How To Make a Peekaboo Paper Star Candy Box

Paper crafts are fun. And there are so many things you can do with them. 3D boxes are just one example of them. And so, I have made a peekaboo paper star candy box. You can make this as a gift, add it to your Christmas Tree as an ornament, make them into party favors, or anything else your imagination can think of. And so we have a peekaboo paper star candy box to make.

star peekaboo paper candy box

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Supplies needed to make a paper star candy box

  1. Cardstock – I used Christmas-themed cardstock, but any cardstock will work.
  2. Acetate – This paper star candy box has a peekaboo window, so we need some acetate.   This will allow the candies inside to be visible. I like to use clear page protectors for this as they are much cheaper than acetate sheets.
  3. Glue – I like to use my Bearly Art Craft Glue, but any crafting glue will work.
  4. Optional – Ribbon to hang your candy box. If you are using ribbon, you will want to have it matching your cardstock.
  5. Cutting Machine – I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 but any cutting machine will work.
  6. Cutting Mats – This project requires a cutting mat.
  7. Scoring Stylus – If you have an Explore Series Machine, you will need a scoring stylus, but with a Maker Series, you can use the stylus or scoring wheel.
  8. Candy – no candy box is complete without candy. I like to use Hersey’s Kisses, but any candy will work. Just remember, the bigger the candy, the bigger the box.

How to get the peekaboo paper star candy box

I have designed a cute file for this project. You can get a copy of this exact design at my shop.

Once you have the file saved to your computer, follow the below steps to import the file into Cricut Design Space:

  • Unzip the file –
    • Right-click on the file with your mouse and select Unzip
    • Select a location where you want the file to be saved.
    • Hit Enter and your file will be unzipped and saved.
  • Upload the file to Cricut Design Space.
    • Select the Upload Icon on the left side of your screen.
    • Select the Upload Image button.
    • Select the File from the location where the file was saved from above.
    • Select the file from your DS Recently Uploaded documents. There should be a green rectangle around it.
    • Hit the Add to Canvas button.

Modifying the Peekaboo Paper Star candy Box SVG

Once the file is on your Cricut Design Space canvas, we can verify the size.

Select the entire design (it should be 1-piece grouped). We want the size to be 4.25″ wide. Before you change any size, check that the dimensions lock is locked so that the proportions remain symmetrical. This size will work well for Hershey’s Kisses.

With all the design elements selected, hit the Ungroup button so you can manipulate the pieces, as we still need to make a few minor changes.

There are three pink rectangles. Two are 3-sections long, and one is 4-sections long. Each of these sections will be the walls of your candy box. You will notice that there are lines inside these walls. Select these lines and change from Basic Cut to Score Lines in your Operations Drop Down Menu. Then, select both the rectangle and the new score lines and Attach them. This way, the score lines will stay in place on the design. Repeat this for the other two walls.

The size I have suggested above is ideal for inserting Hershey’s Kisses into this peekaboo paper start candy box. However, if you want larger candies, select only the rectangle sections. Unlock your Dimensions lock, and adjust the thickness of the rectangle, either larger or smaller. You want to make sure you are only adjusting the thickness. This will make sure all of the pieces still fit together.

Cutting out the design

Once you are happy with the dimensions, it is time to send the design to be cut with your Cricut.

Make sure you have your scoring stylus or scoring wheel read when cutting.

All design elements will be cut in card stock except the grey star. The grey star will be cut in acetate. Simply, change the dial on your Cricut to Custom Material, and select Party Foil.

Assembling the paper candy box

What you should have Cut out with your Cricut

Once you have cut out your design, you should have the following pieces:

  • 1 star
  • 1 star outline
  • 1 acetate star
  • 3 wall sections – 2 with 3-panels, 1 with 4-panels.
Peekaboo paper star candy box pieces

Assembling the peekaboo window

I like to start with the peekaboo window first, as this will need the most time to dry. For this part of the assembly, you will need the star outline and the acetate star.

Apply glue to the inside of the star outline. Then, gently place the acetate on the star outline.

Peekaboo paper star candy box

Place this piece aside for it to dry. Gluing acetate to paper takes more time to dry than regular paper-to-paper gluing. That’s why I like to do that first.

Preparing the candy box walls

There are three wall sections for this candy box. Each one will need to have the tabs and panels folded.

With the design of the cardstock facing you, you will want to fold the tabs away from you. This will allow the design to stay on the outside of the box.

Peekaboo paper star candy box

Then, you will need to alternate the direction of the fold on each panel. One will be in, and one will be out. This will help with the star shape.

Assembling the final peekaboo candy box

Once the peekaboo section of your candy box is dried, it is ready to be assembled.

Place your cardstock star design face down on your work table. Select 1 of the three wall pieces. Apply a bead of glue along the edge of the star. Only place enough glue to cover the 3 or 4 panels as per your wall section. Slowly and carefully place the tabs of the wall panels onto the star.

assembling wall panels to candy box

Next, grab the second wall section. Before you repeat the above steps, you will want to align this wall section so that the end-tab aligns with the previous wall section with no end-tab. Apply glue to this tab and along the edge of the base star, and glue the tab onto the previous wall and the bottom tabs onto the star.

With the final wall section, you will want to apply glue to all but 1 section of the star. You need to leave one wall panel loose to add candy to the peekaboo star candy box.

Peekaboo paper star candy box open panel

Also, pay attention not to apply glue to the last end-tab. This will need to stay open to access the candy within.

Optional – Add ribbon to Hang your Candy Box

When I originally designed these peekaboo star-shaped candy boxes, I wanted to hang them on the Christmas trees. So, if you want to have them hanging on the tree, simply add a piece of ribbon to the back of the box, or onto the wall panels.

Fill the peekaboo box with candy

Now that all your paper candy box is assembled, it is time to fill the box with candy and it is ready to go! Once the box is filled, simply fold the last wall panel into place and make sure the first end-tab is facing out so you can use it as a latch.

And there you have it! Your Peekaboo paper star candy box is Complete!

Things I learned Along the way

This candy box was a bit of a mountain for me to climb. And not for any particular reason. I could just never come around to finishing it. So, here are some things that I learned along the way:

  1. The size of this box is deceiving. Although I have opted to keep this star at 4.25″, it still fits a lot of candy inside. So be mindful of how big you make this star.
  2. When you scale the design to the 4.25″ size, the walls will be about 0.8″ in height (not including the height of the tabs). This is a decent size for Hershey’s Kisses. If you opt to make the box smaller, keep an eye on the size of the wall. You do not want them to be too small. You can manually increase the height of the walls after you have scaled the whole project up or down. Just make sure to unlock your dimensions lock.
  3. When I originally made these candy boxes, I wanted them to be hanging on the Christmas Tree. Although that is a great idea, it takes a bit of finesse to put the ribbon in the correct spot. I had initially planned on placing the ribbon at the connection point between two wall sections. But then if you hang that on the tree, the box will open the minute you hang it up. So I recommend you place the ribbon on the back of the box or at a point on the wall panels that are already glued shut.
  4. I didn’t want to glue this box shut. I want to have people access the candies. So, you can glue the last wall panel and tabs all closed, but then the box will need to be ripped open to get at the candy, essential meaning all the candy needs to be eaten right away.

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