These pretty DIY candy treat boxes are so simple to make and hold 3 Ghirardelli chocolate squares each. They are just perfect for favors for birthday parties, grad parties, showers, weddings, and more! Keep reading to learn how simple it is to make them.
My daughters are getting older now (my youngest is in middle school) so they are well past the princess and character themed birthday parties. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to make their birthdays special though. I always like to have party favors for them to hand out to their friends. Chocolate is always a big hit among pre-teen and teenaged girls, so I made these boxes to be just the right sized to hold 3 Ghirardelli chocolate squares. Yum!
These handmade treat boxes are made using the envelope punch board. They are embellished with bows made using the Bow Builder punch, Designer Series Paper, and ribbon. You could easily change these mini party favor boxes up to match any occasion by changing the Designer Series Paper, cardstock color, and trim.
DIY Candy Treat Boxes Supplies Needed
- Paper Trimmer
- Envelope Punch Board
- Designer Series Paper in the pattern of your choice (I used Blooms & Bliss)
- Cardstock in 2 coordinating colors (I used Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum)
- Simply Scored Board
- Mini Glue Dots
- Ribbon or trim of your choice (I used Burlap Ribbon)
- Bow Builder Punch
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares in the flavor of your choice
Watch the video tutorial below or keep reading for the written instructions…
Learn how to make a box with the Envelope Punch Board
While it is great for making quick and easy envelopes, did you know that you can also make a box with the Envelope Punch Board? It’s just as simple as making envelopes!
Start by cutting your paper. I like to do it all the cutting for the project at one time so I only have to mess with the paper trimmer once.
Here is the cutting you need to do
- 5″ X 5″ piece of cardstock for the box (I used Rich Razzleberry.)
- 1.75″ X 7″ piece of Designer Series Paper for the belly band (I used Blooms & Bliss DSP.)
- 7″ piece of ribbon or trim (I used Burlap Ribbon.)
When you make an envelope with the punch board, you punch then score once on each side. When you make a box with the envelope punch board, you punch then score twice on each side.
You are going to use the 5″ square of cardstock to form your box. Line the cardstock up with the 2″ line. Press the button to punch a notch, then use the bone folder included with your punch board to score the diagonal line. Move the cardstock over to the 3″ line then punch and score again.
**Rotate the paper 90 degrees counter clock-wise. Line the arrow up with the first score line, then punch and score. Move the arrow over to the second score line, punch, and score. **
Repeat that process (between the asterisks) for the last 2 sides.
Use the corner rounder on the top side of the punch board to round the corners on all your flaps.
When you make a box with the envelope punch board, you do have to modify the shape a bit. Cut away the 2 top squares.
Then cut the 2 bottom crease lines. This will create flaps to help hold your box together.
Next crease all the fold lines, using a bone folder or your fingernail. This will make it easier to assemble the box.
Add mini glue dots to the flaps. You can also use hot glue, but I prefer mini glue dots as they don’t leave the stringy mess.
Fold those small square flaps in and press to the bottom side of the box to secure.
Fold the box sides in and secure with a mini glue dot.
Fold the bottom flap up and secure with a mini glue dot. Add 3 Ghirardelli chocolates.
You want to leave the top flap un-glued. In the next step we are going to add a removable belly band that will hold the flap closed.
Decorating your mini party favor boxes
Now it is time to add some pizzazz to your handmade treat boxes! Take that piece of Designer Series Paper you cut earlier and score it with your score board at 1-1/4″, 2″, 4-3/8″, and 5-1/8″.
Add mini glue dots to the backside of one of the ends. Form around your box and press to secure. You do not want to adhere the belly band to the box, you want it to be able to slide up and down. That way it holds the box closed but you can slide the belly band down to open the box.
Add the ribbon or trim to the middle of the belly band, securing with glue dots and overlapping on the back.
Punch the Stampin Up Bow Builder Punch twice on a coordinating color of cardstock. I used Sweet Sugarplum cardstock for this sample, which is one of the 2016-2018 In-Colors.
Take the bone folder from your Envelope Punch Board and use it to curl the bow loop pieces and the middle band. If you ever have used scissors to curl gift wrap ribbon, it is a similar process. This helps to break down the fibers in the cardstock a little bit so they are easier to form into a loop without cracking.
Use a mini glue dot on the end of one of the bow loop piece and press the other end to it, forming the loop. Repeat for the other bow loop punched shape.
Use a mini glue dot to secure the two bow loops at the center. Add the band around where they overlap. Then add the bow tails to the back. You can either have them coming straight out from behind the bow or you can adhere them at an angle in the center so they hang down. (See the picture below if you need to visualize it.)
And that’s all there is to these easy DIY candy treat boxes. Add your chocolate, tuck the flap in, and you are ready to hand these out at your next party!
By changing up the designer series paper, cardstock, and trim, you can make these mini party favor boxes for any occasion. In the photo above, you can see a few versions I made with other paper from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper pack and also using different trims for a different look.
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These DIY candy treat boxes are so simple to make, it will take you no time at all to make enough to hand out at your next party or special occasion. So tell me… What are your favorite party favors to give out?