Crochet Gift Boxes
Do any of you remember the boxes made from old Christmas cards that had been crocheted together? My grandparents had a couple although I’m pretty sure they bought them rather than making them. I remember thinking they were a little ‘tacky’ at the time, but on reflection, I’m sure it was probably more to do with not liking the Christmas card designs.
I’ve made an example of the ones I remember here.
Nowadays, Christmas cards tend to be much smaller than those we use to send and so I had to make a square box, rather than the larger hexagonal ones I recall. Oddly enough, it’s much nicer than the ones in my memory, but I’ve had this idea to update them for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
To make the Crochet Gift Boxes you will need
- Kraft Card
- Cutting mat and scalpel or a pair of scissors
- Hole punch
- 4ply/Fingering weight yarn
- 2.5mm Crochet Hook
- Scissors or snips
- Tapestry needle
After several experiments, I’ve found that the box lids work better if they are 1cm larger than the base. This gives 1cm on each side to allow for the lid to sit snugly over the crochet.
The lids can be any depth you like.
Measure and cut your card
The original Christmas card boxes use two pieces of card for each side. This doubling up covered any writing on the inside of the cards but it also ensures that the sides are strong, so I’d advise sticking to this method unless you’re using a very heavy card or board.
Example cutting list for a square box
- 2 of 10cm x 10 cm
- 8 of 10cm x 6 cm
- 2 of 11cm x 11cm
- 8 of 11cm x 3cm
Example cutting list for a rectangle box
- 2 of 10cm x 6 cm
- 4 of 10cm x 5 cm
- 4 of 6cm x 5cm
- 2 of 11cm x 7cm
- 4 of 11cm x 3cm
- 4 of 7cm x 3cm
Once cut you will have two pieces for every surface of the box. You can hold these together but if you find it easier, stick them together with a little double-sided tape or a glue stick.
From here on in I will refer to these as one.
Working on one piece of the box at a time
Mark the places for the holes.
Draw a line 5mm in from each edge.
Begining where the lines cross mark every 1cm, repeat for all four sides of the card.
You will have a smaller gap at the corners, this allows the yarn to sit better and prevents the corners from curling in.
Punch the holes
Don’t worry if they’re a little unevenly spaced, the crochet covers everything.
Working on one side of the box at a time
With your yarn and crochet hook, make a slip knot.
Slip st to any hole at the bottom of the card. (I tend to start somewhere in the middle rather than at a corner)
Work 2 dc into the same hole.
Make 3 dc into next hole and repeat in every hole until you come to the corner.
At the corner work 3dc 1ch 3dc.
Continue in this way until you have crocheted into every hole and are back to the beginning.
Join by slip stitching into the top of the 2 crochet chain.
Cut yarn, pull through and sew in ends. Trim of any excess.
Repeat for every piece of the box and lid
Crocheting the sides together is easiest but if you find it a little too fiddly you can always sew them.
To Join the sides to the base
Take one side and the base making sure the fronts are facing you, attach the sides as follows.
Make a slip knot
Starting at one of the corners slip st through both loops on each side.
Continue joining the sides in this manner until you reach the opposite end.
Do not cut yarn, instead work across the next side and repeat until you have attached all four sides of the base.
Repeat for the top of the box
Join the remaining edges in exactly the same way.
(I find it easier to start at the base of the box and work my way up.)
Sew in all ends and trim.