Are you trying to think of a little gift for a girlfriend, teacher, or coworker?
I thought I would share a craft + little gift I made for a friend recently.
I made this gift for my girlfriend a couple of weeks ago for her birthday. We have a group of girls that get together to celebrate each birthday throughout the year. We have an unwritten rule that there are no gifts. Cards and homemade things are OK.
This whole project took me about 20 minutes to put together and cost about $5.
I’m going to get right down to the details.
Inside the Gift Bag:
- A pretty handmade box with a slide off top
- 5 – Customized Tea Light Candles (you can buy a bag of 100 plain tea lights on sale for under $10)
- 1 – Tea Light holder (Dec. is a great time to get these cheap)
- 1 – Pair of cozy slipper socks
- Throw in a couple of pieces of dark chocolate and some Calm tea for an extra treat. Thank You @CandyDye for that idea.
I buy cozy socks on sale in December to have on hand for little gifts. Cost $2.50
The crystal tea light holder I got on sale at Michaels Crafts for $2.50
I recycled the cellophane bag that was in my craft cupboard, same with ribbon
I had the paper in my scrap-booking paper stash. The pink tissue was rescued from an old gift bag hiding in the linen closet.
The way I see it, this sweet gift cost me about 5 bucks. Not bad for a thoughtful, useful gift made with lots of love. Hey a store bought Card cost around 5 bucks. This gift can be used for a long time, and it’s fun to make and put together.
Making the Custom Tea Lights
- Tea Lights
- Colored tissue paper
- Paper punch of choice. One that will fit the candle. I had a heart that worked perfectly. You could even cut out a shape by hand.
- Heat gun or a hair dryer would probably work fine
Punch your shape out of tissue paper. *note when you punch tissue paper use a piece of regular scrap paper with it. Punch through both the reg. paper and tissue paper. This just makes it easier. Discard the regular paper, keeping only the colored shape. In this case a heart.
Next punch a small hole in the center of your tissue shape. I used a small hole punch, but you could use a paper clip or something.
Place the tissue shape onto the tea light with the wick going through the little hole.
Take your heat gun and melt the wax slightly. This only takes a few seconds, use caution so you don’t burn yourself. You just want a little wax covering the tissue.
That’s it.! You are done customizing one tea light. Now finish the rest just like the first one, or make them all different, use your imagination.
Let’s Make The Pretty Box
You will need two pieces of card stock. Pick your favorite color. If you’re a scrapbooker you probably have tons of paper hanging around. I just went through my stock and picked some I thought looked pretty together.
- Cut one piece card stock 7 1/2 in. x 3 in. (this will be the bottom)
- Cut one piece card stock 6 in. x 5 1/4 in. (this will be the top)
Now we want to score the paper. Scoring paper is making a crease in the paper prior to folding. To do this you can use a ruler and a bone folder. Or, you can use a scoring board. Look for one in the scrap book section of your craft store. I have done it both ways.
Instead of writing all the measurement here I thought it would be easier to give you a printable with all the measurements.
***Download Rectangle Box Template***
Once you have your paper cut and scored, tape into place using double-stick tape or glue. I prefer tape because it is not as messy, and I don’t have to wait for it to dry.
Decorate the box to your liking. I used paper, cut out a section and popped it up using foam squares. I wanted to keep this box simple. They can be fancy or simple it’s totally up to you.
Now It’s Time To Put Your Gift Together
I chose to put the tea lights, cozy slipper socks, and crystal candle holder in a clear cello bag with a gross grain ribbon.
This is what the final gift looked like
I hope you enjoyed this post. I want to give credit where credit is due. I first learned how to make the boxes years ago at my favorite scrap book store Hearts and Crafts in Covina, Ca. The tea light idea I got from the 6/6/11 issue of 350 Cards & Gifts by PaperCraftsMag.com
*** Print Rectangle Box Instructions ***