Want to make your own custom heart-shaped candy box for Valentine's Day or any special occasion? Though I call it a candy box, you can put any kind of treat in it such as a small toy or a nice note or whatever strikes your fancy. These boxes are easy to make with the patterns provided in the Paper Glitter Glue library and the instructions below. So let's get started.
First what do you need to make your own candy box?
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- Candy box pattern from the Paper Glitter Glue Library
- Cutting machine such as a Cricut
- Xacto knife
- Cutting mat
- Paint (these are the ones I used):
- Aluminum tape for the abstract heart-shaped metallic candy box
- Alcohol ink to color aluminum tape:
- Hot Glue
- Glue Gun
- Aleene's Tacky Glue Fast Grab
- Sizzix Dies from Tim Holtz:
- Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets from Tim Holtz:
I know that looks like a lot of supplies, but you can choose to make your candy box much simpler if you want. Just paint the box red and that looks good by itself.
Outline of Directions to Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Valentine Candy Box
- Download the pattern from the library
- Cut out the pattern
- Hot glue the cardboard box together
- Paint the cardboard
So let's get started.
First Download the Pattern from the Paper Glitter Glue Library
If you already have the password to the library, just go the the first library page, type in the password and download the Candy Box pattern. If you do not have the password to the library, then subscribe to the Paper Glitter Glue newsletter with the form below. You will get a message with the password right away so you can open the library and access all my free patterns.
For your convenience I made these patterns in 2 forms - as a printable PDF and an SVG file. Unlike most of my little house patterns which have numerous score lines, there are minimal score lines on these patterns. I did add score lines but they are just markers for the hot glue line when you assemble the candy boxes.
Next - Cut out the Candy Box Pattern
So if you have an automatic cutting machine like the Cricut, then upload the SVG pattern to your design software. You will see the lines just inside the hearts which tell you where to apply the hot glue. You can mark this line as a score line or add a pen to mark the line. I just scored it because it doesn't show up too much, but was still easy to follow when I applied the glue. So be sure to mark that line as a score line or a draw line and attach it to the heart shape.
If you are cutting by hand, it's a pretty simple pattern, you could cut around your printed PDF pattern and then trace it on your cardboard. Then make a mark about ¼ inch from the edge for the top of the box and then mark a line ⅜ inch from the edge for the bottom of the box. The top needs to be larger so it can fit over the bottom of the box.
If you want to add a string to attach something to the heart, punch a tiny hole on the outside top piece before you glue the sides on.
Below you see the Funky Squared-Off Heart pieces before assembly:
And here are the pattern pieces for the more usual heart-shaped candy box:
Glue Your Candy Box Together
Now you get to put the box together. I made the side strips 1 inch wide, but you could make them a little wider or narrower if you desire. Proportionally, this just seemed like a good width for the sides for this little box.
Also for the rounded heart-shaped boxes, you need to gently curve the strips so they will easily adhere to the curves of the cardboard. So I pull a strip through my fingers curving it slightly as I pull. You can see the curvature on a photo above.
The Faceted Heart Candy box needs to have the corners creased before you glue it in place. Line it up to see exactly where the crease needs to be.
Next you glue the sides to the candy box. First, let's start with the top of the candy box. Do ½ of the heart shape at a time. Start at the top of the heart in the crease between the two sides of the heart. Lay down a bead of glue from the crease to the bottom point of the heart covering ½ of the heart. When you apply the glue, apply it just slightly outside the line to ensure that the top of the box will fit over the bottom of the box.
Then place your cardboard strip on the bead of glue. Push it down a little bit so it will adhere well. Yes, it will probably be kind of messy. Also the strip will be too long, cut it at the tip of line your drew on the heart.
Apply glue to the other half of the heart. And repeat for the bottom piece of the heart-shaped candy box, only apply the glue just INSIDE the line. Test fit to make sure the top fits on the bottom piece.
Paint Your Cardboard
Now is good time to paint the cardboard because you will paint over the hot glue that is visible. Paint doesn't make it invisible, it just makes it less obvious.
I chose to make one candy box Spun Sugar pink and one Candied Apple red. The funky squared-off heart candy box is painted with Faded Jeans blue as the base color.
Now Decorate Your Little Candy Box
Just like when I make a little house, one of the funnest parts is decorating. I chose a bunch of Tim Holtz Valentine items for these candy boxes. First I will describe decorating traditionally shaped candy boxes, then I will talk about the funky metallic squared-off candy box.
I've had the mini Cupid die from Sizzix for a long time, but have never used it. This project is the perfect place for it. I punched a hole in the top off the wing and attached a stamped Happy Valentine ticket to it with baker's twine. Then I threaded that through the hole at the crease at the top of the heart and tied a bow. I like the effect of the red cupid with the pink here.
For the red heart, I made two tiny Valentine Sidekick Sideorders - the envelope with the heart and the Valentine candy box. Then I added a Valentine ticket stamped in red. So whatever embellishments you choose you can string them together and tie them to the front of the box.
Funky Metallic Squared-off Heart Candy Box
Ok, what's up with the funky squared-off heart candy box? Well, just this January Tim Holtz and Sizzix came out with this incredible die called the Faceted Heart which you see on top of my box. It makes an abstract faceted heart. I saw someone's project online using this die and it inspired me to make a square heart-shaped box.
But I decided to make it even more funky by attaching embossed metallic tape to the front. The metallic tape (true aluminum duct tape for taping ducts) was embossed with the Foundry 3-D embossing folder. I ran the tape with backing through the machine. Then I colored the tape with various alcohol inks. After the alcohol ink was dry, I peeled the backing off and taped to the front the box. My friend, Sara Emily, inspired me to do this when I saw her mixed media vignette using the Faceted Heart.
Then I made a Faded Jeans Faceted Heart and glued that to the middle of the box. It needed just a little more decor so I found some blue ribbon and made a bow and glued that just below the Faceted heart. Later I edged the facets with a silvery metallic paste.
Online Craft Challenges
Sometimes I find online craft challenges that fit my projects. Well, for this project, I found 2 craft challenges that fit - A Vintage Journey: Your Hearts Desire Challenge and the Simon Says: Love is in the Air.
Thank you for stopping by
I hope you like the candy boxes and will try making one. They are fun and easy and make great gifts.
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