The first signs of spring are the times you get woken up by twittering birds, see the first flowers pushing through the soil, and notice the excitement that comes from children eagerly waiting for their Easter treats. But let’s not fool ourselves, no matter the age, we all love to receive surprise treats and colorful chocolate eggs – especially, when they are wrapped in beautiful packaging.
The feeling of anticipation and aspect of surprise that comes from Easter egg hunts as well as the Kinder Surprise eggs that hide inside a little gift or toy is what makes them all the more exciting.
While searching for inspiration for a fun Easter treat packaging project, we came across these adorable Easter treat box designs that are perfect for hiding and gifting little surprise treats. The Easter Carrot Treat Boxes by Ella Claire & Co, and the Oster-DIY: Hasen-Schachtel falten by The Lavendelblog, were so perfect we thought we’d give them a go with some of our favorite papers from the Design Papers Collection. Turned out, these DIY boxes are so easy and fast to make that you won’t even believe it before you try it. The perfect example of how minimum effort sometimes gives maximum results (and you know this is our favorite way)! To craft these cute bunny and carrot boxes in a flash, you will need the most basic materials, and what’s best, there are endless possibilities to add custom details to your liking. You can make them as minimalistic or as extravagant as you want, in black or white, or in all the colors of the rainbow.
We opted for the traditional color combination for the carrot treat boxes and chose a bold shade of orange with Color STYLE Recycling Mandarin, while the bunnies got a spectacular pattern that only comes with the Coffee Paper. Both papers, as well as the SH Recycling Grass paper which I used as padding inside the packaging for the chocolate treats, were 120 gsm in weight, and of course, all are included in the sustainably produced recycled paper selection of the Design Papers Collection by Europapier.
For these two DIY Easter surprise treat paper boxes you’ll need papers, scissors, two-sided tape, some ribbon, and little fuzzy balls for the bunny tails
Templates: As noted earlier, both of these DIY designs are inspired by projects found online – bunny box here, and carrot box here – which are based on templates. While I simply noted the templates as examples and inspiration, as I drew out my own freehand, we wouldn’t want to take credit when it’s not ours, so click on the link above for the original template designs to download.
Papers: Now that we got the disclaimers out of the way, it’s time to get crafty. Once you have your templates downloaded or drawn out, choose the papers you wish to use. Of course, orange is obvious for the carrots, but a nice textured paper is an amazing choice for the bunnies. It’s best to choose paper around 100-120 gsm as it’ll be sturdy enough to hold the form of the box and the weight of the candy inside, but not too heavy to make the folding difficult.
Bunny box: Cut out the templates by making sure the lines are straight. Be precise, especially with the bunny box, by making the little cut-out holes large enough and the bunny ears symmetrical. Place the candy inside the box, before folding the box into shape by pinching the opposing bunny ears together, and slipping them through the cut-outs on the other two closing slaps. By using an adhesive, you can add a little fuzzy bunny tail on the back of the box or draw a little face on the boxes.
Carrot box: After cutting the template, use either glue or double-sided tape to enclose the carrot box with the extra flap (see template). Then, using a paper hole puncher or something similar, punch a hole in two opposing top flaps and solder a piece of ribbon through them. Fill the carrot with Easter candy and close the flaps and tie a cute little bow on top.
For more Easter DIY decoration inspiration click here.