My niece’s birthday is this week and she has been asking for earrings for her recently-pierced ears. Picking out a charming pair of sparkly hearts for her was easy, but I wanted to package them in a cute way, and that required a little thought. I wanted to put them in a decorative gift box, so I looked around my craft room for inspiration. Hmm, how about an empty Laughing Cow cheese container? I’ve been wanting to use that for ages. With some pretty scrapbook paper and coordinating ribbon, I’d be set.
First I traced the box onto the paper and cut out two circles. I used some spray adhesive to stick them on the top and bottom of the box.
Then I put a strip of super-sticky, double-sided tape (we sell the perfect double-sided tape in our Amazon store) around the side of each half of the box and covered it with some 3/8″ grossgrain ribbon.
And just like that, I had a cute little gift box made from an upcycled container!
But to make it personal for my niece, I needed to take it a step further. I searched through the photos I had of her and found one with a cute smile and — most importantly — a clear shot of her ear. I printed it onto a piece of white cardstock, then I traced the box onto the photo. I used the traced line as a guide, but actually cut the circle out a little smaller than that, so it would fit inside the box.
Then I put some adhesive foam squares on the back, to give the photo some height. I stuck the squares on top of each other over and over, until I had several stacks that were about 6 deep. The stacks need to be thick enough to accommodate the back of an earring, and how many that takes will depend on the thickness of your foam squares.
Then I poked the earrings through the photo, right on her ear. If I were lucky enough to have found a photo of her with both earrings showing, I could have put one one each ear, but this was the best photo I had, so I just put them both on one ear.
At this point, I actually had to add a couple more foam squares to the back so that the stacks were as tall as the earring backs.
I put the card in place and added the lid, and it was done!
To finish it off, I used more of the grosgrain ribbon to tie a bow around the box, making it a perfect little gift box.
I can’t wait to give this to her later this week. I suspect she’s going to want to keep all her earrings in a box like this!