If you are going to go to the trouble of making a gift for a friend or family member why just toss the gift into a store bought gift bag when you can make your own mixed media gift boxes?
Besides, a gift bag and tissue paper costs money (sometimes, nearly as much as the gift its self!) and usually gets tossed in the trash once the gift is opened. BUT if you have the Fiskars Fuse and the expansion pack I mentioned in this post: Toolbox Tuesday: Fiskars Fuse you can make a gift box with a few minutes and supplies you already have lying around.
(The Fiskars Fuse dies can be used in some other cutting machines with the “C” Cuttlebug plate)
For this purple gift box I used Bazzil Basics Cardstock for the base and then layered on some torn paper from a stack of papers.
I also added a bit of lace, a paint chip stamped with a Lilac (from this post: Toolbox Tuesday: Art Stamps from 100 Proof Press), a fabric flower and a bit of baker’s twine.
The base of this one uses paper from Bo Bunny, a gypsy stamp (from this post: Mixed Media Embroidery Hoop Art), a bit of gold washi tape, a small doily, an embossed label, a flower I made from fabric with a big gem in the center and a bit of an old book.
Not to mention that I used tools I hadn’t used in a while and scraps and bits that were taking up space.
So you see, making an extra special mixed media gift box doesn’t take a whole lot of time and it will make your handmade gift even more special.
Bonus points for using up those bits and pieces laying around on your work table!
PS. While the Fiskars Fuse is no longer being made the dies are still readily available on many websites. It’s my understanding that the dies work with the “C” adapter plate for the Cuttlebug. Here is a handy list of links for you.
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Cuttlebug Embosser and Die Cutter
Edited and reposted from August 2013