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Thrifty Gifting Treasure Box

Welcome to Day 2 of May Arts / DCWV Blog Week!

Thrifty Gifting Treasure Box

It’s May Arts/DCWV week at the May Arts blog!  I love DCWV and of course, you already know how much I love May Arts Ribbon.  I’ve been on journey to find ways to give meaningful gifts without spending a lot of money.  One of the tips I have for you is to clearance shop your craft store.  Even if you don’t have a project in mind, if you see something you love, buy it and stash it away. You won’t have to make a special trip out (saving fuel), you’ll be inspired to use what you have, and you’ve saved money on your original purchase.   If you love it, you’ll use it eventually.

That’s the case with the project I have for you today.  I needed a project…fast.  I went to my clearance craft cupboard and pulled a few of my clearance items.  Thanks to May Arts Ribbon and this fabulous Adhesive Backed Designer Paper from DCWV, I had a thrifty gift in under an hour.



Is this fabulous or what?  No adhesive to worry about and look at that BIG size!!  12” X 24”!  That means no more seams on big projects.  No more struggling with trying to get glue on small pieces.  Love it!  I’ve used it in my electronic die cut machine, in my Big Shot and are you ready?…it sticks on wood!



I love the patterns in this stack.  Let’s get started on this thrifty gift.  Here are your basic supplies:




  • Unpainted magnetic wood box (picked up when they were on sale for $1 at Michael’s)
  • 14 buttons of similar size
  • Making Memories Ribbon letters (clearance item)
  • Papertrey Ink Button Boutique
  • Double sided tape
  • Candle
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • White Acrylic or spray paint
  • Plaid Matte spray sealer


1.       Spray paint or brush box with white acrylic paint.  Don’t worry about multiple coats.  You’ll be covering it with paper.



2.       Measure and cut DCWV Adhesive Backed Pattern Pack paper to fit.  I used a rotary cutter for the longer pieces and my paper cutter for the smaller pieces.  Look how big it is!  Love the vibrant colors too. 



3.       Remove adhesive backing; stick the paper to your box.  Press firmly to box.

Don’t forget the inside!



4.       Attach May Arts Ribbon with double sided tape.  Embellish as shown with stamped tag and that gorgeous Burnt Ribbon Flower.  You can find the tutorial by our own Jen Shears here for the flower.

5.       Use glue gun to stack and attach the buttons to the base of the box and also to lift the flower on the tag.



That’s it!  A beautiful box any little (or big!) girl can use to store away her treasures.  Thrifty gifting, thanks to DCWV, May Arts Ribbon, and your smart shopping.



If you’d like to see a card die cut with both an electronic die cut machine and the Big Shot that uses paper from this DCWV Pattern Stack check out this blog post.

-Charlene Driggs


Blog Post By: Charlene Driggs


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  1. Danielle Lounds

    Oh what a fabulous box! Love the colors and the fun feet you created for the box from buttons are awesome!

  2. Ashley N Newell

    This is fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge!

  3. Deena

    Very cute box Charlene!! TFS!

  4. angie

    fantastic job! I’ve not seen this paper! This looks great though!

  5. Kristie Maynard

    What a wonderful quick gift that is. I pick up things all the time without a specific purpose for them. Always find something to do with them eventually.
    Who wouldn’t love to receive a lovely gift like that?!?!?

  6. Cynthia B.

    Great Michael’s find! The way you’ve embellished the box is simply fantastic!

  7. Carol

    WOW I love love this, fabulous job!

  8. Jess B.

    This is so AWESOME! LOVE everything about it! TFS

    Jess B.
    [email protected]

  9. marie

    wow! i LOVE it! I want one just like it!

  10. Lucy

    Now that’s a find! I’ve never heard of this self adhesive pattern paper pack. Sure would love it 🙂

  11. Emma O.

    Oh my goodness! This is an adorable box!! You did a fantastic job on this gift!

  12. Shelly

    What a beautiful project. Great minds think alike. Wait until you check out my DCWV project.

  13. Marie / Legojenta

    That box turned out beautifully! TFS =)

  14. f lynn rush

    what a wonderful project!!! thank you for sharing.

  15. Kelly massman

    OH! I love the pink and black together!

  16. Cheryl Arnold

    This is truly amazing and what a great idea about visiting your local craft store and pick up clearance items. Love the box and how it turned out.

  17. Denise Johnson

    Love it such a neat idea. Wow, hope I win.

  18. Jan Hennings

    so cute and love the ribbon 🙂

  19. Sue D

    Fabulous–love the colors.

  20. Aki

    Woah~ The gift box is so cute. Pink is one of my favorite color. xD

  21. Jengd

    Great box! I actually have one of those upstairs in sore need of being redecorated…. Think I just found my inspiration.

  22. Carol Douglass

    I just love the pink and black, so pretty.

  23. jen shears

    you are SO CLEVER!! that box is fabulous! 🙂 what a great use for that big, adhesive paper!!!

  24. {vicki}

    What a great treasure box!

  25. Debbie Garcia

    These colors meld so well together and the ribbon oh la la.. Great tutorial thanks for sharing

  26. Natasha G.P.

    What a cute box you made. I love quick, cute gifts!

  27. B. Poteraj

    What a neat idea. I love that you don’t have to glue the paper…

  28. sharon gullikson

    I didn’t know that adhesive backed paper even existed! LOVE IT!!!!

  29. Holly T.

    I love this box! That paper is totally awesome!

  30. Lindy

    Love your treasure box!!!!! The patterns are awesome!

  31. erin


  32. Lynne

    I love the pink and black!! The box is scrumptious. Thanks

  33. Lagene Sands

    WOW! What a fantastic gift box! I had no idea that DCWV had self adhesive paper! Love that burnt ribbon flower!

  34. Carol B

    Simply amazing how your transformed that box!

    Carol B

  35. Annette A.

    Super cute box. I love the choice in colors.

  36. Amy Smidebush

    I LOVE how you made that box! Brilliant choice of patterns! I just LOVE DCWV and May Arts!


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