Up-cycled shoebox gift box

Most crafters hang on to scraps of materials thinking it might just be what you need to finish of a gift wrap or that project you’ve been working on.

Whilst I’m always on the look out for quirky wrapping paper or ribbons or accessories, I also collect boxes!

I keep hold of shoeboxes, chocolate boxes, old jewellery boxes, boxes gifted to me, jars, tins, kitchen roll tubes, cardboard boxes…the list goes on. If I think a gift can be presented in a particular container, then it goes into my collapsible crates. Yeah…I’m a hoarder! 

Collapsible crates with boxes

These boxes or containers then get refreshed and upcycled into a brand new gift box!

Recycling and upcycling is becoming a very important aspect to our lives and the future of the planet we live in. Not only does upcycling help up to rejuvenate forgotten items, it is one way in which we can reduce waste.

Upcycling means less waste filling up landfill sites and being incinerated. Therefore it’s one way to help cut down on pollution being released into the atmosphere.

One such upcycling project for me has been to re-use any containers/boxes I already have, to create beautifully presentable gift boxes.

Today, I am going to share one of my upcycling projects with you. It all begins with a humble, yet sturdy, shoebox!

The great thing about shoeboxes is that you can cover lid and box, which can be used to present one gift. Or, make two gift presenting containers using the lid and the box itself.

In this project, i’ve used just the box.

If you would like to have a go at upcycling a shoebox too, here’s what you’ll need:

Step 1

Firstly unroll the wrapping paper – I’ve gone for a colourful, geometric patterned paper – then place the box on the plain side of the gift wrap.

Step 2

Then, leaving enough space to bring the paper up and over the four edges of the shoebox, cut out an appropriate portion of the gift wrapping paper.

Step 3

Next, secure the shoebox in the middle of the wrapping paper piece – onto the plain side of the paper. Use double sided tape on the underside of the shoebox.

Clarks Shoebox with scissors and double-sided tape
Clarks shoebox with double-sided tape on short end of box

Step 4

Next bring up the paper over the long sides of the box side of the open box. Secure each side with double sided tape. To have a neat edge, before folding the paper over the edges of the box, fold the paper over by about half a cm. The fold and stick the paper.

Clarks shoebox on its side with double-sided tap and scissors
Clarks shoebox on its side

Step 5

Begin to fold the paper over the shorter end of the box. You might have to play around with how you fold these edges over so that they look identical on both ends.

Clarks shoebox with partial coverage on one end
Clarks shoebox before completely covering one end

Step 6

This was first designed to present a small hamper. So if you’d like to make a hamper too, add shredded brown paper to line the box.

Clarks shoebox gift box with shredded brown paper

Step 7

Clarks shoebox covered plus natural twine

If you are looking to give a small hamper, then you can stop at the previous step. I went ahead and placed the gift inside the box and covered the box in the same geometric gift wrap paper. Then the finishing touches of natural twine and a vintage gift tag.

Clarks shoebox with natural tine and vintage gift tag