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Alternate Valentine Treats

As I was mulling the possibility of handing out treats, I prototyped another treat box that would fit the same amount of candy. I ultimately decided this box would take longer to make. It came out really cute, though. So, of course, I have to share!

This treat box is based on a box by Julie DiMatteo.

Mine is sized to fit the candies that I bought. It will also fit 2-3 Ghiradelli squares.

And here it is opened up.

See, super cute, right?

I found that the construction creates a kind of locking mechanism, so that you don’t need to make a belly band to hold it closed. Really! The triangular parts that are folded in will catch on the sides of the box. Snug fit, and the two parts won’t fall off. My kind of box!

Mine is a little bit smaller than Julie’s. I have a couple of tips for making your own in your own size.

I wanted the finished size of the box to be 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ x 1″. Each triangular wrapper needs two square widths plus the depth in the long direction, and one square width plus one depth in the other direction. This means each half of the wrapper starts with DSP measuring 2-1/4″ + 2-1/4″ + 1″ (5-1/2″) long and 2-1/4″ + 1″ (3-1/4″) wide.

For the base, I would need one square width plus two depths (for the sides). However, I want them to fit inside the wrappers. I found that if I decreased the total width by 1/8″ (and score as I mention below), then I get the perfect fit. Thus, the base starts with a piece of cardstock 2-1/4″ + 1″ + 1″ – 1/8″ (4-1/8″) square.

To make sure that my base fits perfectly, I shift over the cardstock slightly before scoring at the depth I am looking for (in this case, 1″).

Here’s another tip for you, to make sure your two halves are facing the same direction when using a directional pattern of DSP. I scored both wrapper pieces as one piece first, then cut them apart. Here’s what I mean.

Start with a piece of DSP measuring 6-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. (The beauty of this is that you can get four pieces from one sheet of DSP. You have to cut in a windmill pattern. Because you are working with the two pieces together, it doesn’t matter if the pattern on the DSP is directional. Really.)

With the 6-1/2″ side along the top of the Simply Scored, score at 1″ from each side.

With the 5-1/2″ side along the top of the Simply Scored, score at 2-1/4″ from each side.

With the 6-1/2″ side at the top of your trimmer, cut the piece in half (3-1/4″).

Flip both pieces over. In my pictures, I flipped side over side, so that the outer edges are now in the middle.

Put a small piece of tape on opposite outer corners. (They should be on large squares.)

On the opposite side of each piece, put Tear and Tape along the edge of the middle section and the section next to the one with the small piece of tape.

In this way, I marked opposite corners of each piece. That is also the same section that will need the flap glued down last.

Now, I can put a piece of tape on the other corners.

Cut flaps and notch middle section.

Fold on score lines.

Fold corners to the middle. Tack down with the small pieces of tape.

Start assembling each half. First, fold up the middle flap to the OUTSIDE of the flap without any tape.

Then, fold up the outer flap. This gives a clean inside and outside.

And look! Both sides are in the same direction!

If you had started with a pattern that went in the 5-1/2″ direction (instead of the 6-1/2″ direction in my sample), the opening would be top left to bottom right instead. I found this a much easier way of keeping the patterns matched up. My first two attempts were dismal.