Don’t you find yourself often needing a gift box with a lid? Isn’t it frustrating when you locate the perfect box but it doesn’t have a lid? You can turn nearly any box that doesn’t have a lid into a box with a cover by using a simple technique. You’ve seen the technique before; you have if you’ve ever seen a match box. The simple cardboard drawer of a match box slides in and out of a thin cardboard sleeve to open and shut it.
You can easily make most any box a cute cover by using the same technique used to make match boxes. Select the box you want to use and the sleeve will be ready for it in minutes. Choose thin cardboard, poster board, thick scrapbook paper or a similar material to make the sleeve for the box.
Cut the strip of cardboard or paper to be as wide as the box is. Cut the piece to be much longer than you know you’ll need then trim it down to size later. If you’re using scrapbook paper you can instantly create a theme for the sleeve. If you’re using plain cardboard or poster board you can attach scrapbook paper, gift wrap, fabric or another material to decorate it.
To cut the sleeve to the exact size you need start by setting the cardboard on the table so that one short end is facing you. Fold the edge of the cardboard that faces you over an inch and crease it well. Turn the cardboard so that one long side of the cardboard faces you and the fold is to your right.
Set the bottom of the box on the cardboard so that the edge of the box is against the fold of the cardboard. Draw a line along the left side of the box. Turn the box over, draw another line, and continue doing this on all sides of the box. Allow an extra inch at the very end then cut out the long strip of cardboard.
To assemble the sleeve, fold and crease each line you’ve drawn on the cardboard. The side of a pair of scissors can help you create a crisp fold when you press the scissors down and run them across the fold. Wrap the cardboard sleeve around the box and tape or glue the two ends. The area where the two ends overlap should end up on the side and not the top or bottom of the sleeve. Slide the sleeve over the cardboard box and you instantly decorate it and give it a lid!