Pyramid Truffle Boxes

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

paper pyramid for truffles, shown openI have a fetish for suave packaging… like many food blog readers I imagine. I tend to buy tea by its packaging, and chocolates too: with firey golden bright candy wrappers bringing out my inner crow. In combination with this packaging fetish resides a compulsion to collect beautiful papers too. Hand colored, silk threaded, metallic printed, nubbie embossed, these papers pile up in corners of my rooms like piled autumn leaves in my yard.

Inspired by the cute packaging of Tea Forté, I’ve combined all these loves with the joy of gift giving to make paper pyramid truffle boxes to hold your Valentine gift goodies. Created with truffles in mind, these pyramids can hide small cookies, mints, or trinkets for your Valentine recipients. Not to be limited to this cupid holiday, these would make great goodie holders for wedding favors or dinner parties.

Paper Pyramid Truffle Boxes

To make these cute containers you will need:

  • decorative papers: preferably 8.5″ x 11″ that will go through a printer feed
  • single sided laminating sheets: these are like big clear stickers, same size or slightly larger than your decorative paper. Here is the website for the brand the U of O bookstore sells.
  • a bone folder: or similar item for emphasizing creases.
  • small stickers: to help hold the pyramid door closed.

Choose your decorative paper and print out this pdf template that fits three boxes on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet. If your paper is decorated on one side, print out the template so that it is on the undecorated side. The template will show on the inside of the finished box.

Apply the sheet of laminating film to the template printed side of the paper. Smooth out any air bubbles. Now you should have a sheet of paper with the pyramid template visable through the clear film. This film helps give structure to your paper, and protects the outer paper structure from showing signs of food residue.

cut out template

Cutting out the box templates yields three potential pyramids of this shape.

labeled diagram
The pyramid template has three main features:

  • A: the face of the pyramid. This labeled one in particular will serve as an inner door. A written description of your box’s contents fit perfectly here.
  • B:these smaller triangles fold in to form the bottom of the box.
  • C:this larger bottom flap closes the outer most panel of the pyramid, keeping the structure closed when sealed to the bottom.


trace lines for folding ease

After cutting out the templates, run a bone folder over the template lines. This preps the paper to be creased. Only trace the lines on the shiny, laminated side of the paper.

press the edges

Fold inward on all the lines, using the bone folder to emphasize the creases. Only press the crease in one direction- with the shiny side of the paper being the inside of the pyramid. The shape of the pyramid should really spring to life at this step.

making the bottom

Cut out a square of the sticky laminate film whose sides equal the length of the small bottom triangles, labeled B above. Apply this square of tapelike film to the three small bottom forming squares. Alternatively, a decorative sticker could be used to keep these flaps connected.

name your contents

At this point you will have an open pyramid with two door flaps. The flap with out a bottom forming triangle (labeled A above) is the inner door, a good place for writing.

sealed with a heart

The outer most door can be sealed closed with a sticker on the bottom flap (labeled C above).

adding a heart handle
adding a heart handle

Additionally, decorative elements can be made to form a handle out the top. These can be built out of string that is affixed to the inside of the pyramid. Enjoy slipping little goodies into these fun shapes to give to your friends.

Brownie Points truffle creations to put in your truffle box:

32 Comments

posted February 8th, 2006 at 8:51 am

Just amazing gorgeous. Will *have* to try! Not sure if I can find one sided laminating film – but anything clear and sturdy should do, surely there must be something. :)


  • Yeah- It doesn’t have to be clear… that just helps one to see the fold lines, but they are easy to figure out if you can’t see them. Using a big sticker of some sort would probably work- and you could play with having a different color inside the box.

    These boxes are fun to complete… my friends are going to think I’m such a geek, well, they already know that!

    –McAuliflower

- Anne
posted February 8th, 2006 at 4:00 pm

These are so cool! Way to bring out that artistic side and use it with food!

posted February 8th, 2006 at 4:58 pm

How coincidental! I saw a webpage the other day about making origami out of fabric. The material needsto be cotton and you just need to stiffen it up with fabric spray.
They are so cute!


  • Fabric origami is popular here in Eugene. I’ve also seen several vendors shellac or varnish theirs too!

    –McAuliflower

posted February 8th, 2006 at 5:39 pm

And so romantic – Just in time for Valentines day.
Thanks!

- kara
posted February 8th, 2006 at 7:01 pm

Too cool, how creative!

- Joe
posted February 9th, 2006 at 8:23 am

Wow, I love this idea. I usually do handpainted boxes for my christmas truffles, but I am going to have to give these a try!

posted February 9th, 2006 at 8:29 am

Wow – just amazing! I always get so inspired by what I find on your blog.

I don’t even like truffles, but I am so going to have to make some just to package them in these boxes…

- Lisa
posted February 10th, 2006 at 7:56 pm

thanks for the instructions!! ^^

- momo
posted February 15th, 2006 at 11:17 am

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posted February 16th, 2006 at 3:37 pm

How lovely! I must make some, even if I have nothing to put inside of them. Thank you for the post and inspiration. I’m glad paperforest’s blog posted a link to your blog or else I would have been oblivious to this cute idea.


  • I’m glad you found your way over Marie. And thanks for the heads up about Paper Forest too!

    –McAuliflower

- Marie
posted February 21st, 2006 at 9:59 am

I love the Teaforte packaging! This is awesome, thanks for sharing!

- Eugy
posted June 23rd, 2006 at 10:41 pm

IT HELPED ME MAKE MY PROJECT -BRILLIANT

- Chirag
posted July 12th, 2006 at 9:06 am

man, this pictures are too small !!! need a big one !!!

- Martin
posted November 26th, 2006 at 12:38 pm

yah

posted December 17th, 2006 at 1:29 am

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posted February 14th, 2007 at 11:27 am

I found that the clear acetate that you get on some packaging (see through packaging)also works. I did my boxes for a wedding table and used clear acetate and it looked beautiful.

That’s a great spin on the pyramids idea! Thanks Amanda

–mcAuliflower

- Amanda
posted September 8th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Dig it! I have spent hours online looking for inexpensive but really kool boxes, and simultaneously kool ways to incorporate an unobtrusive table decoration lighthouse into my wedding. Voila, your idea. Thanks for sharing.

- Leigh
posted November 21st, 2007 at 8:33 am

thanks for the GREAT post! Very useful…

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posted March 11th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Have being looking for the pyramid shaped boxes for ages on the net and came across this.

We are thinking of using the boxes for our wedding favors and this has got to be the least intricate of them all and yet they look the best!!

Thanks you are a life saver…now, to folding 200 of these suckers…

- Kris
posted July 26th, 2008 at 2:33 am

how many truffles can you fit into one?
thanks for the instructions x

- ^-^
posted January 7th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

How many truffles can you fit into one box. No size printed and hard to tell by the photos.

Completely depends on how large you make your truffles and your pyramid.
It’s rather intuitive and not that precise.

–McAuliflower

- Cathy Flynn
posted January 9th, 2009 at 5:22 am

I only get a blank page when trying to print the template.

- Susan
posted January 11th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I just tested the link and nothing is wrong on my end. I’ll try emailing it to you.

posted April 26th, 2009 at 3:54 am

Please could you kindly email me the template, as when I try and print it, I get a blank page.

- Angelika Renzi
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