Christmas Gift Box Can Prove Presentation is Everything

A handmade Christmas gift box can prove the point that presentation is everything.  Well, almost everything.  There's still the gift inside, but what a classy way to present your Christmas gifts by making the packaging as beautiful as what's inside.

Christmas Box 1
I needed a gift box for one of my Christmas Ornaments, and found that my go-to favorite Fancy Favor Die made a box that was just too small!  Rats.

Handmade Christmas Ornament from Stamping MadlyI got out some "Be of Good Cheer" DSP (Designer Series Paper), and set out to make a box worthy of the ornament inside.

Of course I had to embellish it, and used some Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, a senitment from Christmas Blessings, and it turns out that the Raspberry Ripple Dahlia is close enough to Cherry Cobbler that it gave the perfect final touch!

I started with the Fancy Favor box as a model, and expanded the measurements so the ornament fit inside with room to spare. I did use some retired paper for the first attempt, having learned that when I design a 3-D project, it will take some trial and error.

Aren't you glad I'm willing to risk mistakes?  I've had to start over with many of the beautiful projects you see here at Stamping Madly.  In fact, I tell myself that if I'm not willing to make mistakes, I have no business trying to create anything. 

The first version of this box was actually the Christmas Gift Bag I showed you yesterday.  I wanted the top of that bag to close and then fold over.  Getting all the score lines in the right place was challenging because the scores were hard to see due to the paper design.

I'm persistent, however.  And by the third try I had a Christmas Gift Bag that I was satisfied with.  Then I took a 12×12 sheet of retired card stock and drew in the scoring and cutting lines so I'd have a template for other boxes.

Next I set out to make a short, open version as presentation for the ornament.  Creating the open box really easy since I'd already created the template.  I just decided how tall I wanted it, and cut it to that length. 

December 25th is almost here.  I hope you've finished your shopping so you can focus on wrapping and tagging everything.  If you've got the luxury of some time for paper crafting, try creating a Christmas Gift Box that can prove "Presentation is Everything!"

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