DIY Paper Treat Boxes
February 2, 2012
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s not a holiday I decorate for but my elementary school kids look forward to it. Apparently, word on the playground among second graders is the passing of the valentines is kind of a big deal.
Typically I buy those store-bought packs of kid Valentines and attach a lollypop, but my daughter was asking for something a little more special for her besties. I came up with this inexpensive paper treat box made from cardstock scrapbook paper and embellished it with washi tape.
They’ll be perfect for inserting a few sweet treats and a Valentine too.
To recreate, here’s what you’ll need: 11 x 11” cardstock scrapbook paper, scissors, double sided tape, measuring tape, pencil, washi or decorative tape, embellishments (optional).
First, fold your 11” x 11” scrapbook paper in half and cut into two 5½” x 11” strips. With a measuring tape and pencil, mark the points 2”, 3”, 6 ½” and 7½” on the strip.
Cut out the 1” x 3” section then fold at the four horizontal marked points. Next, cut the box tabs at the 6½” and 7½” folds and fold the vertical sections to form the shape of the box as seen below.
You can also refer to this diagram.
Download a copy here!
Once you’ve made the cuts and folds, your paper treat box will come together like this.
Use double sided tape on outside flap to secure sides of box.
Embellish with washi tape or other appliques. (The washi tape adds a decorative element and helps keep the box together so nothing spills out).
That’s it! How cute, right?
And who says these boxes are just for kids… make some more grown up versions for your adult friends or office mates. These will be filled with chocolate and handed out to a few deserving mom friends of mine!
The same design works just as well for cute gift or favor boxes too – think baby or bridal showers, kids birthday parties, etc. Inexpensive too, since most cardstock scrapbook paper is around a dollar or less.
Have fun creating some of your own!