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By Diane Zechman
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock (1/2 sheet) or heavy patterned paper
Stamps and ink, if desired (Sweet ‘n Sassy- Snowy Hello used here)
Step 1: Align paper along left fence and score the 8 ½” side @ 2”, 4”, 6”, and 8”
Step 2: Turn the paper 90 degrees and score the 5 ½” side @ 2”
Step 3: Using scissors, cut the vertical score lines up to the horizontal score line. Remove the small rectangular section at the end. This will create the box bottom. You will now have four 2” flaps
Step 4: Stamp cardstock (or add patterned paper) if desired
Step 5: Fold and crease all scored lines. Apply Scor-Tape to the long tab on the right side; peel off paper backing
Step 6: Turn the paper over. Fold both sides in, adhering together to form the box
Step 7: Fold bottom flaps in one at a time, applying Scor-Tape to adhere the flaps shut.
Step 8: Push the top of two opposite sides in and squeeze the remaining two sides together like a milk carton.
Step 9: Hold firmly and punch two 1/8” holes near the top. Thread ribbon through holes and tie shut.
Step 10: Decorate as desired.
Punch or diecut a window in the box before assembling; line the hole with a piece of acetate secured with Scor-Tape.
Instead of a ribbon closure, try using a metal clip to hold it shut.
Make the box from clear acetate for a see-through favor box.
Vary the height of the box by changing the length of the 5 ½” side of the paper. A full sheet of cardstock will make a tall, skinny box.
Try changing the measurements to create a rectangular box. Start with 11” wide paper and score @ 2”, 5”, 7”, and 10”.