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Puffy Pentagon Boxes and Chocolate Make Perfect Travel Gifts

I always like to have a bunch of gifts on hand when I travel as I never know when I may want to give a little “thank you” to someone. It doesn’t seem to be a problem for me when I’m traveling by car or in my van. There’s always a little space to pack my gifts.

These puffy pentagon boxes pack flat for packing. They’re the perfect size to hold a Dagoba Chocolate taster square.

But it becomes a little more difficult when I travel by air. And our current trip was even more difficult because because we flew back to Arizona where we had left our van. Our suitcases were full of clothes and supplies for six weeks of traveling. There wasn’t much “extra” room. I solved the problem with two of my favorite things, my puffy pentagon boxes and Dagoba chocolate taster squares.

It takes just moments for the puffy pentagon box to go from flat into a delightful little box.

The puffy pentagon box stores flat, making it a perfect choice for taking with me when traveling. And the taster squares don’t take up much space either. The only hard part has been not eating all the chocolate before I give it as a gift.

The perfect paring for a gift, chocolate and a handmade little puffy pentagon box.

Here’s a link to my DIY blog post that details how to make the clover fold box and the template so you can make your own.

Blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

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

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