** This post has been updated to include an SVG pattern as well as the PDF pattern. The tutorial includes instructions for both :) **
Good morning! This Thursday, October 1st, is National Homemade Cookie Day! What this really means is we now all have the perfect excuse to bake cookies, eat cookies, and give cookies! If you haven’t noticed yet, I happen to love treat boxes! I don’t think I realized this until I started blogging and started to notice just how many treat boxes I make. Gingerbread houses, Harry Potter birthday boxes, ice cream cones, more ice cream cones, and now treat boxes for homemade cookies! When you think about it, what isn’t to love about a treat box? They are cute, decorative, and come with treats!
This past weekend, Bugaboo and I were busy baking the most delicious chocolate chip cookies! I got this recipe from my mom, who discovered it after a co-worker brought the cookies to work one day. I love how these cookies, from Brown Eyed Baker, turn out! They are so delicious. This time I decided to make small versions of the cookies so they would fit better in my treat boxes. Bugaboo had so much fun helping me; it was his first time baking and first time eating cookies! I was actually pretty surprised with just how much he could help me! I should learn to never underestimate a 2-year-old doing something new for the first time; their focus and excitement is so cute!
Below is the tutorial for the cookie treat boxes along with a free pattern! Happy National Homemade Cookie Day! I hope you have the chance to enjoy some cookies this week :)
Supplies Needed for Cookie Gift Boxes:
- Free printable pattern: Located at the end of this post
- Decorative paper – two 12″x12″ sheets per box
- Contrasting decorative paper for tag
- Clear paper such as acetate, transparency, or clear plastic
- Scoring board
- Embossing stylus
- Glue Stick
- X-Acto Knife
- Twine (not pictured)
Step One: Cut out the free printable pattern. You can download the pattern (at the end of this post). If you are using the PDF pattern, cut out the pattern pieces and trace them onto the backside of your decorative paper. Draw in the fold lines using a ruler and pencil. Cut each piece out, using an X-Acto knife and cutting matte to cut out the square window.
If you have a cutting machine, you can use the SVG cutting file and cut out each pattern piece. I have a Cricut so these directions are for using Cricut Design Space. When you import the SVG file into Design Space you will need to change the score lines from cut lines to scoring lines. Then “Select All” and “Attach”. Then you are ready to GO!
Step Two: Score the fold lines. I love using a scoring board and stylus for this to get nice crisp fold lines. Score lines are built into the SVG file, just make sure to follow the directions in Step One. The score lines will initially show up as cut lines until you change them. (In the photos below, I scored my lines before cutting out the square window – it doesn’t really matter the order but I now prefer to do all my cutting first when I make these)
Step Three: Attach clear plastic to the back of each heart window. I use craft plastic which works really well for treat boxes. Cut a square slightly larger than the square window but not too big that it will cover your fold lines. Attach with a glue stick or a tape runner. I used regular tape in the picture below.
Step Five: Assemble the box. Adhere the two pieces together using a glue stick or tape runner.
Step Six: Fold in the bottom of the box as shown in the pictures below. Wait until you are sure the glue has dried and then fold the bottom of your box. You can then push in the top sides of the milk carton to create the top.
Step Seven: Finish the box off by adding a way for it to stay closed at the top! For these boxes, I chose to punch two holes and tie them together with twine. I found punching my holes closer to the sides rather than the middle will help to keep the top closed better. Use ribbon, raffia, twine, or yarn to tie the box closed. I cut out a circle from some of the leftover scrapbook paper and used it as a tag. I love the one cut from the polka dot paper since it looks like a chocolate chip cookie!
You could also punch one hole in the center and use a brad to hold them together or use a cute little binder clip or even velcro dots!
Your treat box is finished! Time to fill it up with some yummy cookies and celebrate National Homemade Cookie Day…or any day for that matter!
I have a couple DIY Halloween projects planned for the next two weeks, to kick off October, so be sure to stop back!
PDF File: Save to desktop first. Then print at 100%.
SVG Cut Files: (Instructions are for Cricut Design Space). Save to desktop. Open in Cricut Design Space. Position SVG file. Change scoring lines from cut lines to scoring lines in “Layer Attributes”. This file has 7 scoring lines. Hit “Select All” and “Attach”. Your file is ready to Go!