Lotion Nail File Gift Box

by Heidi Baks

Create a box to hold a little lotion bottle and matching nail file.


  • One 6 1/2" x 8" piece of heavy card stock for base
  • One 1 3/8" x 2 3/8" card stock for matting
  • One 1 1/4" x 2 1/4" patterned paper for decorating
  • 1" Circle punch
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Sticky Strip, or other strong adhesive
  • Patterned paper
  • stamps, and embellishments to decorate completed box
  • 2 oz. bottle of hand lotion
  • Coordinating nail file


  1. Step 1

    Score the 6 1/2" x 8" piece of card stock at 2 1/2" and 4" on the 6 1/2" side.

  2. Step 2

    Score the 6 1/2" x 8” piece of card stock at 2 1/2", 4", 6 1/2" on the 8” side.

  3. Step 3

    Rotate cardstock 180 degrees so the 1 1/2" x 6 1/2” section is on the left. Snip off the left 1 1/2" x 2 1/2” upper and lower end flaps. Trim in between other flaps up to the center section.

  4. Step 4

    Count four sections from left to right, trim the second and fourth flaps to a length of 1 1/2" to the nearest score line with a paper trimmer.

  5. Step 5

    Punch small left 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" flap with 1" Circle punch.

  6. Step 6

    Fold on score lines and assemble box with Sticky Strip. Fold middle flaps in first.

  7. Step 7

    Decorate as desired.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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This is soooo cute! I am a nailpolish addict and have to show this to my crafting friends, to get one of these. grin
Baerbel Born  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 5:54 AM
I absolutely LOVE this idea! My head is buzzing with all sorts of ideas like making them as little Party Favours for my DD's next birthday (11th). Thanks for sharing grin
Jocelyn Knight  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 6:03 AM
This is a great idea for Christmas. Something every girl can use! I will put this in my need to make file for a gift for really any occasion. Thank you again for the great tutorial.
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 6:08 AM
Heidi, great job. I'm at work now so I'll check out video later. Maybe I'll borrow this idea for room mate gifts ;^) Don't tell Linda!
Diane Hughes  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM
What a great idea! I will make some of these for ladies retreat in September. Only have to make about a dozen, we're a small but fun group!!
muscrat  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM
What a great teacher gift. Also a great idea for party favors is to substitute the lotion bottle with little bubbles bottles. Can't wait to try it.
Maria Eanes  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM
I was wondering what the hole was for; it is purely decorative or is it used to put the cap lid through?
Beth Mitchell  |  Thu Jul 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Love this idea! So versatile and easy! I can make these for so many different occasions.
Barbara Harvey  |  Sat Jul 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM
The hole punch in the back can be decorative, used as a finger hole, or a place to run a ribbon. It isnít originally designed for folding over the lotion bottle, but I bet that would work. Hope that helps!
Heidi Baks  |  Mon Jul 8, 2013 at 6:23 AM
Love this idea. Hope to make some with my niece when she comes to visit. Did you buy the lotion in 2 oz. bottles or did you fill empty bottles? Thank you.
Pat Howell  |  Mon Jul 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I bought 2 oz. filled lotion bottles. I included the
size in the tutorial as reference, but you may need to adjust the box a bit here or there for the particular bottle you purchase. For reference, here
are the dimensions of the bottle I used:

Bottom diameter: 1-3/8"
Height: 3-5/8"

Hope that helps!
Heidi Baks  |  Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM
One more wonderful thing I hope to have time for for granddaughters, daughters and friends. Did you try nail polish instead of lotion? Think it would fit. That might be a cute alternation for tweens and teens. Thanks so much!
Luise Cameron  |  Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 6:34 AM
I just discovered this site and I LOVE IT!!! I made these little boxes to sell at craft shows. I went to the dollar store and bought some nail polish (the "squarer" bottles work better than the round ones) and a nail care kit that included 2 different types of files, foam "toesies" for your pedicure, a wooden cuticle pusher and a nail clipper. It all fits in there nicely!!
Thanks for sharing your idea.
Marsha Haak  |  Fri Aug 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I love this, thank you for sharing.
Michelle Judge  |  Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I found that if you slip the emery board through the back of the hole and down into the box it's much sturdier and the emery board stays nice and straight. I've made about 15 of these for a craft show I am doing but used some nail polishes I picked up for a reasonable price. So they know the color of the nail polish I just put a dab on the back of the tag or label. Great project I will do more if they sell.
Carole Muckel  |  Sat Oct 13, 2018 at 10:45 AM

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