How To Make a Gift Box for Your Valentine

You have heard of the old adage that good things come in small packages, right?  Do you like to give little surprises to your family and friends?  Then you might like to make a few of these…

How to make tiny gift boxes

Friends and family share movies, lunches and life’s big events. Friends and family are there when you need a pet-sitter or a ride to the airport, and they’re always ready with fashion advice. Your friends and family make life richer. Surprise them with a “little” gift from time to time.

When you give someone a gift in one of these petite boxes they won’t care what the good thing is inside, they will just want the package.

These little boxes resemble Petite Fours and are so appealing when grouped together you may be tempted to take a bite from one.  They can be embellished with handles or knobs made from beads, buttons, and curling ribbon.

They are perfect to give a small gift in.  Did you ever give your mom, sister, or best girlfriend earrings on a card?  Not very stylish?  Make the gift of carded earrings/merchandise have more impact by removing them from the card-

and placing them in a petite box. Don’t they look divine inside?  I used curling ribbon to tie them together.

How to make a little box using greeting cards

How about giving all of your friends a special Valentine Kiss this year… x x x  the perfect Valentine surprise! 

(The kiss has to be on its side to fit in the box)

 How-To Make a Gift Box Using Scrapbook Paper or Greeting Cards


Card-stock, greeting card, or heavy paper
Bead and or button
Curling Ribbon
Glue Stick
Jewelry Glue
Cotton to line box bottom

1.  Cut a 3″ x 3″ square from a colorful piece of card-stock or the front of an old greeting card. (You can make these any size square if you need to fit something larger in)

2. Using a ruler, make an x on the back with a pencil.

3.  Fold each side to meet at the center of the X, making sure to create a crisp crease.

4.  Lay flat and make 4 cuts with 2 cuts on each side as shown.

5.  Fold sides up and glue flaps as shown.

Repeat the above steps for bottom of box.  You can use a coordinating color card-stock to add interest.

To embellish the top of the gift box:  Glue a decorative button on top of box and stack other beads and buttons to create a finial, putting a dab of jewelry glue in between each.  I used 2 buttons and 2 beads in the order shown below to embellish the Valentine box.

There are many other variations to embellish the top.

Variation #1:  Glue buttons and beads.  You will find the directions to make the tissue paper ruffle  at the end of the post entitled, They Call Me Carol, but I am Diane.

Variation #2: Use the tip of a small pair of scissors to make a small hole in the center top of box.  Cut a small section from a doily to resemble a flower shape or use a large sequin, then make a small hole in the center.  Thread curling ribbon through large bead.  Bring ends of curling ribbon through hole in top of box and knot underneath the top.  Clip excess ribbon.

Variation #3:  To make looped handles:  Find center of a 6″ long piece of curling ribbon and thread the two ends together through beads, ruffle, doily, or buttons. Make a hole in the center top of box to thread the ribbon through.  Secure on underside of lid with a knot.  Clip excess ribbon.

You can also embellish the top of the boxes with vintage clip-on earrings (remove the clip), shells, as well as anything small and decorative that you may have stashed unused in a junk drawer.


  1. says

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful boxes and tutorial at the Pretty Packages Party! They’re just beautiful!

  2. says

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I have been searching for a long time for a cheap and easy way to make my own jewelry gift boxes. This is perfect.

    I can even use old watercolor paintings and turn them into boxes.

    This is going to help me so much.

  3. says

    Hi Diane!

    This is such a *wonderful* idea! So cute and creative. This really makes me regret throwing out a bunch of old cards last month >_< I will be trying this!


  4. says

    This was SO helpful! I actually modified the design on the fly because I was putting Almond Roca bars into the little boxes, and using 4×4 squares, the rectangular box I created was exactly the right size. I felt like such a rock star! I’m going to tweet the link and a pic of my modification. :)


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