M’s Elmo birthday party on a budget was a big hit, so I’ll be sharing with you various resources to create your own. You’ll see posts such as these free printable Elmo treat boxes interspersed in my regular posting schedule for the next few weeks (I have about 4-5 posts to share about it) and possibly fewer other crafts – for now! I’ll be sharing some fun crafts still, and I’ll be back with even more amazing crafts and ideas for all ages afterward.
I’ve been using pillow boxes ever since I started making jewelry as a means of packaging them in an inexpensive gift box. While originally, I created a template and used that with scrapbook paper, I started making my own designs that go with the shape of the box once I studied graphic design.
I made these free printable Elmo treat boxes to give as treats at M’s party. Instead of giving them out as people were leaving, I put them on a sweet table, along with his cake.
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It may have been a mistake (one kid took a few, and another dug into the cake early) but it looked really nice!
I filled it with red (I forgot the flavor) chewy lemon heads to go along, even though the contents really don’t matter. They are pretty small, but if you want to put in a little more, try for some fun-size chocolates, and small prizes.
I did make these with the same theme as I made his Elmo inspired shirt – with the eyes and the nose only, so that he kind of looks like he’s peeking.
These Elmo treat boxes are really easy to assemble. I used the template to cut it out (the print file has extra space around to avoid white edges). Then, instead of the template, I used a 7 oz. plastic cup to guide me in creating the curve.
We did not expect many children to be at the party, so I made only ten. It ended up being a perfect amount. I put out a little extra of the candy for the adults.
What you need to assemble the free printable Elmo treat boxes:
- The printed files (see above) Print the colored file on card stock. The templates can be on any paper. I recommend NOT scaling to fit your media, as scaling can differ between the printed file and the template, causing them to not align properly.
- Craft knife
- A good ruler (I like to use a metal one).
- A surface for cutting on (as you’ll likely cut through and scratch/cut the surface below). I used a padded mailer,or you can use a cutting mat.
- Tacky glue, glue stick, invisible tape, double sided tape, OR washi tape in a coordinating color. School glue as I used works but you’ll need to hold it in place for longer for it to stick.
- A pair of scissors (I like to use detail scissors) for rounded corners.
How to Assemble the pillow boxes:
Tape your pages together, with the template on top, so that it lines up evenly. Cut out along the solid lines and score along the dotted lines (make in indent using the back of your knife). You can see more detailed, step by step instructions for cutting and scoring here.
You can see full instructions for assembling pillow boxes here. Here is an infographic to show how to fold it.
Make sure you allow your glue to dry completely before folding the rest. Fill it up and enjoy!