DIY Project: embossed wrapping paper boxes

Okay, so first of all, I'll admit it- I love my embossing projects. It's probably a good thing I don't have kids yet, because chances are every single thing they own would be completely personalised now, because I have an itch to emboss everything. But I guess the other good thing is that, because I've got this need to emboss things, I can share the project with you, and you can do it too!

I had a couple of gorgeous white boxes sitting around. I've known for ages that I had to do SOMETHING with them, and then, when I was cleaning out some drawers for our house move, I came across some wicked watermelon gift wrapping paper, and a light bulb went off in my brain. Here was a whole other way of using both my embossing tools, plus leftover wrapping paper. And you can do it with any paper you want!

You will need proper embossing tools to do the lid in this project- but if you don't want to splurge on those, you can easily use permanent markers or paint instead. But if you do wish to get embossing tools, I've listed the brands and where I purchased them, so you can too.


plain box
wrapping paper
lead pencil
string/tape measure
glue stick
embossing pen (I use Ranger Emboss-It Pens, from Craft Online)
embossing powders (I use American Crafts Zing! powders, from Spotlight)
craft heat gun (NOT a hair dryer! I use Universal Crafts heat gun, from Craft Online)
soft dry paintbrush
extra paper to catch powder excess


1. trace the bottom of your box onto the back side of the wrapping paper. Use your scissors to cut the shape (in my case, a circle), but slightly smaller than the traced line, to fit inside the box. Check the fit, and trim if needed.

2. use a piece of string or a tape measure to measure the circumference of your box, and use the height of the box (or a ruler) to measure the height needed for the inside strip. Use these two measurements to cut a length of wrapping paper to fit inside your box.

3. use the glue stick to apply glue to the entire inside of the box, making sure to get as close to the edges as possible.

4. insert the base piece of wrapping paper first, and smooth flat. 

5. roll the long piece of paper into a slightly tighter coil than the box, and insert into the box. Unravel, and smooth from the middle of the strip, securing up and down, and work around the strip towards the two cut ends. Smooth flat against the inside of the box.

6. use the embossing pen to write/draw on the lid of your box. Only special embossing pens will hold the powder, so it is important to use them if going with the embossed look!

7. shake the embossing powder over the written ink (if going for a multi-colour look like mine, use a piece of paper or similar to cover the portions you don't want touched by each colour). Alternatively, do each coloured section at a time, to avoid colour mixing.

8. shake off excess powder, and if needed, use a soft dry paintbrush to get rid of any lingering specks of powder- once the heat gun touches them, they will stick too!

9. use the craft heat gun (it is not a hair dryer- it is a specially concentrated heat tool!) to set the embossing powder. The embossed surface can get hot, so please be careful, and assist any children!

10. use your boxes however you please!

You can do this with any sort of paper- perhaps use Christmas paper at Christmas time, and give gifts in them, or choose something to match the colours of baby's nursery! Or do a whole set, some with paper on the inside, some on the outside, and use as memento boxes in your home. 

And I'd love to see what you create! Tag me on Instagram so I can see your projects, and how you style them! Find me here: