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.

great project!
When I click on printable view, it's no different than the tutorial one and has all the comments and everything. Is there a way to just print the tutorial?
Debbie  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:02 AM
Wow! What a wonderful idea especially for teacher gifts or little treats for preschool children. Thanks for sharing your project.
Loretta Clem  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 8:50 AM
Thank you Beate, I love making boxes and am always looking for new ideas.
barbara hickson  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 9:43 AM
Love these treat boxes! Thanks for another wonderful tutorial, Beate - I had so much fun making mine!
Can't wait to see what's coming next for the Holiday Blitz .......
genescrapper  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 1:32 PM
A perfect project for Scor-Pal!
Diana Crick  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 6:09 PM
I love the box! I had to jump up and try it! Really easy. Can't wait to decorate it now!
Thank Beate! I LOVE all of you ideas!
Kelly  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:36 PM
This is awesome Beate! And Daven I love the printable version feature!!!!! Am on my laptop now so I can't wait to get to the pc with the printer to try this! Do I have to do housework first???????
Joan Hajek  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 6:06 AM
Love the printable version!!
Trish  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 5:57 AM
love this idea! But FYI, do not pick patterened paper that has a design that has a "this side up" design to it! Learned the hard way!
edie3  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 5:16 PM
Love this's such a great gift in itself, but fill it with treats and it's even better! Great tip about the patterned paper and not using one with design that has to be viewed in one direction! Thanks for the great idea!
Danielle  |  Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 7:48 AM
These are great gift ideas for the season. I'm making them to sell in a shop with hot coco in them and smores kits for summer! Thanks for the awesome idea! smile
Shell E.  |  Fri Nov 23, 2007 at 6:50 PM
what a great and inexpensive project. used this for one of my customer appreciation day crafts and they loved it! diane tuggle. close to my heart consulant manager
diane tuggle  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 8:03 AM
great project!
When I click on printable view, it's no different than the tutorial one and has all the comments and everything. Is there a way to just print the tutorials?
Smile :)  |  Wed May 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM
I made one of these in a 4th of July theme. Put pic in Treat Basket category. Thanks for the great instructions. Was so fun, and easy, to do.
fourblueyes  |  Tue Jul 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM
Fantastic Demo. Thanks a lot Beate for the step by step Explanation. I am also going to try .
prasala  |  Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 7:59 PM
Can you please provide the printing instructions for tutorials in black and white? I try to conserve the coloured ink on my computer.

Love this box!
Vicki  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 8:10 AM
Most printers in the set up or Preference part allow you to choose printing in B&W only; or gray scale. Maybe your's does... just an idea.
Diana  |  Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 12:55 PM
That is so BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE IT!!
MaryNSC  |  Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 10:03 AM
what a great and inexpensive project
akkina van steen  |  Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 8:42 AM
I just made one and love it! I think it will make a cute little box for valentines day goodies.. Thanks for the tutorial!
Sara  |  Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM

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