Ever since posting about it a few years ago, this post about the wedding favours my husband and I made for our wedding has been one of THE most popular entries on this blog. Not only was it a cool idea for wedding favours, it would also work well for birthday parties, graduations, and more!
Since then, I’ve had a lot of requests for doing custom boxes for people (I’m not comfortable doing so, because of IP issues!), and some requests for the file itself.
Well, I’ve finally dug out one of my original files, and am making it available for download! The file is 4MB, click here to download it.
Please note: I am offering this as a free, standalone resource. I am unable to offer any design assistance or trouble shooting, beyond the information contained in this blog entry. Thank you for understanding.
Here is what you will want to do (more or less!)
1. Open it in Photoshop.
2. Change the background colour to one more appropriate to your own event. Delete the background copy layer (just left it in there as an idea of what looks good for texture). If you’d like a textured background, go for it. (Works best with a really small, fine texture)
3. Edit “Website or greeting here” to… well, a website or greeting. 🙂
4. Swap out the flowers for flowers more appropriate to your wedding, or – for other events – something else. Maybe a birthday cake, etc? Use a high res image for best results.
5. Change the colours of the dresses and bowties, if desired.
6. Personalize the Name(s) and date for your own use. Also, feel free to change the wording of the greeting on the back of the box.
7. Make sure everything is as you want it, save the psd file as is (just in case), then convert to JPG and save it as a different file. It should look more or less like
…. with your own design added, of course 🙂
8. Obtain a template for a large postcard from your choice of printer – we used VistaPrint, with their “Oversized Postcard” option.
9. In Photoshop, select all for your completed design, copy and paste it to the printer’s template. Center it, making sure to keep it within the safe space guidelines provided. Delete the guidelines layer (if applicable), flatten and save.
10. Order your prints. I HIGHLY recommend ordering 50% more than you think you’ll need – this will allow for cutting/assembling mistakes, accidents, last minute extras needed, and keepsakes.
11. Order your choice of filling. We were able to find a company that sold Nerds candy in bulk – so much easier than buying retail boxes and transferring the contents!
12. When your print order arrives, use a slide cutter to trim the postcards to the outer outlines of the box.
13. Use very sharp, pointed tip scissors to trim all of the little “v” cuts, etc. (We used small scrapbooking scissors)
14. Using the dull/blunt attachment for your slide cutter (you may need to purchase this separately), score all of the fold edges.
15. Fold all of the boxes.
16. Glue the boxes together at the side flap.
17. Glue all of the boxes together at the bottom flap. Allow to dry completely.
18. Fill the boxes about 2/3 full, glue the top flap closed.
… and that’s it! It’s a bit of effort, but VERY much worth it!