What is a more classic packaging for gifts than the gable box. Whether you are giving out favor boxes for a special event or crafting them for your own trinkets, you can never go wrong in simplicity or style with this little packaging solution. You can use these gift boxes to store anything from brownies for a loved one, to a small bar of homemade soap for a dirty friend. Honestly the possibilities are endless, well… 4 by 2 inch endless. Just think outside the box to figure out what to put inside the box! (aren’t we clever or what?)
-Paper (check out the papers that we suggest)
-X-acto Knife or Scissors
-Food safe Glue (Check our list of glues that we suggest) (or make your own”Safe Glue recipe for Food Boxes“)
Print out the Download template found at the top of the page. Cut out all the solid lines that will form the box.
Use the bone folder to score out all of the dashed lines, and then fold them over themselves to create creases.
Glue together the tab on the side of the box to close the 4 walls together (find the right glue in “List of Glues“). Make sure you apply the glue to the non-dotted side of the tab and that you glue it to the inside of the opposing wall so that it doesn’t show once the box is fully assembled
At the bottom of the box there is a 45 degree dashed line that sticks out, place glue only on the right side of that line to cover the tab.
Fold the larger flap at the bottom, then take the other tab to which you previously applied glue and stick them together.
Do the same with the remaining bottom tabs.
Once the base is all glued up, take the two corners of the base of the box and push them inside the box. You should begin to see 45 degree creases at each corner of the box, (if not, you can use your fingers to help make the creases). while this is happening the 4 walls of the box should begin to collapse until it becomes flat.
Once the box is flat, scrape the bone folder along the base of the box to flatten the corners and make them sharper.
With the box currently collapsed, try and bring back the shape of the box. While this is being done, the base of the box should naturally place itself in the correct position. Neat no?
Now back to the top of the box. Take the two opposing handle tabs (that little nub sticking out of the handle shape and that rounded tab with a slit in it that is sticking out of one side of the box) and bring them together until they touch. Insert the nub into the slit. Repeat on the other side.
And you are done! Now put it to good use!