Personalized Cork Cube
To make this, you will need the following materials:
* Empty cube-shaped tissue box
* 4 sheets of cork (an eco-friendly material – if you can get cork made from recycled corks, even better)
* 1 to 4 photos
* Glue gun
* A box cutter, sharp knife, or craft knife
1. Cut the top of the box off to make an open-topped cube.
2. Lay the tissue box on its side and trace 4 squares onto the cork.
3. Cut out the 4 squares.
4. Using the ruler, draw a smaller square in the middle of each cork.
5. Cut the smaller square out so that you end up with 4 “frames” made of cork.
6. Put a bead of hot glue around the edge of the inner square. Mount your photo face-down onto the window.
7. Using the hot glue gun, glue each cork square to each of the 4 sides of the tissue box, leaving the top open.
Variations: You can use recycled card stock or holidays cards instead of cork. Instead of photos, you can use various colors of squares. This technique can be used on cereal boxes, cylindrical oatmeal or potato chip containers, or rectangular tissue boxes. If you use a cylindrical container, simply wrap the cork around the container after cutting out your window. Almost any recyclable container can be covered in this way. Get creative, and think about recyclable materials in your home. Magazines and newspapers can make creative coverings for recyclable containers, too.
Recycled old cardboard boxes of any kind will also work for gift boxes. These can be easily recycled and re-sized to fit better, and not waste so much inside packaging like paper or the not so eco-friendly bubble wrap. To recycle and re-size a box, all you need to do is carefully open the box fully to it’s original flat form by separating the glued seal at one of the corners of the box. Place the item you wish to create the gift box for on the flat box and see how much of the box you will need. The top and bottom flaps can be removed if need be and used for packing to. You can cover them in paper to make them look more attractive or cut into decorations as well. There are many options here, use your imagination. When you have the gift box size you need, you can use a box cutter to cut out the size you need. You can use a ruler to draw lines to make it easier and the edges straight. To make the folds, use something like a closed box cutter, the handle end of a kitchen knife. or other dull, non pointy edge with a fairly small, rounded edge. Use the edge to make creases or fold lines in the corrugated where you need them. Try and be sure they are correct at first, otherwise it will become flimsy and harder to reuse and less sturdy. If you are good at math, you can measure the item to be packaged and add 1/4 to 1/2 inches the the length, width and height for optimal packaging. The folds against the corrugated should be done with a straight line object like a ruler or clipboard as they will not be as easy as going with the grain. Remember to keep enough of the box when measuring to make the flaps as well. The formula for measuring is (length of object to pack + extra space * 2) + (width of object + extra space * 2) + (glue flap for sealing box, usually 3/4 of an inch to an inch). The height is a little more difficult, as you need to include the top and bottom flaps for enclosing the item. The height will be (the height of object + extra packing space) + (width of new box / 2 for the long folds that cover the width of the box) * 2 (one for the top and one for the bottom, so do this for both, or you will have a box with no top or bottom!). For the width flap, you can keep them the same for more simplicity, but if you want to make it a little more secure and sturdy, the height for the width flaps is (total box length(1 side, not the whole open box) / 2) for both top and bottom. Usually making them all the same height is fine though, and if the box is roughly a perfect square, they will all be close to fitting perfectly. To make the flaps so that they will close okay, simply take your box cutter and cut on the box folds or creases you have created to the top and bottom folds for the box, or the interior height of your new box, and try not to cut past those creases, but if you do, you can tape over those, no problem. Then fold the box and use a glue gun or sturdy packaging tape to seal the folded box together at the glue flap. You can use some of the covering ideas from above for your new gift boxes to make them look more festive and personal too!
We hope that Gift Box Ideas Making Eco-Friendly Gift Boxes From Recycled Materials helps you to create greener gift packaging.