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DIY Beautiful Gift Box with a Shoe Box

I love presents. They are one of my five love languages.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like them? I was the baby girl of my house, and I also have two big brothers, so can you guess why I love gifts that much? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a materialist girl at all, but I do love little presents here and there.

Today, I want to share with you this beautiful DIY Gift Box! It’s so easy to make, and if you have kids, you can even encourage them to help you! It’s a win-win! Right 🙂

gift box made with show box

What I like about this gift box is that it’s a present by itself!

Anyone could use more space. Raise your hand if you agree? What I don’t like about wrapping presents is that all that time you put into it turns into the trash in a matter of seconds.

I am sorry, but I have a policy of no packing like that. With this box, once the person opens it, she/he can keep it and store something cool in it. And yes, I guess you could buy a new one, but, come on! Where is your crafty spirit?

Are you ready? Let’s go ahead and get started then!


The materials you need are so simple, and you might have them on hand!

materials for DIY gift box
  • Tissue Paper: Depending on the size of your gift box you will need more. I used about 5-6 sheets 16 1/2 x 24 in. If you don’t have it you can get it in Target or here. Be creative and use your favorite colors! Don’t need to follow the ones I used! Add your personal touch.
  • Scissors: If you are doing this project without kids, you can use any kind of scissors. If not make sure you have kids scissors on hand! Most likely is that you have them.
  • School Glue: For the glue you are going to mix with water in a 1:1 ratio. I used about 2 Tbsp of glue and 2 of water.
  • Box: This is an easy one! Who doesn’t have an empty shoe box in their house? So, go and grab that one you are thinking of, or just any box you have on hand. Note: If I could go back in time and had a white or lighter box I would’ve used that one. In order to cover the black color I had to use more tissue paper.

Step 1

small pieces of tissue paper

Cut the tissue paper in small squares for the top of the box and big squares for the sides and the bottom. The smaller the squares, the more time will take you to complete the project.

So, if time is what you don’t have, use big squares. Note: Don’t be a perfectionist here! Don’t cut them all in the same size. Just have fun! 😛

Step 2

gluing tissue paper to show box

What you want to do first is to brush the top of the box with the glue mixture. Then place all the little tissue paper squares. As I said before, have fun and try to distribute them if you are using different colors.

gluing tissue paper on shoe box with paint brush

As you can see, I placed them all, even if there was not enough glue. Then, I brushed the top of the box again with the glue mixture and made sure all the squares were nicely coated. Depending on the colors you use, you might have to repeat this step a couple of times. It took me about 2 to 3 coats to get rid of the black color.

Step 3

first part of show box done with tissue paper.

Repeat the same thing on the sides of the box.

covering the second part of the shoe box with tissue paper

As you can see here, I used big squares for the sides. You can do that too! Remember, first brush with the glue mixture, then place the tissue paper, and brush it again, making sure the paper is well coated, and then let it air dry! Or you can use a hairdryer as I did! Why not speed up the process! Right 🙂

Step 4

filling up DIY gift box with small presents.

Now, this is my favorite part! Because you get to fill up the box with presents for your loved ones! Give them candy because a gift isn’t complete without a bit of sugar in it!


What did you guys think? I hope you like it and have fun doing this little project! I for sure did!

If you have any doubts, questions, or topics, you would like me to write about! Comment on the section below and let me know. I will be happy to get to you!

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