Upcycled gift box

Empty subscription boxes such as this Birchbox are the ideal size and quality for upcycling into gift boxes and even more perfect to pop my homemade Irish cream truffles in to give away as presents this Christmas. It didn’t cost me a penny to make and the truffles cost just £2.27 to make from scratch.  

In true thrifty style I asked around some colleagues at work to bring in any small subscription-n boxes they were no longer using. I particularly like the Birchbox for its size, natural cardboard colour and glossy pink boarder. 

The box could be wrapped in festive paper or, as I have, left as is and decorated with a bow.
To make the bow, cut 9 strips of paper or thin card in your chosen colour to the following sizes:
3 x 27cm
3 x 24cm
2 x 21cm

1 x 9cm

I chose pink card to match the boarder on the Birchbox. The non festive colour also means the recipient can keep or re-use the box for something else rather than throw it away.

Next, twist each strip, apart from the smallest, into a figure of 8 and secure with either a dab of glue or a staple so they look like the ones in the picture below.  Curl and secure the smallest trip into a ring. Then, assemble the bow with the longest sections at the bottom followed by the next longest set then the last set of 2. The ring can then be places in the centre of the bow. Easy.

Attach the bow to the centre of the box lid. Use either parchment paper or tissue paper to line the box. As the homemade Irish cream truffles need to be kept in the fried, wait to the last moment to place them in the box before placing under the tree on Christmas morning.

And, if you are lucky, you will be offered one of the yummy truffles when your friend or loved one opens them. Perfect!

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.