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Mon 11

Gift Boxes--Pretty in Pink (and a few red ones, too)
by Anne Thompson

I decided this past week to recycle some holiday gift boxes for packaging Valentine treats.


I began by using Scor-Tape to mount pretty pink papers on the top and side edges of each of the boxes.  (These papers are from a Papertrey Ink collection.)


For the top of this box, I added a WRAPPED CIRCLE 30114 cut from white cardstock with a pink cardstock heart cut using one of the dies from the HAVE A HEART set 30118.  I used foam dots to secure some flowers to the heart.  I also used a white grosgrain ribbon around the sides of the box top and added a light pink bow tie at the front.


I started by papering this box with a shimmer pink cardstock.  I added a smaller piece of pink-white striped paper on the top of the box before placing a large white doily in the center.  I chose a die from the STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES set 30047 ( a set from 2015 no longer in stock--Don't have this die?  Use another Wrapped Circle, a heart, or a punched shape for the center!) and cut it from more of the striped paper, doing my best to line up the stripes when I glued it to the doily.  I used glue dots and foam dots for the white leaves and the pink flowers cluster on one edge of the scalloped circle.  I tucked in a small pink gingham bow and put a small white heart on each corner--these were left from cutting out the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from an earlier card project.  (I have a small yogurt cup on my work table holding lots of these little hearts in white, pink, and red.)


For this little square box, I used a smaller doily and a smaller Stitched Scallop Circle in the center for the top.  What you don't see in this photo are all of the hearts glued on the box top edges, more leftovers from cutting out the Bright Hearts die.

Once I got started I could hardly stop!  Here are some of the red ones...


Here I used the WOODLAND HEART FRAME 94121 on the top.  All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.


This box has a white cardstock Wrapped Circle on the front with a red cardstock heart from the Have a Heart set of dies in the center.  Then there's the little HEART GIFT BOX 99954 on top of that with a smaller white heart to cover the window opening.  I glued on some red and white stamens and a small red rose before tucking a folded doily into the heart box.


For this tall square box I used the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94106 on the top of the box, adding tiny pearls on the hearts, larger pearls at the ends of the spiral vines, and a cluster of flowers in the center. All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

Now I'm thinking ahead to Easter gift boxes and looking at the newest Spring 2019 collection for inspiration!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Very pretty Anne. I too re-purposed a sturdy little box in to a Valentine Box last week. I now wish I had added flowers like you did!
You inspired me to purchase the small heart box last year and residents at a local nursing home will receive the benefits of that cute little box. ❤️

Yes, I also am looking forward to Easter designs coming soon.

Hi, Cynthia. Thanks for your comments on today's post. I have so many flowers--I bought a huge box last summer at a yard sale for $10 and I will probably never be able to use them all up! Even though I have all of those, I'm always checking in the wedding section at ACMoore for bunches of white and pink ones and leaves for my stash.

Have you seen the latest designs on the Memory Box site? Spring 2019 is full of lovely flowers and bunnies! I can't wait to start playing with them and posting projects on the blog.

Happy Valentines Day!


What a fantastic and creative crafter you are! The boxes are beautiful!

Thank you, Barbara-Jean! You could do this, too! I just have soooo much stuff to work with that it's sometimes hard to decide what to do with it all! These boxes helped me to use up some papers I had left from Valentines Day last year as well as some Christmas papers. I often find that with those two celebrations relatively close I can often repurpose Christmas things for Valentines. Happy Valentines Day! Anne

Looking forward to seeing your Easter designs. I love bunnies and flowers!

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