Today I want to show you a super–easy Valentine cupcake box featuring a Sizzix die designed by Eileen Hull. The die makes a 3-1/4” square box – perfect for a single cupcake. The box is also so versatile that you can dress it up and make a beautiful gift box (watch for this on a future post – this die is a new fave!).
The Sizzix die is specially designed to cut through most chipboard and mat boards, etc. I started with a standard weight poster board, and cut two pieces (each has three panels and two tabs, one at either end). I used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut the boxes (this is one of the longer, thick dies — a ScoreBoards XL — so will cut best on the Sizzix machines). The die scores as it cuts, so there is no need for any additional steps there. You are ready to fold and assemble the box straight from the die-cutting machine. I also tried cutting boxes from black board (a little thinner than standard poster board), and from 40 pt. chipboard (about twice as thick as my poster board). All were successful.
To assemble the box, I folded the panels and the tabs along the score lines. I added ½” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to the two tabs at the ends of one of the panels, and just one of the tabs on the other panel (the other tab is the top flap of the box providing the opening). I removed the Scor-Tape liner from the panel that had only the one piece of Scor-Tape, and then placed that tab in the center of the other box panel. It is important to take your time for this step, making sure to get the tab and the panel lined up properly (the Scor-Tape sticks pretty hard and won’t easily adjust if your alignment isn’t correct). Then remove the liner from one of the two remaining tabs. Fold the panel up along side it, carefully trying to line up the box side and the tab. Repeat for the other side. That’s it . . . the box is assembled. Please see the short video for additional instructions on this process.
Now it’s time to cover the box with the patterned paper. I cut six panels, 3-1/4” square. Carefully adhere these to each side of the box with 1/4” Scor-Tape. By adding the paper this way, you can control the overall appearance of the box, making sure that directional patterns, etc. are all going in the right way. You can also isolate certain parts of your paper to feature on the box. The alternative to doing it this way is to cover the chipboard before you cut the box. If you do it that way, you’ll need to think through how the patterned paper needs to be placed in order to achieve a good finished appearance. The overall appearance of the box is pretty much the same regardless of your method for attaching the patterned paper.
I didn’t line my boxes or the box flap because I felt that they were okay as they were. You could, of course, choose to line the inside too. It would be easier to line the box before assembly if you choose to do that.
The little heart tag is cut from a Magnolia Doohickey die. I glued the reinforcement in place, and stamped the sentiment with black onyx Versafine ink. I attached a hanger made from bakers twine or burlap twine.
Following are individual pictures of the boxes and information on the box material, patterned paper and ribbon, etc.
Black board; “Head over Heels” by Bo Bunny; Offray 5/8” white sheer ribbon
40 pt. chipboard; “Heart Healthy Red Bean Soup” by Jillibean Soup; pink and red May Arts burlap string
White poster board; “Love Potion Stripe” by Reminisce; Candy Hearts ribbon by Celebrate It
40 pt. chipboard; paper from “Love Notes” 12×12 paper pad by Martha Stewart; pink and red May Arts burlap string
White poster board; paper from the dollar bin at Target; yellow, blue and pink solid Divine Twine
White poster board; “Tiny Red Hearts” by The Paper Studio; pink sorbet bakers twine by The Twinery
Sizzix/Eileen Hull die – box, square (658058)
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Kick
Chipboard, poster board, mat board, etc. (I used 40 pt. chipboard, white poster board and black board)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – I used ½” and ¼”
Assorted patterned papers – the papers I used are described above
Heart tag die – I used Heart Tag by Magnolia Doohickey
Ink – I used onyx black Versafine
Valentine sentiment – I used the “Lots of Love” stamp set by Avery Elle
Assorted ribbon, baker’s twine, burlap twine, etc. – what I used is described above
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!