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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Antique Look DIY Gift Box

By: Marjolaine Walker
Antique Look DIY Gift Box
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This Antique Look DIY Gift Box are super easy to make when you use Martha Stewart's gift box tool and Core'dination cardstock. With a few simple steps, you can create easy paper crafts to store small gifts. The box itself is pretty enough to be a gift itself. Don't simply hand someone a gift wrapped in generic wrapping paper or newspaper. When you take time to work on DIY gift boxes, you show the recipient just how much you care. The vintage look of this gift box gives it a Victorian look and feel. Your grandma would have given this gift to her friend as a young girl, and now you can take a trip back in time and do the same thing.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Paper Crafting

Project or Page SizeCard

Type of Paper UsedCardstock

Materials List

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Box Tool
  • Core'dinations Cardstock
  • Core'dinations Sand It Gadget
  • Dazzle-It Pure Hemp
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder- Flower Circle
  • Sizzix Die and Big Shot- Labels/Kitchen
  • X-Press It- Double Sided Tape
  • EK Success- Edger Punch
  • MD Hobby & Craft Hole Punch


  1. Follow the gift box tool directions to cut out pillow boxes from the cardstock.

  2. Use the Sand It gadget to distress the cardstock.

  3. Fold the box on the score lines and add tape to the flap and adhere both sides to hold the box together.

  4. Fold the scored outside edges inwards to create the pillow shape.

  5. Use the edger punch to create a decorative border. Adhere it to the box with the double sided tape.

  6. Die cut labels using the Label/Kitchen die and cutting machine.

  7. Place labels inside an embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot.

  8. Punch a hole at the top of the labels with a hole punch.

  9. Sand the labels with the Sand It Gadget.

  10. Wrap the hemp around the box and attach the label. Tie a bow to finish it off.

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