Acetate Box

by Susie McCormick

Create a see through box with acetate and cardstock.


  • Two 3" x 3" pieces of cardstock
  • One 8 1/4" x 3 1/2" piece of acetate
  • Two 8 1/4" x 1/2" strips of patterned paper
  • Sticky Strip™ or other strong adhesive
  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Marker
  • Candy


  1. Step 1

    Score the 3" x 3" squares of cardstock at 1/2" on all four sides.

  2. Step 2

    Cut score lines to the point where they connect to the score lines from the other side.

    You will be cutting four score lines, two on one side and two on the opposite side.

  3. Step 3

    Pre-fold all score lines. Add Sticky Strip™ to the outside corners of the scored tabs.

  4. The completed box top and bottom.

  5. Step 4

    Score the acetate on the long side every 1 15/16" (slightly under 2").
    Prefold score lines.

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to the bottom edge of the acetate and to the small tab on the side.

  6. Step 5

    Remove tape liner from the tab and adhere to form an open ended box.

    Remove tape liner from bottom edge.

  7. Step 6

    Insert the end of the box with the adhesive into one of the cardstock bases.

  8. Step 7

    Adhere the patterned paper strips to the top and bottom cardstock pieces.

  9. Step 8

    Center and punch two holes on opposite sides of the lid.

  10. Step 9

    Place the lid over the box and use a marker to indicate where the holes should be punched.

  11. Step 10

    Remove the lid and punch the holes in the acetate at markings.

  12. Step 11

    Thread a ribbon through the lid and acetate and tie, making sure the ribbon is long enough to lift the lid to fill the box.

    Don't tape the lid to the box! This way, the candy can be taken out without destroying the box.

  13. Step 12

    Decorate the box.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Acetate Box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this and am going to use it for teachers gifts! Where do you purchase the acetate? Is it the same type they use on overhead projectors?
Tammy Nichols  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 6:34 AM
Yes I would also like to know where to purchase the acetate. This project is adorable and an affordable way to give small thinking of you or friendship gifts!
Sue Kennedy  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 6:42 AM
This project is adorable. Your idea came in the nick of time as I'm working on bridal shower party favor ideas! Is there a brand of acetate that you had the most luck with? I have one that is ultra thick and one that is almost too flimsy. Thanks for sharing your idea!!
Ann Petterson  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 6:49 AM
This is a wonderful idea, I am looking for favors for my daughters open house in June and this is certainly something to consider. Have a great day
Sheryl  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 6:51 AM
This looks really cute and you make it looks easy too! TFS
sweetideas  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 6:57 AM
Awesome instructions. What a fun gift/favor idea. I too would love to know how you get your acetate? I am sure it is probably at Office Max?
Chris Mott  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 7:12 AM
I would also like to know where to buy the Acetate - I would love to make these for my son's class as a valentine so not much time!!
Thanks for the great idea.
Tina V  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 7:52 AM
Love it. Interested on where you get the acetate?
Donna  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 7:58 AM
me too, I'm wondering where to puchase the acetate. This idea has so o o o many uses!
Christine  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 7:59 AM
You can buy Acetate as Transparencies in any office supply store.
Or you can buy it as Clear cardstock from Flourishes.
beate  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 8:09 AM
I work at our LSS in Minocqua, WI and we carry a Grafix product called Craft Plastic that is a clear plastic similar to acetate (personally I prefer it to acetate). Check with your local scrapbook store as I think that it is getting to be more popular in the scrapbooking market. They were at summer CHA 2008 which is where we first ordered from them. Otherwise e-mail [email protected] and we would mail out.
LynneZ  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 8:09 AM
I get my acetate from an office supply store.. Usually from staples or office max. It is the same as overhead transparency.
Susie McCormick  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 9:17 AM
VERY clever - I can't wait to see if I pull this off! I'm going to try using overhead transparencies.
kirsten  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 9:24 AM
This is such a cute project and so adaptable to so many occasions. And thank you for the info on where to purchase acetate.
Wanda  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM
Cute idea where do you purchase the Acetate from...
Melissa Dengel  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 10:55 AM
I was wondering how the scalloped part on the lid was done. Did you use the Stampin Up edger? This is just darling and I know who I'm gonna give it to...... Thanks for sharing
Cookie  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM
Cookie, it looks like Susie used Stampin' Up!'s scallop edge border punch.

Melissa, check earlier comments on where to find the Acetate.
beate  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM
I purchased my acetate at Office Depot and the scallop is Stampin Up, but you could use any border punch! I am glad you all like it!!
Susie McCormick  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 1:35 PM
Acetate is the same as overhead transparency..
Susie McCormick  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 1:36 PM
So cute! Can't wait to try!
michelle  |  Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 2:57 AM

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