Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Lovers Gift Box - Tutorial

A few days ago I posted about some of the gifts I made for my girls teachers.  One in particular got a lot of attention so I thought I would do up a quick tutorial for all of the people who have been asking. 

Here it is, the "Book Lovers Gift Box."  This box holds a gift card perfectly.


Designer Series Paper
Card Stock
Chip Board
Strong Adhesive
Sanding Block
Paper Trimmer
Embellishments to Decorate
Cut your Cardstock down to the following measurements. 
1 piece - 4 x 5 1/4
1 piece - 3 7/8 x 5 1/8
Score both pieces on all sides at 3/4" and cut slits as shown in photo above.

You will also cut a third piece for the spine  4 x 1 1/2  (save for later).

Cut out 2 pieces of Chipboard sized  4 x 2 3/4

 Using sticky strip or strong adhesive create your two halves of the box.  One will be slightly smaller than the other and will fit perfectly inside.  Set aside.

 Now you can cut your DSP sized 4 x 2 3/4.  I cut 4 pieces so I could cover both the inside and outside of the covers.  For my original I actually only used DSP on the outside covers and used the ink on the insides of the covers. 
Using strong adhesive (I used sticky strip and glue) attach the DSP to the Chipboard.  Once they are attached you can use your sanding block to make the edges smooth.
 Now it is time to glue your Cardstock box to your Chipboard Covers. Top picture.

To do this you MUST Put the two side of your Box Together! This is important.

Put the box together using strong adhesive and then, add the front cover on, make sure that the box lines up with the spine side of your book cover.  (Pictured on the Right).  Then add on the back cover and be sure the line up the cover to the same spine side as the front cover. 
Now to add the spine.  Score your card stock piece that is
4 x 1/2 at 1/4" on each of the long sides.

To get that Book Spine Look be sure to add some outward scored lines.  See the spine on the Right, I hope they showed up ok.

Then use sticky strip or some other strong adhesive to glue this to the book covers as shown to the right.

When your book is open it will look like this ...

Now it is time to decorate.  To add a bookmark, just glue some ribbon to the inside of the spine.

A little button, knot or other embellishments add a great little flair and the options for the front are endless.  Stampin' Up has a few new stamp sets and punches that would be great for this project!
I just love the This and That DSP for these books.  It is so fun and really versatile.  Another great add-on is the six-sided sampler and punch.
Well I hope you find this tutorial helpful and I hope you will comment below and let me know what you think.  If you make some of these I would love to see them.  Email me the link to your blog or a photo of your work.
Thanks everyone who had really kind words about my project.
Have a great day
Janet Y


  1. Janet, thank you so much for sharing your tutorial! I'm really looking forward to making some of these adorable 'book lover boxes' :)

  2. Thanks Deb. Let me know if you post them. I would love to see your take on them.

  3. Well, you did it to me again. As soon as we finish dinner, I have to run upstairs to make one (or more) of these. My mind is spinning with decorating variations of this lovely, yet simple idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. I'm so glad you like it Julie. I hope you post or email me pictures of what you come up with. Have Fun!

  4. This is really cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I can't wait to try to make one.

    1. Thanks Dawn. I hope you have as much fun creating them as I did. Let me know how they turn out!

  5. Hello,

    your book is very nice !

    Yours sincerely from Germany

  6. Wow, what a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  7. this is a great tutorial, thank you for sharing your technique, i am pinning this to my boxes board.

  8. I just ran across a link to this tutorial on Pinterest. This is fabulous! I am so happy I found it! Thank you for creating and sharing how to make these gift card books!

  9. thanks so much for the clear instructions and for sharing!

  10. This is so clever! Great tutorial!

  11. I finally made one and love it! Thanks much for the great tut!

  12. Super cute! Great way to give teachers gift cards instead of just in a card!

  13. Janet, your directions were easy to follow and the box looks great. Thank you for sharing your talent.


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