Making a Paper Heart Box/Party Favor

Yay! Time for another box-making tutorial! If this is your first visit to my site, you may find my other tutorials--Making Paper Boxes, Pentagon Boxes, Paper Envelopes, Triangle Boxes, and Box w/ Seprate Lid interesting. I love making crafts out of paper, and combining my skill with Photoshop and scrapbooking with it.

WARNING: If you have not done my early tutorials, you will likely not be ready for this one. This one builds on a lot of what we've already learned. Remember--milk before meat! You can't do projects like this one until you've learned the basics! So if you haven't--go spend some time on the early tutorials, and then come back!

Here is a photo of the boxes we will be making today:

(for these boxes, I used the kits My Baby Girl by Connie Prince,   Summer's End by Elemental Scraps, Essential Spring by Lindsay Jane, and Mystique by Lindsay Jane.)
This box dates back to about three years ago when I attended a baby shower for my sister-in-law. The host had these darling party favors that were boxes just like this. Inside she had little mints to eat. I thought it was adorable and kept mine. I think I still have it...somewhere. Anyway, I scanned it into my computer and pulled it into Photoshop, and then created the template for this box. So this box is great for a party favor--that's what I really like about it. You can use it for things like baby showers, valentines, even as little thank you's instead of a thank you card.
Heartbox Template
So this one is actually very simple. In fact--moreso than my other patterns. The only tricky part is cutting it out--it's very curvy and you have to cut out the little slits.  BUT, there is no glueing and very little folding. It's so simple!
*UPDATE* 4/7/11 - I have updated the template from my original post to include a blank .pdf file so you can print it on regular scrapbook paper as well as digital scrap it in Photoshop.

Making the Box in Photoshop
1. Download the template, and unzip it. Pull up the file in Photoshop. You will notice there are TWO layers--one says "lines" and the other "fill."
2. Pull up the kit you would like to use, and pull in the background paper you will be using.
3. Place the paper's layer ON TOP of the "Fill" layer. Then CTRL+Click on the Fill layer. You will now see dancing ants all around the box shape.

4. Click on the paper layer and do CTRL+C and then CTRL+V. You now have another copy of the fill layer, only now your paper is in the shape of your box.

5. Using this technique, continue to decorate your box as desired. A lot of times I will pull in another paper, do the same steps, and then use the marquee tool to highlight certain sections and delete it.

6. Print on cardstock if you can--it's much firmer and better for this kind of thing.

Folding the Box

Now that you have it printed, puting it together is super easy!

 1. Print it on cardstock. It should fit just fine on an 8 1/2 x 11 page.
2. When you cut it out, you have to cut out the slits on both ends. I have made these slits a little fatter than the original box I had, so that it's easier to cut them out with scissors. But for a cleaner look, use an exacto knife.

3. Now fold it. This box has only six folds--and they are all very easy to do. Fold the two sides, and then the flaps on both. You CAN glue those two flaps if you want, but there's really no need. Without gluing, the box will still easily hold candy that won't fall out once the whole thing is folded.

4. Next, pinch the two hearts together. Then pull one side over and slide the slit over the top of the two hearts. Then do the other side.

Notice that you can also add candy to inside your box. I fit the entire contents of a standard size of M&M's in one box.

*UPDATE* (4/6/11)

I am excited to add TWO downloadable and printable boxes for you! These were done with the persmission of one of my favorite designers, Connie Prince. The first is from her kit Glorious, and the other is from the kit Spring is My Thing. The zip files include two files--one with a thank you, and one without, just in case you want to use them as a thank you box. Just unzip them and print on 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock. You don't even need Photoshop!

Glorious Box
Spring is My Thing Box

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