Votive Box Tutorial

I call this a Votive Box as it fits 4 votive candles perfectly.  The box is 3-3/4″ (9.7cm) square and 2-7/8″ (7.2cm) high.

You need a sturdy paper or card stock for the box to hold weight.  Regular patterned paper isn’t quite heavy enough to hold weight.

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Cut a 10″ square of heavy paper or card stock.  (This is the new W R Memory Keepers Trim and Score tool.)

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Now you need a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  (Fantastic tool for many projects.)

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Line up at the 3″ mark on the tool, punch and score.  You only need to score to the end of the score area on the tool.

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Turn your paper and do this on each side.  (Line up at the 3″ mark on each side.)

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Now, flip your paper over and do the same thing on the other side.  When you score on this side, the score line will connect with the line you started on the other side.  You will have a notch on each side of each corner.

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Fold on the score lines of one side and press to make a sharp crease.  Unfold and do the same on each side.

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There are no score lines across each flap, but you need to crease there for the top flaps of the box.  You can either just fold it over and crease it, or you can lay it along the score line of the tool and score it first.  You will lay the two “shoulder” edges along one side of the score area and score the flap.

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There are two ways you can do the sides of your box.  You can either fold it like this.  Which means you hold the two corner areas so they are folded on the score line and bring them together and fold a crease down the middle.


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You can cut along one of the score lines on the end (which ever side you decide will be your end).  If you do it this way, you will cut down both of the score lines on your end.  (For my example, one side is cut and the other is folded.  You will choose which one you want to do and do both the same.)

Do both “ends” the same way, then you will adhere those pieces to strengthen your box.

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You can sort of see the adhesive on the one side of the fold.  This is the area that will adhere to the “end”.  If you used folds, you will want both of the folds to adhere to the same end piece.

You can see the adhesive around the edges of the cut flap.  You will line up the cut edge with the fold and adhere this piece to the end.  Do the same on the other side, so the two flaps overlap on the end.

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If you used folds, you will put adhesive inside the fold to hold it together.

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If you did flaps, they overlap.  Folds will both point towards the center.  Now, do the same on the opposite “end”.

BEFORE YOU DO THE ADHERING . . .  (go ahead and either fold or cut, but do NOT adhere until after you decide how you want the box to close and get the closure ready.)

There are several ways you can “close” your box.

1.  You can just fold over the flaps (they overlap a bit) and adhere the top one to the second one down.  Fold one side in, then the opposite, then one of the ends, put a bit of adhesive on the bottom of the last flap and fold it down.

2.  You can do interlocking flaps.  For this, you will hold the top flaps of opposite sides together and poke a hole right through the center of each side about 1/2″ or 1.1cm down from the point.  (Don’t measure as it doesn’t have to be exact.)  Now, looking at the outside of the box on one of the flaps, cut a curved line over to the hole you made on the right side.  (Sort of like half of a smile.)  Turn the box around and do the same thing on the other end.  If you do it this way, the two side flaps will just fold down and these will be the two end flaps that close over the top.

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3.  You can either punch two holes on the “end” flaps, or just punch one hole through both sides and tie a ribbon at the top.  For this one, you will also hold the points of both end flaps together and punch your hole or holes.  Now, the side flaps will fold down and you will either thread ribbon through one hole on one end, across the top and through the hole on the same side of the other end, back through the other hole on the far end and straight across through the other hole on the end closest to you.  Then tie a bow or knot.  If you only have one hole on each end, thread your ribbon or twine through both holes and tie at top.

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After you get your top flaps ready to be closed, go back and adhere the folds or flaps to the ends.

Your box is ready to go.

By changing the size of your square of paper and/or where you do the punch and score lines, you can get boxes of many different dimensions.  Use some scratch paper to practice until you get the correct size of box.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

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