DIY Decorated Care Package Box

DIY Decorated Care Package

Hey there! It’s Kira and I am back with another easy, summer project using the newest Cardstock Warehouse papers, the Lessebo collection.  

What’s more fun than receiving a package in the mail? Opening that package to reveal a fun hidden message inside!  


  • Cardstock Warehouse Papers:
    • Salt Water Lessebo Colours 83lb
    • Sunflower Lessebo Colours 83lb
    • Purple Haze Lessebo Colours 83lb
    • Candy Pink Colorplan 100lb
  • Adhesive  
  • Electronic die cut machine
  • Scrapbook embellishments

My kids are lucky enough to spend a few weeks in the summer every year with their grandparents out of state. And while I know they are living their best lives without me, I still miss them terribly and love to surprise them with little care packages while they’re away. This year, I thought my Cardstock Warehouse paper could assist in making the boxes just a little more fun to brighten their day! 

 swatches for decorated care package box

I started with a medium flat rate box from USPS. (These boxes are completely free to pickup, and you can stuff them with as much as you want for just one fee when you're ready to mail.) Then I grabbed some of my favorite new colors of the Lessebo papers for the inside flaps of my box. And finally, I gathered up some scrapbook supplies (die cuts, stickers, etc). 

supplies for decorated care package box

I started by taping the bottom of my box and stuffing it as much as I could with gifts for my kids.  We just returned from vacation, so I had some souvenirs from Roswell, NM along with lots of their favorite snacks/treats.   

filled box for decorated care package box

Once the box was stuffed, I measured the flaps so I could cut paper to size. The medium flat rate box flaps measure at 11 ¼” by 4 ¼” (x2) and 8 ½” by 4 ¼” (x2).  Since the 8.5x11 paper is just slightly shorter than the required 11 ¼” length, I covered both ends of the flap with additional paper so you wouldn’t see the cardboard peeking through, and you can’t even tell once the full piece is attached. 

purple haze flap for decorated care package box

I decorated each of my pieces of cardstock prior to adhering to the box. I started with a phrase. For my son, Elliott, I wanted to go with a “sea” theme, hence the phrase “Sea you soon Elliott.”

sunflower flap for decorated care package box

As I worked, the theme sort of morphed into a general summer/beach theme).

candy pink flap for decorated care package box

I cut the phrase out on my Cricut, but you could also hand cut the letters or use alpha stickers as well!

salt water flaps for decorated care package box

Once each piece was decorated, I adhered them to each of the flaps of the box. 

flaps for decorated care package box

Then I topped the box up with crinkle paper as filler and DONE!! 

 decorated care package box 

I am so happy with how this box turned out and can’t wait to put together another for my other son! I hope this inspires you to send someone some happy mail this summer!

Making your own decorated care package? We'd love to see! Show us on Facebook or Instagram. Tag your creations with #cardstockwarehouse to be featured in our stories, and be sure to follow me at @kira.gets.crafty for more crafty inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

xo, Kira (@kira.gets.crafty

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