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.

My hubby will be getting one for Valentine's Day; so cute and looks like something I can make without difficulty.
sjwhite  |  Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 3:29 AM
These are so cute! I saw some at a friend's house and on another's blog and I started looking everywhere to find instructions on how to make them. I am so excited to see this and can't wait to get some acetate and try it myself.
L. Ann  |  Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 1:41 PM
I am a teacher, and I have TONS of overhead transparencies in my classroom - I used them in place of acetate on a card, and they worked great! You can buy overhead transparencies at any office supply store and they're not too expensive - or ask a teacher! smile
Tara  |  Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM
Hey Susie! Good to see you; it's been a long time. How's Florida treating ya? Love your tutorial! This is such a cute treat box!! I'll be using this for teacher gifts this year. Thanks for the inspiration!
Vanessa Pyatt  |  Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 7:57 AM
I've found that clear report covers work as well (from the office supply stores). You don't have to buy as many (5 report covers for a couple dollars) rather than a box of transparencies.
Cathy  |  Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 6:46 PM
Where do you find/buy acetate from.... I have been looking and uable to find... cute box.
Melissa  |  Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 1:20 PM
What is the weight of the acetate, there are several out there
Jeanne  |  Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 5:02 AM
Where do you find the acetate sheets of paper?
Maureen Wheatley  |  Sun Mar 8, 2009 at 12:44 PM
Thank you for this great idea!!
CRAFTY-LIZ  |  Mon Mar 9, 2009 at 2:05 AM
I have just completed a workshop on this cute box. Found that rather than make base first it was easier to score and fold acetate and then place it on the base and fold base edges up onto the acetate and stick in place. This ensured acetate is all the way down to the bottom of the base.
Nadine  |  Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 2:46 AM
Thank you for a great tutorial this is the link to the ones that I have made so far.!!1+copy.jpg
anglejakki  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 11:35 PM
I'd love to leave a message...but I'm off to create one of these...I just can't stand how super cute they time to waste....must create now...

Hee hee....seriously, these look great, thanks for the step-by-step!
Kristine White  |  Sat May 23, 2009 at 5:50 PM
I had some OLD transparencies that were somewhat yellowed, made the most awsome vintage projects!!
Joy B  |  Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 5:45 AM
This is just the sweetest little goody box. I made one today and I love how cute and easy it was! TFS!!
Jeannine Brenner  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM
I love this, what a great idea for valentines.
JoAnn  |  Thu Feb 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Hi, Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. I'll definitel try it but just wondering if it will be strong enough for a mini cake.
Bola  |  Thu Mar 4, 2010 at 8:40 AM
Binding or report covers are much cheaper than overhead transparency sheets and are a good thickess. Thanks for this great project, I have just found my stamp club's Father's Day project!
Gail Kirby  |  Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 5:39 AM
You can buy acetate at artist's supply stores, also. It comes in different thicknesses and usually in a tablet of 50 sheets, if my memory serves correctly. I use it a lot in crafting.
Gayle Reed  |  Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM
What size round scallop punch and what size circle punch did you use for the *label*?? THANKS!
Toni  |  Fri Jan 7, 2011 at 7:08 AM
esta presiosa
Alish Garcia  |  Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

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