Make and decorate little gift and storage boxes


A fan of DIY projects that are both beautiful and useful, the insanely creative Fran from Fall for DIY has a penchant for making things that serve a purpose and look great. These are super easy (and fun) to make, and are ideal for gifting, storing stationary, or even jewellery. Good thinking, Fran! We love them. Scroll down for her step-by-step guide to making these little boxes with Sugru Mouldable Glue.

Fran holding a card saying "Create"
items for gift boxes

Step 1 - Gather materials & prep

You’ll need small wooden boxes, 40mm wooden beads, some Sugru, spray paint and sandpaper. Sand down the corners on the lid of your box to give them a more cohesive look with the sphere balancing on top.

Sugru applied to wooden bead

Step 2 - Stick & shape it

Open a single-use pack of Sugru, break a little off and plug the hole on one side of the bead. Smooth it over with your finger. If you’re spraying the whole box the same colour, cover the other hole with a pea-sized piece of Sugru and press down onto the box.

box is spray painted

Step 3 - Leave for 12-24 hours & paint

Leave to set for 12-24 hours, and the Sugru turns into rubber, setting firmly in place. Spray several light layers of paint onto the box, waiting for each coat to dry before the next. Use fine sandpaper to keep the paint even between coats.

painted gift boxes

Step 4 - Spray with different colours

If you want the ball to be a different colour to the box, spray these both separately before using the Sugru to adhere them together. Once dry, spray a pool of paint onto a scrap piece of paper (keeping the surrounding area protected), and use a toothpick to paint onto the exposed area.

Ta-dah! Thanks, Fran!

boxes used for storage
painted gift boxes