How to Make Gift Boxes with an Extra Special Touch...
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
First 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.
How to Make Gift Boxes: Clear Lid Technique #1
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Gift Boxes: Clear Lid Technique #2
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.
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.
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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