DIY Favor Boxes for Your Wedding
Create these DIY favor boxes out of just a sheet of paper! The following tutorial was submitted by Andrea, one of our readers! Andrea writes:
This is a time-consuming project. It took me 25 minutes to make my first box on my own. This could easily be done in an "assembly-line" style. Have each person responsible fora specific step in the process. These diy favor boxes would be perfect for the couple with a smaller wedding. Theywould also work well for bridal showers or as boxes filled with snacks in out-of-town guest bags. Use these favor boxes for multiple occasions! Who doesn't love showing offprojects that they have made themselves?!
The supplies (all of my supplies were purchased at Michael's craft store):
Making the DIY Favor Boxes:
Start by laying out your piece of paper that is 9 inches x 7 inches.
Now we are going to use a bone folder to make the creases where we will eventually fold the paper to form the diy favor boxes. I start by making the first crease 1 inch in from the right side of the paper. When using a bone folder it helps to hold a ruler in place on top of the paper with one hand. With the other hand run the bone folder up and down the paper against the ruler with even pressure, creating a crease mark on the paper.
Now I repeat that process three more times on the paper as shown below. Make one crease mark 4 inches from the right side of the paper, the next one 5 inches from the right side, and the finalcrease mark 8 inches from the right edge of the paper.
For the next step you are going to want to create the top flap of the box by cutting the paper 1 inch away from the top edge. Before attempting to cut the paper, it is best to make another bone folder crease 1 inch from the top edge of the paper.
Then use a rotary cutter to cut from the left edge of the paper to the third crease mark. Do not cut the 3 inch section of paper that is on the right side of the paper between crease marks #3 and #4. Finally, cut the final inch after the 4th crease mark.
I find that it is easier to do the next step using normal scissors. Just cut from the top edge of the paper down vertically for 1 inch at crease marks #3 and #4 (cut directly on the crease marks). This will allow you to form the top flap for the favor box.
Now we want to work on forming the flaps on the bottom and sides of the favor box. These are necessary for the favor box to assemble into its proper shape. First, make another crease mark. Make this mark one inch from the bottom edge of the paper.
Now, using your scissors, cut at all of the crease marks vertically 1 inch up from the bottom of the paper. This will form all of the flaps on the bottom of the favor box. Alsocut diagonally on the corners of the right edge of the paper toward the far right crease mark. This will form one of the side flaps of the favor box. The photo below shows what your paper should look like after making these cuts.
Next I folded the paper at all of the crease marks. Fold the paper backward and forward at each crease mark. You want to have nice sharp edges for your favor box.
The next step is the trickiest part of the entire process, in my opinion. The favor boxes have a little "tucker" on the sides so that they can form a nicely shaped bag. To make this tucker I used my bone folder again. I made a crease mark in the 1 inch sections that form the sides of the favor box (one of these sections is defined by the crease marks directly to the left of the top flap of the favor box. The other side section is from the far left edge of the paper to the first crease mark that is 1 inch from the left edge). I didn't make this crease mark down the entire length of the paper though. I only made it fromthe top edge of the paper and down 2.5 more inches.
Fold the paper in at the crease marks that you just made. Below is a photo of what the folded paper should look like now. Notice the two "tuckers" - one on the left edge of the paper and one toward the middle of the paper.
The next step is to assemble the box. I folded the bottom flap up and placed one glue line on the back side of the paper. Then removed the cellophane backing off of the glue line after I had stuck it on the flap.
Fold the box so that the smallest bottom flaps will be on the interior, then you will have the flap with the glue line next, and on top of that you will have the outer bottom flap. Press on the outer bottom flap to seal it on top of the flap with the glue line.
Congratulations! You have successfully assembled the favor box! Now you are ready for the fun part - customizing and decorating the favor box for your wedding!
Decorating your diy favor boxes for a custom look:
You can use the shaped paper punches and different colored cardstock paper to decorate the flap. Anything that goes with your theme can be used! Use paper punches, purchased shapes, trim the edge with a zig zag cutter and punch holes and add ribbon. The decoration is the fun part and it up to you!
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