For You Decorated Swirly Gift Boxes

Susan Cobb

Get all the major supplies needed to make this project with the Foil Boxes Bundle or you can order them separately.

For You Decorated Swirly Gift Boxes
By Susan Cobb

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Designer Tip: Tendrils of Memory Thread beneath a flower at the center of this box make the perfect embellishment for this foil gift box. You can also leave the box "puffy", as is the aqua foil box. These boxes are extra-sturdy when made from foil cardstock, and perfect for holding candy, jewelry, gift cards, or other treats.



  1. Place the template on the back of the foil sheet. Trace the outer circle with the pencil. With a scoring tool, score the valley folds. Remove the template and use a ruler and scoring tool to complete the lines. Turn your paper and the template over, then align the template where you've already scored. Now score the mountain fold lines. Cut out the circle.
  2. Working from the inside of your box, fold the lines in this order: center lines (valley fold), longest straight lines (valley fold), lines around the middle (valley fold), remaining angled lines (mountain folds). While it may feel awkward at first, work around the box top pleating the mountain and valley folds. Notice the box sides do not stand up straight, but lean in.
  3. Firmly press down on the center where you'll see a starburst appear. Cut one 5" length and one 3" length of Memory Thread. Wrap the end of the 3" length around the center of the 5" length to secure them together. Wrap each end around the paintbrush handle to curl them, then pull the tendrils out slightly. Zot to center of box.
  4. Cut a 1 5/8" x 3/4" ivory rectangle, then trim the corners of one end for a tag shape. Punch a hole in the end. Write or computer print "For you" on the center of the tag. Insert a 1 1/2" length of Memory Thread through the hole, fold in half, then twist the ends together. Zot the end near center of box. Zot flower over center of box and Memory Thread as shown.

Aqua Foil Box:

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above, using Aqua Flourishes Foil (#20670) to create a gift box. Allow the top to stay "puffy".