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!

Questions and Comments

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very cute! Going to give it a try. Thanks
Shai  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 7:49 AM
Thanks! I found my transparency sheets on Amazon. com & I can use them with my printer! smile
Crystal  |  Sat Oct 1, 2011 at 7:09 PM
What a neet idea for a box
Edna Harner  |  Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM
How could I take this same project and make it work for Jumbo Cupcakes? thanks
candy hunt  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Very cool. I am going to try to make these a little larger so I can package my Christmas cookies for our Gourmet club's cookie exchange!
Eileen Roberts  |  Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM
These boxes are so clever! Has anyone adapted this to card-holding boxes? I'd love to be able to make them to hold notecards given as gifts, instead of buying the more expensive already done ones. Thanks!
Sue  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 6:23 AM

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