There’’s nothing nicer than giving your Mother’’s Day gift a personal, handmade touch.

It will remind your mum of handmade cards and presents you used to make her at school as a child! But also, it shows that you spent time making something gorgeous, rather than grabbing something last minute in the shops.

In fact, these gift boxes won’’t take that much time at all, and you can then fill them with chocolates, some jewellery or anything else you know she’’ll love.

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Plain gift boxes (I got mine from Paperchase)
  • Paint
  • Golf leaf sheets
  • Gilding paste
  • Brushes
  • Washi tape
  • Sprigs of Spring flowers

Gift Boxes Materials

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    You can leave the boxes plain, but I decided to paint one of mine in pale pink. Paint the lid and leave to dry.

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  • 2

    Apply gilding paste in a diagonal on one half of the top of your lids. Leave this to dry for 15 minutes.

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  • 3

    Now for the trickiest part – handling the gold leaf! It’’s so delicate so try to be careful not to tear it. Lay a sheet across where you paste has been applied, and with your fingertip, lightly smooth it out. If you do tear it, you can always patch it in with small pieces.

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  • 4

    Carefully trim the edges of the gold leaf around the lid.

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  • 5

    Finally, add a small sprig of flowers using a piece of washi tape.

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    You can keep the boxes simple as they are, or feel free to add pretty gift tags or ribbon, and of course don’’t forget to fill with some special Mother’’s Day treats!

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By Caroline Rowland on 18.03.14

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