How to Make a Tissue Paper Flower Valentine Gift Box

I was going to entitle this post –  How to make a G-Rated Victoria’s Secret Valentine gift box, but that would be a little misleading since it isn’t an actual gift from Victoria’s Secret –  just a re-use of their pretty boxes.  I am also going to show you how to make a super easy tissue paper flower to go on the top.Red and Pink striped round gift box with tissue paper flower top to place a Valentine's Day gift it or candy.

I enjoy finding decorative ways to re-purpose items especially when it comes to gift giving since the boxes and wrap tend to get thrown away after the gift is opened. I figure I might as well use items that had a previous life as something else to not only help cut down the cost of the gift, but help the environment at the same time.  WIN/WIN!

Victoria’s Secret boxes are always pretty and I have a hard time throwing them away.  They are made of high quality cardboard which makes them nice to re-use.  If you don’t have boxes, scrapbook paper and a small piece of plain cardboard will work just as well to make one of these gift containers.

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I always like to give and send a few X’s and O’s to my family and friends, I got to work.  The container is from peanuts. I threw away the label and plastic lid.

How To Make a Valentine Gift Box

supplies needed:

  • Can
  • Boxes from retail stores or scrapbook paper, if using scrapbook paper, you will also need 1 disc of cardboard for the top.
  • Spray glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Small jar/film canister to use as a circle pattern
  • Tissue paper
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue and gun

Recycled Craft Ideas to make a gift box

1. Measure the side of the can and the circumference and cut a piece that size from a part of the box/scrapbook paper without the logo on it.

How to make a gift box or container

2. Glue onto can. I used spray glue, but any glue will work.

Decorating with paper Seam Drying Trick

Since the box is heavy cardboard, I placed a Popsicle stick over the seam where the cut cardboard meets or overlaps on the can and clamped it on. This will help the cardboard to stay down while it dries.  If it still comes up – use a thin line of hot glue under the seam.

Recycled craft projects

3.  For the top -Trace the bottom of the can on the box.  Make two and then cut out. Set aside.

4. To make the scalloped trim:   The box was too thick to make the scalloped trim along the top, so I used scrapbook paper.  Cut a piece of scrapbook paper as long as the circumference of the box by 1-3/4-inches. You will have a long strip.  You may have to join two pieces together end to end if your container is large as scrapbook is only 12” square.

How to make a score line on cardboard or paper

5.  On the back side of the strip, make pencil marks at 1- 1/4-inches along the length from one side – use a ruler to join the marks and draw a line.  This is going to be the top of the scalloped section and where the strip will fold over.  Run the tips of a closed pair of scissors gently down this line to score.

How to make-scallop-trim

6.  I found a jar the right size to make my scallop pattern with.  Set it down along the 1-1/4-inch section of the strip and draw a circle.  Repeat up the length of the strip. Make sure the circles don’t overlap.

7. Cut out the bottom of each circle with a pair of small scissors to create a scallop effect on your strip.  Don’t cut all the way up between the scallops. Stop where the pencil line meets between each scallop.

How to make decorative trim on paper

8.  Along the other edge of the strip, cut tabs into the paper, stopping at the score line, but not over it. The tabs are needed to attach the scallop strip to the top.   The smaller your container the more tabs you will need to make sure when you wrap the strip around the container they will lay flat.

How to Assemble the Valentine Gift Box Top

Paper craft ideas

1.  Gather the 2 circles you cut out in Step 3 and your scalloped-cut and tabbed strip.

2. Place the scalloped edge of your strip between two pieces of paper in a large pad of paper. This will protect the scallops from any getting any glue on them when you spray the tabs.

Spray-glue-tips and tricks

3. Spray glue the tabs and let the glue get tacky.

4.  Place one of the circles- pattern side up and then wrap the scalloped strip around the circle making sure the tabs lay flat as you work around the circle.   You have a little bit of time to re-position if necessary before the glue dries.  Overlap the ends and cut away any excess.

How to make a lid or top for a jar

Note:  If using all scrapbook paper to make your top, you will need one circle of cardboard for the top for stability.  If it is plain – cover it with a circle of scrapbook paper and use that as your pattern side up circle.

How to make a decorative lid for a jar

5.  Flip it over and place on the can.  Glue the other circle on top to cover the tabs.

How to Make a Tissue Paper Flower

1.  Layer at least 8-10 sheets of tissue paper that are as wide as the top of your can on top of each other.  I layered 3 different colors and about 15 sheets to make mine.

How to make a tissue paper flower

2. Accordion fold the layer of sheets and then staple in the center.  Round ends with scissors.

How to make a tissue paper flower

3. Carefully pull the layers of paper apart to fluff into a flower shape.

How to make a Tissue-Paper-Flower

4. Repeat fluffing on the other side.

I flattened one side and hot glued it to the scalloped top.

Gift wrap ideas that recycle

All done and ready to give.

Valentine Victoria's Secret Gift Box to make to give a gift in

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  1. hi Diane i am liela your sit is very exelent can you say where are you from?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      I am from Pennsylvania.

  2. I just realized I would probably buy Victoria’s Secret underwear just for that beautiful patterned paper!!!

    1. Hi Sanya- I don’t buy a lot in there, but even if I buy the smallest thing – I always ask for a box or bag.

  3. Joyce Smittkamp says:

    I made one of these for my daughter for Valentines day. It was very easy and turnout beautiful. I used a small gift bag from Walmart that had a row of red hearts across the top and then strips in red, pink and white over rest of bag. I used the hearts for top edges and strips for bottom. Thanks for great idea.

    1. Hi Joyce-

      Sounds adorable! I enjoy making the gift wrapping extra special – sounds like you do,too. It makes giving a gift so much more exciting!

  4. This is super cute! Love the idea. Have a great Valentines!

  5. You are a genius!! These are precious. I have done something in the past that is similar but not near as cute as yours!

  6. I love it, I remember getting a tubular one in the mail before :) I hope this made the contents of the package you sent today! It is so pretty, and bonus, its filled with love(chocolate of course)! XO MLD

  7. melinda ke says:

    Great idea!
    You always come up with such great ideas to transform discarded items into something new and cute! :)

  8. You are one clever cookie! I love repurposing things & this is just fab. Funny, because I love VS’s pretty tissue paper & was wrapping a gift the other day for a 3 year old but then decided the words Victoria Secret written across tissue paper in a toddler’s gift probably wasn’t that classy…LOL

  9. So cute!
    You explain things so well, and I appreciate all the photos. “Seeing” it really helps me grasp the written instructions.
    I’m new to your blog, and have really enjoyed reading several posts and seeing all your wonderful work.

  10. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh I “LOVE” this! How beautiful and so very clever. I think it is perfect in every way. I wish I had a Victoria Secret Box that beautiful to use. I do have some red poster board I bought at Dollar Tree, but no gorgeous craft paper or tissue paper. Where did you get your tissue paper and craft paper? Please say Dollar Tree? I am going to use a Progresso Soup can for mine, if I can get everything in time to give it to my long time friend from Grammar & High School.

    I was also hoping to ask you a good way to get my poster board red hearts to stay on my Evergreen wreath? I don’t have any floral wire, wish I did.

  11. Debbie @PinkTexasChick says:

    Such a pretty gift idea. Poms are fun to work with and I think the made the perfect flower topper for this craft. Great job!

  12. You are a recycling ARTISTE!! :-). What a lovely presentation (& gift in itself) that truly appears to be something from a boutique— you have once again taken humble elements & turned them into WOW, Diane. It adds such an element of fun to be able to tell someone you’ve handmade something so pretty.

  13. Jill @ says:

    Love this! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button!

  14. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    That is just beautiful, Diane! I love the papers and the Victoria’s Secret box you used. The tissue paper flower is the cherry on top!

  15. This is just adorable, thank you for the tut. Can’t wait to give one a try:)

  16. Hi, Diana

    This is so lovely and a great idea to make for anyone.


  17. Jon'el @ Sporks and Stuff says:

    Very cute Diane!

    1. Hi Jonel –

      Thanks! I have had the can and the box for a long time, just waiting for Valentine’s Day to come around so I could make the gift box and post about it. I gave the box filled with Hershey Kisses as a hostess gift last night for a Super Bowl party I went to.