These shamrock pillow boxes are filled with gold foil covered chocolate coins and make a fun St Patrick Day kids treat. Keep reading to learn how to make them.
Every year for St Patty’s Day, I make a special meal where everything is green-colored. As part of our special family celebration I always have St Patrick Day treat boxes for my kids. This year I am decorating pillow boxes for each of the kids and filling them with chocolate coins – the ones covered in gold foil.
These easy St Patrick Day treats are super simple to make thanks to the Pillow Box Die I found.
The Pillow Box die makes it so simple to make little pouches for holiday treats and is also the perfect size for gift cards. It truly couldn’t be easier to run the pillow box die through a Sizzix Personal Die Cut Machine. The die makes all the cuts and crease lines on the cardstock for you. Quick and Easy!
If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can still make these St Patrick Day treat boxes! You will just have to cut out the pillow boxes by hand. If you do a search for printable pillow box templates, you should find plenty that will work.
So let’s get started!
Shamrock Pillow Box St Patrick Day Kids Treats Supplies Needed
Don’t be intimidated by the long list of supplies for this St. Patrick Day treats for kids tutorial. You may already have a lot of this on hand, especially if you are really into paper crafting. (In the interest of full disclosure, these are affiliate links. So if you purchase through these links, I get a small percentage of the sale – which helps to support this site and lets me bring you more fun craft ideas!)
- Cardstock in Green and White
- Green Patterned Paper
- Paper Trimmer
- Die Cut Machine
- Pillow Box Die
- Bone Folder (optional, but nice for making crisp folds)
- Fast Fuse Adhesive
- Large Heart Paper Punch
- Stampin Dimensionals Foam Adhesive
- Black Ink
- Banners for You Stamp and Die Bundle
- Gold Cord
St Patrick Day Treat Boxes Instructions
The first thing you needs to do to make one of these St Patrick Day kids treats is to cut your paper. For the cardstock, I used the color Pear Pizzazz and for the patterned paper, I used a green chevron design.
You will need to cut an 8.5″x11″ sheet of green cardstock in half so you can run it through a die cut machine. You will also need to cut your patterned paper down to 3.5″x7″.
Whether you use a die or cut it by hand from a template, cut your pillow box shape from the cardstock.
To make it easier to assemble the box, crease all the fold lines using a bone folder or your fingernail.
Now you are ready to assemble your pillow box. You will want a stronger adhesive to hold this together so it stays shut. I recommend Fast Fuse Adhesive or hot glue.
Fold the tab in and apply the adhesive along the edge of the tab. Then fold the top of the pouch over and press along the edge to seal the adhesive.
Use Fast Fuse to stick the patterned paper to the pouch. The ends will overlap slightly. This will be the back side of your pillow box.
Now we are ready to make the decoration for the front of these easy St Patrick Day treats. If you have a heart paper punch, it is quick and easy to make a cute shamrock punch art piece to embellish your pillow box. Three punched hearts glued together at the points will form the shamrock itself. Then just add a tiny sliver of cardstock for the stem.
Use a Stampin Dimensionals foam dot to stick the shamrock to the front of the pouch and raise it up a bit.
I stamped a “For You” banner to embellish the shamrock punch art. The stamp and die set bundle has been retired by Stampin Up since I originally posted this tutorial a few years ago. However, the Banners for You Bundle is a great alternative to use on these St Patrick Day treats for kids. The link is below.
If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can certainly cut out the “For You” banner by hand. The coordinating dies do make it much quicker to cut out though.
The Sizzix magnetic die platform is great for cutting out stamped images that have coordinating dies. It holds the die securely on place so you don’t have to use post it notes or washi tape to hold it there while you cut.
To finish things off, just adhere your “For You” banner to the shamrock.
Fill with the treats of your choice, then fold in the ends and use a piece of gold cord to help keep things closed. (Since I used a dimensional to stick the shamrock down, it was easy to get the cord behind it.)
Fillings for your easy St Patrick Day Treats
Fill your St Patricks Day favors with gold foil chocolate coins, Rolos, or even green M&M’s.
I found bags of the gold foil chocolate coins in the dollar section at Target and will be filling my pillow boxes with those.
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For more fun things to make, be sure to check out the rest of my St Patrick’s Day Crafts and Recipes. If you make these Shamrock Pillow Box St Patrick Day Kids Treats, you will have to come back here and let me know how they turned out. So tell me… Are you making any St. Patrick’s Day Crafts?