DIY: gift packaging

24th February 2013








It’s officially Spring here in N14, despite the fact it’s still snows a bit with abrasive cold wind that shreds my skin layer by layer.  I’m looking forward to having my Mum’s home-made tong yuen with red bean fillings (glutinous rice balls) to celebrate the last day of Chinese New Year tonight.

I’ve managed to find time to do a DIY gift packaging post today, after 3 months of unsuccessful attempts due to short daylight hours in winter.  The step by step process is pretty easy which only involves tracing template, cutting, folding and looking pretty, adhesive is not acquired.  Great for last minute gift solutions, using inexpensive materials you probably have at home i.e old pretty lookbooks and product release postcards.

You’ll need:
Folded food packaging as a general template i.e a folded packaging from Tom Aikens.
photographic poster or card i.e a Jo Malone product postcard.
Cutting blade, scissors (optional), cutting mat and pencil.

1. Place the template onto the photographic card, trace around the template with pencil.
2. Cut the penciled outline with a blade or scissors, don’t forget the interlock slits.
3. Once done, fold the flaps.
4. Place a small gift in the center, now tuck the flaps in and interlock the slits to close.

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  • Get your freak on 24th February 2013 at 20:21

    This is a GENIUS idea!
    I love your nails btw.

  • Jonelle 24th February 2013 at 21:01


  • Eleanor 24th February 2013 at 21:10

    Envy. Your how to made it look easy.

  • Tough Cupid 24th February 2013 at 21:16

    many thanks for starting this up

  • Katheryn 24th February 2013 at 22:07

    I love Jo Malone’s postcards, it’s wonderful to see you’ve put it to great use.

  • Chloe au Latte 24th February 2013 at 22:13

    Absolument splendide!

  • Tsui Chung 24th February 2013 at 23:40

    Aww how cute, will definitely be making this and putting baked goods inside for gifts!
    Fashion Ganache.

  • Dancome 24th February 2013 at 23:42

    This is so cute, Kit.

  • Martine Chow 24th February 2013 at 23:46

    Hmm, Mothering Sunday is around the corner, perfect size to fit a couple of macaroons.

  • Rika 25th February 2013 at 00:58

    Good idea.

  • Mifa 25th February 2013 at 01:01

    Oh I have the similar gift box at home which I have from birthday and marriage parties, I will re use it for sure.

  • steph 25th February 2013 at 01:01

    such a cute gift box – but totally distracted by your awesome manicure here!

  • Chiu Ah Wen 25th February 2013 at 01:39

    I love this.
    Enjoy your Tang Yuan with family, Happy Lunar New Year!

  • Hug Daniel 25th February 2013 at 04:36

    you’ve made the diy post look so romantic.

  • Fashion Hot 25th February 2013 at 04:53

    Awww lovely! Are you doing any more fashion and accessory diy posts any soon?

  • Francesca Him 25th February 2013 at 04:53


  • joy @OSS 25th February 2013 at 07:41

    So creative! Impossibly gorgeous.

  • Lana 25th February 2013 at 13:06

    I didn’t know Chinese New Year lasted that long.

  • Ingrida van der Hagen 25th February 2013 at 15:34

    I thought that was a tutu skirt in the first picture, or was it? I really love this diy, yet so simple and balletic, this is sure win.

  • Supreme 25th February 2013 at 16:32

    I got distracted by your pretty nails.

  • Bridget 25th February 2013 at 22:10

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog on Stumbleupon and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.

  • HFD 26th February 2013 at 01:01

    Simply wish to say all your diys are as astonishing, the clearness in your creativeness is just as cool.

  • Anaisey 26th February 2013 at 01:03

    I seriously love your work. Very nice composition and photography.

  • Sophia 26th February 2013 at 12:41

    Such a great idea! Looks really pretty! I’d really like to make a few of these. Can you please recommend where I can find the same or a similar template (apart from Tom Aikens)? I’m going to look online for a scanned template which looks similar.

    • Kit Lee 26th February 2013 at 13:37

      @Sophia You can use any type of boxes from beauty to savoury food boxes.

  • the style crusader 27th February 2013 at 15:36

    Such a good idea Kit. It looks gorgeous. xx

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  • Kayleigh Owen 5th March 2013 at 21:44

    Nice post. I learn something far more challenging on unique blogs everyday.

  • We Bizz 31st March 2013 at 00:49

    I am amazed!
    Such and innovative idea. I will 100% use it for my daughter’s birthday gift.
    Thanks a lot. Please keep uploading.