I want to show you my new gift box. It’s eco-friendly (made from old newspapers) and it’s handwoven. We have these sitting under the tree(s) in the shop and they are getting plenty of attention from everyone who comes in to browse around. They sell so quickly, we just had to hire a couple of school kids to fold a supply of strips for us so we can just keep making them.
Okay, we’ve all seen the handwoven baskets make from old newspapers — matter of fact, that’s what got me started on this tack. I ran across Jeffrey Rudell’s basket tutorial last year and made a few of those (much smaller versions – like tabletop catch-alls). But I have this shop and sell handmade ornaments. So I thought maybe I could make custom size gift boxes for them. So, after experimenting a bit, these are what I came up with. Of course, I also had to check them out with different colors. They’re cute as is, but look fabulous with some ribbon and a fabric flower or other embellishment.
What do you think? Better with..or without? I also tried some with a wood stain finish…(pardon the poor quality photo)
I’d love to get some feedback on these little boxes.