Treat Box

by Beate Johns

Stuffed full of candy, cookies or potpourri, this easy-to-make box is sure to be a hit!


  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • One 12"x12" piece of cardstock
  • Eight 3 3/4" squares of Patterned Paper A
  • One 3 7/8" square of Patterned Paper A
  • Eight 3 7/8" squares of Patterned Paper B
  • Adhesive
  • Eight Eyelets
  • Crop-a-dile™
  • Ribbon
  • Bone Folder


  1. Step 1

    Score 12" x 12" cardstock at 4" and 8".

  2. Step 2

    Turn cardstock 90 degrees and score at 4" and 8".

  3. Step 3

    Prefold all scores.

  4. Step 4

    Fold one corner square over to a center square to create a diagonal fold in the corner square.

  5. Step 5

    Add a diagonal fold to all four corner squares.

  6. Step 6

    Cut all 3 3/4" patterned paper squares in half diagonally.

  7. Step 7

    Tape the triangle shapes to the outer squares and tape the 3 7/8" paper squares in Pattern B to the scored squares of the box inside.

    The one 3 7/8" square of the Pattern A paper goes in the center of the box.

    (The inside of the box is the side that has the diagonal fold going in.)

  8. Step 8

    Flip cardstock and decorate the outside.

    There's no need to add patterned paper to the center panel as this will be the bottom.

  9. Step 9

    Punch a hole in each of the outer corners.

  10. Step 10

    Add an eyelet to each of the punched holes.

  11. Step 11

    Thread a 24" piece of ribbon or cord through the eyelets and tie to hold the box together.

  12. Step 12

    Finished box.



    Fill it up
    Add candy, cookies or potpourri.

    Different sizes
    Start with any perfectly square cardstock square, then score at 1/3 and 2/3 the length of your square. For example, when starting with a 9" square, score at 3" and 6".

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Treat 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.

This is so cool, Beate. You're SO awesome, you know that?
jenn  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 11:57 AM
That is a really neat alternative to a traditional box/bag. Very decorative. Thanks.

One question though - on the example directions for the alternate sizes for a 9" square, shouldn't that say score at 3" and 6", not 9"?
Purpleflowers  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 12:14 PM
Great box...and great instructions, Beate! I can't wait for the other 11 ideas!!

Daven - FYI...instructions printed beautifully grin
StampinMagic  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 12:18 PM
Great tutorial Beate! Thanks so much!
SDiegoGal  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 12:34 PM
The directions printed, but so did all the comments. I love the new feature though!!! Makes life so much easier than trying to run back and forth from the puter to the craft room to make sure I have measurements right!! Thanks! Can't wait to see the rest of the projects y'all have planned!
Melanie Welch  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 12:57 PM
Thanks Beate! Can't wait to make one myself!
Robin  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 1:51 PM
Thank you so much for sharing such a neat and wonderful project. I can't wait to try it.
Chris  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 3:01 PM
Beate, this is so cool!!!! What a fun box! :0)
diane (cookiestamper  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 3:08 PM
Wohoo! This is so fun. What a great technique class idea!

Thanks so much.
Conny  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 3:09 PM
Your treat box looks so awesome! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
Rose Ann Reynolds  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 3:48 PM
Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring! This was so much fun and so easy and so stunning! I can't believe I made one and I know this will impress the guests at the party this week.
kimberlee  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 4:20 PM
Can't wait to try this Beate, it is SO adorable!!
Vicki Garrett  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 4:50 PM
I love this. I am going to use it at a vendor fair this weekend to hold candy at my booth.
Lisa Naples  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 4:57 PM
This is so cool! I love making things other than cards. How do you think of these things?
Mary Jo Nestrud  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 4:59 PM
Super idea! Great for these little last minute gifts- when you have that sinking feeling you have forgotten someone...!
Karen  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 5:23 PM
FYI- if your printer has the "print selection" option then you can highlight what you want printed and it won't print the comments section. Can't wait to make my first treat box!
Shellie  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 5:42 PM
I also got comments when I printed. Since I do not have the option to be selective with my printing, I'll just have to print asap!. I see Christmas goodies from Grdaughter and me for neighbors! I think I laminated the pieces first might be a good idea. Yes?
Sharon  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 7:26 PM
Oh maybe I'll actually try this one......most of these challenges are waaaaay beyond me! LOL But this one is so perfect for home-made goodie gifts!!! Thanks for sharing such a cool project!!
LuvLee  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 9:04 PM
Love it - but the printing option just printed 3 pages of comments. Can this be fixed? <g>

Soozie4Him  |  Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 9:16 PM
Fabuolous! I love this box. I am crazy about containers, boxes, and such! As always another WONDERFUL project by Beate! You do awesome work. TFS
Rhonda K.  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 6:16 AM

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