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Recycled Gift Boxes

By: Melony Bradley

Make Recycled Gift Boxes when you give your next gift. Soon, you'll be making recycled gift baskets and recycled gift bags.

Recycled Gift Boxes


  • Recycled cereal box
  • Coluzzle knife
  • Patterned paper
  • Sticky foam dots
  • Sizzix's Bird in Cage die cut
  • Wool felt
  • Big Shot Machine
  • Serif Essentials Numbers die set
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • Staz on Jacquards Pearl Ex Pigment Stamp Pad
  • Scrip stamp from Hampton Arts
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scalloped cardstock top



  1. I started by taking the box apart carefully at the glued seams and laying flat on the work surface.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  2. Since I love creating little windows and peeks, I used a Coluzzle knife to cut a rectangular shaped window from the front of my box, which I had already covered with patterned paper.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  3. Needing a backing for the window, I used a recycled cereal box to cut the appropriate measurements and covered that with a patterned paper as well. To create dimension, I placed sticky foam dots, layered one on top of each other, in the corners. This will be placed behind the box front.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  4. I used wool felt from National Nonwovens to cut a four using my Big Shot Machine and my Serif Essentials Numbers die set.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  5. Since the theme of this gift box is "four calling birds," I used Sizzix's Bird in Cage die cut to cut four red wool felt birds. I glued these to the box using Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  6. I did trim the tails of the birds slightly and machine stitched in place using a loose free form pattern.
  7. I used Staz on Jacquards Pearl Ex Pigment Stamp Pad in Black and a scrip stamp from Hampton Arts to stamp text on the flowers.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  8. I then used color washes made from acrylic paints to slighly add color to the flower petals.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  9. The fun continues when you add color blocks for embellishing and color washes over the patterned papers to create depth and texture.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  10. I used tiny alphabet stamps and black ink to stamp the sentiments in the color circles and to create a tag for the box. I also should add that I covered the entire box by measuring and cutting patterned paper pieces to fit. Adding papers to the inside of the box is a good idea as well. It makes the box extra sturdy and adds a little finished touch in case you want to display the box after removing the contents.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  11. I layered the flower and added a jeweled brad for extra sparkle.Once you have finished embellishing your art box, re-assemble with strong adhesive tape, using the original seams. You may want to also dry brush the edges of the boxes to mask any original color that peeks through.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  12. For the "partridge in a pear tree" box, I used Sizzix Bird with wing die and free hand cut a plum from the wool felt.

    Recycled Gift Boxes
  13. The addition of a scalloped cardstock top, dry brushed with acrylic paint, add a wood handle attached with wire completes these little fun mixed media creations.

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