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DIY Finger Food Boxes

Finger foods are on trend this summer, making outdoor parties easier to plan, prepare and manage. The best part is this leaves you more time to enjoy your guests and the party.

The trick with serving finger foods is to make sure that you have plenty of trays for shot glasses, stacked foods, mini bites and skewers. For an added touch, get creative with your serving, by investing in a set of extra large spoons, mini bowls or even decorative mini silverware.

If you’d rather add a DIY element to your finger foods, making a serving box from decorative crafting paper is simple and costs less than 25 cents each to make. These patriotic-inspired boxes are perfect for serving dry salty snacks, or even hot out of the oven French fries. They are also a great theme to serve for your Memorial Day or Fourth of July BBQ.

Because they are made from crafting paper, you can use a decorative paper that fits your party theme and make a themed impact at your buffet table.

  • Double sided crafting tape
  • Knife or scissors
  • Crafting paper, *die cut
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun


Step 1: Ensure that all the edges of your die cut crafting paper are smooth and clean, using a knife or scissors to create an even edge.



Step 2: Crease the seams of the paper, using a ruler to ensure that the seam is straight. (The standard craft store die cut will have soft creases in the pattern, if it does not, apply a fold at the base of each arch, the sides of each rectangle and the top of each bottom tab so that the box formation is easier to create).

Step 3: Assemble the box formation by folding the top arches back and the bottom tabs in. Once the box-shape in formed, place the double-sided crafting tape on each fold to secure it in place.



Step 4: Place the box upside down, with the rounded edges outwards, and then use your hot glue gun to secure the arches to the sides of the box.



*Optional: I used a die cutter from our local craft store for the shape, but they can be easily drawn by hand should you be looking for a smaller or larger box option that offered at your craft store. To draw them by hand, ensure that you have 4 equal rectangles, with an equally sized oval top and triangle bottom on each rectangle. On the final rectangle draw a small flap at the top to allow the four rectangles to be joined at the side.

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