“Nerds” Wedding Favour Boxes – a Free Template!

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!

Author:Marie Porter

Marie is an award winning cake artist based in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, Marie's work has graced magazines and blogs around the world. Having baked and designed for brides, celebrities, and even Klingons, Marie was proud to share her wealth of baking knowledge in her two cookbooks: "The Spirited Baker" and “Evil Cake Overlord”. Marie has also authored a book about her experiences surrounding the 2011 Minneapolis tornado: "Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir"

13 Responses to ““Nerds” Wedding Favour Boxes – a Free Template!”

  1. Rachel Massie
    December 19, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Oh my gosh this is so cute! I wish I had thought of it for our wedding! =)

  2. June 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Can you please email this template to me? I only have photoshop on my work computer and it will not let me download the file through the link you gave. Thanks!

    • July 22, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      Have you tried downloading it at home and putting it on a flash drive to bring to work?

  3. September 1, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Hi there. I tried clicking on the link for the template. It says the download has expired. Can you email me the template? Very cute idea.
    Thank You!!

    • September 23, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks for letting me know – I’ve fixed it now!

  4. Brittany
    March 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    I’m going to try and use these for our wedding, such a great idea! It’s Star Trek and Star Wars themed, so I’m going to try and mix that into this. Thanks so much for the template!

  5. Danielle
    July 30, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Hello,
    I love this idea but when I tried to download the template, it says that the download has expired. Could you email me the template? Thank you!

    • August 2, 2016 at 8:50 am #

      Hi Danielle,

      Just updated the link!

      Marie

  6. March 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Hi, so your saying using a extra sized postcard… is that kinda big? when I think of Nerd Boxes I think of the small halloween sized boxes.
    John recently posted..DOAT Ep 113: Nerd Jeopardy!

    • March 14, 2017 at 7:09 am #

      These are based on the original sized boxes, not the little Halloween sized boxes.

  7. Rebecca
    July 8, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Hi!

    Thanks for sharing! Your file is great and I am actually in the process of ordering from Vistaprint using the oversized post card.

    I have a question: the post cards have a “safety line” on Vistaprint where basically they say during the cutting, you can lose some of the space on your tabs. Did this cause you any issues when assembling your boxes?

    I was thinking if some of that space is cut off, that the tabs might be too short.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • July 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

      No, the safety line is just so you don’t have anything important risk getting printed off the edge. It’s not the trim line.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Custom “Nerds” Wedding / Party Favors! | Celebration Generation: Food, Life, Kitties! - January 27, 2015

    […] Editing to add: Due to popular request, I’ve share my template for these boxes. You can find it HERE. […]

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge