By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Amy Christie.
Let the countdown begin! Valentine’s Day is in one week. And I’ve got the perfect little project for you just in time. Present your Valentine with a handmade felt box, complete with a custom design cut out made just for them. Simple construction with a sophisticated look that can hide any number of sweet treats and gifts inside.
Make them for your kids, your honey, or even for classmates. In fact, Betty really wants to give these at her class party. We’ll see how ambitious we’re feeling!
I should note, these little gift boxes aren’t just limited to the heart-filled holidays. They can be modified and styled for any time you need to give a gift. Think birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day or a random Wednesday when you feel extra kind.
This project was adapted with custom lids from the excellent tutorial on How About Orange. I love how the top-cutouts add another dimension, more color options, and a whole different feeling to the boxes.
The gift recipient of these will have so many reasons to love you. It’s a kind gesture, includes a thoughtful gift and is encased in a beautiful gift box. Win, win and win.
Grab your scissors and glue gun and let’s get started.
– felt – stiff felt is best but there are more in-store color options with regular felt — I used some of both for the boxes pictured
– felt box directions and printable found here
– glue gun
– cutting blade
Note on felt: The original tutorial calls for stiffened felt which I wholeheartedly agree with. However, stores offer more color choices in the regular felt. If a more flimsy box doesn’t work but you must have a particular color, consider doubling up and using two layers of felt. Or wrap regular felt around the stiff stuff.
Follow the steps of cutting out both the top and bottom of the box per your dimensions.
Fold and adhere the triangle flaps to the square edges flaps. Take notice of creating 90 degree angles at the corner. Do this for the bottom of the box.
Before putting together the top, cut a simple shape wherever you want it placed. I found scissors were best for me but you might find a cutting blade works better.
Then assemble the top, again with the glue gun.
Add a contrasting color behind the shape and glue in place.
Last step: Stuff with goodies!!
If you decide to make some, I’d love to hear about it or see photos. I can’t wait to see what you create.
P.S. — You can find more Valentine’s Day projects and posts here.