Category Archives: Paste Paper Boxes

Studio Snapshot – Making More Puffy Pentagon Boxes

It’s time for my yearly art retreat! I’m packing my calligraphy supplies and a few clothes. The calligraphy supplies take priority on this trip. And I always take a little something to share with my retreat buddies. This year, it’s my Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included inside.

Of course my Puffy Pentagon Boxes need something to go inside them. So I made a trip to Dagoba Chocolate here in Ashland.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate makes their chocolate right here in Ashland, so it’s so easy to just pick up chocolate whenever I need it. I particularly like their Taster Squares which fit very nicely in many of the boxes I make.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

If you want to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes, I have instructions and a template you can print out on my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making More Truffle Boxes

I made Truffle Boxes for my dad and his friends for Father’s Day. They were a big hit, so this past week I made a bunch more out of my hand painted paste papers.

These Truffle Boxes are made from my hand painted paste papers. They're the perfect size box to hold a single truffle.

These Truffle Boxes are made from my hand painted paste papers. They’re the perfect size box to hold a single truffle.

If you are wondering what paste papers are, you can check out my blog post: Making Paste Papers: Part One. And if you are wanting to make paste papers, you can check out my blog post: Paste Paper Recipes.

These Truffle Boxes are held closed by a ribbon with a bead on each end.

These Truffle Boxes are held closed by a ribbon with a bead on each end of the ribbon.

If you would like to make some Truffle Boxes of your own, check out my blog post: DIY Truffle Box With Template.

I have included a link to my blog post that has instructions and a template so you can make your own Truffle Boxes.

I have included a link to my blog post that has instructions and a template so you can make your own Truffle Boxes.

Enjoy, Candy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Tradition has it that one should wear green clothing or accessories on St. Patrick’s Day. The origin of wearing green is unknown, but it may have been because green represents the regenerative powers of nature.

Green Puffy Pentagon Boxes, perfect for a little St. Patrick's Day gift.

Pentagon boxes perfect for a little St. Patrick’s Day gift. For instructions: DIY Puffy Pentagon Box

For St. Patrick’s Day, I have chosen to showcase some of my green paper art. These are not wearable, but they all incorporate the color green. When appropriate, I’ve included links to any instructions from previous blog posts.

Green handmade journal with magnetic closure.

Green handmade journal with magnetic closure

Origami Mandala

Origami Mandala. For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes

Hand bound book

Hand bound book

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea).

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea). For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

Made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea).

Back sides of rosettes in above photo, made from tea bag wrappers (top from nettle tea, bottom from Irish breakfast tea). For instructions: DIY Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes

Folded paper necklace and earrings named "Limeade."

Folded paper necklace and earrings named “Limeade”

Paper Lotus Flowers in Holiday Colors.

Paper Lotus Flowers. For instructions: Steps to Making a Lotus Flower

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used.

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used. For information see: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Congratulations Accordion Card Book.

Congratulations Accordion Card Book

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes. For instructions: DIY Clover Fold Box

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips. Instructions: DIY Cute Paper Birds

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Green heart garland for St. Patrick’s Day. For instructions: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Paper Garland

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel.

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel, Broken Wing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Candy

DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. Last year I designed the Clover Fold Box to fit a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square. This year I designed the Puffy Pentagon Box which will also nicely hold a Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are perfect to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are the perfect size to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

I have included a template at the end of this blog post that you can download to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes. Print the template on the back of a decorated paper, then cut and fold. I suggest using card stock for best results.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

There’s no glue or tape or ribbon needed to hold this box together. It’s a little tricky to close the box at first, but once you have done once or twice, it becomes easy.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

These little boxes with a little chocolate inside make perfect hostess gifts.

Puffy Pentagon Box

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Since these boxes store flat, you can make a bunch at a time and store them. They’ll be ready to puff into action whenever there is a need. Of course, you need to make sure you haven’t eaten all the chocolate or whatever you have to go in them.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes easy.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes fairly easy.

For more information about Dagoba Chocolate (which has its facilities in Ashland, Oregon): DagobaChocolate.com

For more information about paste papers: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Father’s Day Gift Ideas

My father says he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day. He claims he has everything he wants and is more interested in getting rid of things than accumulating more stuff. I figure I can get away giving him Father’s Day gifts as long as they are consumables. Here’s what I have in mind for this year. Links to  projects are included at the end of this post.

Happy Father's Day accordion card book.

Happy Father’s Day accordion card book.

First, I know he loves crossword puzzles. I gave him a set of pencils wrapped in paper from the New York Times crossword puzzle paper a year and a half ago. They were a big hit and I’m pretty sure he could use some new ones.

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

These pencils are wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. 

Next up is chocolate. I know he likes chocolate and he also likes spicy. What could be more perfect than Xocolatl Taster Squares from Dagoba Chocolate. They contain rich dark chocolate, chilies & nibs. I’m sure he’ll love them.

Xocolatl Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares (with chillies) are the perfect size to fit into my Clover Fold Boxes.

Xocolatl Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares (with chillies) are the perfect size to fit into my Clover Fold Boxes.

Then there’s the packaging. I designed these Clover Leaf Boxes to fit one Dagoba Taster Square for this past March For April’s Oregon Chocolate Festival.

I know I can't go wrong giving my dad milk chocolate Taster Squares. Shown with my Clover Fold Boxes that I made to hold a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square.

I know I can’t go wrong giving my dad milk chocolate Taster Squares, shown here with my Clover Fold Boxes that I made to hold a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square.

Dagoba Chocolate just introduced two new Taster Squares, orange and lemonberry zest. OMG! I tasted both and they are ever so delicious. It was hard to choose my favorite, but the orange finally won.

Dagoba Taster Squares and Clover Fold Boxes. My new favorite, orange is on the left. Lemonberry zest is on the right.

Dagoba Taster Squares and Clover Fold Boxes. My new favorite, orange is on the left. Lemonberry zest is on the right.

I have found that the presentation of a gift can make the gift feel super special. So, my Father’s Day card is going in one of my Father’s Day gift bags. The gift bag makes a great statement.

Father's Day Tie Gift Bag - This paper reminds me of art deco. I even made a paper lotus flower from this paper.

Father’s Day Tie Gift Bag is made from a 9″ by 12″ white envelope and a decorative paper for the tie which is attached with velcro.

I also made a larger clover fold box that holds 5 Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares. I was thinking of a masculine color, so I made it black. Then I got the idea of making a topper for it, so I made the Happy Father’s Day “ribbon” and attached it to the top of the box.

A larger version of my Clover Fold Box with a little topper for Father's Day.

A larger version of my Clover Fold Box with a little topper for Father’s Day.

Since my dad doesn’t go on the internet, I feel certain that he won’t see what I’m giving him for Father’s Day. If you know him, please don’t spill the beans.

Have a Happy Father’s Day!

link to DIY Paper Wrapped Pencils

link to Clover Fold Box instructions

link to Father’s Day Gift Tie Bags

link to more Accordion Card Books

Enjoy Candy

DIY – Clover-Fold Box

This is a simple box which gets its name from the way the box flaps fold over and interlock. I designed this box to hold one Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. The boxes look great made from my paste papers.

Dagoba Chocolate was kind enough to donate a bag of their Tasting Squares for me to me to give away during this coming First Friday’s Art Walk. I will be demonstrating how to make boxes (perfect for holding chocolate)  in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Friday kicks off the 11th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival with the Chocolate Makers Dinner which is also at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

I have a couple of other blog posts about my boxes for chocolates and you can view them here:
Studio Snapshot – Boxes for Chocolates
DIY Boxes for Chocolates

The Clover-Fold Box is easy to make. I have included a template at the end of this post that you can download. Print the template on the back side of your chosen paper. Cut on the solid lines, fold on the dashed lines, glue the four tabs, then fold the four half circle flaps over to close the top of the box (see photos).

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

This box is best made from card stock. I prefer a light weight card stock, but you could use just about anything from heavy text weight paper to heavy card stock. You can find lots of decorated papers at art supply, craft and scrapbook stores.

Boxes for Chocolate!

Boxes for Chocolate!

Clover-Fold box template.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes For Chocolate

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. And what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for Chocolate?

Some of my boxes I'll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

Some of my boxes I’ll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been making boxes and testing box templates to share during the First Friday Art Walk.

With St. Patrick's Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

I’ve teamed up again this year with Dagoba Chocolate (wonderful, wonderful chocolate) to showcase my boxes. And new this year, I’ve also teamed up with the Ashland Springs Hotel where the Oregon Chocolate Festival is happening. I’ll be demonstrating making my boxes in the hotel lobby from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday during the First Friday Art Walk.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

I even designed a new box this week, the Clover-Fold box. I made it the perfect size to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate bars. I call them Dagoba Mini's.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. I call them Dagoba Mini’s.

Scrappy Craft, an art store in Phoenix, Oregon, had a sale on Saturday. I went and found some wonderful scrapbook paper that made into wonderful little boxes like the one below.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I’m sharing the links to the blog posts where I show how to make most of these boxes at the end of this blog post. I’m also including the links to just the templates.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It's just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It’s just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I’m having so much fun making boxes and more boxes this week. And I love using my paste paper to make boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

One of my favorite boxes is the Crown Jewel Heart Box, which is shown in the photo below. It works so well with a double sided paper.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

If you’re in the Ashland area, stop by the Ashland Springs Hotel where I’ll be demonstrating during the First Friday Art Walk. And also stop by my studio at the Ashland Art Center where Paul will be demonstrating how to make chocolate mice from Hershey’s Kisses.

2015 Studio Snapshot Boxes for Chocolate 9

Here are the links to the blog posts and the templates for each of the boxes I have made templates for.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Heart Box Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

Clover-Fold Blog Post
Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy

Coming Soon – Digital Paste Papers

Summer is the annual time when I get to put on my most paint-stained clothes for weeks on end and make an entire year’s worth of paste papers.

These truffle boxes were made from my digital paste papers. You can get the truffle box template and instructions from this post.

These 10 truffle boxes were made from my digital paste papers. You can get the truffle box template and instructions from this blog post.

In the heat of summer, my paste papers dry quickly. That’s why making paste papers in summer is ideal and why I try to make all that I will need for the coming year each summer. Although, since the papers are coated in paste, and paste sticks to the surface it’s on, I have to constantly peel up the paste papers from their boards until they are dry, or else they will end up glued to them. Still, faster drying times means I can make more paste papers in less time.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit. The template for the Cube Heart Box is in this blog post.

For the past year, I’ve been working on scanning a selection of my paste papers and cleaning up the small imperfections in Photoshop. It’s amazing how many tiny hairs and other things get in those papers. It’s taken a while, because other things constantly have been getting in the way, like a move, three art shows, family, volunteer activities and such. There are only 24 hours in a day and I’ve found that it helps me function if I get things like sleep and food—silly, I know. So, what I thought would take a month has, what with one distraction and another, taken me an entire year.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

Long story short, I will be selling digital versions of my paste papers on Etsy. I’ve sold my original paste papers in my studio at the Ashland Art Center, but now I will be able to sell digital versions of them to anyone who wants them. The best part is that once you download the file, you will be able to print it out and use it as many times as you want. That’s the part I love the best. I can re-use my favorite paste papers over and over again.

With all the moving, I've become seriously behind in my correspondence. I made this envelope out of one of my digital paste papers. Now to get the letter mailed.

With all the moving, I’ve become seriously behind in my correspondence. I made this envelope out of one of my digital paste papers. Now to get the letter mailed.

So, I’ve been playing with using my digital paste papers. Another big plus is that I can print on any weight of paper that will go through my printer. I’ve been able to print on light weight Japanese rice paper all the way up to 90lb watercolor paper. I haven’t tried anything heavier than that yet.

It's easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

One of my truffle boxes made from one of my digital paste papers. Instructions and template for folding the truffle box are on this blog post.

I have some great templates for cards, boxes and envelopes that I will be sharing in the coming months that will be perfect for using with my  digital paste papers as well as other decorative papers. And you can check out my previous templates and projects as well by searching for “DIY” on my blog.

I am hoping to get my digital paste papers posted on Etsy in the next couple of weeks. I’ll let you know when it’s up!

Happy creating, Candy

DIY Boxes For Chocolate

This triangle box is made from one of my paste papers. It could hold more than one piece of chocolate.

This triangle box is made from one of my paste papers. It could hold more than one piece of chocolate.

The anticipatory tingling of my tastebuds is telling me that the 10th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is this weekend. There will be three days full of chocolate tastings, chef demos, competitions, chocolate workshops, even a chocolate-makers dinner. And it all kicks off with the First Friday Art & Chocolate Walk on Friday, March 7.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

I’ve teamed up with Dagoba Chocolate and will be offering free Dagoba Chocolate with the purchase of any handmade box at my studio during the Walk.

Wouldn't this be a perfect box for white chocolate? I made the paper for this box by rolling a comb through drips of white acrylic paint on black paper. The black and white bead which was a gift from a friend. I think it goes perfectly with this box.

Wouldn’t this be a perfect box for white chocolate? I made the paper for this box by rolling a comb through drips of white acrylic paint on black paper. The black and white bead which was a gift from a friend. I think it goes perfectly with this box.

After all, what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for chocolate? Whether to display the perfect truffle, give to the perfect person, or simply to haul your loot home in, boxes and chocolate go together like chocolate and strawberries, or chocolate and ice cream, or chocolate and peanut butter. Actually, is there anything chocolate doesn’t go with?

I put truffles in Crown Jewel Heart Boxes and used them as place settings for Valentine's Day.

I put truffles in Crown Jewel Heart Boxes and used them as place settings for Valentine’s Day.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will be a big hit.

 

This 2-Toned box and Dagoba Chocolate are made for one another.

This 2-Toned box and Dagoba Chocolate are made for one another.

I’ve put together an array of boxes (and their templates so you can make them yourself) that are perfect for giving to the chocolate lovers in your life. Just don’t forget to add the chocolate. I’ve shared these templates before on my blog, but now they’re all together in one place. And, while I’ve shared them before, the boxes are ones I’ve made just for this occasion.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Cube Heart Box Blog Post
Cube Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

2-Tone Box Blog Post
2-Toned Box small template

Happy Chocolate Loving, Candy

DIY Cube Heart Box – Template Included

Cube heart box made from one of my handmade paste papers.

Cube heart box made from one of my handmade paste papers.

With Valentine’s Day coming next month, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and playing around the theme of hearts. This is a simple box that closes with two flaps that come together to make a heart. I call it a cube heart box.

Heart cube box made from a digital print of one of my handmade paste papers.

Heart cube box made from a digital print of one of my handmade paste papers.

Just print out the template on the back of a piece of decorative paper, cut on the solid lines, fold on the dotted lines and use a bit of glue on the flaps to hold it all together. To close it, gently bend the top flaps in and slip the tabs of the heart together.

Click here to download the template.

Cube heart box made out of one of my handmade paste papers.

Cube heart box made out of one of my handmade paste papers.

I designed my template to fit on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper, but you could enlarge or reduce the size if you need a larger or smaller box.

Three cube heart boxes.

Three cube heart boxes.

What to include in your finished box? My friends say that you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

Enjoy, Candy

Decorated Candy Boxes

These started out as white candy boxes.

These started out as white candy boxes.

My friend Jill gave me 100 candy boxes. These are the boxes a pound of fudge usually comes in. Mmmm… fudge. Jill said she was sure I would find something fun to do with them.

Now, these weren’t simply candy boxes. These were flat, white, and hadn’t ever been folded into box shape. In other words… these were canvases that could turn into boxes. How could I not jump to the challenge? But what to do?

Since my garage is still paste paper central (see the posts for the last month for details), the obvious thing to do was to try my paste paper paints on them. Well, once I started, I couldn’t stop (that seems to happen a lot to me when I try something new). Anyway, here are the results of my playing.

This is what I started with, 100 white flat unfolded boxes.

This is what I started with, 100 white flat boxes-to-be.

This is what the plain white box looks like when it is folded.

This is what the plain white box looks like when it is folded.

And this is what I turned on of the boxes into. This box is Christer's favorite.

And this is what I turned one of the boxes into. This box is Christer’s favorite.

This is Paul's favorite box.

This is Paul’s favorite box.

Fall colors on this box.

Fall colors on this box.

Teal and copper box.

Teal and copper box.

My favorite box today. I am sure I will have another favorite box tomorrow.

My favorite box today. I am sure I will have another favorite box tomorrow.
One of Gayle's favorite boxes. She couldn't make up her mind.

One of Gayle’s favorite boxes. She couldn’t make up her mind.

Another of Gayle's favorite boxes.

Another of Gayle’s favorite boxes.

And another of Gayle's favorite boxes. Gayle loves purple.

And another of Gayle’s favorite boxes. Gayle loves purple.

This is the box I'm giving Jill as a thank you. I wrote her name on the top of the box.

This is the box I’m giving Jill as a thank you. I wrote her name on the top of the box.

I had a lot of fun making these boxes. I actually made a lot more than what I showed you in this post. For those of you who want details on how I made these, I used paste and acrylic paint and I didn’t wet the boxes before painting, which I do with paper when I make paste papers. The boxes did curl just a little, but were fine once they were folded.

Enjoy, Candy

P.S. Does anyone have enough fudge to fill 100 boxes?

A Dozen Handmade Boxes For Valentine’s Day

A dozen tiny handmade Valentine Boxes made from my handmade paste papers. I think these are much more original than a dozen roses!

 

A dozen red roses are a common gift for Valentine’s Day. I am not a fan of roses. I much prefer local grown flowers which are not in abundant supply at this time of the year in Oregon. It was below freezing this morning when I got up. Spring may be just around the corner, but the flowers have not come to life quite yet.

I got to thinking about what I could substitute for a dozen roses. With my recent 50 boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary (see my previous post), I got to thinking about a dozen tiny boxes for Valentine’s Day and here is the result. I made a large heart out of card stock to put put the boxes on and make them look more festive.

The contents in the photo below are not the ones I will be giving to my sweetheart. I go for more diflucan health options, which these obviously aren’t. These do, however, make for a great looking colorful photo. My sweetie will be getting tiny heart carrot cakes (his favorite, and it doesn’t have sugar or eggs), some other homemade goodies and a few love notes.

Just like the boxes for the 50th Wedding Anniversary, these boxes are tiny, just a little over an inch square. They are made with my handmade paste papers. I make paste papers each summer when the weather is warm so that they can dry quickly.  I will include a post or two this summer when I make my yearly supply of paste papers.

Enjoy, Candy

50 Boxes For A 50th Wedding Anniversary

Here are the 50 boxes I made from my hand-made paste papers.


In late November I received a call from the daughter of some friends of mine. She told me her parents were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on New Years Eve and wanted to know if I would be interested in sending her a card for their anniversary and maybe including 50 of something in honor of their 50 years of marriage.  It was to be a surprise. I said sure and started thinking of what I would make.

This photo shows some of the boxes open.


Once I start thinking about making something, the idea of doing something simple seems to fly out the window, and this time was no exception. I decided that 50 tiny boxes made out of some of my hand-made paste papers would fit the bill. So between Christmas gifts, my mother’s birthday and setting up a Holiday Studio for Studio Artists at the Art Center, I made these 50 little boxes with a little help from my friend Paul.

50 boxes with some more of them open.

Once the boxes were made, they begged to be filled. These boxes are just a little over an inch square, so I had to think of what I could put in them. I had some tiny wooden spools that I had rescued from the trash that I made into little scrolls. I also made scrolls out of colorful cellophane topped toothpicks. Twelve M&M’s fit nicely into the boxes which allowed two of each color and was nice and colorful. Hearts seemed appropriate, so I cut out some in a number of colors. I also made some colorful paper flowers.

This shows all of the boxes open.

It was a fun project, the type I really love to do. I love making art that involves memories. That seems to be my specialty.

I loved the result and so did my friends.

Here are the 50 boxes all opened. The boxes are just a little over an inch square.