Floral Gift Box idea from Upcycled Magazines

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Just a couple of weeks ago I was bringing you a round up of craft ideas to make with old magazines and junk mail and today I have another that I can add to the list.


This is a really quick tutorial to show how I solved a very specific problem - gifting a craft kit that had come in the post in a box.

I brought a lovely macrame craft kit for a friend for their birthday and it arrived beautifully packaged in a box small enough to fit through the letter box - clever! The kit was then folded neatly with a sheet of craft paper and a ribbon cord inside the box. I was delighted with my purchase and I hope my friend will love her craft kit, the issue I had was how to gift it to her when the box had my name and address written on it.

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I appreciate that the seller had not used extra, unnecessary packaging to send the item, it doesn’t need 2 boxes, but I did need to make it look more presentable as a gift.

Way back when I was making these floral birthday cards I cut out a whole load of flowers from some old gardening magazines and seed catalogues. I just kept them, knowing they would come in for something. Boom! This is that something! I love it when a plan comes together.

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This is really simple. Glue your cut out flowers all over the parcel box to cover the address and postage label.

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I used a Pritt Glue stick for this, a glue stick is my preference for paper but a PVA or Mod Podge would work too.

I re-sealed the box with some pretty washi tape and glued some flowers to come over the edge.

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But at the sides where the box sides join the top I cut a flower in half and glued it with a gap. I figured my friend will still want to be able to close the box once she’s opened the gift and knows what is in there.

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Ta Dah! Simple but effective. Easier than finding another box that’s the right size and nicer than just scribbling out the address with a sharpie or covering the box completely in wrapping paper.

UPDATE: now that it’s been given I can share what was inside my box without it being a spoiler!

It was this lovely macrame wall hanging kit from Nodo Knots on Etsy. When my friend has had time to make her wall hanging I’m sure she’ll send me a photo so I’ll add that here too.

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I’ll be sharing this idea at some of these link ups