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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Handmade Gift/Snack Containers {Tutorial From Mommy’s Memorandum}

I just wanted to say thanks to Mommy’s Memorandum for letting me feature this on my blog. She already did an awesome job with the Out! Grease Spot Out! Tutorial. And now she is awesome again, teaching us how to make this awesome little gift containers.

Handmade Gift/Snack Containers

you can make these!

We're getting ready for Valentine's Day at our house and for us, nothing says "LOVE" like a hand-made gift.

Part of our Valentine will be one of these Handmade Gift/Snack Containers. They're easy to make and once you have made one, they're quick to assemble and hold uber "WOW!" power!

They are also versatile. You can make these for school "treats", birthday favors, baby showers, bridal showers or just because!

To make one Gift/Snack Container, you will need:

  • 8.5"x11" Colored Card Stock
  • 2 or 3 Coordinating Scrapbooking Paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • velcro
  • embellishments (ribbon, doo-dads, stickers, anything goes!)

Let's Get Started!


1.) Take your colored cardstock and measure in 2" on each side vertically.


2.) Within the 2" columns, measure 2.5" from the bottom and the top, in all four corners.

3.) From your 2.5" line, measure  up 2" on all four sides

measure where you will score

4.) In the 2" squares draw a diaganol line, connecting the bottom outside corner to the top "inside" corner.


5.) Score along the lines you have just drawn. You will want to score all the way across the page from the top of your diaganol lines (4.5" from the edge of the paper) This will be your containers "base".

Tip: You don't need a "fancy" tool to score. Just place your ruler against the line, and open your scissors. Drag your open scissors along the edge of the ruler, applying enough pressure to "score" it, but not cut all the way through.)

6.) Fold, back and forth, along the scored lines. This will make the folding easier.

One side completed with fold

7.) Fold along the 2" column and glue the 2.5" boxes to the paper.

8.) Fold the diagonal fold, up to the 2.5" square and glue.

folded "bag"

9.)  Repeat until you have a "bottom" on your container.

You have just completed the most difficult part of the project! The next part is customizing your container!

measuring panel

10.) On the backside of your coordinating paper, measure two boxes 4.5"x4.25" and cut out. These are your front and back panels for your container.


11.) Glue one panel to the front of your container and one panel to the back of your container.

measured lid with scored edge

12.) Using  the same colored cardstock as your "container" measure one 4"x4.5". Cut Out. This is your "lid"

13.) Along the 4.5" edge of your "lid", measure down 1" and score.

14.) Fold "scored" line back and forth.

attaching the "lid"

15.) Using either the same paper as the panels, or another coordinating print, measure 1"x4.5" and glue just beneath the scored edge of your "lid", on the "longer" section.

16.) Place glue along 1", edge and secure to your "container". 

17.) To fasten your container closed you can cut slits in the front of the container, matching to slits in the lid and tie with ribbon OR you can use velcro circles to close the container.


18.) Add embellishments to your container to make it YOURS!

19.) The final step is filling them. You can put snacks or include things like miniature notepads, pencils, crayons, a small book, trial sized items--anything you like!


The possibilities are ENDLESS!


This post was written by:

Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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