Christmas Boxes – Shadow Box & Gift Box Tutorial

Hello, G45ers!

  We have a festive St Nicholas double feature for you today with Brand Ambassadors Pam Bray and Einat Kessler. First, Pam shares her gift box, tag, and bow set with a YouTube tutorial. This assortment features a ton of lovely details, like a graphic 45 doily and hand made bow. Next, Einat shares her snowy shadow box, full of lovingly crafted winter scenes. We love the mixed media elements and all the fun embellishments. Check both out below!



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St Nicholas Gift Box, Tag, and Bow Tutorial with Video

By Pam Bray


“I love having coordinating bags, tags, boxes, cards, bows, etc. for my holiday gift giving! When I am in a bind, I go to Graphic 45 to create some unique and beautiful packaging for every occasion. Packaging should be as beautiful as the gift you’re giving is my thought. I am sharing with you a paper box, tag, and bow created using Graphic 45 St Nicholas Collection, but any collection will work to achieve this unique packaging.” Pam



Graphic 45 St Nicholas Christmas Box, Tag and Bow Tutorial by Pam Bray



  1. Pick up small bags, boxes and other containers in store clearance aisle, garage sales, markets, etc. to upcycle for gift giving.

  2. Save small scraps of decorative paper to create embellishments with.

  3. Regular punches make great borders to all projects.


Graphic 45 Supplies:St Nicholas 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad


Other Supplies:

  • Doily Die
  • ColorBox Blends Ebony Ink
  • 1 ¼” & 2” Circle Punch
  • Tiny Attacher
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Xyron Adhesive & 1.5 Sticker Maker
  • 6 ¾” Square Box
  • Black Twine









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St Nicholas Shadow Box

By Einat Kessler


Hi dear crafty friends, Einat Kessler here with a new project! It’s that time of the year again… Christmas is around the corner and everyone starts thinking about decorations and gifts. Today I want to share a type of project I wanted to create for a long time, a mixed media project with Graphic 45 papers!


The reason I wanted to share this type of project is to show you how to think outside your comfort zone and outside the box. ‘Tis the season for miracles right? So anything can happen… even a mixed media project with papers!


I created the shadow box from scratch but you can use one of Graphic 45 Staples products like the Window Shadow Box or one of the Mixed Media 5×5 Boxes. Cover the back and inside with G45 papers and add Christmas theme embellishments.


St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St Nicholas, product by Graphic 45, photo 6.jpg


St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St Nicholas, product by Graphic 45, photo 5.jpg

Tip #1: When covering a shadow box with paper pieces measure each side separately. Draw a diagram of the shadow box on a piece of paper and write down all the measurements before you start cutting the papers.


St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St Nicholas, product by Graphic 45, photo 4.jpg

Tip #2: Fussy cut images from your favorite G45 paper collection to use as embellishments for the shadow box. Attach them to the back wall with chipboard squares to create different heights for the elements. Add flowers, pinecones and other Christmas items that fit inside the shadow box.


Have fun creating!”



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That is a wrap on another round of Graphic 45 holiday inspiration. We are so grateful to Pam and Einat for sharing their work and to you for being here with us today. With a new holiday collection out each year, it can sometimes be easy to forget that previous year's collections are still worth going back to to add variety to all your holiday craft projects. What holiday projects are you cooking up this year? Let us know if the comments below and remember that each comment here and/or on Facebook is a chance to win this week's blog prize. See you back here next time, G45ers!


Happy Papercrafting!

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