How to Make Gift Boxes: Clear Lid Techniques

How to Make Gift Boxes with an Extra Special Touch...

Learn how to make these two super cute homemade gift boxes with clear lids...The DIY gift box technique I'd like to show you here is the clear lid technique. It's great for extra special hand made gifts that you really want to show off.

You can also use the clear lid technique to make your homemade food gifts look professionally decadent and extremely elegant. No one will question the quality of your scrumptious goodies when they are nestled in these gorgeous clear top food gift boxes.

Below, you'll find tutorials on how to make two different types of clear lids.

Here's how to make gift boxes with clear tops for elegant homemade gifts...


Clear Lid DIY Gift Box #1


Learn How to Make Gift Boxes with Clear LidsFirst of all, I'll show you how to make gift boxes with a simple clear lid, so that your gift presentation and the gift itself become one beautiful creation...

These "see-through" gift boxes lend themselves well to all kinds of small baked goods, truffles and even small hand made gifts like homemade ornaments, jewelry and small photo gifts.

You'll Need:

  • Acetate. A stiff and clear material for the lid such as acetate, transparency film or clear vellum
  • Dry erase marker is helpful
  • Ruler or better yet, a ruled grid of some kind
  • Scissors, sharp with a good point will work best or a craft knife
  • Paper to make origami box... 12 x 12 scrapbook paper is what I use here
  • Ribbon for decorating your box

How to Make Gift Boxes: Clear Lid Technique #1

  1. Start with a Box. First, you need a box (just the bottom, no top of course). For this tutorial, I made an origami gift box. Please refer to origami box instructions if needed to make your own origami box.

It's so awesome to learn how to make gift boxes and the clear lid is great for showing off a visually appealing gift...

  1. Make the Clear Lid. Next cut your acetate to size. To do this, measure the width and height of your box. Next, add width + height + height to determine the size of acetate you need.

Here's how to cut your lid after you make your gift box...

Cutting Tips... I find that placing my acetate on a grid and marking the cuts I plan to make with a dry erase marker works great. Making sure to use sharp pointed scissors will help you make clear square cuts. You can clean any remaining marks using a damp cloth or rubbing alcohol if needed.

Cut a square from each corner (as shown above) that is the same size as the height of your box. If the height is 2" cut a 2" x 2" square from each corner as shown.

How to make the clear lid for your DIY gift box...

  1. Fold each flap down and place over your box. Tie ribbon around your box after you have filled it with something appealing.

Tip: If you don't want to use ribbon to keep the lid secure, you can use a dot of glue under each flap of the clear lid.

All done!

You can fill a box like this with cookies or other baked goods... candy or nut mixes. You can place crinkly shredded paper (the kind made for gift baskets called shred), tinsel or tissue paper inside to pad a beautiful homemade gift such as, jewelry, small photo gifts, photo key-chains, handmade ornaments, etc.

Tip: You can also decorate the clear acetate using stamps or permanent markers.

Next I'd like to show you how to make gift boxes with clear lids that pop up higher than the box itself... this is really elegant, I just love it when I have an excuse to do this!


Clear Lid DIY Gift Box #2


The second clear lidded DIY gift box technique is something I learned from Mary Gallagher Stout on Monkeysee.com.

It's very similar to the simple box above except the top of this one actually slips inside the box and extends the height of the box making it twice as tall. The resulting view is lovely.

You'll Need:

  • Acetate. A stiff and clear material for the lid such as acetate, transparency film or clear vellum.
  • Dry erase marker is helpful.
  • Ruler or better yet, a ruled grid of some kind.
  • Scissors, sharp with a good point is best.
  • Paper, 6 x 6 inches
  • Ribbon for decorating your box if desired.

How to Make Gift Boxes: Clear Lid Technique #2

  1. First, use your 6 x 6 in. paper to make a square box using these origami box instructions...

Learn how to make a box with both photographed and illustrated origami box instructions...

  1. Next cut your acetate to 6 x 6 inches. Cut a 2 x 2 in. square out of each corner of the acetate.

How to Make Gift Boxes with Fun Clear Lids

Tips.. I find that placing my acetate on a grid and marking the cuts I plan to make with a dry erase marker works great. Making sure to use sharp pointed scissors will help you make clear square cuts. You can clean any remaining dry erase marker using a damp cloth or rubbing alcohol if needed.

  1. Fold each tab.

  1. Tuck all four tabs into the box. They will tuck in half way allowing the rest of the lid to stick up and look gorgeous!

How to Make a Box with an Elegant Clear Lid: Tips and DIY Gift Box Tutorial

Tip... A tooth pick can be used to adjust the inner flaps of the lid if they get caught on each other or don't lay flat against the inside. This can also be a handy way make last minute adjustments to the position of your gift for best presentation.

Learn How to Make Gift Boxes with Elegant Clear Lids

Fill your box!

These homemade gift boxes could be filled with candy, treats or a small gift for fun wedding favors, elegant Valentine gifts, adorable Sweetest Day sweets, a lovely way to give a piece of homemade jewelry or even a creative way to give a piece of homemade or designer chocolate.

Now that you know how to make gift boxes with clear lids, I'm sure you'll have lots of fun making them...

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