Craft Lightning: Tutorial: Wooden Gift Boxes

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I love giving gifts. And I love wrapping them almost as much as I love giving them. I’m peculiar when it comes to gift wrapping, though. I like to give gifts in packaging that itself is a gift; whenever possible I package presents in pretty little boxes or fabric bags, and I often use ornaments in place of gift tags. It’s eco-friendly that way, and it’s like giving an extra gift!

This cute little wooden box came from Dollar Tree. It’s just the right size to hold a gift card or a piece of jewelry, and you can whip it up in practically no time! (It’s craft lightning!)

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I love these little wooden boxes from the dollar store. They don’t always have them in stock, but when they do I usually snag a whole stack of them. The quality is about what you would expect for a buck, but there are endless ways to dress them up so that nobody will ever guess that it was such a thrifty find!


Start by giving the box a coat of paint. I used Martha Stewart’s craft paint in a color called Scottish Highlands. I love Martha’s paints for all projects but they are especially nice when I’m in a hurry; even on raw, unprimed wood, a single coat of paint was enough to give good, even coverage.

Once the paint dries, add an image to the top of the box. I used a piece of punch-out clip art that came with a set of tags and papers from Vintage Street Market; you can also use magazine images, pictures from the fronts of old greeting cards, or any other pretty graphics you like. (If you’re printing your images on an inkjet printer, be aware that there are extra steps you have to take to protect your image from streaking during the this process. Learn more in this Mod Podge FAQ.)

Brush a medium-thick coat of Mod Podge onto the top of the box and place the image where you would like it to go. Press the image down firmly. Make sure you carefully work out any air bubbles.

Wait several minutes to let the Mod Podge become tacky. Press the image down again, paying special attention to the edges of the image. Make sure it’s free of any bubbles or wrinkles, then paint over the top with another coat of Mod Podge. Let it dry and it’s ready to go!

Huzzah, a fabulous little gift box in just a few quick minutes! (Check out Craft Lightning at The Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for more quick and easy Christmas ideas!)

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