Making favour boxes

Boxes make a great alternative to crackers on the table settings, and work all year around and for every type of event.  These boxes are very very simple to make.



  • Two sheets of stiff paper or card for each box. N.B. The boxes will measure 1/4 of the length/breadth of your paper and only 1/8 the depth.



  •  Making boxes is all done by folding. If you don’t want to have folds in the top of your boxes then make up a template first and draw the fold lines onto your actual box paper/card.
  • Cut your paper into two squares. The first square will be the top of your box, the second the bottom. Make the second square 1cm / 0.25 inches smaller than the first. If the fit is too tight increase the different between the two square sizes by another 1 cm / 0.25 inches.
  • And now onto the folding process!
  • Fold the paper in half corner to corner, open out and then in half opposite corner to opposite corner. Open it out.
  • Using the mid point as your guide, fold each corner into the centre.       (You should now have a square again).
  • Again using the midpoint as a guide fold each side into the middle and open back out, one after the other. Then open the entire piece of paper back up again.
  • You should now have a piece of paper that is criss-crossed by folding lines that look something like this: (excuse the lines – the computer will never do what I want exactly!)


Diagram A.

box diagram 1









  • Using scissors cut out the triangle indicated in diagram B and cut the lines indicated. Make sure you cut the lines along the fold lines and right to the fold lines indicated. The computer diagram won’t do it for me but I am sure you get the idea!


Diagram B.

box diagram 2








  • And now you are back to folding. Simply fold over the two corners which have the largest sections back into the centre. This will create two flaps at either side. Then fold the other two corners into the middle making sure the flaps from the two other sides are folded inside and thus secured.
  • And that’s it! Make the smaller paper box in the same way. The two should slot inside each other nicely making a lidded box.


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