet that you want showing outside of the box.....the print side of the card stock will usually be facing down because that is the side you want to show. Also, for the sheet that will be the box lid (no matter which box you are making), always move the left side of the sheet over to the arrow before scoring!
Now you should have both of your sheets scored and folded. It's time to place cuts in the paper. See the diagram to see where the paper should be cut. Make sure to cut the lines as neatly and straight as possible. You may even want to use a x-acto knife and a ruler.
After the cuts are made, it's time to fold and glue it. You should have 4 smaller loose flaps. You fold each one of those up and in. Take one flap and fold it up and fold it in and glue it in place. Keep doing this until you've adhered all 4 sides... then do the other. Now, put your lid on and you've got a nice 3x3x2 gift box!
Making a Gift Box - Tips
► If you would prefer to have the lid only cover a little instead of covering the entire bottom of the box like the one we just made, just take the card stock that you want to be your lid and trim off however much you want from each side of the paper. This box was 2 inches in height so 1 to 1 1/2 inches would be ideal. This will leave the lid covering about half or the top 1/2 inch of the box.
► You can shape the edge of your lid using a border or paper punch. This adds a nice touch.
► You could draw or paint your own design on the card stock and then use it to make your box. The personal touch will make it that much more special to the recipient.
► You could also use rubber stamps to stamp an image or pattern to embellish the card stock you are using to make your box.
► Embellish it with a gift bow
► Put paper strips, paper shred, Easter grass or anything similar into your box for packaging your gift.
► Embellish your gift box with ribbon or other embellishments, like paper flowers, rosettes or a cute tag.
► Pre-score and cut several sized gift boxes and when you are ready to use one, grab it, glue and assemble it and it's ready to go!
That's it for now.. thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment... I love reading your comments. They inspire me to keep on going.