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Quick & Easy Earth Day Tutorial: Upcycled Cheese Box Gift Box

Learn how to upcycle a simple paperboard cheese box into a fun and cheerful gift box in five easy steps!

I love Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedges!  Every time I open a new box of them I marvel at the round box they come in and think about how easy and fun it would be to use it in a crafty project.  It always seems a shame to throw it away!  In honor of Earth Day and an upcoming birthday of some one special to me, I decided to finally stop thinking about upcycling the box and finally do it.  You are going to love how quick and easy it is too!  Simply peel, die cut, cover, embellish, and fill!

Prepping the box is so easy!  Simply peel away the top label and the side labels.  Both peel off easy with very little if any residue.  Don’t worry about the bottom label, it is smaller than the top label and is easy to cover.

Die cut two circles of pattern paper using the largest circle in the Nestabilities Large Standard Circles die set (S4-114).  Apply ink to the edges of the die cuts if desired.  Adhere the circle die cuts to the lid of the box where you removed the label and to the bottom of the box over the bottom label.

Wrap adhesive tape around the sides of the lid and bottom of the box.  Adhere ribbon to the box sides over the adhesive tape.

Die cut a mini envelope and insert (my line includes several, this one is the Deco Edge Envelope) from smooth cardstock.  Color with ink if desired or die cut from pattern paper.  Stamp a sentiment on the insert card.  I used one of the Tiny Sentiments stamps from my new Happy Grams 3 collection that is coming in May.  You can view the entire set and the rest of the new collection in the “Coming Soon” section of the Spellbinders online store.

Adhere the assembled envelope to the box lid using a double stack of adhesive foam tape.  The double stack will help the envelope set up higher than the other embellishments, helping to keep it the focus.

Die cut at least two flowers and four pieces of greenery from wool felt.  I used the round 6 petal posie from my Floweret Posies die and the greenery from the Aren’t You Sweet Market Fresh by Debi Adams die set.

Cut a small hole in the center of each flower.  Add a drop of adhesive next to the hole.  Place a flower stamen through the hole.  Let the adhesive set up to hold the stamen in place.

Adhere the flowers to the lid next to the envelope and card.

Note- you can place your note card inside the envelope but you may decide to adhere it to the outside like I did mine.

Arrange the greenery pieces around the flowers and adhere them in place.

Tuck a few scraps of ribbon around the flowers and leaves to tie in the ribbon used around the box edge.

Optional: Pierce small holes in the edges of the box where the ribbon meets.  Place brads through the ribbon.

The brads in the ends of the box remind me of wood band boxes like large cheese wheels come in.  It is a fun touch that helps dress up the ribbon ends.

The final step is to add a bit of tissue paper and your gift.  The box is the perfect size for a gift card or jewelry.  The best part, it serves as not only packaging, but also as a keepsake that the recipient is sure to love!



SR-080 Floweret Posies Contour™ Steel Rule Die
S4-614 Deco Edge Envelope Etched Dies
SBS-138 Tiny Sentiments Stamp from the Happy Gram #3 Collection by Tammy Tutterow 
S4-719 Aren’t You Sweet Etched Dies by Debi Adams
S4-114 Nestabilities® Standard Circles LG
T-001 Tool ‘n One™
Platinum™ 6 or  Platinum™ 8.5″
Surfaces: Pattern paper-Echo Park; cream smooth cardstock, wool felt (green and white)
Adhesive: Therm O Web Mixed Media Adhesive, 1/4″ iCraft Adhesive Tape, 3D White Foam Sticky Strips
Flower Stamens: Rose Mille Studio Red Vintage Double Sided Berries
Other:  Brads, Mini Paper Clip, 1 yard 3/8″ Ribbon


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