As promised, here are the step-by-step instructions to creating this sweet favor box, perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party or many other occasions. Over to the left sidebar you can download the template with Jester motif or a blank one that you can print onto your own patterned or colored paper. (Note: the pictures below show the boxes with a personalized message. Your template will come without it but you can easily add your own if you have any Image Editing software at hand). Let's get started.
You will need:
- 8.5" x 11" Card Stock
- Self-healing mat
- X-Acto Knife
- Craft Glue OR Double Stick tape
- Hole Punch
- Bone Folder (not pictured)
- 1/4" Thick Ribbon
- Plastic or Glass beads (optional)
Download your template, open with Acrobat Reader (or any other software that can view PDFs) and print onto heavy card stock (the boxes won't be sturdy enough on copier-weight paper)
Cut out the template on the solid lines. After cutting a dozen or so of these, I found it was easier to use my X-Acto knife on the straight edges and corners and use the scissors on the rounded parts but you guys do what feels more comfortable to you.
Use a bone folder to fold your flat boxes on the dashed lines. You get a very crisp edge with a bone folder. But if you do not have one, you can use the edge of a wooden ruler or even a wooden spatula for this purpose.
Apply craft glue (I like using E6000, but if you prefer you can use permanent double sided tape) to the 4 flaps marked as "GLUE FLAP" and build your boxes. Punch a small hole in the marked areas on the rounded tops.
If you want to cover some Hershey miniatures to put in the boxes, like I did, print a sleeve sized at 1.5" wide x 3" long and apply to the chocolates using a small piece of double stick tape. You can use regular copier-weight paper for these. And there is no need to remove the original candy wrapper... just apply the sleeve right on top of the wrapper.
Voila! Personalized sweets:
Line each box with a half sheet of tissue paper and fill with about 7 - 8 chocolates. Cut a piece of 1/4" wide ribbon at approximately 18" long and feed through each punched hole at the top. Tie into a pretty bow.
For an extra special touch, add colored beads and tie the ends of the ribbon into a knot to secure the bead in place.
(and, please let me know if you have any problems downloading the PDF on the sidebar)