Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tall [but small] Candy/Favor/Goodie Boxes

These are SO easy to make. You get two boxes from one 8.5x11 inch cardstock. I hope I made the templates easy to follow because it does look more complicated than it is. I made these Christmas boxes for my husband to give at work. I used sheets from a DCWV Multi Stack Premium Cardstock pad but first printed the watermark on the sheets before beginning. I trimmed the template off 1" so they would be a little shorter .. four chocolate covered cherries in mini wrappers fit perfectly in each box. I tied a 10-inch piece of raffia on the fronts and BAM ... very easy, inexpensive gifts.

(click on the pictures to enlarge)

These were made on a whim, experimenting with the embellishing. I used paper from a DCWV Luxury Stack. The flowers are three different size daisy punch-outs from leftover paper, glued and stacked. I wanted to see which ribbon looks best. I used a circle and square Coluzzle template to cut out the front piece(s) and covered with a pieces of scrap acetate.

The template is below. Use a 5.5x8.5 inch sheet of heavy cardstock. If you use a Scor-Pal, put the edge at the 3 inch and you have an exact 1-1/4 inch score mark at 4.25. Move your first score line back to the 3 and score again three more times. It doesn't matter which side of the template the 1/2" flap is located, either side will work. The flap is the first thing glued to the inside of the opposite edge when assembling the box. The only other piece to adhere is the bottom, and BAM .. your box is finished! How easy is that?

I'm a visual person, but if you like instructions here is a short version.  Score the 5.5x8.5 sheet vertically, four times 1-1/4" apart with each score. Turn the sheet sideways and score 1-1/4" from one end and 1/2" (and 1-1/4" from that scoreline) on the other end.  The blue lines on the template are cut lines. The red dots indicate the pieces of the template that you will cut off and discard. I used a corner rounder punch for the top flap piece.

Your unassembled box piece should look like this.

Glue the 1/2" flap to the inside of the opposite side. I use a tape runner, it is easy to get the flap lined up with the edge. Glue the bottom flaps down and you have a box! The cutout in the front is optional. These boxes are a perfect size for a handful of candy, small toys, money, notes .. just about anything you would like to gift and want a cute presentation you can even personalize.

As I did in the first bunch, you can make a shorter box (less area to fill with candy :) by trimming 1" and using a 5.5x7.5 inch piece. I have also made a wider size box substituting 2" scores for the 1-1/4" measurements (again using the 1/2" flap scores). Use a 8.5x10 inch sheet for the larger size.

It is easier than it looks, I promise. Let me know if you make any and what you use them for. I'm already thinking Valentine's Day with quilled hearts in addition to the ribbon. Have fun and enjoy!

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Ann Martin said...

So pretty and what a great tutorial. Wishing you a wonderful new year, Molly!


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