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How to Make a Paper Gift Box with a Few Easy Folds

Have a gift in need of packaging? Assembling a one-of-a-kind gift box is easy as 1-2-3-4! Master our punch-and-fold technique, and you can make them in all shapes and sizes for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions all year-long.

Photography: Tara Donne

Source: Martha Stewart


  1. Start with two pieces of cardstock, 8" x 8" each. Follow instructions on scoring board to score the lid and base of the box. (Lid: score at 2", 6-1/8"" marks; Base: score at 2", 6" marks).

  2. With the lid unassembled, start at the top left corner of the center square. With a ½" border from the top and left edge, align your all-over punch tool and punch a design. Move paper to the left to punch a second design, and repeat this step until you have a complete row. Use the foiled guides on the tool to line up evenly.
  3. Punch a second row underneath to create a 2x2 design.
  4. Using double-stick tape, assemble the lid and base by cutting parallel cuts along the scored lines on either side of the center square.

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