Create these DIY Autumn Treat Boxes with the free SVG cut files! The cutouts in the box lids create a fun peekaboo to the goodies inside! Fill with small gifts or sweet treats.
Hello Crafty Friends! Today I’m happy to share these DIY Autumn Treat Boxes with you! I absolutely love how they turned out and they are so simple to make using the free SVG cut file I’ve created. Seriously, you only need three materials to create these – cardstock, craft plastic and adhesive.
These boxes are small yet they can still fit a lot of treats inside. I filled mine with all sorts of goodies that felt Autumn-ish to me – like caramel corn, trail mix, toffee cookies and chocolate covered pretzels. They make perfect gifts and I plan to include them in my Thanksgiving tablescape. These boxes would also make beautiful wedding favors at an autumn wedding. They look elegant, even though they are made from Kraft cardstock!
For these boxes I used a package of 110lb Kraft cardstock I purchased from Joann Fabrics. The other two materials you need are clear craft plastic and adhesive. My favorite craft plastic is by Grafix and you only need a small square for each box. If you don’t have craft plastic, use a colored sheet of paper instead to create a cool backdrop for the cut out design.
You will also need something to adhere everything together. For this type of project, I love using Score-Tape. It has a super strong hold that is ideal for treat boxes so I don’t have to worry about them falling apart once I fill them with goodies!
I love making these cute square treat boxes and have created similar boxes for other events and holidays!
- Christmas Treat Boxes
- Rainbow Treat Boxes
- Halloween Treat Boxes
- Fruit Treat Boxes
- Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes
Below is the tutorial for these fun Autumn boxes. They make adorable little boxes to give friends, family, coworkers and teachers.
How to Make Autumn-Themed Boxes
Supplies Needed for DIY Autumn Treat Boxes:
- (1) 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock for each box. (more info under the next section)
- Small piece of paper or Thin Clear Craft Plastic for lining the lid
- Adhesive like double-sided tape – I used 1/8″ and 1/2″ Scor-Tape
- Cutting machine
- Cutting Mat and Cutting machine tools
- Scoring Stylus or if scoring by hand – Scoring Board and stylus
- Free SVG cut files – Directions for downloading located at the end of this post
Choosing Your Paper
These boxes will work best with paper that is 80lbs or more. But depending on what you are filling the boxes with, 65lb cardstock can work as well. I prefer to use solid core cardstock, rather than white core, so there is no white paper visible in the cut out designs.
A few paper brands I have enjoyed using for these boxes include AC Cardstock (textured, solid core, 80lb cardstock), Bazzill Cardstock (80lb cardstock available smooth or with a subtle texture) and for lightweight boxes Recollections (65lb, solid core, smooth cardstock). For the boxes pictured in this tutorial, I used a Kraft index that was 110lb. I can no longer find it to link to, but this Kraft coverstock from Printworks looks very similar.
One sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper will fit one box including the lid and bottom of the box.
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Prepare the cut files. Use the free SVG files to cut out the boxes. The pink lines on each file are the scoring lines. If your machine does not have a scoring option, delete these layers and score the boxes by hand using a scoring board and stylus. There is a scoring guide included with the files.
Directions for Design Space: Start a new project and upload the SVG file for the box you are making. Change the two layers of pink lines from “Score” to “Cut”. You will need to attach the score lines to each part of the box. To do this you will need to “Ungroup” the project until each part of the file is separate. Once each part of the project is separate, highlight the score lines and the box lid they match with and hit “Attach”. You are ready to cut! Double check that the score lines appear on the box pieces when you go to cut.
Step Two: Cut the box. Place the 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock on your cutting mat the landscape way, so the width is 11″ and cut each box.
Step Three: Fold along the score lines and apply the craft plastic to the back of the lid. After the boxes have been cut, fold along the score lines. Cut out a small square piece of craft plastic, a little less than 3″x3″, and adhere it to the wrong side of the box. I used my 1/4″ Scor-Tape. You could always give these boxes a completely different look and use colored sheets of cardstock instead of the clear craft plastic.
Step Four: Assemble the box. Turn both parts of the box so their right sides are facing up and apply Scor-Tape to the small tabs as shown below. I used my 1/2″ Scor-Tape for this. The lid of the box was created to be slightly larger than the bottom so they should fit together easily.
The treat boxes are finished and ready for the goodies! I laid down small squares of parchment paper and filled my boxes with lots of different treats. When it comes time to actually gift these, I recommend either using wrapped treats or putting the treats in food-safe baggies. The cardboard is not food safe and foods like caramel corn will go stale quickly if not wrapped.
I hope you enjoyed these boxes! Check out some of my other autumn projects, too!
How to Download the Free Files!
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