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Technique Day – ‘Box’ing Clever

Hi everyone and welcome. Jenny here to share a tutorial with you as part of our Technique Day series. At the end of November I shared a decorated gift bag on my blog HERE, and got several requests to demonstrate how to recreate it. So that’s what I’ll be sharing today.


Now before we begin I would like to give due credit the place where I originally found this idea – Silvey’s Craftroom. Silvey’s original tutorial is based on a standard US card size, but I’ve revised it to work on an A4 size piece of card.




Christmas Box 1


Start by scoring (perpendicular to the longer side of the A4 card) at 2cm and 12.5cm. Then turn the card 180 degrees and score at the same measurements again.


Christmas Box 2


Turn the card 90 degrees and score at 5cm and 16cm.


Christmas Box 3


Rotate the card back to the starting point and score diagonally in 5cm from the two central lines.


Christmas Box 4


Now begin folding, first with the shorter folds; fold the two centre lines ‘valley’ wise and the two outer lines ‘mountain’ wise.


Christmas Box 5


Rotate the card and fold the two 5cm border lines ‘valley’ wise.


Christmas Box 6


Now use those diagonal lines to fold the sides of the bag together. Unfold them and decorate before you assemble your bag.


Christmas Box 7


I wanted a metallic finish and shine to the kraft card used for this bag, so (as with my first bag) I used the dry brushing technique to swipe a little Vodka Martini and Snow White English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic Paint across the surfaces (on this occasion inside and out).


Christmas Box 8


If there has been any stamping onto the bag required it would have been done now but I wanted to keep the bag simpler this time. Stick the pre-folded sides down as shown with a strong glue or tape. You can see below how it looks completed before decoration. By using a hole punch you can create somewhere to thread some ribbon or seam binding to secure the top of the bag when the contents are added.


Christmas Box 9


It’s easy enough to create your own coordinating background papers with plain card and the paints, so one layer was splattered with paint whilst another was covered sponged with Vodka Martini before being stencilled with Pantry White and the Regal stencil. The A6 Winter Wonderland image was stamped with FlitterGlu and covered with Gin and Tonic Mega Flakes, and the Dinkie Merry Christmas Circle was stamped with Peppermint Tea paint. A few pearls and some dyed seam binding completed the bag.


Christmas Box 10


If you need any ideas for filling those bags you’ve created how about popping in a couple of pots of paint for your crafty recipients! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try (as it’s not just for Christmas of course).

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

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6 Comments on Technique Day – ‘Box’ing Clever

  1. Love it! I’ve always loved constructing things so will defo make this! It looks fantastic, well, of course it would seeing as you made it Jenny x

    Maxine | December 4, 2014 at 11:37 am () ()
  2. I know I had made one of these before, but had forgotten the measurements. Thanks for this!

    Belinda Basson | December 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm () ()
  3. Wonderful little gift bag, Jenny! Great tutorial and love the dry brushed paint effect! Hugs!

    Terry | December 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm () ()
  4. This is a definite ‘bookmark for later’ tutorial Jenny, your bag looks amazing, I love making things like this and will be giving it a go – soon! Thanks for sharing the details! Anne xx

    Anne R | December 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm () ()
  5. So pretty, thank you for the how to.

    marci piraro | December 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm () ()
  6. what a great idea and your bag looks lovely. Your tutorial is first class Jenny!

    Julia S-W | December 5, 2014 at 7:25 am () ()