Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Simple Party Favor Boxes

This is a first for me, doing a how~to for Kelli's Paper Crafting Wednesday, so please allow me grace! I welcome all the new visitors to my blog as well, and invite you to take a look around!

I created these favor boxes for a Bunco Bash we did recently, and I've used them at Christmas as well. They are handy and simple to make.

You will need a piece of 8.5 by 11 inch cardstock for each box.

Assemble the tools you will need for the project. I use a scrapbook cutter with 12" straight edge, and an embossing tool or crochet hook to score the paper. You could also use a knitting needle or any other scoring tool.

To begin, score each paper (widthwise) at the following measurements: 9.5, 6.25, 4.75, 1.5. Turn the paper lenthwise and score each side at 1.5, as shown in the next photo.

I keep this template before me as a reference. I score the papers one at a time.

When I have scored several, I stack them, making sure the scoring lines all match.

Next, I attach binder clips to the stack, (I usually stack 5 or so), and clip the side lines as shown. There are only two corners that are clipped on the lenthwise score, and when those are clipped, that edge becomes the front flap of the box.

Next, round the corners with a corner~rounding tool, and then begin folding all the score lines to prep the box for taping.
When all the edges are folded, the 1.5 inch squares are secured on the inside of the longer flaps using glue or tape. I prefer to use tape if I'm adding edible treats to the package, to avoid contamination with glue residue.

Next, line the box with tissue paper or wax paper, and fill with your favorite treats. We like making treats for our guests, so homemade cookies and candies are usually our gifts of choice.

The pink boxes with black and white ribbons were our girl~gifts for the birthday party, but we've also done "brown paper packages tied up with strings" using cardboard inspired cardstock. They were a hit at Christmas, filled with chocolate~dipped peppermint sticks and no~bake fudgy treats.


Deborah said...

I've always wondered how difficult it would be to make my own boxes. Thank you for the tutorial! I will try it soon! I love the pink with the black polk-a-dot ribbon. Very classy!!

Barb said...

Thanks for sharing how to make boxes.
It looks like it would take a lot of time.

Barbara Jean

Penni said...

Thank you so much for posting this! What a wonderful idea! I plan to make a bunch of these.

Clare said...

Thankyou for the tutorial. I have had a little go at box making and i enjoyed it, it makes a real persoanl touch doesnt it.

Gayle@Mountain Moma said...

Very cool, but it looks a bit complicated to me! I suppose I will have to try it.

Jules said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. :o)