Before you begin, you will need a few basic supplies. If you do any type of paper crafting or scrapbooking, then chances are you will have most; if not all of them on hand.
~At least 1 piece of 12"x12" cardstock (1 piece makes 4 boxes, so plan accordingly... I used kraft color)
~Adhesive...I used scrapbooking adhesive because that is what I am comfortable with. If all you have is Elmer's glue, then use it. Bottom line, use what you're comfortable with and/or have around your house.
~1 border punch of your choice ( I used a doily print one from the Martha Stewart line of punches).
~Stapler (not pictured)
~Paper trimmer with a scoring blade. Tip: I could not find mine so I used a mechanical pencil with no lead, worked just fine!
~Cello treat sacks (found in any candy/cake decorating aisle) The size I used was 4"x3".
~Candy of choice ( I used Valentine M&M's)
Now; the extras...Find what you would like to decorate your boxes with. I used a variety of Valentine embellishments and a white opaque marker. This is an excellent way to use up any extra embellishments you may have laying around from other projects!
Below are some suggestions:
To score, simply slide your scoring blade (or mechanical pencil, in my case) along the groove where the blade would normally cut. The purpose of scoring is to create indentations where you will be folding your box at. Keep moving your cardstock to the right, and make your second score line at 5 3/4". The last score should be made at 10 1/4"
Now, this is critical to making your box fold right...FLIP over your card stock and make your last score at approx 5 1/8". This should put it in the middle of the first two scores. Flipping over your cardstock may seem unimportant, but if you don't, your box will have a rounded bottom instead of one that will support it to allow it to stand upright.
So, after you have decorated your box, you will fill up your cello bags with your chosen candy. Don't overfill them! If you do, they will be hard to staple down and the weight may be more than your box can handle, causing them to tip over.
I just love giving handmade gifts! Just try it once, the feeling you get is amazing!
As always, I would love to see what you all come up with. So post some pictures of what you've done! Happy Valentine's Day!