Make a DIY gift box using a very simple method – along with fabric and Mod Podge! This idea is easy to make and easy to customize.
Skills Required: Beginner. It’s easy to cover this box in fabric with decoupage medium – even if you’ve never used Mod Podge before.
Hello lovely Mod Podgers! Its’ Rachel again from Lines Across. I really love coming up with creative ways to wrap gifts. So much so, in fact, that I just launched a new website dedicated to all things gift wrap related called Let’s Wrap Stuff. Stop by and check it out!
Do you have a lot of fun fabric lying around and you’re not sure what to make with it? Maybe you have some cute scraps leftover from another fabric project.
Or maybe, like me, you can’t resist buying weird shaped cuts of pretty fabric in the discount bin at the craft store. This fabric covered DIY gift box is a perfect scrap busting project.
You can tie a little bow around the top and use this handmade gift box to give a special gift, or you can just make a few to store your own jewelry in and add a little more color to your dresser.
Homemade Gift Box
What you need:
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Cardboard Gift Box or similar
What you do:
1. Start by cutting a piece of fabric that will cover the top or bottom or your box. Make sure you leave extra room to cover the sides. Dab a medium coat of Fabric Mod Podge over the top of your box.
You could also use regular Mod Podge for your DIY gift box, but the Fabric Mod Podge has a thicker texture that seems to soak into the fabric well.
2. Place the fabric on top of your box and press down so that the fabric is smooth and there are no bubbles. I wanted the box to feel like fabric, so I did not add any Mod Podge on top of the fabric.
3. As this is drying, flip the lid over and cut carefully along each corner of the box as shown in the picture below.
4. Dab Mod Podge around the outside edges of the box, and fold over the fabric pieces. If you are using a thin fabric, you can also fold the fabric over the box and add Mod Podge to the inside of the DIY gift box as well.
This will give a very finished looking edge on the outside of the box. You could also very carefully trim the fabric right across the edges.
Repeat the same process for the bottom. (It would also be cute to just add fabric to the lid.)
5. If you want to add another touch, you could cut out a piece of felt and attach it with Fabric Mod Podge to the inside top and inside bottom of the box.
It will also cover up the uneven edges of fabric that might be showing through.
I used bright yellow felt for the top and bottom. (If I could do it again, I would use white felt for the bottom since it barely shows through.)
6. Since I wanted the box to feel like fabric, I didn’t add any Mod Podge to the outside of the fabric. I did, however, go back and add a very small amount of Mod Podge along the edges and corners to prevent fraying.
Make sure you give the box ample time to dry before you put the top on the bottom.
What’s great about this DIY gift box is that you can cover any sized box in fabric and use it to give jewelry, like this handmade knotted leather bracelet.
You could also use seasonal colors and fabrics for special occasions like Christmas, and even use these little fabric covered boxes to give other items like gift cards.
- Gift box
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Cut the fabric. Cut a piece to cover the bottom of the box, then cut a different pattern to cover the top.
- Dab a medium coat of Fabric Mod Podge on the top of the box. Place the fabric on top of the box and smooth out bubbles.
- As this is drying, flip the lid over and cut carefully along each corner of the box,
- Dab Mod Podge around the outside edges of the box, and fold over the fabric pieces to the inside.
- Repeat the same process for the bottom.
- Cut the felt to fit the inside top and bottom of the box; affix with Fabric Mod Podge.
- Let dry for several hours before gifting.
Costs vary for this project depending on the size box - and I had my fabric on hand.
Are you ready to make a DIY gift box of your own? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other projects: