11/30 | Craft Lightning Holiday Edition



Welcome to A Little Craft in Your Day …

Craft Lightning Holiday Edition!

Allie Gower here, from My Card Party …  I’m so excited to share a quick holiday gift box project with you. I’m a firm believer that gifts are all about the presentation. Use a handmade gift box to present candies, gift cards, etc. and make a lasting impression.

When you remove the elastic tie, this box opens completely at the top, and can be filled with a gift card, treats, trinkets … whatever your creative mind desires.


To make today’s project you’ll need an electronic cutting machine, Jamie Cripps’ 3D Decorative Reindeer Box cutting file, some cardstock, and embellishments. Don’t forget adhesive and glitter gel!

3D Decorative Reindeer Box by Allie Gower




  • Paper: Cardstock
  • Ink: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko “Toffee Crunch Memento™ Dye Ink”
  • Embellishments: Prima “Calypso Holiday Collection”, Close To My Heart “Stardust Glitz™ Glitter Gel“, Want2Scrap “Bulk Bling: Red Pearl”
  • Adhesive: Glue Dots “Mini Glue Dot Dispenser”, Scotch “Quick-Dry Adhesive”
  • Cutting File: Jamie Cripps’ “3D Decorative Reindeer Box
  • Other: Stretchy Gold Cord (available in most craft stores), Markers

Time Line:

5-7 minutes for cutting and piece preparation
+5 minutes for assembly
+3 minutes for finishing touches


Reindeer Box Project Notes:

Start by cutting all the cardstock. While one color was cutting, assemble or embellish another part. Distress the reindeer’s antlers with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Toffee Crunch Ink. To save time and paper, use markers to color the nose, eyes and ear shadow. The reindeer’s nose is accented with Close To My Heart “Stardust Glitz™ Glitter Gel“.

The panels on the box are embossed with a folder from Spellbinders Paper Arts. The box is closed with stretchy gold cord, and accented with a poinsettia and glittered leaf from Prima, dotted with a red pearl from Want2Scrap.

TIP: Jamie Cripps has a post on Decorative Boxes with step out pictures for assembling. It really helps to pre-fold on all the dotted score lines. The project shown was re-sized to 75% to utilize 8.5×11″ papers.

This is a quick and easy gift item that’s also pretty inexpensive.  Thanks for joining me for this CRAFT LIGHTNING HOLIDAY project.

See instructions and ideas for another decorative box on my blog, My Card Party.

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