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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Who Wants Some Chocolate???

I was asked by friends to come up with some holiday gift giving ideas and to post them on my blog. Well, I am all for handmade gifts but don't have a huge amount of time on my hands. Here is a wonderful little treat box that is easy to make. With Christmas looming on the horizon, I am going to make a bunch of these to give to co-workers and other people on my list who deserve a little more than just a card.
Here are my directions along with photos (based on Beate John's tutorial).

You will need the following materials for this project:
cardstock measuring 4 1/4" X 8"
scissors, paper cutter with scoring blade (Or Scor-pal), strong adhesive/red-line tape,stamps, ink, white cardstock for your image, bone folder
additional embellishments--optional ( stickles, patterned paper, brads etc).

1.Score the short side of cardstock strip at 1" and 3 3/4"

2. Score the long side at 2", 3", 5" and 6"

3. Cut off the outer strip 3" up on one end. This will become the flap to close your box.

4. Use a bone folder to sharpen the creases

5. Cut the 1" scoreline on both sides

6.Adhere glue or red-line tape to both 1" and 2" flaps as shown in the above photo

7.Flip cardstock over and add glue or red-line tape to the 1" tabs.

8.Fold the tabs up to begin forming your box. Once you are comfortable with your folds, push together so that the adhesive will bond. I like to use a glue that gives me some time to line up my sides and does not bond immediately (Zip Dry for example).

9. Once the box is assembled, I like to trim the flap closure by about 1" and round the corners. To me, this makes it look more finished.

10. To check that you measured properly, you should be able to fit 3 squares of ghirardelli chocolate into your box.

11. Stamp your image onto white cardstock and color it in. I chose an image of Fluffles the Cat from Stampendous. I did not need the entire image, or the sentiment so I trimmed it to fit the front of my box. Wait to add stickles until the image has been placed onto the box. This will help avoid smudging.
Here is the stamped image (minus the wording)

And here is the finished box:

Hope you enjoy making some ghirardelli treat holders for the holiday season, birthday parties, showers, or whatever occasion you think of!


Deb said...

This is a great idea!! Thank you for posting the instructions!

christina d said...

This is so neat! I'm afraid all they would get would be is an empty box, I would eat all the chocolate!

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