One of my all-time favorite WRMK tools is the 1-2-3 Punch Board. I’ve had mine for a few years and still use it frequently to create boxes, bows, or envelopes. When I make boxes, I typically stick with the standard kind, but to fancy these up, since they’re for a wedding, I decided to make the String Tie version. There are just a couple of extra steps, but I think you’ll find that the end result is worth it.
I started by choosing the size of the box. This will largely depend on what kind of favors you’re giving out. I chose a small square–2 1/2″ all the way around. That meant I needed paper that was 8″ square. After trimming down 10 sheets of patterned papers from various American Crafts designers (Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine, and Shimelle), I followed the instructions to create the String Tie boxes, scoring and punching with the board, and then assembling by hand.
Be sure to follow the instructions carefully! You’ll need to make some extra cuts, as per the directions, and then fold the box together carefully with a bit of adhesive. These also require 4 punched holes in each of the top flaps.
Once all the boxes are put together, it’s a good idea to fill them with your goodies before adding the ribbon closure. This size box will hold fancy cookies or macarons, Jordan Almonds, or a small keepsake like a homemade ornament with the couple’s name and wedding date on it, just as a few examples! After they’ve been filled, refer to the book guide once again to loop the ribbon through the holes; in order for the flaps to close and tie correctly, you’ll want to thread it as pictured in the instruction book.
To complete the boxes, I made some glittery clothespins and a tag for each one. The clothespins were pretty simple to make, too. I used different colors of Spin It Glitter (Extra Fine Rose Gold, Blue, and Teal), and found that the Glitter Clean Up Kit was a huge help in keeping the mess to a minimum. All of those products are available at Michael’s, too.
I spread a mini wood clothespin with a thin layer of craft glue–it helps a lot if you can apply it with a brush–and then poured the glitter over them with a spoon. A handy tip: I also found that it was much easier to store the glitter in the WRMK Glitter Bottles and shake a bit over the clothespin–much less messy this way, rather than using the spoon with the bag of glitter.
Allow the clothespin to set. Whenever I cover wood pieces with glitter, I always spray the finished product with hairspray; it will keep the majority of the glitter from coming off. Once the hairspray and glue have dried completely, give the clothespin a couple more taps on some scrap paper to remove any loose glitter, and then they are ready to use.
The final piece of these favors is a stamped tag. You can make yours personal or use a neutral sentiment like ‘thank you’ or ‘with love.’ I chose ‘forever + always’ with a couple of tiny hearts. The mini Precision Press is a good tool for perfect placement; it’s available at Michael’s with the Mini Evolution Floral Stamp, Dies & Emboss Kit.
I clipped each small tag to the ribbon closure of the favor box with one of the glittered clothespins. All done!
Whether you have many favors or just a handful to make for your guests, this is a fun and easy project. You can complete them in stages and the task much will seem far less daunting. Enjoy your crafty time!