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Christmas Packaging Idea and Tutorial


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Happy Friday everyone!  Yesterday, I was playing with a design I developed last year and decided I would use this project to try my first photo blog tutorial!holdertutorial7

This box was designed for a packaging class I held last November.  I specifically made the measurements of the box hold a hand sanitizing bottle from a certain lovely soap and lotion store.  I gave them out as Christmas gifts last year to the girls’ teachers and such.  The packaging gives this inexpensive product a WOW factor that recipients really appreciate.  I know my girls’ teachers really loved them last year – I think teachers must go through a lot of hand sanitizer!!!  I have updated the colors and Designer Series Paper to reflect this year’s products so I can give as gifts again this year!  (to different people of course!)

So here it goes – my first ever blog project tutorial!!! Good luck (to you and me!!)



Real Red cardstock measures 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 5″ and 7″ on the 11″ side.  Turn the piece 90 degrees and score at 1 1/4″ on one long side.  Flip it over and score at 1 1/4″ on other long side. Cut on score lines up to the side score lines as shown in photo above. Remove the 1/2″ pieces from both top and bottom.  Fold all score lines.



Punch a 1 3/8″ circle from 1st panel – as shown above.  Now, here you can choose the width of your circle depending on what you would like to put in your holder.  For instance, use a 1″ circle punch to insert a M&M holder or test tube (I haven’t been lucky enough to find those in Canada yet).  Use your imagination!!

Place Sticky Strip on the edges of two side panels as shown above.



Assemble the box front and sides by bringing up the left side to meet with the Sticky Strip sides.

Measure in 1 1/2″ on both score lines from the top and remove them as shown above.



This photo is the same as the last one, but here it’s shown where to put more Sticky Strip.    Continue to fold up the box from the left and your almost there!!



Now it looks like this.  Cut a  piece of Real Red cardstock to 2″ x 6 1/4″  – this becomes the back of the holder. Attach this piece to the existing back – this creates a taller back piece and it’s more sturdy.

Cut a piece of dsp to 1 3/4″ x 3 5/8″ and attach it to the front of the new taller back.



Finish your holder by adding the front and side panels.  Cut three pieces of Chocolate Chip cardstock at 2 3/8″ x 1 7/8″ and three pieces of dsp at 2 1/4″ x 1 3/4″.  Adhere them together and attach to front and sides of holder.  Finish embellishing as you wish!


Supplies used:

Stamps – Christmas Punch hostess set

Paper – Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock, Merry Moments dsp

Inks – Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories – Sleigh Bells ribbon, Trio Flower punch, Old Olive brad, Red Rhinestone brad, Sizzlits Snowflakes #2 set and Big Shot

I hope you enjoy making one or twenty of these great little gifts – I’d love to hear from you!  If you’ve read this through and are still with me, you may be interested to know that creating this tutorial has taken me 3 1/2 hours.  Kudos to all those papercrafters out there who create tutorials for us to use – I’m suddenly much more grateful for your service than I was 3 hours ago…

Have a wonderful long weekend and to my fellow Canadians – Happy Thanksgiving!!




  1. Jenny says:

    This is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  2. Anne says:

    Great idea – I really appreciate seeing ways to “enhance” a simple gift, esp in times like these.

    Would you mind revealing the source of the lotion? I hope it’s not available just in Canada…if you don’t want to post it would you mind sending an email?

    Thanks so much.

  3. Ad K. says:

    Congrats on your great tutorial! Fab job, especially on this being your first. This project is super and I can hardly wait to make some up for my gal pals. Hope you will continue to share your talent with all! Have a super weekend.

  4. JoAnn Burnham says:

    This is a great idea, love it. Thanks for doing the tutorial, you did an awesome job.

  5. Susan Ruiz says:

    Great tutorial! I love it as well, thanks for sharing and I hope to see more from you in the future..

    Have a great weekend

  6. Cara says:

    This is so cute and such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing you talents with all of us. This is the perfect teacher gift especially with the ‘flu’ going around.

  7. allison says:

    I love this little box. I made it to fit a small mister of stampin’ mist to give away at an upcoming workshop. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Allison Rogers

  8. Natasha says:

    What a creative idea – thanks for sharing it! Have a great workshop! Natasha Zandbergen

  9. Shelly says:

    I love this great idea! I’m going to make some of these tomorrow for my best customers as Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. Dilasari says:

    Thank you very much for the tutorial. It’s beautiful and I’ll definitely give it a try.

  11. Kristine says:

    I love this idea. Thanks so much. I will be making these this weekend 🙂

  12. Chrissy says:

    WOW!!!! What a wonderful idea and tutorial, the instructions were easy to follow. I will use this project in my next class, I am already thinking about using these for my Valentine gifts. I make my own homemade liquid soap and plan on using this package to hold them in and give away as gifts. Again thanks for the wonderful project and for sharing with us.

    Have a Happy New Years!!!!

  13. Tina Lockhart says:

    I love this idea. Great tutorial. Cna’t wait to try one.

  14. Tessa Wise says:

    Hi! I used your template to make one for my daughter’s teacher on the first day of school! What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Lynda says:

    I love the holder…so very cute and practical!

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    This is such a great tutorial!
    Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous idea! I am going to try and make some for Valentines Day.

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