Create a stunning DIY favor box for a wedding or a treat box for a holiday, then turn it into a gorgeous paper luminary when it’s emptied! I show you how to do this and provide the free template for the DIY favor box in this tutorial!
After designing the filigree-style “laser-cut” wedding invitations recently, I realized something was missing from my set — a favor box! So I designed a pretty DIY favor box (aka treat box) in the same style as those invitations. Once I’d assembled it, I realized it was the perfect grown-up treat box. Fill these DIY favor boxes with goodies — candy, a bath bomb, or an ornament — and then you can put an LED tealight inside to make a sweet little luminary. How fun is that?
The design of this filigree box is what I’m calling “swirly hearts.” So lots of swirls, scrolls, and hearts in pretty, free-flowing patterns.
And here’s what the pretty filigree box looks like with some LED tea lights inside:
Allow me to show you how to make these DIY favor boxes, treat boxes, and unique paper luminaries. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials for DIY Wedding Favor Boxes, Treat Boxes, and Paper Luminaries
- 80 lb. or 105 lb. 12″ x 12″ cardstock for the boxes (shimmer cardstock looks particularly nice)
- Pretty ribbon to keep the top of the treat box closed
- Tacky glue and/or tape
- LED tealights (optional)
- A way to cut your paper (I used the amazing Cricut, but you can use another cutting machine or even a craft knife like an X-acto knife)
- My free favor box template (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
How to Make DIY Treat Boxes, Wedding Favor Boxes, and Luminaries
Step 1: Get My Free Box Design
If you’d like to use my free templates, you can get them in my resource library (get the password for it at the bottom of this page). Don’t forget to unzip it. You can also purchase invitation SVG cut files on Etsy!
Here are some of my free invitations template SVG cut files uploaded to Cricut Design Space. Don’t worry about it looks here — all the layers are in there. They will all cut out properly when you click the Make It button.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG file to Cricut Design Space, or you’re having issues (such as getting a message that says “unsupported file”), please watch my free training series, The Joy of SVGs. It will help you SO much!
Step 2: Fold the Favor Box
This is easy — just fold on the dashed lines that were cut for you1
Step 3: Secure the Side Tab
Tuck the tab into the side of the box (go from the outward in) and glue the tab down on the inside of the box to secure it.
Step 4: Fold and Secure the Bottom
Fold the flaps at the bottom, then tape to secure it.
Step 5: Attach Ribbon
Thread ribbon through three of the four flaps at the top. Tie the ribbon across the fourth flap for a pretty bow!
Get my Filigree Heart DIY Favor Boxes Design FREE!
Download my free filigree heart favor box template by subscribing (free) below to get the password to my resource library.