This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a star-shaped gift box, made using die cut shapes. The tutorial included a variation for making a similar gift box using different shaped dies.
Here's the sample I made, using Quickutz octagon dies... my daughter has a birthday coming up and this is the perfect size for one of her gifts!
To begin, I cut three 4" octagons. 2 of them are layered together to form the back, and the front panel is layered with smaller octagons. The teacup image is one I had colored up this summer but didn't use at the time. It worked perfectly for my focal panel.
The inside piece for this particular box is cut to 3" x 7 1/2". I scored at 1/2" from each long side, and then every 1 1/2" along the length of the piece, just slightly shorter than the sides of the octagon.
If you've got a small gift to give, I hope you'll try this simple project!