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Easy Gift Box Tutorial: Make Your Own Custom Gift Boxes

Updated on March 14, 2012

If you would like to learn how to make your own DIY gift boxes ,you have come to the right hub. I am talking about cute, good quality gift boxes like you buy at a store and you can make them different sizes, too. Making your own gift boxes may seem hard to do, right? At least that is what I always thought. Recently, I learned gift boxes are actually quite easy to make. With just a little scoring, folding, cutting and gluing, you can make 2 pieces of cardstock into a nice and neat, custom gift box for that perfect gift. The great thing about DIY gift boxes is you get to pick out the colors and print you would like it to be. Another thing you can do is punch a shaped border on the lid of your box or use embellishments to decorate it any way you would like. This is a fun and easy paper craft that just about anybody can do. In this tutorial we will be making a 4x4x4 inch box.

This is a 4x4 inch box  and a 2x2 inch box I recently made.
This is a 4x4 inch box and a 2x2 inch box I recently made.

Make a 4x4x4 inch Gift Box

What You Need:

  • 2 pieces of 12 x12 card stock
  • Scoring tool, stylus or an old ball point pen that doesn't work will work fine
  • Ruler
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • Double sided sticky tape

1st 12x12 sheet - measure box bottom
1st 12x12 sheet - measure box bottom
2nd 12x12 - measure box top
2nd 12x12 - measure box top

STEP 1- Measuring and Marking

Measure your 12x12 inch sheets of card stock so you can score them. First measure the sheet which will be the bottom of your box. Turn the sheet over to the back side or if it's double sided print card stock, make sure the print you want on the outside of the box is face down. Take the card stock and ruler and line them up on the edge of the paper. Mark a small dot at 4 inches and another dot at 8 inches. Then turn it a quarter of a turn and mark 4 inches and 8 inches again, keep going until you have all sides of the card stock marked.

Now take the other sheet which will be the top of your box. This one will be slightly different because the top of the box needs to be a tad bigger so it can fit over the bottom part. Take your ruler and mark it just like you did the other but instead of starting at 0 inch mark, start at 1mm past 0 inches and mark the dots at 4 inches and then mark it at 8 1/8 inches. Now, use that measurement and make the dots on the other 3 sides of the card stock.

scoring the bottom
scoring the bottom
scoring the top
scoring the top

STEP 2 - Score

We are going to score the sheets now. Take the sheet that will be the bottom of your box and take the ruler and line it up with the dots you made on one side of the cardstock. Make sure the ruler is lined up with both dots on the 4 inch mark and score it. You score it by taking your stylus or score tool, press slightly and run it along and down the edge of the ruler. Don't put too much pressure on it.. You are just trying to make a dent in it so you can fold it easily. After you have done that for both the 4 inch and 8 inch marks, give the paper another quarter turn and line up the ruler on the dots again and score that side at 4 inches and then 8 inches. Once you have scored that side, you can sit it aside.

Now for the other sheet which will be the top of your box. Do just as you did above. Line up the ruler on one side of the paper with the 4 inch dot and the 81/8 inch dots and score it at both points, turn the page a quarter of a turn and line up the dots with the ruler and score again at both 4 inches and 8 1/8 inches. Now the scoring should all be done!

Take both sheets and fold them all on the score marks.

Scoring Template

bottom and top scorelines
bottom and top scorelines
guide for where to cut on both pieces
guide for where to cut on both pieces

STEP 3- Cut

Now it's time to cut slits in the card stock so you can form the box. Again, take the scored sheet which will be the bottom of your box and cut slits according to the diagram at the right. Just cut along the scored like and stop when you get to the scored line that goes across. Then make the same cuts in the other sheet which is going to be the top of your box.

Use the guide to cut the card stock. You can use scissors or for an even neater, straight line use a ruler and x-acto knife.

Illustration on how to fold and glue to form the bottom and top of the box
Illustration on how to fold and glue to form the bottom and top of the box
Glue and assemble the bottom
Glue and assemble the bottom
Gluing and assembling the top
Gluing and assembling the top
Box complete!
Box complete!

STEP 5- Glue

You should now have both 12x12 pieces of card stock that are cut and ready to glue.

Bottom of the box:

Take your double sided tape or whatever fast tack glue you are using and put glue on each of the flaps on the bottom part of your box. Then fold the flaps in and glue them to the side of the box... See the illustration. It shows step by step exactly what to do for both sheets.

For the top of the box:

If you want the lid to only cover only the top or halfway down the box (instead of covering the whole bottom part of the box), you must trim 1 to 1.5 inches from the edges of the card stock BEFORE gluing/folding the top together. Use either a paper cutter or use a ruler and draw a line and cut on the line when you are trimming the inches off. It's important that the trimming is accurate or else it will show when you assemble the lid.

Either way, glue and fold together to form the top the same way you did the bottom. Look at the illustration again if you need to. Once you have it all glued together, put the top on and you are finished!!

Finished Box
Finished Box

Do you want to make other sizes of gift boxes?

You make them all the same with the same steps as above but depending on the size of the box, you will start out with a different sheet size and the measurements for scoring will be different for each one. Here is a little guide:

Box Size Guide

Box Size
Use Sheet Size
Scoring for Base of Box
*Scoring for Box Top
2 x 2 x 2
6" by 6"
2" & 4"
2" & 4 1/8"
3 X 3 X 2
7" by 7"
2" & 5"
2" & 5 1/8"
4 X 4 X 2
8" by 8"
2" & 6"
2" & 6 1/8"
4 x 4 x 4
12" by 12"
4" & 8"
4" & 8 1/8"
5 x 5 x 3 1/2
12" by 12"
3 1/2" & 8 1/2"
3 1/2" & 8 5/8"
6 X 6 X 3
12" by 12"
3" & 9"
3" & 9 1/8"
7 x 7 x 2 1/2
12" by 12"
2 1/2" & 9 1/2"
2 1/2" & 9 5/8"
8 x 8 x 2
12" by 12"
2" & 10"
2" & 10 1/8"
* Remember for the sheet which will be the lid on any of these boxes, move your sheet over 1mm and then mark as usual.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find it helpful for years to come. Have a fun time making your own gift boxes!

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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Sanjida Alam, Thank you..:)

    • Sanjida Alam profile image

      Sanjida Alam 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Your hubs are very helpful.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Lilleyth, I'm glad you found this hub useful. That's a neat idea about making your own gift bags using other bags that have been given to you as the template.. Thank you for sharing that :)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Very useful hub. I enjoy making my own paper gift bags using templates from bags I've received. Easy peasy.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hey Sunny! I had actually already been thinking of maybe doing an ebook.. I keep hearing you can publish them for free. Thank you for the positive feedback on the hub..I tried really hard to make sure it was super-understandable since I had such a hard time finding instructions that were understandable and not confusing. I've actually had a scoring board from Martha Stewart that I had sitting around for a while and I finally decided to try it a few days ago and that makes it even EASIER to do the boxes (plus it has an envelope tool) so I'm actually writing a tutorial for that and will publish soon.

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      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Jamie! You should sell this as an ebook! I just bought a paperback book from amazon for $6 that is not this informative or has templates, with sizing for different size boxes! Can't wait to make some boxes....

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Rose- You are so welcome! I have always wanted to try the gift box tutorials but they seemed confusing and complicated to me. I wanted to make this tutorial as easy to understand as possible because when I finally made a gift box it wasn't that bad. It's really all about getting the scored lines just right and knowing where to cut and glue. You could actually make up a bunch of these ahead of time to assemble when you need them. I'm happy you found this useful!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I have seen several great box tutorials recently and would love to try this. I hate spending a lot of money and time wrapping gifts so anything that I can do to make the process go more smoothly is helpful. Thanks for the great directions!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      teaches12345- Thank you! I tried very hard to make the instructions as easy as possible to understand. I put off making these for years because the instructions I saw always confused me. Thank you for the compliment about how easy it is to follow! It helps me to feel good about achieving what I wanted to achieve with this hub :0) Thank you so much for the vote and for stopping by!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      You have a quality hub topic here. Your detailed instrucions and pictures make it all very easy to follow. Anyone who wishes to make these boxes will have no problem following through to the end. Voted up.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      kerlynb, thank you so much! It took me a while to do this hub but I wanted it to be understandable and that's why I did all the extra illustrations. I appreciate your positive comment and it lets me know the extra time put in was worth it. These boxes really are simple.. once you make one, you won't want to stop! Thanks for stopping by and have lots of fun making your boxes! Oh, and thanks for the votes, too!!

    • kerlynb profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I never imagined I could do this on my own and with your hub I probably could! Your step-by-step guide is simply easy to follow. I would like to make boxes with damask prints, perfect for special occasions :) Voting your hub up and useful and interesting!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      8 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni, thank you! This hub took me a while.... I was afraid I might confuse people. I tried as best as I could to make it easy to understand. The 4x4 box would be the perfect size for a cupcake, too! As always, thank you so much for stopping by!

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      8 years ago

      What a neat tutorial. Making up a stash of these gift boxes to use for cupcakes is an idea I've had for some time. You've made it an easy project with this craft. Thanks!


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