DIY Gift Box & Candy Recipe

I like DIY projects that are easy, and don’t involve too many tools or time.  This adorable gift box fits the bill nicely using one half of a flat gift box, some card stock, scissors and tape (bone folder optional).  Here are the steps:
  1. To create the sleeve, wrap an 8-by-14-inch strip of card stock around your gift box to determine folds. Place it horizontally on a work surface. Using a bone folder press folds to create a sharp crease.
  2. Wrap the sleeve around the base of a gift box, overlapping the ends. Secure with double-sided tape. Reserve box lid for another gift box (so each set will give you 2 boxes).
  3. Using your printer, print these clip-art labels, or create your own, onto 8 1/2-by-11-inch heavyweight paper. Cut out strips to wrap around each box.
  4. Remove base from sleeve, and cut a piece of decorative tissue paper to fit inside base. Place pecan clusters nested in paper candy cups inside base. Slide on sleeve. Wrap a label around the sleeve and base, as shown, securing to sleeve with double-sided tape.
Now to fill the box you can choose any small candy, but these Rolo Pretzel Candies are always a hit:
Simply place an unwrapped Rolo candy on top of a mini pretzel and heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until soft (not melted).  Immediately place a pecan half on top of the candy and press down.  Yum!
DIY Gift Box Source:  Martha Stewart
Candy photo: Twig & Thistle
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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    Thanks for sharing! These are so cute and look pretty easy too.

  2. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt says:

    Oh dear heavens to yumminess!!!
    YUM! Must buy rolos and pretzels NOW…

  3. pk @ Room Remix says:

    I like this gift box idea, Chris, and the candy – yikes! I wouldn't be able to stop eating it. :-) I'd love to have you link this up to my gift ideas party! Have a good weekend…

  4. Thanks for another great idea to use as a neighbor gift. I shared your link on my Favorite Feeds Friday!

  5. Cute!

  6. Love From Eden says:

    wow thanks for this! x

  7. Jordan - Polkadot Prints says:

    Love this idea! Such a cute packaging idea :)

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