Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

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So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, “Dude, you can totally make that.” My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.

First, the supplies:

  • one 8″ x 11″ piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
  • a scissors
  • craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
  • doo-dads to decorate the box
  • a pencil
  • the PDF template

Second, the how-to:

Print and then cut out the template to create a pattern.

Trace the pattern onto the felt.

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Using the scissors, cut the image from the felt; if you have one, use the craft knife to cut the little, rectangular slots (it's easier than using the scissors).

Depending upon the thickness of your felt, you might have to adjust the openings of the trapezoidal opening.

Third, the folding:

To fold up the gift box, fold the sides with the trapezoidal slots up first and tuck the tabs into the rectangular slots in one of the other two sides.created at: 11/04/2010

After you've tucked your gift into the box, fold up the last side and tuck the remaining tabs into its rectangular slot.

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Fourth, the decorating: 

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And you're done!