I 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.
Cutting out the box templates yields three potential pyramids of this shape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The outer most door can be sealed closed with a sticker on the bottom flap (labeled C above).
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:
- Pomegranate Truffles (non dairy)
- Spicy Aphrodite Truffles with Kava Kava
- Chili Orange Truffles (non dairy)
- Strawberry Balsamic Truffles, to be posted on Friday the 24th!