I love those old fashioned candy boxes of the 1800's. There is something about their ageless beauty that attracts me to them. I always try to imagine the giver and the lucky reciever, were they newlyweds, husband and wife or just cupid struck lovers. As I brush my hand over the box and draw it close for further inspection I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I can almost smell the delightful hand made confections that filled them. Today most candy is sold in plastic boxes and the chocolates come off an assembly line. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to the antique stores for the originals. I wonder if the Victorians new that 100 years later their candy boxes would be sought after by collectors and old romantics like me. Since they are hard to find why not make one on your own. I had an old jewelry box about 3.5"X3.5" inches laying around, the perfect size for four bite size truffles or chocolates. I had the idea of cutting a heart out slightly bigger than the box, one for the top and one for the bottom. I used regular pink card stock but you could use even heavier chipboard if you like. I used pinking shears to cut the edges (just like those Valentine boxes of long ago) and then applied glass glitter to the edge.
I pulled out some scrap booking supplies and got to work. The chipboard frame is from Technique Tuesday and the scroll from Maya Road "Scrolls". I applied the glitter. The bird is from Bohemia. I used vintage music sheets for the background and an old velvet hydrangea petal and pink pearl on the front. The rest are just stickers I had laying around. After I decorated it just the way I wanted I hot glued the top of the jewelry box to the top of my new candy box. In this case I added a pink ribbon between he two layers. I do the exact same thing for the bottom, adding another ribbon there and now I can fill my box with chocolates and tie it with love.
The finished piece is lovely and personal. A great gift for a teacher, girlfriend, child or Bible Study Leader. Oops! I may have spoiled the surprise. You can also make these as large or small as you like with only your imagination to limit you. Altogether this took me 20 minutes to create. I think I will make more.