Birthday in a Box

My nephew lives a few hours from us and we do not get to see him very often. For his birthday last month I wanted to send him something a little different to celebrate.  I combed through quite a few Pinterest pictures and found this adorable birthday box idea.  I decided this would be the perfect gift for a long distance family member, and set out to make one myself.

First I gathered my supplies:

  • An empty shoe box.  The shoe box had the lid attached so it made my gift box decorating all the easier.  I did not have to do any finagling to hinge the lid together.
  • Scrapbooking paper with a birthday theme.
  • Glue – I used tacky glue and my crafters’ tape.
  • Mod Podge.
  • Sponge brushes for the Mod Podge.
  • Washi tape.
  • A paper-cutter.
  • Brightly colored crochet thread.
  • A set of free printables that I found with a Pinterest link at  The printables were really the thing that inspired me to get going and create my box.  they are adorable.



 Next I planned the paper placement and cutting, and the placement for the printables for my box of fun.

  • I cut the paper pieces for the inside of the top of the box first and glued them in place.  Then I added the trim pieces to embellish the edges.

  • Then I cut the paper pieces for the bottom of the box and the sides on the inside and glued them in place.

  • On the top of the outside of the box I cut squares to make a little patchwork look.  I used a colorful scrapbooking paper here and some plain brown crafting paper.

  • Then I embellished the top of the box with the printables, and washi tape.
  • The washi tape really helped to make the edges looked finished, and like they had a uniform border.


  • On the sides of the outside of the box I used the same paper that matched the paper that had been used on the lid.

Decorating for the inside of the lid was quite fun.

  • I cut the pieces out for the banner, and then punched holes in the corners of each piece so they could be strung together.


  • I used some brightly colored cotton crocheting thread to string the banner inside of the box.
  • Then I added the embellishments to complete my “Happy Birthday” message.


When I was done decorating the entire box I painted a thin coating of Mod Podge over the top of the outside of the box to keep all of the paper in place and give it a box a bit of a glossy sheen.

IMG_0117-002 IMG_0118-002

Now for the contents of the box I wanted to do something fun for the birthday boy.

  • I baked a little lemon cake.
  • Sent a can of frosting with sprinkles, and a couple of plastic knives for him to decorate the cake and share with his friends.
  • Sent some birthday plates, spoons, and napkins.
  • Added some candy – M&M’s and Cracker Jacks
  • Threw in some party decorations, and he was all set to celebrate.





This project was a ton of fun.  I would do this again in a heartbeat.  You can change the contents so easily to give any sort of themed gift; baseball, a night at the movies, favorite coffee’s.  The possibilities are endless.  I’ll be confiscating shoe boxes from all of my family members from now on to build up  crafting/gifting supply.

This post linked to the GRAND Social


  1. This is a super idea, Renee! Love the photos. I’m going to have to do this for my grandsons, as I will only rarely see them on their birthdays. Which means I’ll be creating THREE boxes at one time since their birthdays are all within weeks (or days!) of each other. Thanks for sharing!

  2. celest benn says:

    How would you like to be featured on our new site first quarter next year? We have 8.3 million consumer who would love this idea.
    let me know

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,175 other subscribers

Skip to toolbar