A gift box made from recycled corrugated card

I made a little gift box this week for the Just For Fun challenge.  This weeks challenge is to use corrugated card as the significant element of the project.

The thoughts behind this weeks project were slightly odd.  As soon as I saw the challenge my thoughts went to garlands to 3D apples to apples in a box.  It went then, quite strangely, to Eddie Stobart lorries!!? Back to a box and then to a frame box.  All the time I was mulling this over I could hear the song “Song Bird” by Eva Cassidy.  You know the one…  For-or Yoooooooo! Do you think I have a good singing voice for blog land? LOL! Anyway out of all this chaotic thinking this is what I came up with.


This is the box open.  I used an old book with the pages removed and four layers of corrugated card for the base.  The Wordsworth poem is printed off the computer and then stamped over.

Side view showing clasp.  The small pin holding the clasp on is a piece of cocktail stick


Back view


It can hold a good sized chunky necklace.  I wrapped one of mine in tissue just to show what it would look like with something in.


This is what I started with.  I have used images taken from the book The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.  I know there is a CD out with these images but to be honest it is cheaper for me to take pages from the book.  I have about 5 of these books now which I have picked up from Charity shops and second hand book stores.


The metal belt is also a charity shop find and I used one of the pieces as part of the closing clasp.

I used Crafty Individuals Stamps for the image on the front cover and the small image on the inside.

Right I am off to do some serious house work.  Well after I have had a cuppa or two!

Have a great weekend.

Best Wishes Florence.


  1. Sandra

    Florence this box is so beautiful gorgeous stamps and images used, what a lovely present for someone. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and yes I have finished the 60 Order Of Service and the table plan, place names and decorated a post box phew! Now just need to pray for good weather on the 23rd as today it is like November thumping down with rain. Take Care Hugs Sandra XX


    1. florence and freddie

      Hi Sandra. As always great to hear from you. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what you are up to. Wow! you have been busy. Freddie is watching the golf at the moment so I have just seen what the weather is like in the UK. Fingers and toes crossed the weather is fine on the 23rd. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments they are very much appreciated.
      Regards Florence x


  2. Von

    How do you do it 🙂 you always come up with something so pratical and useful, it’s a brilliant way to give a little something in a specile box. Thank you once again for joining us at just for fun 🙂
    Von xxx


  3. Zoe Sanderson

    Breathtaking, such a fabulous box a treasure and so very clever. Love all the recycling as well the belt/clasp it inspired. Thank you for joining us again at Just for Fun you always come up with something special XOXO Zoe


  4. neet

    “Wot U Like?” As what is thrown at you you come up with the goods! Fantastic box, beautifully made and so well thought out. Florence you are a wonder and you never fail to make me gasp when I see what you have done for the challenges. This is inspired. Thank you so much for joining us at JFF. Hugs, Neet x


  5. dollys daydreams

    Hi there ! Firstly whats a Nama ??? secondly glue dots and thirdly this is amazing ! You are one of the most creative, inspirational and nice people I have met whilst blogging . This is such a beautiful piece. Your work is always so well thought out and beautifully crafted you really should think about an etsy shop . I would definitely buy them !



    1. florence and freddie

      Oh Marie! I have tears rolling down my face. Knowing you makes blogging worth while. I thought I wrote NARNA as in Banana. Have you not heard of that one either! LOL! I must learn how to speak proper! Thank you so much for your visits and your comments. You keep me sane!
      Regards Florence x


      1. dollys daydreams

        Just checked my blog again to see if you wrote narna instead of narma what with the G & T and the bloggers blindness just wanted to check, but no it say’s narma. I know what a narna is hadn’t heard it for years though lol and yes I am definitely a big banana to say the least. When is your birthday ? i Know nothing to do with the post I guess December or somewhere thereabouts, I did think summer but you are too nice for a summer baby !



  6. Nettys Craftings

    Hi Florence, thank you for dropping by my blog so nice to see you.
    Loving your wonderful box, you have done such a great job.
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Annette G


  7. craftingcottage

    Florence, how do you do it? I look at the challenges and I draw a complete blank, but you pull it off beautifully every EVERY every time!! Is there anything you CAN’T do??? As usual, you totally amaze me 🙂
    Good on ya mate! Well done!
    Have a fantastic weekend!
    Lisa 🙂


  8. Ang C

    I really don’t know how you keep coming up with these fabulous projects – all stunning!

    This box is just breathtakingly beautiful – a very strange way in which you came up with the idea but nonetheless its a stunner!


  9. Joy

    Those russet reds, greens, vintagey pages and stamping. A marriage made in heaven. It is just glorious. Like Von asked ‘how do you do it’? Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog xx


  10. florence and freddie

    Hi Brenda. Great to hear from you. It is a gorgeous book. I waited until I found a second before I had enough courage to start ripping pages out of it. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments they are very much appreciated.
    Regards Florence.



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