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Custom Gift Box

Here is entry #2 from our Calling All Bloggers Challenge.  This post was submitted by Charlene Driggs of Paper And Ink Playground.  Please be sure to read it over, as we always want to know what you think!

Custom Gift Box

Hi and Welcome to the May Arts Blog!   I bet you love this blog, because you love lush gorgeous ribbon as much as I do.   My hope is that today’s project will inspire you to think both inside and outside the box!  I’ll show you the finished project, the fabulous ribbon that inspired it and a few steps that I hope will help you to create your own gift of the heart.
I don’t know about you, but it seems everyone we know is having a baby!  Thank goodness we know how to turn inexpensive store bought items into WOW gifts with the help of fabulous May Arts ribbons. 
When I saw this gorgeous collection of May Arts ribbon, I thought it just shouted, “Baby Girl!”.   Elegant pleated satin (379-15-66), a delicate sheer with sweet little flowers (374-1-17), frilly lace embellished with pearls (384-34-09), a beautiful soft pink sheer with a slightly ruffled edge(350-58-17) and a vintage crocheted ivory lace (361-58-10)…what’s not to love?

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I found this elegant little baby feeding set for under $15 at a department store.  Nice but not too exciting, right?

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I gathered a few supplies in addition to my ribbon: a shadow box I picked up on clearance for $2 (!)  plus a hot glue gun, glue dots, spray glue, glitter, some string pearls, ink for sponging, some pretty papers and a few flowers that I made:

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I chose the elegant May Arts pleated satin (379-15-66) and using hot glue, applied it around the edge of my box making sure to glue it only to the bottom portion of the box so that it would open easily.

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I added my papers to the inside of the box.

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Then, I chose the May Arts frilly pearl embellished lace (384-34-09) and applied it around the window of the box using hot glue once again.  In order to make neat corners, make a tiny clip in the lace on both sides of the pearls.  (Don’t worry; we’re going to cover the clipped edges in a few minutes.)

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I also hot glued the pearl embellished lace over the pleated satin.  (See the photo below)
Next, I added my little silverware set.  I chose 3 of my May Arts ribbons, the gorgeous pink sheer with flowers (374-1-17), the sheer ruffled edge pink (350-58-17) and the vintage crocheted lace (361-58-10) and tied a simple knot.  I left long tails then loosely braided the three ribbons arranging them around the silverware and securing the ends with glue dots.  To keep the silverware from sliding around the box, I applied glue dots to the backsides of the top parts.  I added two of my handmade flowers and the inside was done.  That gorgeous ribbon totally transformed the interior!

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Now onto embellishing the top of the box.  I tied the pink sheer (350-58-17) into a double bow, left a long tail and then used a tiny dot of hot glue to attach the bow and tails to the box top.  A few more handmade flowers, a tiny delicate rose and some strand pearls and my box was finished!!

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To complete the gift, I designed a card to match using more of that amazing May Arts ribbon.

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Here’s the entire set.

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Thanks for stopping by.   I hope I’ve inspired you to think inside and outside the box when gift giving time arrives.  


  • May Arts Ribbon:  379-15-66, 374-1-17, 384-34-09, 350-58-17, 361-58-10
  • Paper:  Making Memories English Garden, Webster’s Pages Lullaby Lane
  • Accessories: Shadow box, Tattered Angels Alpha Chips, handmade flowers, paper roses, string pearls, glitter, glue dots, hot glue, spray glue, Oneida baby silverware 
  1. Victoria

    Love it!!! So Beautiful!

  2. Durley H.

    Precious handmade love exudes from this elegant gift box! The accompanying card is equally as beautiful! Outstanding job, Charlene!

  3. Janet Mack

    You have done it again. What a great way to dress up an ordinary box. Cute card too!

  4. Renee M

    Once again you have created a lovely gift and card that is totally over the top! The details are outstanding.

  5. Lynne W

    I love this litle gift box & the matching card!!! Charlene this set is just stunning!! Anyone who receives this little set will be wowed!!

  6. Becky Mydock

    Wow…that is beautiful…very nicely done…

  7. Esther Vincent

    Oh wow, you’re a really talented lady. Unusual and gorgeous. The gift will be remembered.

  8. judean

    this is gorgeous and inspirng!

  9. jenifer cowles

    This is beautiful what a wonderful gift. I would keep it just the way it is. Great job:)

  10. jen shears

    What a beautiful gift ensemble! A lovely way to showcase the gift AND those gorgeous ribbons!

  11. Sue from Oregon

    I tell ya…Charlene makes the best gift sets…and what a way to show off your lovely ribbon!

  12. Patty

    This is a WOW baby gift set! The gorgeous ribbon makes this! Just beautiful!

  13. ~Jeri M~

    WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!! Absolutely beautiful Charlene!!! I LOVE the altered amazing and I love the vintage look both the box and card took on. The card is beautiful!!! Love the ribbons you chose! Will definitely have to check out the ribbon at May Arts! Thanks for introducting them to me!!!!

  14. Mary Beth

    Oh my, what a sweet project this is…and so beautifully arranged…stunning!

  15. Marie / Legojenta

    This turned out so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing =)

  16. REGINA

    oooooooo charlene this is so darn precious girl…your so good…so glad i have ya on my team…hugs regina

  17. Deb Neerman


    Thanks for joining us in this week’s Stamp Simply “2 of Something” challenge!

  18. jane w.

    this is soooooo beautiful!!! wow…tfs!

  19. Meg C

    Wow, what a lovely heirloom you’ve made!! I love, love, love that pleated ribbon around the sides and that lovely floral ribbon you looped around the inside. The card is stunning on its own, but together it’s just gasp-worthy!! That’s one lucky baby (and mama) that receive this gift!

  20. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz

    Charlene, oh my goodness, this is amazing!!!! I absolutely love this idea and the way you have it all decked out…..beautiful!!


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