February 8, 2012

Romancing your chocolate boxes...

Over the last several years, I've shared tutorials on transforming chocolate boxes with bits of trim, crepe paper and decorative paper. I'll confess. I'm addicted to making these. I've probably made 10 of them this year as gifts.



It's a simple, but pretty way to give someone you love a special handmade treat.

Step 1. Separate the lid from the box of chocolate. Turn the lid over and trace the lid onto scrapbooking paper or wrapping paper with a pen.

In this example, I used origami paper that I had left over from a previous craft project. Cut out the heart shape and set aside.

Step 2. Cut some crepe paper and draw a line of glue around the edge of the chocolate lid. Fold the crepe paper back and forth over the glue to form ruffles. Cover the entire lid with crepe paper ruffles.

Step 3. Cover the heart shape with glue and lay on top of the lid to cover the seam of the crepe paper ruffle.

Step 4. Use sequins, ribbons, stickers to further embellish your chocolate box.

For an easier variation, you could also hot glue lace ruffles onto the edge of your chocolate box and add a paper lace doily to the center of your lid.


Don't forget, you can find so many lovely vintage Valentine images on ImagiMeri's Creations. She just posted new ones last Thursday. Swoon.

Happy crafting!
Happy Valentines!

XOXO

22 comments:

vivian said...

I love them all. My favorite is of the chinese girl with the parasol.
I wish we could hang out and craft together!! oh the fun we would have!
have a great day
xoxo
vivian

Jodee Leader said...

Those turned out sooo cute! What a fun gift idea!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

My daughters absolutely love the ones they received from you, they are displayed on our mantel until the big day. All of your creations are just lovely, so unique and so much nicer than the original box. Great tutorial - I pinned it to my Valentine's inspiration board. Have a great day!

Terry said...

I actually bought a Valentine box of candy to do this very project! Thank you for showing how you made this! Love the ruffles and chocolate inside makes this even better! Please come on over and link up at my party going on now, Sunday Blog Love!

Life in Rehab said...

My favorite kind of craft- simple, with stunning results!

Cindy said...

You create the most addictive crafts! I decorated a box last night to give as a gift. Now, just like the peat pot craft, I am addicted! (I will post my creation soon.)

Thanks so much for sharing all your ideas. Oh how I wish we lived closer! We could get into so much trouble. :)

Many crafty hugs,
Cindy

My Vintage Mending said...

This is such a fun craft. Simple and yet a keepsake. I can just see years of them lined up on a shelf. Beautiful touches...smiles...Renee

Lee said...

Great ideas, crafty lady!
Wait until you see what I have planned for a heart box!
Hope to get what I need before the holiday...and it has to do with miniatures!
Off to Lowell today for lunch with friends-heard about a new vintage shop I have never visited! Yippee!
Have a great day!

LV said...

You have more talent in one finger than I ever had. You are very creative and do very nice work.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

These are all adorable...so cute. My favorite is the first one with the vintage image. Someone is going to be thrilled.

Cheryl G. said...

Oh my gosh! Those are SO cute!

Nellie said...

You have such lovely craft ideas!

Janet said...

They are so sweet, Kim! I've tried making some, but must admit yours are the cutest I've seen! Especially love the ones with little Gracie!
Blessings,
Janet

Sally Annie Magundy said...

What a great idea, so darling! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Happy Valentines and Happy Rednesday!

NanE said...

Oh my gosh, these are so cute, I love all of them and what sweet gifts! Thanks for sharing the tut too! xxoo Nan

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, Kim, you've already got me hooked on making those adorable peat pots. Now these cute heart boxes! You're in trouble...I may have to make one!!

Ann said...

Oh special are these, well I will need to purchase lots when valentines go on sale for future projects. Love all the trimmings.
Ann

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Another project to add to my list...my long list. Adorable.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really do make the cutest candy boxes...I know! I have one now! And hubby is enjoying the candy! You always have so much fun with your crafting! Hugs! ♥

~~Carol~~ said...

I didn't make anything this year for Valentine's Day except for a bunting, so I hope I remember this next year. Another great idea from my favorite crafter!

birdie blue said...

just darling, kim. you're such a whiz with paper! thank you so much for the darling valentine, and the sweet bluebird labels. what treasures! something is on its way to you too, my friend.

xo
molly

Joanna B said...

That is the prettiest box of chocolate ever! What a great gift idea, I love it! My husband gave me a card last week that says "i tried a dessert called death by chocolate, but it only made me stronger." Fitting for this time of year!