Making your own favour boxes can help you keep wedding costs low. However, be aware that depending on your guest list, it can take a long time to construct all of the boxes you need. Decide before you begin whether you want to save money or time, because if you start making your own and then decide you do not have the time you will have wasted more money and quite a bit of time.
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Things you need
- Box template
- Glue stick
- Card stock
- Felt (optional)
Download a template. If you do not have access to the Internet, ask friends or family for help or go to the local library and book time on the public computers. You can also find templates in wedding magazines or craft magazines, but it might take you longer to find a template you can use from a magazine.
Print and cut out the template. You can assemble the template box to test its difficulty before you begin. If you assemble the template box, set it aside to use as a reference and print and cut out another template.
Trace the template onto card stock. If it is easier, trace the outline for all of the boxes you need at once and then move on to cutting the boxes out and assembling them. You may also want to mark score lines lightly with your pencil, using a dotted line to represent folds and solid lines to represent cuts.
Cut the boxes out of the card stock using scissors. If you are not creating clean enough lines using scissors, use a utility knife or a paper cutter with a straight blade. If you choose one of those options, use a cutting mat so you do not damage your work surface.
Fold and glue the box together along the score lines. Now the skeleton of your box should be assembled. Set the boxes aside for a couple of hours to ensure that the glue has dried completely. This will make sure that the box will not fall apart or the edges slip, creating unclean lines.
Decorate the boxes. Line the inside with felt or coloured fabric that matches your wedding's colour scheme. Or insert a photo of you and your fiancé into the inside of the lid of the box. Add monograms, names, glitter or an image to the outside lid of the box.
Tie the ribbon around the box. This keeps the favour inside the box as well as adds a decorative touch. You can simply wrap the ribbon around and glue the ends down or finish the ribbon in a large bow on top of the favour box.
Tips and warnings
- Choose your favour before choosing a box template. It is easier finding a template to match a favour rather than the other way around.
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