The Dollar Diva

Re-covered Dollar Tree gift boxes

12.19.12 boxes Stars 006These two Christmas gift boxes from Dollar Tree came as a set.  The border is a little crooked, so I decided to COMPLETELY re-cover them using vintage dictionary pages.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 007Cut a piece (or glue together 2 pieces) long enough to complete wrap around the box with a tad bit of overlap; and extends past the top and bottom of the box by about 1/2 -1″  (so an inch or so TALLER than the box itself.)  The red paper extended to the inside rim of these boxes, so I had to cover that little bit of the inside too.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 008Completely cover all four sides of your lid with a thin layer of glue.  (I use Aleen’s tacky glue; not as ‘wet’ as regular white glue so less ‘puckering’ of the paper) Then wrap your paper, side by side by side, smoothing each side carefully before going on to the next side.  Apply glue to the overlap and glue it down.

Make a single cut at each corner where the paper extends beyond the box on the bottom and top.  Apply glue to the inside of those ‘tabs’ and very gentle fold them over.  I’m using OLD paper so it’s very delicate and cracks easily when you fold it over.

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Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and be sure corners are smooth.

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Flip lid over and glue down the inner flaps of the lid.  The corners will require a little extra dab of glue and ‘smooshing’.

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Follow the same steps with the box.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 012The design extended to the bottom of these particular boxes, so I cut a square of paper just slightly smaller than both the box top and bottom, and glued into place.

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The print on these old dictionary pages was so FINE that I didn’t really need to worry about ‘matching designs’.

*****VERY IMPORTANT*****  Be sure to let your glue completely DRY before putting the lid on your box.  I recommend letting it dry overnight.  Otherwise you will destroy the edges of your box and top!  The added 2 layers op paper where the lid and box meet CAN make the fit very tight.  Keep this in mind when selecting your boxes to re-cover; look for boxes with slightly LOOSE fitting lids.  And when choosing your paper, keep in mind how much thickness it will add  to the ‘fit’ of the lid.

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All done!  Just testing to see if I like that bird house on top.

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Yep!  Decoded to put a bird house on top of each box, and fill the hole with a pinch of moss!  May still add some additional embellishment to the boxes.  Do you think they need ‘something more’??

Now I’m ready to do MORE boxes!

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These were actually very cute little gift boxes that I TOTALLY would have used ‘as the were’ from Dollar Tree.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 001The three largest ones were sold individually; and the smallest 2 as a set.  $4.00 total for all five boxes.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 029Since this set of boxes had a ‘white border’ along all the edges of the boxes, I decided to keep the borders and just cover the colored parts.   Which meant I needed paper that would go with the white borders, so vintage book pages and sheet music were out because they are too yellowed.  I settled upon this kraft wrapping paper from Dollar Tree.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 036WHEW!!!!  Cutting all those squares and little rectangles to just the perfect size and individually gluing them on was a lot more labor intensive than I had anticipated!  After doing the three smallest boxes, I went back to the ‘wrap around’ method for the other two!

12.19.12 boxes Stars 034I LOVE how the white edges LOOK, and will probably do this style of covering again, but maybe with BIGGER boxes; and maybe I’d fully cover the LID and just leave the white border on the box part.

12.19.12 boxes Stars 035The fully wrapped two bigger ones turned out just fine too.   I did these the same way I did the Christmas boxes; EXCEPT the design did NOT extend to the inside of the box or lid so I didn’t have to do an overlap on the edges of these.  (just the bottoms!)

So don’t toss out any gift boxes you get this Christmas!  Save them to re-cover the re-use!

*****EDITED TO ADD***  Since one commenter said she’d never seen the paper I used at her Dollar Tree store, and I just saw it on their website, I thought I’d show you and share the link:

As is the case with many Dollar Tree products, the wrapping paper ships to the stores in a ‘mixed case’and the most popular styles seem to sell out fastest.  IF you’ve seen ANY of the above papers in your Dollar Tree store, that means they do stock the same paper I used on my boxes; but may just be sold out at the time.

It never hurts to ASK the manager about ordering in a case for you, and letting you pick out the ones you want; and they can just put the rest out with their stock.  ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR look for the plain brown paper with the shipping supplies and use some rubber stamps to print your own designs!

The pink and brown dots style was one that I would buy to re-sell back when we had our own shop, and it was very popular; but nearly impossible to ever find IN the DT stores.  Whenever I did find any, I bought it ALL because if I didn’t, it would be gone the next day!   I really like ALL the different colors and prints!


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  1. shoppedezilu said,

    Love ALL these boxes! You have such great ideas!!! I haven’t seen that gorgeous kraft paper at the Kansas Dollar Trees – will have to look for it, as it is beautiful! Thanks for all you share. I’m also ready to get started on Valentine’s Day projects, so I look forward to your posts.
    – Desiree

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