A lot of attention is normally paid to what to put into the boxes but we must not forget that the box itself could be personalised as well. One easy way is make them!
The advantage of making them is that you can make them to the size you want and using the paper you have chosen. Yes it will take time and effort but your guest will appreciate your effort as you shall see.
Step one, this is the template you will need to understand to make these boxes.
A = length of box
B = height of box
C = 2 cm length which is needed in construction.
The dashed lines will be your fold lines.
From a standard A4 sheet of paper the largest box you can make is a 5cm(side) x 5cm(side) x 7cm(height) which is more then enough to fit a good size chocolate (or what small treat you may give them).
Step two, rather then folding the paper straight away, I would recommend scoring the dotted lines because these will become the folds. Why are you scoring the paper rather then folding it straight away? Well, this will give a more accurate fold and give a cleaner finish.
Step three, crease each of the scored lines you made so it looks like this.
Step four, fold as following and then insert the two ends into each other.
Step five, this is the tricky bit, pushing the base down. You will need to follow the folds you have made and gently manoeuvre each side on top of each other. This manipulation will open up the side where you have inserted the ends together. To prevent the ends from coming apart you can use a clip to hold them together.
This will require a bit of patient and practice but it will fold down if you gently push it down gradually.
Finished, you have the base for your box.
To make the lid for the box is very simply! All you need to do is
- Add 1-2mm on A - side of the box
- Decrease B - height of the box to 2-3cm
then you follows the same folding method as above. Here is my lid to the above box.
As mentioned above, you can use almost any paper you like to make these boxes but I would recommend you use paper that is around 80-100 gsm because it will make step 5 a little bit easier.
Now grab a load of your friends and family and fold to your hearts content!
If you require larger pictures then just click on the picture and it will take you to a larger version.
There is another way of folding the lid to make it more decorative. If you want to learn more then let me know in the comments and I'll sort out a tutorial for those.