How to make decorative cake boxes

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How to make decorative cake boxes

Making small decorative cake boxes is easy and fun. These boxes use basic origami techniques and very few materials. The same box making techniques will also work for cookie and candy boxes. These make ideal wedding or party favours and also work well for gift giving, even when the gift is not cake. Be sure to allow space for icing and decorations when you choose the box size. If you are gifting larger cakes, you may wish to purchase and decorate cake boxes rather than making your own.

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Things you need

  • Heavy card stock or lightweight cardboard
  • Bone folder or wooden stick for creasing
  • Cutting board
  • Scalpel or scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Cut two squares of card stock or lightweight cardboard, one slightly larger than the other by approximately 1/2 inch in length and width. Keep in mind that the actual size of your box will be much smaller than the size of your initial square. A 6-by-6-inch square of paper will produce a cake box with a 2 1/2-inch square bottom. Once your squares are cut, use a ruler and pencil to mark from one corner to the other, creating an even X shape in the squares.

    How to make decorative cake boxes
  2. 2

    Fold one corner into the centre of the X. Bring this fold line to the centre as well. Unfold and repeat for each of the other three points. Crease all fold lines with a bone folder, wooden craft stick or plastic spoon.

    How to make decorative cake boxes
  3. 3

    Fold two opposite points to the centre of the X. Bring a third point upright. This will create a corner pointing outward. Fold this corner inward and fold toward the open side of the box to make the third side of your cake box. Bring the point to the centre, using the fold to secure both corners.

    How to make decorative cake boxes
  4. 4

    Repeat for the final corner. Touch up all creases and make sure your corners are clean right angles. Add a bit of glue if desired to secure your box. Make a second box with the larger cardboard square to use as a lid for your decorative cake box.

    How to make decorative cake boxes
  5. 5

    Add tissue paper or cellophane inside your box to make it pretty and tie with ribbon and a gift tag. If you'd like, you can use rubber stamps, stickers and paper crafting techniques either before or after constructing your decorative cake boxes. Keep in mind the strength of your card stock or paper and choose appropriate embellishments.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your cake box is large enough to allow for icing or decorations.
  • These are ideal as wedding or party favours.
  • Make sure to choose heavy card stock for this project, especially if you are making a larger cake box.

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