Happy Valentine’s – Day 2 milk carton gift box tutorial

Hi there,

I’m back with another Valentine’s post.

This time I’ll show you how to make little milk carton boxes with an aperture to put your Valentine’s candy in.

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You will need: 

-Card stock or scrapbook paper in

10 1/2 x 6″

-Patterned paper for decorating; 4 pieces in 2 1/4 x 2 1/4″ and 2 pieces in 2 1/4 x 1 1/4″

-Actetate about 2 x 2″

-Paper trimmer and score board

-Circle die about 1 1/2″ and die cutting machine

-Bone folder

-Strong double sided tape

-Paper embellishments and sequins to decorate or whatever you prefer

-Clip to close the box at the top

I always make a little sketch before I start so I know where to score the paper and what measurements my paper needs to have:

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Step 1: Scoring

Score the card stock on the long side at

2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, 10″

Score on the shorter 6″ side at

1 1/2, 4, 5 1/2″

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To score the sides of the traditional milk carton box score on the long side at 3 3/4 and 8 3/4″ only for 1/2″ until you meet the first score line of the shorter side.

Then you have to score diagonally from the just scored line to the next scoring line of the shorter side as you can see on the picture:

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Step 2: Folding

Use your bonefolder to crease the scored lines properly, folding the diagonal lines and the small scored line in the opposite direction as the other ones:img_20170202_133136

Step 3: Aperture

Use your cutting die to cut out an aperture in one of the sides, in this case you want to use the side between the two milk carton sides, so you’ll have the glue line on the back and a pretty front side

Or in other words the 3rd 2 1/2 x 2 1/2″ square from the left.

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Adhere the piece of acetate on the back of the card stock

Step 4: patterned paper and cutting

Attach the patterned paper pieces with double sided tape on the card stock (see picture)

For the bottom of the box, cut the scoring lines of the long side at the bottom till you get to the first scoring line of the smaller side.

I also cut the piece on the right side at the bottom as seen on the picture.

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Step 5: Finishing the box

Apply strong double sided tape on the small 1/2″ part of the small side and and attach it to the other side of the paper, so you’ll end up with a tube:

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For the bottom you want to fold in the 2 side flaps first, then add strong double sided tape to the back and front flap, folding in the back flap and then the front one to give it a clean and tidy look

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To finish of fold the top part again:

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Decorate the box if you’d like to and fill it with your favorite sweets. I filled mine with Lindt Lindor truffles. Close your box with a paper clip or punch a whole at the top and thread some ribbon through it.

You can even make the box bigger or smaller if you would like to.

The following box has sides that are 3 x 4″ size and could be used to gift a small present such as a  tealightholder

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