Easy Instructions for Beautiful Handmade Boxes


Make beautiful fabric-covered handmade boxes to wrap small gifts and homemade  chocolates or candy in.

I have been making these for years and often see boxes from prior years on display in my friends' homes during the holidays.

Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day and Valentine chocolates fit especially well in these boxes.

Supplies Needed for Handmade Boxes

  • 8 1/2 X 11 paper
  • Cotton fabric
  • HeatnBond® Light-weight iron-on fabric adhesive
  • Cardboard or bristol board

Instructions for Making the Boxes

  • First cut out two pieces of paper. One should be 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". The other should be 8" by 8".
  • Using the origami box folding instructions at origami-instructions.com fold each piece of paper into a box. Be sure to crease the paper well. The smaller box will hold the chocolates. The larger one will become the lid. It may take some practice to get the box right, but it is worth the effort.

  • Unfold the boxes, paying careful attention to which side formed the inside of each box.

  • Iron the HeatnBond® iron-on fabric adhesive to the outside of each opened box. When cool pull back the paper and iron the boxes to the fabric. Trim along the box edges.

  • Now, the tricky part. The ironing will have flattened out your creases, but if you were careful to make sharp creases when folding the paper the lines should still be visible. You should be able to refold the fabric-covered paper back into the original box you created without having to put creases in the top. If you do, don't worry about it; you can always cover the creases with pretty ribbon.

  • Cut 2 squares of bristol board or cardboard. One should be 2 7/8" by 2 7/8" for the inside of the lid. The other should be 2 6/8" by 2 6/8" for the inside of the box that will hold the chocolates. Wrap these squares in foil and adhere to the inside of the boxes.

  • Embellish the box as you see fit.

Make a batch of easy christmas chocolates. 4 chocolates will fit in each box. When they are cool (set), place each chocolate in its own tiny candy/cupcake paper and put 4 chocolates in each of your handmade boxes.

Candy or small gifts can also be wrapped in these boxes.

Tips and Variations

  • Be careful to make good creases when folding the original paper boxes.

  • You can make these boxes with pretty wrapping paper or printed paper designed on the computer. Wrapping paper boxes do not require the HeatnBond® iron-on fabric adhesive. The wrapping paper can be glued to the folded boxed with glue stick instead.

  • If you are unfamiliar with HeatnBond® iron-on fabric adhesive there areinstructions for its use at thermoweb.com

  • Be sure to store the chocolates in a cool location till you are ready to distribute them in your handmade boxes.


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