How to make your own boxes for wedding favors

Your wedding is coming up, and you're still lost for favour ideas. Making your own favours can save money and add a personal touch your guests will appreciate. Homemade favours also make nice keepsakes from your wedding. Paper boxes are a classic wedding favour that can be decorated however you choose and filled with smaller wedding favour items. All you need is a box template and some skill with scissors and glue.

Download a box favour pattern online, such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty Bridal Inspirations and Package You may also find them in bridal magazines or books. Look for a pattern 8½ by 11 inches, which is a standard party favour box size.

Trace the template onto the paper of your choice. Simple white or coloured card stock always works well. If you are deconstructing a box to use as a template carefully lift any tape holding the box together with a pair of scissors and unfold the box based on the box's creases, tabs and folds. Be careful not to rip any sides of the box.

Cut out the paper and mark where to make folds and cuts in the box as per template instructions. Fold the box from the marks you made and create slits in the paper based on where you marked it.

Apply adhesive to secure the box sides to one another. Allow to dry.

Decorate box as desired. Decorations can be based on shared hobbies and experiences of you and your fiancé, the wedding's theme and mood of your reception (formal dinner, casual beach wedding). Weddings that fall around a holiday (Christmas, Valentine's Day) can also be used for inspiration. Ideas for decorations include wedding-themed paper glued to the box, dried flowers, hearts and ribbons.

Fill the boxes with desired favours such as hard candy, chocolates, gift cards and personalised note cards.


Using plantable paper for the boxes makes an eco-friendly favour that guests can plant from which plants/flowers will grow. Check out sites, such as Botanical Paper Works, Daisy Days, My Wedding Favors and Green Field Paper Company for purchasing such paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Box template
  • Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Selected decorations
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Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.