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Nautical Favor Boxes

Even though summer is behind us, all things nautical don’t have to be! Craft these simple nautical boxes to hold favors for your next party or keep a few stashed away for those times when you need to dress up a small gift in a hurry. With the holidays coming up, I always like to have a few small gifts ready for those “I can’t believe I forgot!” moments and paired with a small gift these boxes are just right.

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Materials: kraft paper boxes, various string and cord, scissors, paint, paintbrush, hot glue gun, lighter.
Step 1: Remove the lid from the box. Paint the bottom of the box to match your cord. Let dry.
Step 2: Cut two lengths of cord. The length needed will depend on the size of your box; for the small box pictured two 10″ lengths was plenty. Use a lighter to melt the ends to keep them from fraying.
Step 3: Use the two pieces to tie a carrick bend. The picture below shows two different colored cord to best illustrate how to weave the cord together.
Step 4: Once you’re happy with the size of the knot compared to your box, hot glue it onto the lid.
Step 5: You can also hot glue the tails to the side of the box.
Step 6: Bend the tails into the inside of the lid and hot glue them in place, squishing the cord as flat as possible so that the lid will still fit over the box.
Step 7: Trim the tails.
Step 8: Use hot glue to seal the ends of the rope to prevent fraying.
Step 9: If you don’t want to use a box with a lid, these knots can easily be applied to a wrapped box instead. Simply tie the knot as usual and tape the tails down on the bottom of the box. You can also use more than one cord – just hold the cords together as you tie the knot.Nautical Favor Boxes | Oh Happy Day!Nautical Favor Boxes | Oh Happy Day!


    November 4, 2013

    so cute these nautical boxes!!! it’s so easy to do!!! love it!!!

  2. Marifer Borbolla

    November 4, 2013

    how pretty!!! Now we’re getting to Christmas I think I’m gonna use this!!

  3. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    November 4, 2013

    Creative little box toppers!

  4. maggie

    November 4, 2013

    How cute!

  5. Kate

    November 4, 2013

    This is the perfect wrapping for my knot-obsessed husband. Thanks!

  6. meg

    November 4, 2013

    I would reuse your packaging as a necklace! So cute!


    November 4, 2013

    amazing diy!

  8. Nina

    November 4, 2013

    I LOVE these! The knots are great! Maybe there’s some way to make them appropriate for the holidays? Red cord on green box? Green cord on brown stamped box? Could be fun! Thank you!

  9. Stacia

    November 4, 2013

    Ah! These are so great! It would be a great presentation for bridesmaids gifts or something like that!

  10. sepatuholig

    November 4, 2013

    great color choice, almost feels like unwrapping tiffanys boxes… awesome diy

  11. Em

    November 4, 2013

    Love these!

  12. Kristin

    November 4, 2013

    What lovely box toppers!

  13. iaoranaringo

    November 4, 2013

    It is similar to Mizuhiki of Japan.

  14. Stephanie

    November 5, 2013

    Where can you buy cord?

    • Hi Stephanie! I bought the pictured turquoise cord from this Etsy shop but I’ve also seen similar paracord in the jewellery section at Michaels.

  15. Colleen Pastoor

    November 6, 2013

    This is great! I’ve been wanting to have a reason for a nautical party… when I do, these will have to be there!

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