Monday, October 24, 2016

Hershey Nugget boxes

I wanted to express thanks to a group of people, a simple acknowledgment of their cheery attitude and efficient manner. These boxes were made to accompany my thank you greeting. I made two dozen of them so that everyone would have a small token of my appreciation.

There are many directions available online for presentations of Hershey Nuggets (or Nestles Treasures) but most of the boxes weren't a size that pleased me. Some designed to hold three candies were rather wide and long for three but certainly not large enough for four. I tweaked various directions to come up with dimensions that worked for me.

First off, here is a plate of my boxes. Each one slides open (the top is a sleeve) to reveal three candies.
Here are the boxes, uncovered, with candies inside:

Each box began as a 5 1/4" by 3 3/4" rectangle. With the paper in landscape orientation on my scoring device, lines were scored at 1/2"; 1 1/8"; 4 1/8"; and 4 3/4". Turning the paper to portrait orientation, I scored it 1/2";  1 1/8"; 2 5/8"; and 3 1/4".  Still in this position, each of the vertical lines were cut from the outer edge to the second horizontal line, top and bottom respectively. Here is the top cut, bottom untouched.
Next you will remove excess paper from the corners of the boxes. The walls will be folded inward onto themselves, making the box sturdier. I am a visual person, so looking at this is explanation enough for me. To explain in words what I've done, I removed the smaller corner squares first, then one small square on either side of that along both edges.
Here is the box with all of the corners cut away:
My next step is something I learned to do a while ago that makes assembling corners much easier. What I've done here is trim the sharp corner on each of the tabs. This photo shows the left side done, the right untouched.
Here is the box completely trimmed on black paper. 
Creasing each fold line, this is now beginning to look like a box.
It doesn't photograph well, but I on the bottom of the box (mountain rather than valley fold lines) I put adhesive on the four small flaps that would fold inward to begin box shaping.
On the inside of the box, adhesive was added to the four rectangular areas.
I know it looks like I've skipped photographing a step, but in reality, I just didn't have another pair of hands to hold the box while taking a photo. In the beginning, I glued the small flaps to the inside (the short ends of the box), then added a swipe of adhesive and folded the outer end  inside to finish the short ends, then repeated with the long sides.
After making a few this way, I got a rhythm going and applied all the adhesive (both inner and outer sides) and assembled the box quickly and easily.

The rest of the box is a sleeve, and is very simple to make. Begin with 5" x 3" rectangle. With the long side across the top (landscape orientation), score at 5/8";  2 1/4"; 2 7/8"; and 4 1/2". Those two end flaps are not quite the same dimension. The first one is 5/8" wide, the other end is 1/2". If that bothers you, you could cut the rectangles at 5 1/8" and both flaps would be the same size. My measurement allowed me to put the adhesive on the outer (print) side of the 1/2" flap and have the wider side cover it. By that, I mean that the 3" edge of the first flap (5/8") covers the smaller flap and meets at the crease. Sometimes, if both sides are cut supposedly the same size but are a bit off or are creased a little catty-wampus, you have a problem.

I had a lot of fun making and decorating these boxes and will undoubtedly make them again.

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