Valentine Candy Box
This project is reprinted courtesy of Robert Sabuda.
Give your sweetheat this lo-cal box of candy made with paper, scissors, glue and lots of love.
Card Stock or construction paper
Click on printables and print out the candy box's card and the pop up pieces on a heavy paper, like card stock or construction paper.
Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted line on the center of the card. Go all the way from the top to the bottom of the card!
Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of all the pop-up pieces. There are LOTS of dotted lines on this pop-up so take your time and make sure to press along ALL of them!
Color in the candies with crayons, markers or colored pencils, then carefully cut out the card following the solid, black lines. DO NOT cut out any of the lines of the candy box.
Color in the candy box pieces. DO NOT color on any areas with a big letter. Carefully cut out the candy box pieces following the solid, black lines.
Using a small pair of pointed scissors (get an adult to help you with this part), carefully cut out the slot in the top of the candy box lid.
Put a small amount of glue on the area marked "Glue A." Take the other pop-up piece that also has an "A" on the tab and press it onto the area marked "Glue A."
Now you have one, long piece that will be the actual candy box. Make a "mountain" fold of the dotted lines on the candy box as shown.
Take the far right side of the candy box and fold it all the way over as shown so that you can see the tab with the big "B" on it.
Put a small amount of glue on the area marked "Glue B." Fold the "B" tab backward so it is aligned "Glue B" area.
Press the "B" tab firmly and let dry.
Fold tabs "C" and "D" up against the sides of the candy box.
Proudly set your candy box aside!
Take the card and fold in half along the center.
Apply a small amount of glue to the areas marked "Glue C" and "Glue D". Carefully line up the matching tabs on the candy box and press into the glue areas. Let dry!
At the top left side of the candy box there are two small tabs, that look like little dog ears. Fold each tab all the way in towards the center.
With the tabs still folded in towards the center, thread the slot on the candy box's lid through. When the lid is threaded all the way through and is lying flat against the candy box, fold the little dog ear tabs back out into their original position.
Carefully close the card. Your Valentine candy pop-up box is finished! Send to a loved one!
Robert works in his studio in New York City that he shares with his partner, children's book creator Matthew Reinhart. When asked about his work, Robert says, "We love making books. It's hard work but the best part is not having to worry about making a mess. When being an artist is your job, you can make as many messes as you want to!"
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