Men’s Suit Gift Box and Treat Holder

 
 

I know Mother’s Day just passed, but I always have a hard time figuring out how to celebrate Father’s Day, so I figure I’ll start early this year.  And since I’m still trying to just keep things simple, a little paper crafting was just the ticket!  Would you believe it – I actually got a rare and quiet and sunny afternoon to spend in my craft room to actually start, work on and finish an entire project in peace?  That’s like…Haley’s Comet stopping by my house for tea or something.  Since the planets aligned for me, you get to fill a Men’s Suit Gift Box with favorite candies or any other small gift.  Rolex, anyone?

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

This project is actually really simple and uses just a few items you probably already have around the house.  The only tricky thing is to get the measurements right, just like in a real suit.

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

Supplies:

solid or patterned scrapbook paper
matchbox
ruler
scissors or paper cutter
glue stick, glue dots or double-sided tape
pencil
matching button

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

Men’s Suit Gift Box:

1. Measure your matchbox.  Not all matchboxes are created equal, as I found out.  Measure first and save yourself a headache later.  You’ll need to know all 3 dimensions of you matchbox – length (L), width (W), depth (D).

2. Cut out the outfit.  Here’s the math.  Sorry, but there’s a little algebra involved.

Pants are the easiest.  It’s a rectangle where the length of the rectangle = 2 * (W + D) + 1 inch for overlap.  The width of the rectangle doesn’t matter.  I cut 2 inches which is plenty.

The shirt is also very easy. It’s just the size of the face of the matchbox, which is W x L, minus a little bit on the width so it can slide out if you want to use it as a card.

You have to be a little more exact with the jacket, since you won’t have a lot of overlap where the jacket “closes”.  So it’s 2 * (W + D) + about 1/4 inch to account for the overlap and folding.

The tie or bowtie is up to you.  You can go old-school IBM straight & skinny tie, or clown bowtie, whatever floats your boat.  Double Winston knot?  That’s cool too.

3. Wrap the pants around the bottom of the matchbox and glue in place in the back.

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

4. Create the collar of the shirt by making two slightly slanted cuts at the top of the shirt and fold at a slant.  You may need to trim the folded piece so that it comes to a point.  Glue a tie underneath the collar, and a bowtie on top of the collar.  Write a message and use it as a card.

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5. Wrap the jacket piece around the matchbox so that the edges meet front and center with only a slight overlap.

6. Mark and cut the curves for the bottom of the jacket.  I used a coaster to trace a circle so that both sides were even.  Feel free to freehand it.

7. Glue the jacket to the back of the matchbox and attach the front flaps of the jacket to the pants.  Don’t adhere to the matchbox in the front, since you’ll want to be able to slide the shirt card in/out.

8. Insert the shirt card, and use the collar as a guide on where to fold the lapels of the jacket.

9. Attach a button on the front to finish.

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

Men's Suit Gift Box with tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

This will be great for Father’s Day, but I can see it being used all year round to hold fun things for all the guys (big and little) in your life!

What would you fill it with?

 

Have you seen my “I {Heart} U” pop-up card with free template and Silhouette Studio file?  If you decide not to use the shirt as a card, pair your gift box with a pop-up card!

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I can’t wait to show you what else I’ve got cooking.  It was a pretty productive afternoon!

 
 

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Comments

  1. Jessica says

    Oh the cleverness of you! I’m a new follower of your blog and I’m loving everything :) Your definitely giving me lots of projects! My husband will love this treat from the “kids”

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