How to make a ‘Shabbilicious’ Gift Box

It’s been a busy time in the Shabby Art Boutique studio this month with special birthdays, anniversaries and now Mother’s Day is just around the corner too.

I know I’ve said this here before, but it is something I truly believe….

The wrapping on the gift is an integral part of the whole gift receiving experience.


How to make a sweet, shabby 3 drawer gift box by Shabby Art

Gift wrapping needn’t be expensive to make a big impact.

And I think you’ll be surprised at how quick this sweet 3 drawer gift box was to make.

It also cost less than buying a cardboard gift box from the discount store.

How to make a sweet, shabby 3 drawer gift box tutorial

Now I realise that this particular gift box is only suitable for smaller items.

I have 3 things to go in the drawers… hence the design…

But I hope it plants the seed of inspiration so that others can use it to add interest to the art of gift wrapping.

Shabby Art Boutique - 3 drawer gift box tutorial



For this box I used a pack of matches that came cello wrapped as a set of 3.

They are the larger sized matches, so each box measures 3” long x 2” wide x 1” high.

1. After emptying the matches out of the boxes and putting aside to use later on, I glued all 3 boxes together to form a little chest of drawers.

2. I cut a strip of pretty scrapbooking paper 3” wide and long enough to wrap around the outside of the set of 3 boxes. I left a small excess, so the ends overlap underneath when I glued the paper around the box.

Each drawer front and inside the drawers were covered with a coordinating paper. Glue in place and sand the edges with a nail file. To make it easier to pull the drawers in and out, I recommend the use of tiny handles sold in scrapbooking stores. Mine are by Kaisercraft.

3. The box looks far more interesting with little feet, so I glued 4 pink acrylic, facet cut beads to the bottom of the box. To embellish, I added a long piece of seam binding ribbon…. because every gift needs pretty ribbon!

4. The final touches on this particular box were a tiny Tilda postcard, a mini crochet doily and a handmade satin peony flower.


How to make a sweet, shabby 3 drawer gift box tutoria


The gift box is almost a gift in itself… destined to be used again after the gift has been opened.

So… with about $3 of supplies (approx) and less than 20 minutes of my time, this will make for a memorable ‘shabbilicious’ gift.


How to make a sweet, shabby 3 drawer gift box tutoria

Happy crafting


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  1. This is so pretty and easy to make. Thanks so much!

  2. What a pretty and darling idea! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hi Kerryanne,
    I so agree with you about the wrapping, it needs to be beautiful as well………..
    This lil gift box is a real beauty, and don’t think you could find that any place either.
    Very clever and very pretty, who ever receives it should love it……….
    and it is perfect for Mother’s day or any day…………..
    Also thanks for hosting hon,

    Blessings, Nellie

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Nellie. I’ve always gone the extra mile with wrapping a gift… family and friends just expect it now, but that’s half the fun of giving 🙂

  4. This is delightful Kerryanne. As you say, a gift in its own right.
    What a lovely addition to a bedside table or a dressing table.
    Toni xx

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Toni. Yes, it would be very cute on a dressing table. It could look so completely different too, just by using different styles of paper and embellishments.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne xx

  5. What a beautiful gift idea for my mother for mothers day, thank you
    For sharing, xx

  6. This is wonderful!! I would have never thought of something so clever!

  7. Sherry Beeson says:

    Love it!
    Do you have a tutorial fir making the peony?


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