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Three DIY Gift Packaging Ideas

Lori Craig | May 8, 2017

Create presents that pop with these fabulous DIY gift packaging ideas using double-sided, 3D foam, and decorative glitter tapes. Because let's face it: what's on the outside does count! 

sparkly embellished blue and silver handmade gift packaging ideas

I often work with white or kraft bases that I can dress up with color or embellishments, so this project was right up my alley! The glitter tapes were perfect accents to my handcrafted gift packaging. I created a small square cardstock gift box, a gift card pouch from a glassine sleeve, and a small gift bag using a standard office envelope.

Project 1: Quick & Easy Box

winter themed DIY gift box with holiday tag

This 3.5" cardstock box was quick and easy. You can download this simple box construction tutorial for free to get started. I created the base from a piece of turquoise cardstock and the lid from a piece of white.

Assembling the Lid DIY simple box template

When I was almost at the point of assembly with the box lid, I trimmed each edge of the lid with X-Press It 1" Decorative Glitter Tape in silverThis fun and functional glitter tape has a beautifully smooth finish with amazing sparkle. It's also easy to apply on cardstock without curling or wrinkling. 

Finishing Up


Once I had the silver glitter tape attached, I ran the flat box lid through my Big Shot die-cutting machine, using an edging die to give each of the four finished edges a dainty scallop.

The extra effort was quick and easy, and it really dressed up my finished box. I assembled the box using X-Press It's strong, easy-to-apply Double-Sided Tapefinished aqua and silver sparkle gift box with bow

I added ribbon and a tag that I created with stamps and dies from Verve Stamps. The finished dimensions of the box are 3.5"x 3.5"x 2".

Project 2: Bag-A-Lope

sweater patterned homemade gift bag

The second project in my ensemble is Bag-A-Lope. It is a small gift bag that is made from a single office envelope! You can use this tutorial to make any size envelope into a gift bag. I started with a flat, sealed envelope.

Airbrush The Background 

how to airbrush a pattern onto handmade gift wrapNext create a mask to create your airbrush background. I used the Sweater Weather cutting plate from Taylored Expressions and copy paper to create my mask, and then I used the Sparmax Air Compressor with the Copic ABS3 airbrush system to distribute the aqua blue background over both sides of the envelope.

Then continuing with the bag tutorial, I cut off one of the sides of the envelope, scored the top, bottom and still sealed sides - all at 3/4".  I popped the bag into shape, securing the bottom creases and folds with X-Press It Double-Sided Tape.

Adding Tape and a Tag

I used silver X-Press It 1" Decorative Glitter Tape to tape the bag closed. Next I cut a dangle tag from a die-cut, and applied a small piece of glitter tape to a piece of plain white cardstock. DIY sparkly heart homemade gift tag

Then I punched a 1/2" circle from the glitter tape/cardstock piece to put behind the open heart window on the tag.

A Touch of Twine 

I finished everything off with a piece of coordinating twine. The finished size of this gift bag is 3 ½” tall with a base of 1 ¼” x 2”. Perfect for a gift card or trinket! 

Project 3: Glassine Gift Bag

My final project in the trio set is a glassine gift bag, I make these often to give gift cards. I slide the gift card into the glassing bag and surround it with shredded paper to conceal the identity of the gift card. I used the X-Press It's metallic Foil Decorative Tape and Glitter Tape to dress up the envelope before adding a tag. It's that simple!

decorated glassine gift envelope with metallic ribbon embellishment

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Topics: Papercrafting, DIY

Lori Craig
Lori Craig on May 8, 2017

Lori is a nationally recognized papercrafter and general crafts instructor from the Midwest United States. She has taught Copic Certification classes for years and is Imagination International's brand speciality for Tommy Paints and Specialty products. When not crafting, she enjoys spending time with her goose-hunting husband and two little daughters