Valentine’s Take-Out Box

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Good Morning and welcome back to our crafty little blog!  Today we bring you another simple little Valentine’s Day craft… decorating a Chinese-style take-out box {YAY}!  I absolutely adore these boxes and all their different sizes, they are just so darn cute!

This project is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give you the short and sweet of it all… think of this as a 3D card, if you will:

  • 1 Chinese-style take-out box (or any box you wish to decorate)
  • Themed patterned paper (I used hearts for Valentine’s Day)
  • Coordinating cardstock (to match your paper)
  • 3D pop-up adhesive squares, if desired
  • Adhesive glue, such as for scrapbooking or card making
  • Embellishments, such as matching ribbon, baker’s twine and rhinestones

{measure your box}

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First thing is first, measure your box.  This will give you the size of the area you have to work with.  As you can see below, the top is slightly larger than the bottom, so your sides will be at an angle.  You have two choices: cut manually OR set this image up in your Silhouette Studio software (my choice!).

{set up your work area}

So whether you choose to freehand the shape with your paper-cutter or set it up in the Silhouette Studio software, this is what you are looking for:

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You’ll notice that this is the exact size of the front of your box.  The reason for doing this is that you can now use it as a template for designing the rest of your “pieces”.  I highly suggest cutting this {FIRST} and aligning it with your box to ensure your cuts are angles are correct.  If not, you might be disappointed when the project is finished and does not sit well on your take-out box.

{decorate!}

From here on out, you’ll decorate this as you would a handmade card.  You can use your Silhouette Studio (as I did) and do print-and-cut pieces for your sayings, OR you can use your stamp collection if you have one.  Not sure how to use your stamps to make your own die cuts?  Check out our long-ago post on Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy?

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Don’t forget your layered pieces of cardstock, they really add a nice border to your patterned paper.  I cut my first layer (white) 0.25″ smaller than my box to have a nice red layer showing on my box.  From then, I only cut the red 0.125″ smaller than the white, and the paper 0.125″ smaller than the red.  I think it turned out nice.

Once you have all your little pieces, go ahead and arrange them as you wish on your patterned paper to make sure it all fits and looks the way you intended.

Here is the order you want to apply your designs:

  • Layer your cardstock and patterned paper (I prefer tape scrapbook adhesive for no drying time)
  • Tie coordinating ribbon, if needed
  • Attach the sentiments with 3D adhesive squares for that little “pop”
  • Apply any finishing embellishments, such as the rhinestones or baker’s twine
  • Glue your “finished” piece onto your take-out box with a strong adhesive (I also like hot glue, but watch your fingers!)  Make sure you open the top of the box and use your hand on the inside for extra pressure to get a good “stick”

Now, for the fun part…

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I think this is a super idea for kids, but really who doesn’t love treat boxes?  With the wide variety of boxes available, you can get different colored boxes and decorate them all year long!  What goodies would you put (OR want to receive) inside a cute little box?  Valentine’s cookies or chocolates, maybe?  You can go crazy with them and give them out to your co-workers!  Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year!

Thanks for joining us again today, we hope you liked our fun little tutorial.  See you again soon for {MORE} Valentine’s fun right around the corner!  ❤

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21 thoughts on “Valentine’s Take-Out Box

  1. Nana February 5, 2014 at 1:33 am Reply
    • mypapercraze February 5, 2014 at 3:05 am Reply

      Thanks, Nana! So glad you enjoyed our project!

  2. Barb Marshall February 5, 2014 at 5:49 am Reply

    First off, I love your blog’s name “Papercraze!” I am right there with you as another paper crazy gal. This 3D card is completely great – hope cupid brings me one. Visiting via “The Wednesday Roundup”

    • mypapercraze February 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm Reply

      Thanks for all the compliments, Barb! Glad you could drop in for a visit!

  3. Nita February 5, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply

    These would be cute for the kids at school to have to collect Valentines from their friends in. I remember we used to decorate paper bags to set around the school room with our names on them. What a cute little box!!

    • mypapercraze February 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm Reply

      What a great idea, Nita! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Janis February 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm Reply

    Thank you for Linking Up at Pause Dream Enjoy. Your project is featured on our Facebook Page today and linked to your blog!
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    • mypapercraze February 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm Reply

      Thanks, Janis! We linked up to you on Facebook, too! Thanks for the feature!

  5. MJ February 7, 2014 at 12:19 am Reply

    Hi, I found this post through Accidentally Wonderful’s link-up. The Valentine’s take out box is definitely the cutest, it’s so sweet!
    I’d love if you could pay a little visit to my blog, http://www.littlepandacrafts.blogspot.com
    Thanks! 🙂 MJ

    • mypapercraze February 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm Reply

      Thanks, MJ! We’ll hop on over and check it out now!

  6. Lisa F February 8, 2014 at 1:32 am Reply

    Wow, this is so fabulous!! I love the design!! It’s decorated beautifully!! Thanks so much for playing along at Craftin Desert Divas!! You should also link up at Decorate to Celebrate: http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com/

    LIsa
    A Mermaid’s Crafts

    • mypapercraze February 12, 2014 at 3:52 am Reply

      Thanks, Lisa! We appreciate you coming by for a visit!

  7. DeDivahDeals February 9, 2014 at 3:44 am Reply

    Wow, this is such a creative idea, thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty.

    • mypapercraze February 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm Reply

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Angela (Life in Velvet) February 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm Reply

    What a cute idea! I love this! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

    • mypapercraze February 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply

      Angela, it was our pleasure! Thanks for the visit!

  9. michelle February 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm Reply

    How fabulous! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Craftin Desert Diva. Hope to see you again soon 🙂

    michelle
    Purple Monkey Moments

    • mypapercraze February 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm Reply

      Thanks, Michelle, so glad you could stop by!

  10. shelly bobrowski February 12, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    super cute! thanks for sharing with us at pause dream enjoy 🙂

    • mypapercraze February 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Shelly! Glad you enjoyed the project!

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