Pretty Packages {DIY Favor Boxes}

1 Nov

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be scrambling to pull together little gifts for neighbors, mailmen, teachers, and party hosts.  An easy way to make sure your little treasure doesn’t get lost in a blur of red and green cellophane is to make your own custom boxes.  With the right tools, it’s super easy, and the recipients will surely appreciate the extra time and thought that went into their gifts!  Here’s an example of some favor boxes that I made for a bachelorette happy hour a few weeks back.

These little guys are 4″ x 4″ x 2″ and I simply divided a store-bought sampler of chocolates among them to make a little treat for each of the ladies that came out.  Here’s what you need to make these boxes:

  • Cardstock paper of your choice {2 sheets of 8″ square cardstock will make one box of this size}
  • Scoring board & bone folder {or a ruler and something to make crisp folds}
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape {or this handy tape runner}
  • Embellishments of your choice

I personally LOVE my scoring board and use it all the time, and the Martha Stewart version comes with an easy guide for making boxes and envelopes; but you can certainly measure and fold without having one.  Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to making your very own box.

1. Pick your paper {and cut down to 8″ x 8″ if necessary}.  I was in the holiday spirit and chose kraft paper brown for the base and forest green for the top.  The red pictured below is for decorating the top later!

2. Score your base sheet at the 2″ mark and the 6″ mark, turn 90 degrees and repeat.  Fold at each scored line and, using a bone folder or other flat edge, smooth each fold to make it very crisp.  Your paper should now look like this:

3. Score your lid sheet at the 1 15/16″ mark and the 6 1/16″ mark to provide clearance over the base.  Turn 90 degrees and repeat.  Again, make sure each fold is crisp.

4. Using scissors, cut along any one scored line from the edge of the paper just to the intersection of the perpendicular scored line.  Do the same for the scored line on the same side of the paper.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat on the opposite side.  Your paper should now look like this {both the base and the lid}:

5. Fold in the tabs you’ve just created and complete the box using double-sided tape like so:

6. Embellish as desired! NOTE:  If you plan to embellish with rubber stamps or any other method where you will be applying pressure to the top of the box, you should do this before you complete Step 5.  If you’re just gluing or taping, it’s fine to wait until the end!

Hopefully this all makes sense, but if not, here’s a great step-by-step video that walks you through making a box using the scoring board.  If you really want to increase your options, you can start with 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper which will yield a variety of handy box sizes and comes in limitless designs.  Here’s an example of a box I made using scrapbook paper and filled with pumpkin bites for a friend’s birthday!

I would love to see some of your ideas for the upcoming holiday season!  Happy November!


4 Responses to “Pretty Packages {DIY Favor Boxes}”

  1. Emily November 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    YES!!! The moment I’ve been waiting for! Thank you for sharing your secret with the world. I can’t wait to make these for the holidays…or attempt to make them, fail miserably, and wind up buying premade boxes. Fingers crossed!

    • kpolon November 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, Friend! Maybe we can make boxes at our ladies craft night :)


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