Christmas 2017 Manger Treat Box

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a sweet treat box, with the image of Our Savior as a baby in the manger.  It is pretty good sized, and will hold a bit of treats.  The front and the back of the manger were made with the pocket from the Pocket Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up!.  (But, if you don’t have this set of framelits, I will have measurements and cutting instructions at the end of this post.)

I was looking for a sweet, but religious, treat for my faith formation class, and this is what I came up with.  One of the roof panels opens to reveal the goodies inside.

Start with two die cut pockets, here I have used Sahara Sand in the first, and Crumb Cake in the second example.  The sides and bottom are created with a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso card stock, scored at 1/4″ on each of the short sides, and at 2 1/4″, 4 7/8″, 7 1/8″, 8 5/8″ and 10 1/8″ on the long side.  Because the pocket has some tabs, we cut away the side 1/4″ on all but the largest section.  Then we glue the “top” of each pocket to tab on each side of the largest segment.  We follow the box around, and glue the remaining sections on to the respective tabs.  Except for the last roof segment, which will open and close to reveal the treats inside.

A 4″ by 2 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso card stock was scored at 2″ on the long side, then glued to the “under roof” with liquid glue.  I used a 1/16″ circle punch to punch two holes right on the “peak” of the roof, inside the front and back tab lines, to create a place for the linen thread hanger to go.

Then, I punched a starburst from Daffodil Delight, a 3/4″ circle from gold foil, and a 1/2″ circle from very vanilla.  I stamped “Merry Christmas” from the Seasonal Chums stamp set, but you can select whatever you have that will fit.  The very vanilla banner was punched with the banner punch.  The manger was made with a 1 1/4″ square piece of card stock, folded in half.  With the folded side down, measure approximately 1/4 in, and cut from there up to the corners.  Repeat on the other end, and then unfold.  On the bottom half, cut from the bottom to the fold line 1/4″ and parallel to the angled line you previously cut to create the legs of the manger.  Repeat on the other side of the bottom, and then cut off the section between the two legs.

Then, layer the very vanilla circle on the gold foil circle, and attach to the underside of one end of the manger.  Attach the manger to the starburst circle, and then to the front of the box.  On one of the mangers, I layered my banner by cutting out the middle section, and attaching it with dimensionals to a second banner.  Both were sponged with early espresso ink prior to attaching them together.

Fill with goodies!  Enjoy!  Until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

Below the video are instructions for making the shapes without the pocket die. 

  • Supplies:  All Stampin’ Up!
  • Card stock: early espresso, sahara sand, very vanilla, daffodil delight, crumb cake, and gold foil.
  • Shape cutting:  pocket framelits, banner punch, 1/2 & 3/4″ circle punches.
  • Stamp set: Seasonal Chums for the Merry Christmas
  • Ink:  early espresso

***To create the shape without the die, start with a 3″ by 1 5/8″ piece of card stock.  In portrait position, mark the center of the top at 1 5/16″ (half way between the 1 1/4″ and the 1 3/8″ marks, if you do not have 16ths on  your ruler).  Mark each side down 3/4″ from the top corners, and cut from the marks on the side to the center top.

Score the 2 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ as directed before, but because the “pocket” does not have any tabs, you will NOT cut the 1/4″ tabs from the sides of this piece.  Instead, trim them as shown:

Attach the “top” of the “pocket” piece to the tabs on the largest segment (second from left), and adhere the remaining tabs similar to the video, except the tab will be on this piece and not the die cut piece.  The rest of the manger is assembled the same.  To save some steps, it is easier to run one piece of tear and tape along each 1/4″ side tab before you cut the notches at the score lines than to put tape on every section after the notches are cut.  So, if I was cutting my own “pocket” piece, I would use the tear and tape instead of the liquid glue, as it would go faster.  Just remember that the last section on the right will NOT be adhered, so it does not need any tape.

I would love to hear from you!