Are you looking for a unique way to present a gift or make personalized party favours? Look no further! In this DIY Paper Handbag tutorial, we'll guide you through creating a beautiful gift box in the shape of a paper handbag. This project is fun and easy, making it suitable for crafters of all skill levels. So, let's dive right in!

Materials Needed:

Cardstock (plain and patterned)
Scissors or paper trimmer
Adhesive tape or spray
Glue gun (or wet glue)
Magnets (or craft magnets)
Decorative embellishments (e.g., pearls, beads)

Step 1: Choose Your Paper

Start by selecting the cardstock for your project. For the base of the gift box, use a solid or double-sided cardstock. For the outer wrap, choose a patterned paper that complements your theme.

Step 2: Prepare the Template

Print out the downloadable template from Craft World. You can print it on scrap paper as long as one side is blank. Cut out the template, or if you prefer, use a paper trimmer for precise edges.

Step 3: Score the Lines

Use your paper trimmer or a scoring tool to create score lines on the template. These lines will make it easier to fold and assemble your gift box. Pay attention to the indicated score lines on the template, as they are crucial for the box's structure.

Step 4: Assemble the Base

Fold along the score lines to create the base of your gift box. Attach the tabs together using repositionable glue, adhesive tape, or a glue gun for a secure hold. Ensure that your base is sturdy.

Step 5: Create the Outer Wrap

Cut out the outer wrap template from your chosen patterned paper. Fold along the provided score lines to create the wrap. Make sure to fold the sides inwards to form a triangular shape. Use adhesive to secure the wrap around the base, leaving the top open for easy access.

Step 6: Prepare the Handle

Cut out the handle template from a contrasting cardstock color. Fold it in half along the score line to reinforce it. Attach the handle to the top of the gift box using glue or a glue gun. Ensure it's centered and secure.

Step 7: Add the Fastening

For the closure, attach a magnet to the inside of the gift box's flap using hot glue. Then, glue the complementary magnet to the outside of the box's front flap. Make sure they align perfectly for a secure closure.

Step 8: Personalize Your Gift Box

Enhance your gift box with decorative elements like pearls, beads, or other embellishments. You can also attach a sentiment or message using glue or foam tape for a 3D effect.

Step 9: Final Touches

Reinforce all your crease lines, ensuring that everything is securely assembled. Check that the magnets hold the box closed and release when needed.

Congratulations! You've successfully created a beautiful gift box that can also serve as a unique card. This DIY project is a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your gifts or party favors. Feel free to customize the design and decorations to suit any occasion. Have fun crafting and sharing your creations with Craft World's inspiration gallery. Enjoy your creative journey!

Watch the full video tutorial here!

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