Heart shaped boxes

Thinking about gifting your partner a precious gift box that conveys the intensity of your affection? Not a doubt store-bought items are appealing, but the heart poured into your handmade gift will touch the core of the receiver. And when it comes to pairing this box, what is better than their favorite flowers or other items like personalized jewelry? Your concern might be how to make these DIY heart-shaped boxes that can add to the grace of wedding anniversaries, Valentine's or partner’s birthday celebrations. Fret not; we have compiled this detailed guide to help our readers create an intriguing, love-spreading box. Read and get started for crafting love! 

Crafting the Heart Shaped Box

Here's what you'll need:

  • Cardboard (thickness depends on desired box sturdiness)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue (hot glue gun or craft glue)

Step 1: Tracing the Heart Shape

Fold your cardboard in half to create a crease. This will ensure symmetry for the heart shape.

Use your pencil and ruler on the folded side to draw half a heart shape, starting from the crease and extending outwards. You can find heart templates online or draw your own.

Cut out the heart shape carefully, ensuring both sides are identical.

Step 2: Crafting the Box Base and Lid

Trace the heart shape you just cut onto a fresh piece of cardboard. This will be your box lid.

For the box base, slightly enlarge the heart shape by drawing a line around the original heart, roughly 0.39" outwards. Cut out the enlarged heart shape (base) and the original heart shape (lid).

Now, let's create the sides of the box. Cut strips of cardboard with a width consistent with the difference between the base and the lid (approximately 0.39"-0.78"). The length of each strip should be equal to the circumference of the heart shape.

Step 3: Assembly Time!

Apply glue to the bottom edge of one cardboard strip. Carefully attach it to the inner edge of the base, aligning the bottom of the strip with the bottom of the base. Repeat this process for all strips, ensuring they are evenly spaced and securely glued.

Once the sides are attached, apply glue to the top edge of the strips. Carefully place the lid on top, aligning the edges, and press firmly to secure.

Adorning the Exterior

Now that your heart-shaped box is assembled transform it into a masterpiece with these decorating steps!

Step 1: Choose Your Canvas

Paint: For a vibrant effect, apply an acrylic paint primer in the color of your choice. Consider themed colors like red for love, white for purity, or soft tones for whimsy.

Paper: Instead of using paint, cut decorative paper to the size of the box and carefully glue it to the surface. Make sure the edges are smooth and free of bubbles. Choose patterns like florals, geometrics, or handwritten letters for a personalized touch.

Fabric: If you’re feeling crafty, cover your box with cloth! Use textile glue to bond the material evenly and fold and secure edges neatly. Choose textured fabrics like velvet or linen for a luxurious feel.

Step 2: Express Your Creativity

Decorations: This is where your personality shines! Add ribbons, buttons, beads, sequins, or dried flowers to different parts of the box. Arrange them into patterns, create borders, or simply scatter them randomly for a whimsical feel.

Stencils and Stamps: Use stencils and stamps with paint or glitter to create intricate designs or patterns on your boxes for a more sophisticated look. Consider themes such as hearts, flowers, or even inspirational words.

Mixed Media: Don’t be afraid to experiment! Combine different materials and techniques. For example, use color as a base and add fabric accents and embellishments to create a unique, textured look.

Filling the Box for Your Loved One

The heart-shaped box is the perfect canvas to express your love and appreciation for your partner. But what to fill it with? Fret not; we will provide diverse romantic gift ideas to spark your creativity and make your partner’s heart skip a beat. Take a look:-

Preserved Flowers

Fresh roses preserved to last years can be the best choice to express your everlasting love for your partner. Choose from various eternal roses in the market in different fascinating shades or a custom floral arrangement that reflects your unique personality. Imagine their surprise when they open the rose box and find their favorite flowers displayed inside, colorful and meant to spread beauty for years.

Elegant Jewelry with Customization

A piece of jewelry can add a touch of elegance and sentimental value to your gift. Consider a necklace with her birthstone, a pair of earrings that compliment her style, or a bracelet engraved with a special message. This jewelry piece will constantly remind you of your love and commitment.

Personalized Items

Your heart-shaped gift box will become even more impactful if you offer a personalized gift with it. Explore options like a custom photo album filled with precious memories, a mug embellished with their favorite quote or name, or a keychain engraved with their initials. These personalized things exhibit your feelings and make the present more thoughtful. 

Handwritten Letter

Along with luxury box roses, you can express your feelings with a heartfelt handwritten letter. It will be even more pleasing if you are in a long distance relationship. Pour your heart into words and write about your fondest memories, express your love and admiration, and pledge your unyielding support for the future. This personal touch will show them how much they mean to you.

Homemade Delicacies

Do something sweet for her—bake her a cake, brownies, or cookies—to show how much you care. They will realize how much you value them because of the thought and care that went into making a handmade goodie. Make it more romantic by serving it with hot tea or coffee.

Wrapping Up

We hope this blog helps you achieve your dream of making your loved one feel special. Follow the suggestions mentioned here and make one-of-a-kind heart shape boxes as a token of affection. Be creative and fill a handmade box with your love instead of buying a store-bought present, and let the love spread in the air!

December 19, 2023 — Think Shaw