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12 Days of Christmas Treat Boxes

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12 Days of Christmas colorful boxes arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree with one open showing silver candy.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today is day 8 of my annual series “12 Days of Holiday Crafts” and I’m sharing how to make these festive 12 Days of Christmas treat boxes. These cute boxes can be made with your cutting machine and feature a cut out design on top of each lid. The designs include the number of the day, plus the item from the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”. 

When finished, each box measures 3″ x 3″ and is a great size for treats, candies and tiny gifts. You can choose to back the cover of each lid with cardstock or clear plastic, giving a peek to what is inside the boxes. I chose to back each of my colorful boxes with silver glitter paper which gives the boxes a fun sparkle. 

You can make these boxes in a number of different color schemes including the traditional red and green Christmas colors. My boxes are made from colorful sheets of cardstock from Park Lane that I found at Joann Fabrics.

A pile of cute handmade boxes for the 12 Days of Christmas.

What to Gift?

At 3″ square, these boxes are a great size for candy, sweets, and small gifts. Choose customized gifts that the recipient would love, like small sewing notions for your sewing friend. Or keep it simple and include tiny gifts from the Dollar Store or Target Dollar Spot that anyone would enjoy receiving. Leave a box a day for someone special or package all 12 boxes together with ribbon or in a gift basket and request the recipient opens one a day. 

The first four boxes for the 12 Days of Christmas.

You can follow along with the numbers by including the same number of items in the box. For example, 1 bottle of nail polish on Day 1 or 12 chocolate Kisses on Day 12.

You can also choose items that match the “theme” of the day. I love the suggestions from Jen at Healthy, Happy, Impactful. She gives a list of ideas for each day. While some of the ideas will be too large for these boxes, many will fit like pear-flavored jelly beans for day 1 or chocolates turtles on day 2!

Boxes 5, 6, 7 and 8 for the 12 Days of Christmas.

I love creating treat boxes especially for the holidays! They are such a fun craft to make with your cutting machine. These boxes were inspired by my 12 Days of Christmas Gift Tags. A project I created a couple years ago that I have wanted to turn into boxes ever since I made the tags! 

Boxes 9, 10, 11 and 12 for the 12 Days of Christmas.

How to Make the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Boxes

Supplies Needed:

Boxes for the 12 Days of Christmas with the 12th one opened up to show silver kiss candies.

Choosing the Paper

These boxes can be made in any color scheme of your choosing. For my boxes, I decided to make them bright and colorful using a different color of the rainbow for each box. I have made similar boxes for Valentine’s Day using red and gold paper that would be pretty for Christmas too! 

The paper should be between 65lb and 80lbs. The heavier the paper the more sturdy it will be for heavy items. Choose a paper that is solid core rather that white core. White core paper is exactly as it sounds – the core is white and the color is printed on both sides. I find when I cut intricate designs using white core paper I end up with white paper fuzzies in the corners of my design. Solid core paper is a solid color throughout the entire sheet including the core and I find it works better with intricate designs like on these boxes. 

The box lids can be backed with thinner paper or with clear craft plastic like I did for my Autumn Treat Boxes.

A colorful stack of paper organized in rainbow order.

Assembling the Boxes

Step One: Start by cutting the boxes out from Cricut Design Space. The files come as PNG files, so after importing them into Cricut Design Space you will need to resize them to following the instructions that come with the files. You can also resize them to make them larger or smaller! 

Bright pink paper box pieces lay on a cutting mat next to double-sided tape, a scissors and weeding tool.

Step Two: Score the boxes using a scoring board. If you are using a Cricut cutting machine you could use the score line files and score the boxes with your scoring tool. Even though I have a Cricut, I actually prefer to score them by hand. I find I get deeper score lines which makes folding them easier and more even. 

The lid of the box is scored 0.75" away from each edge.

Score the bottom of the box by 1.25" away from each edge.

Next, gently fold the tabs along the scored lines. Use a bone folder to crease the tab fold lines.

The tabs are creased and folded using a bone folder.

The box pieces are folded along their score lines.

Step Three: Fill in the cut out designs on each box lid. Each box lid comes with an intricate box design. It can be backed with a piece of cardstock or with clear craft plastic or acetate. Use double-sided tape to apply the square piece of paper or plastic behind the lid.

Thin strips of double-sided tape are added to the square piece of paper.

The back of the pink box design featuring the number one and a partridge and pear is backed with silver glittery paper.

Step Four: Use double-sided tape to adhere the box pieces together. I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape on the flaps for the bottom of the box and the box lid. 

Pieces of double sided tape are added to the corners of the flaps on both the box lid and box bottom.

The finished pink partridge box.

Repeat for each of the 12 boxes until all of the are made. I like to work in an assembly line but I recommend you make one box all the way through to start with so you can troubleshoot if you run into any problems before cutting and starting all 12. 

12 Days of Christmas colorful boxes arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree with one open showing silver candy.

How to Download the 12 Days of Christmas Boxes

If you would like to purchase the cut files for these 12 Days of Christmas Boxes, they are available in my Etsy shop. Thank you so much for supporting my small business :) 

Purchase this file from my shop! Thank you for supporting my small business!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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