Friday, March 8, 2013

Favor Boxes with Lori

Welcome back to another day of National Craft Month projects! I hope you're enjoying all of the projects, I know I sure am!

With three school-age kids, and involvement in several volunteer organizations, some of my favorite things to make are treat bags and favor boxes.  Luckily, there are a ton of them available on Cricut cartridges and as SVGs and PDFs for cutting. And you can make the same box in multiple styles just by changing the papers and embellishments.

For today's projects, I used Graphic 45 papers with a Cricut cartridge to make an elegant more "grown up" gift as well as a more fun Easter box suitable for a girl of any age. Change the papers & embellishments again, and you can make the same box into a masculine gift. I chose this particular box, because one of my favorite treats, especially for the grownups, are Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  The ones out now for Easter have a cute bunny on them, so I had to show him off!

The first box uses papers from The Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

For a simple but elegant touch, I tied some black mesh ribbon around the box lid and add a Kaiser Craft flower to the center. (These are not listed in the store, but Kim can order them.)

The frame is cut from American Crafts glitter cardstock. By the way, did you know that you can cut a frame using ANY shape on a Cricut cartridge?!  This box had a window in the top, and I found a matching shape on the same cartridge.  Just measure the approximate size of the window so you know what size to make the inner cut of the frame.  I needed my inner frame to be about 1.75", and I wanted the outer frame to be about 2".  So I moved my cutting blade in to about 1.5" in both directions on the mat to give myself a little extra room and hit the "Center Point" button.  Setting the size to 1.75", I cut the shape once.  Then I reset the size to 2" and cut the shape again.  Frame done! (Be sure to remember to turn off the Center Point  button when you are done.)

The second box uses paper from Once Upon a Springtime, which is no longer in the store.  You will find similar colors and beautiful patters in the Secret Garden papers.

For this box, I used the leftover negative cuts from my box lid and frame to make a plaque for the front of the box. I used a Studio G stamp from my stash and some Vintage Photo distress ink to stamp the "chocolate" bunny.  I also sponged on distress ink in Peeled Paint on all the edges of the box and lid.

For a more girly feel, I used Pow Glitter Paper instead of the Glitter Cardstock, because the glitter is finer.  I also added flowers and pearls.  The pink flower in the center is a Prima, the others were "built" from flowers and brads in my stash.  I added Stickles to the flowers as well.

Items available from the Cutters Creek store:

  • Artiste Cricut cartridge (box is cut at 2" high size for this project)
  • black mesh ribbon
  • white hemp twine (or use twine/ribbon of your choice)
  • flat paper flowers
  • brads
Thanks for stopping by today! I'd love to hear what you think of my project.


  1. Lori your project is absolutely stunning. The papers are so pretty. And I love that box a lot.
    Any one would be lucky to get some sweet treats in those boxes. Hugs, Fran

  2. I saw these boxes and the first thing out of my mouth was, OMG, they're gorgeous. What a fantastic job on both of them.

    1. Thanks lorby! G45 does make it so easy to make things look great with their awesome papers!


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