Patchwork Gift Box

Here is a fun and easy way to make a gift box using scraps of patterned paper.

Papercraft patchwork gift box
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One of my lovely nieces is very creative and loves making things. I hoard crafty bits and pieces, and wanted to give her some of my stash, knowing she would be able to put it to good use. I needed something to put the bits in so I found a sturdy little cardboard box that a watch had come in.

What you need to create your own patchwork gift box:

  • A sturdy old box

  • Scraps of patterned paper

  • Mod Podge or PVA

  • A brush

This is a great way to use those sturdy boxes that you get and don’t know what to do with except you know they are just a bit too good to throw them away! Phones, electronics, perfume, fancy soaps, beautiful scented candles etc all seem to come in nice ‘too good to throw away’ boxes don’t they?

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You can't tell from the photo but it was covered in a shiny paper. I wanted to pretty it up and didn't think anything would stick to the shininess so I just pulled off all the shiny paper covering. Only the lid, I left the base of the box plain and so didn’t need to touch it. If your box is not shiny then you probably don’t need to remove anything.

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Then I just Mod Podged (I think any PVA would work though) on a load of those tiny scrappy bits of scrapbook paper that I can never bear to throw away. Overlap the scraps in any way you like, just apply a layer of the glue underneath and then again over the top. Keep adding bits until the box is completely covered.

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Then I added a few punched out shapes (just because CLEARLY it wasn't fancy enough already!) and a final layer of Mod Podge to seal it all in.

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Leave it all to dry thoroughly, and then your gift box is ready to use.

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All this box needed was to be filled with a load of little crafty goodies.

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It was a great way to upcycle a sturdy box, use up some scrappy little bits and pieces of paper that I hate to just throw away and it was fun to fill with little bits and pieces that I knew my niece would love.

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I'll be linking up this project at these lovely link parties