For years, I have seen all of these cute, themed care packages in my Pinterest and Instagram feeds. And I was so jealous of how awesome they looked. They were beautifully decorated and so well put together. But HOW?
How did someone have enough time to come up with a theme, shop for contents, decorate the box, and then finally get these gorgeous packages in the mail?
And how the hell did they wrap the paper on the inside of the box?
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I tried cutting scrapbook paper to glue to the inside of the box. It worked well for the flaps and bottom of the box if I cut it JUST right. However, the sides of the box were much trickier. I could cut the paper the correct size, but anytime I slid something into the box and it touched the top of the paper, it would fold back and wrinkle up. So, soo, soooo frustrating for someone who just spent 30 minutes cutting paper for a dang box.
**then enter my dad**
My dad who has a very no-nonsense way of looking at things.
He didn’t understand why I wanted to decorate a box ‘for a grown man‘ that was just going to ‘get thrown away anyway.’ But before rolling his eyes and walking away, he left me with one piece of genius advice. “Why don’t you just cut the box and lay it out flat?“
“Umm, yeah, why don’t I do that?”
**Picks up scissors**
Seriously, this one little thing made the whole process so stinkin’ easy! Why couldn’t he have told me this BEFORE I gave myself carpal tunnel by cutting individual pieces of paper for each flap and side of the box???
Save yourself the hand cramps and just do it this way!
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How to Wrap the Inside of a Box
- While the box is folded flat (how it comes from the post office), first, cut one of the corners of the box. I usually cut the corner that has a ‘seam’, but any of them will work.
2. Next, open the box up to lay entirely flat. It will look like this:
3. After it’s laid flat, cover the box with wrapping paper and cut it to size.
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4. Then fold over one half of the wrapping paper and apply glue. (I use regular Elmer’s glue or a glue stick.) Lay the paper over the glue and smooth it flat. Repeat on the other side of the box.
5. After the glue has dried for a few minutes (it doesn’t have to be completely dry), then cut slits between the flaps of the box.
6. After that, fold the box and tape it back together. You have to tape the corner that you cut, then you can fold it and tape the bottom just like you normally do.
7. Ta-Daaa!!! The inside of your box is completely wrapped! Add your contents and any flap decorations and your care package is finally ready to go!
So, how easy is that?
Now YOU can make all of those cutesy, themed care packages that I’ve been so jealous of!