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A delicious little box for birthday treats!
Want to give someone a special birthday treat? Package up some celebratory goodies in this cute little cake box! It's a simple but charming paper construction that will make a special and charming birthday gift.

Posted by TallysTreasury from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada • Published See TallysTreasury's 7 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Print the template and cut out the pieces.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a long rectangle from your cake coloured card stock that is 3 inches wide and 12 inches long.

    Cut the same size rectangle from your icing coloured card stock as well. Then match up the ends of the icing card stock (but do not crease the fold).

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make a cut through both sides of the bent card stock, slightly curved and about an inch long.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then unbend the card stock and continue cutting from one end of the rectangle to the cut at the other end, making random hilly bumps in between.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    Trace the cake box bottom piece onto your cake coloured card stock, and the cake box top onto your icing coloured card stock.

    Before you cut the cake box bottom and top pieces out, use your mechanical pencil (WITHOUT any lead showing) to score along the interior circle on both those piece.

    This means you pull the tip of the pencil along that line, pressing firmly, to make a slight indent into the paper.

    Then cut those pieces out, being sure to cut the little v-shaped tabs out as well.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now you have all the pieces for your cake bottom (the box bottom) and your cake top (the box lid) cut out.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    On the round cake bottom and top pieces, bend the tabs in all the way around the circles.

    This will be very easy to do since you scored that inner circle beforehand.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    Apply strong glue to a few of the tabs on the cake bottom piece.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Line up one long edge of the cake coloured rectangle with the base of the folded tabs, and hold into place till it's dry enough to stay on its own AND/OR put some tape over the tabs on the inside to hold it in place while the glue dries.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    (Here's what it looks like on the inside.)

    Continue like this all the way around the circle till you get back to where you started.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 11
    Step 11

    Apply strong glue to the short end of the rectangle, and tuck it underneath the other end of the rectangle, taping it or holding it in place while it dries.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 12
    Step 12

    Take the cake box top and flip it wrong side up. Draw evenly spaced 3/8 inch long lines around its edges, one for each candle you intend to make and put on the cake.

    Then make a cut right along each line with an exacto knife.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now attach the cake box top to the icing coloured rectangle just as you did with the cake box bottom.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now for the candles! Cut a piece of coloured paper 2 1/2 inches long by 3/4 inches wide for each candle (or just trace the candle shape on the provided template).

    Also, cut a short piece of wire (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long) for each candle.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 15
    Step 15

    Use a ruler and your mechanical pencil to score a line down the middle of each candle piece.

    Fold each piece in half, along that scored line.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 16
    Step 16

    At one end of each candle piece, cut a 1/4 inch long slit along this middle fold line.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 17
    Step 17

    Hold two small pieces of yellow or orange paper together and cut a flame-shaped piece out of them, so that you have two candle flames exactly the same shape.

    Do this once for each candle.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 18
    Step 18

    Tape a piece of wire to the middle of one side of the candle piece, and tape a flame piece to the other end of the wire.

    (The slit cut in the candle paper should be at the bottom of the candle.)

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 19
    Step 19

    Apply glue to the flame, overtop of the wire. Place the matching flame shape overtop and press down firmly, holding till it stays in place on its own.

    Apply glue to the inside of the candle, down until you reach the slit cut in the bottom end of the candle. Fold the paper over and hold it in place, or use binder clips or paperclips to hold it in place till the glue dries enough.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 20
    Step 20

    Take the little tabs created by that slit cut at the bottom of the candle, and fold them outward.

    Repeat these steps for each candle you wish to make.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 21
    Step 21

    Take a candle, flatten its bottom folds back together, and slot them through one of those slits you cut in the top of your cake box, from the outside through to the inside.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 22
    Step 22

    On the inside of the cake top (the lid), fold the tabs open again, and use a little piece of tape to secure them in place, flat against the underside of the take top.

    Put a candle through each slit in the cake top this way.

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fill the box with goodies, then slide the lid on overtop of the cake bottom!

  • How to make a paper box. Birthday Cake Box - Step 24
    Step 24

    And finally, give to the lucky birthday boy or girl, possibly accompanied by singing.

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ThatInkdChick
ThatInkdChick · Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, FR · 11 projects
Lovely!! Awesome way to give a small birthday gift!!
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