Melody Miller is here today to share a pretty project inspired by her new book Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove, written with Allison Tannery. Today’s Ruby Star Ornament Ornament is a variation on one of the projects in Ruby Star Wrapping! Learn more about the book and enter to win a copy here.

With 30 projects plus tons of fun embellishments, all using items you likely have around the house, Ruby Star Wrapping gives you inspiration to create beautiful, reusable packaging. Enjoy today’s project from Melody and be sure to check out our giveaway post for a chance to win a copy of the book.

This little project is a variation on Ruby Star’s Chinese Take Out Box from my book, Ruby Star Wrapping. This miniature version, made from a cereal box and some scrap fabric, is perfect for hanging directly on your tree!

Fill it with small craft supplies like washi tape, japanese erasers, or wooden stamps, or add a handful of candy or some pretty jewelry. Stamp on some numbers, and these boxes would make a perfect advent calendar for your kiddos too!

Ruby Star Ornament Boxes


  • A printout of the template
  • Fabric a bit larger than the template
  • A cereal box, piece of poster board, or chip board larger than your template
  • Spray adhesive, fusible web, or decoupage glue
  • Sharp scissors or a craft knife
  • A straight edge
  • Hot glue gun

1. Print out your template and cut on the solid lines.

2. Cut apart a cereal box so you have a flat piece of board a little larger than your template (while you’re at it, make two: one from each side of the box!).

3. Use fusible web, spray adhesive, or decoupage glue to adhere a piece of fabric to the surface of the box (the dull side usually works better than the printed side). If you’re using fusible web, set your iron at medium heat and iron the fabric directly onto the box.

1. Trace your template onto the wrong side of your cardboard. Cut out with sharp scissors or a craft knife.

2. Fold the board in every place where you see dashed lines on the template. For a crisp fold, place a straight edge where you want your fold, and tightly fold the cardboard around the straight edge. Fold toward the wrong side of the cardboard, so that the fabric is on the outside.

3. You’re going to secure the sides of the box first. Put a line of hot glue on the fabric side of the long tab on the side edge of the box. Quickly, tuck it under the opposite end to close up the sides.

4. Fold up the four flaps at the bottom of the box. Secure with hot glue.

There are several ways to secure the lid of your box. Glue a strip of ribbon to the bottom of the box and tie the loose ends over the top to hold the flap down. Or you can use small adhesive velcro rounds or flat magnetic snaps. (I happened to have some by Basic Grey left over from an old project. They worked brilliantly!) Add something pretty to the top of the box, like a silk flower, a felt ball, or a button.

To use the box as an ornament, cut a small slit in the center of the top edge of the box, and slide a ribbon or some twine through the slit (I used the dull edge of my craft knife to push the ribbon and twine through). Secure by taping or gluing the loose ends inside the box.

Skip the fabric altogether! Decorate the cardboard with a little paint, some stickers, washi tape, or stamps instead of fabric. If you do this, you may want to lightly score your fold lines (on the side of the cardboard that you decorated) with a craft knife before folding up the box. This will give your box perfect, crisp edges.

Make a laminated version! First, adhere the fabric to the box. If you like, place some stickers or confetti directly on the fabric, then iron Thermo-Web Vinyl on top, following the instructions on the packaging.