This gift box is is made to look like a porthole on a boat or submarine. You can add chocolate fish, or any candy or sweets with a sea theme. Choose a box that you want to recycle and adapt this project to suit it.
Children should be supervised by adults, if they want to make this project.
How to create a porthole giftbox, step-by-step
You will need:
craft knife or scissors
acrylic or poster paints
glue or glue dots
clear acetate film
Close up of finished porthole gift box
You can add chocolate fish or any sea related items to keep in your finished gift box.
Find a box that you’d like to recycle and paint it silver.
Use two round objects of the right size, one smaller than the other, to draw around onto a piece of card (cardstock). You could use a CD or roll of tape.
Paint the card silver or wrap with silver foil. Make a pattern of small dots around the edge with a bradawl.
Add brads at even intervals to look like the studs around a porthole.
Attach a hinge with another brad.
The finished metal ring should look like this.
Attach it to the lid of the box with glue or glue dots or by using brads and make a hole in the centre of the lid. You can add clear acetate to the back. Fit the lid on the box, line with shimmery paper and add chocolates or candy of your choice that has a sea theme.
All photos and text copyright Diane Ashmore, unless otherwise stated.