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Day 3 of May Arts / Echo Park Paper Blog Week!


Welcome to May Arts/Echo Park Blog Week!   I love to wrap and give presents and this week I got to get a head start on some of my Christmas wrapping items.  I think presentation is half the fun of giving a gift. 



I loved making these easy boxes!  They’re just right for lightweight gifts or a wrapped stack of homemade cookies.



Echo Park’s Season’s Greetings by Lori Whitlock papers and die cuts paired with luscious May Arts ribbons make for a Wow presentation that anyone on your gift list will appreciate.


Here’s how to make these easy boxes:

Tall box

1.      Choose your favorite Echo Park Season’s Greetings paper.  Using your Scor-pal, score at 2 3/4", 5 ½”, 8 ¼” and 11”.  There will be a small strip left that you will use to secure your box.

2.     Turn your paper and score at 2 3/4”.   Fold the paper on the score lines.  Use scissors to cut up to the line on the 2 3/4” side.  This will form your box base.  To form the box, run a strip of strong double sided tape down the leftover strip.   Secure.  Tape the box bottom.  Pinch the sides in to close. 

Short Box

1.     Base:  Cut paper 12” x 10 ¾””.  Score and assemble as in the first box. 

2.     Box Top:  Decide how long you want your box top to be.  Score at 2 7/8” intervals. Secure as for box base.

Note:  here’s a tip if you don’t want to disturb your beautiful bow.  Cut the ribbons at the base and tape them together with invisible Scotch tape.  🙂

No present is complete without a beautiful tag to compliment it.  I think these sturdy tags would also make cute tree decorations after the gift is opened. 



I loved that I could create a vintage look, cute tags for kids and a feminine tag all from the same Echo Park paper collection.   I added manila tag bases for strength and fun accents like jingle bells, snowflakes, stars, buttons and clips plus some machine stitching.   The stick on alphas made personalization a cinch!


Supply List

Echo Park Season’s Greeting Collection

May Arts Olive Silk SK-16; May Arts Red and white Cord RJ-14; May Arts Red Grosgrain QH-14


Manila tags

Helmar Zap Dots

Other:  sewing machine, button, clips, jingle bell, large eyelets, plastic snowflake, stick on bling

Thanks for joining us for May Arts/Echo Park Week.  Be sure to check back in to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for you.


Blog post by: Charlene Driggs


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  1. jen shears

    oh my goodness! so many wonderful things- lots of inspiration here!!!

  2. Michele D

    Great inspiration for making my own tags and boxes!

  3. Ange

    Gorgeous! Love the cute tags!!

  4. Melinda Wilson

    Beautiful Christmas projects!

  5. Janet Mack

    I just love making tags. I adds a little something extra.

  6. Karen Wedding

    I love your little tags. I’m getting ahead of the game on my Christmas presents, so now I can start making the glorious tags to go with them.

  7. b. poteraj

    Yikes, they are almost too cute to give away. I want to make some now.

  8. sharon gullikson

    Thanks for showing us so much of your talent. They are adorable.

  9. natasha g.p.

    Oh my gosh, these are all so darned cute! I love them–the colors, patterns…

  10. Charmaine

    Love these gifty boxes – thank you for sharing the instructions. Will definitely be trying them out.

  11. Charmaine

    I think these boxes and tags are super. I have taken down your instructions and will be trying them out!!

  12. Ruth G

    So much fun! I don’t know if I’d open these! I think I’d need to keep them just as they are forever!!!

  13. Greta H

    Wonderful projects!

  14. Krysta

    So pretty! I’m so excited to get started on my Christmas projects!

  15. Holly Tolman

    What a cute idea! So versatile too!

  16. Sandy

    Beautiful gift tags and boxes. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Jingle

    All around very nice stuff!

  18. Lucy

    The box is a gift in itself!

  19. Tini

    Oooh..what for sweet tag! Thanks for these nice inspiraton.

  20. Kerys

    WOW! I LOVE these! They will make great teacher presents! Thank you so much for the inspiration and instructions 🙂

  21. Denise Bryant

    Great boxes and tags! MA and EP make a great combo!

  22. sue kment

    oh Charlene…lovely papers and creations and luscious ribbons! I used some of the green silk for Abby’s wedding this week!

  23. Debbie C.

    Love the tags and treat boxes. The paper you used is so fun and festive.

  24. Renee VanEpps

    Beautiful tags and boxes!!! Those ribbons are so rich and just want them so bad! LOL. I agree with you, EP makes it so much easier on us crafters when you can get so many different styles from one collection!! Thanks for sharing Charlene

  25. Jen M

    Oh my gosh, these are GORGEOUS projects!

  26. indy

    All that Christmas goodness! These amazing projects are definitely getting me in the holiday spirit!

  27. Sue McRae

    Very festive assortment of holiday projects!

  28. Cynthia B.

    These boxes and tags are gorgeous! I especially like the “naughty or nice” tag…hehe – I think my kids are on the “borderline”! 😉
    Of course the May Arts ribbons are the perfect toppers. Thanks for the ideas!

  29. Kelly massman

    these are adorable!

  30. Kim H

    Beautiful tags, love the gift boxes. great stitching details, wonderful cords and ribbons. Thank you for sharing and a chance to win.

  31. Ruby C

    Very Fun and Festive with Gorgeous bows. Thanks for the tip on taping the ribbon at the base.

  32. {vicki}

    the tags and boxes!

  33. KimberlyRae

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful bags and tags….
    I’m so Inspired!
    Thank you!!

  34. Marcia D.

    Great tags and gift bags!

  35. Kristie Maynard

    Beautiful! Any one would love to get a gift that looks like these. Just beautiful!

  36. Christine Dring

    So cute! Love these ideas and will be trying some! Thanks for sharing!

  37. debb

    I love these cute boxes and love love love these tags!!!!

  38. Laura Cox

    Great packaging and tags!! TFS!!!


    i love how you displayed these wonderful projects. thank you for sharing this delightful little bunch of goodies.

  40. Danielle

    Gorgeous projects, thanks for sharing and giving some great ideas!

  41. Miriam Prantner

    LOVE those tags! The stitching and the eyelets are just great!

  42. Donna

    I think I might have to make this!

  43. Donna

    These are sooo cute!

  44. Amanda Coleman

    Looking at a bunch of pretty packages under the Christmas tree is second only to opening them up! 🙂


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