Nothing makes a wedding or party special like custom favors your guests can take with them. We have created a template that makes mini favor boxes shaped like Chinese takeout containers. Because it is a template, you can customize like crazy, adding coordinating ribbons, scrapbook cardstock and paper stacks, glitter, stickers, gift tags, and so much more!
For a perfect little Valentine, use this template to make your cute little treat box, then put kisses inside and attach a tag to include your Valentines message!
Here is what you will need to make a Chinese takeout style treat box:
- Chinese takeout favor box template
- Scissors and a stapler
- Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
- Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.
How to fold and assemble your box:
- Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
- Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
- Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
- Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4
- Fold sections 5, 6, 7, and 8 toward the center
- Bring the tips of the tabs you created in step 4 together behind sections 5 and 7 and secure with a staple. If you will be tying the top with a ribbon, wrap the ribbon around the bottom and up under the “tab” sections before you staple. Leave about 4 inches of ribbon slack on each site to make it easy to tie.
Variations and embellishments make these really really cute. Here are a few variations you can try:
- Rather than using a staple to secure the sides, take a piece of heavy gauge wire to create a handle (this is how real Chinese food takeout boxes look.) You can poke each side of the wire through the “tab sections” two at a time and fold the wire under to secure.
- Adding gift tags and dimensional stickers make these over the top cute! I like to add stickers, gems, and gift tags that coordinate with my papers.