This Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans box is fairly easy to make and you probably already have all the supplies you'll need at home! I'm pleased with how it turned out... now all I need to do is fill it with jelly beans.
I've attached the template I used. You'll need to download the zip file and extract it to your computer before you begin.
Other things you'll need:
- Scissors or x-acto knife (I prefer the latter)
- Cutting pad and ruler (if you're using an x-acto knife)
- Scraps of clear plastic (from a bag or some kind of packaging)
- Permanent double sided tape
- Heavy card stock paper
- A printer
Step 1: Print the Template and Cut It Out
First, of course, you'll want to print out the template and use your scissors or x-acto knife to cut it out. I don't think there's a need to go into much detail here...
Step 2: Cut Out the Windows and Fold
Next, you'll want to cut out the windows. For this, I used an x-acto knife to get more precise lines.
If you're using an x-acto knife:
- Place your template on your cutting pad
- Line up your ruler with where you'd like to cut
- Press down hard on the ruler to hold it in place and to keep the card stock from shifting under it as you cut
- With your other hand, cut along the ruler's edge. You should get a perfectly straight line, if you do it right
- When you're done with the straight lines, you can either use scissors to cut out the rounded edges at the bottom, or cut along them with your x-acto knife
If you're using scissors:
- Puncture the center of the window with the scissors
- From that hole, use the scissors to cut the window out
Note: Using scissors can make the edges where you cut look much less precise.
Folding is very simple for this one. Just fold the edges, along the bottom, and along the tabs. Refer to the photo for reference.
Step 3: Cut Out the Plastic and Tape the Windows
Now, cut out squares that are about a half-inch larger than the windows on all sides. Then apply strips of tape around the windows on the inside of the box and tape the plastic down. Make sure you flatten and stretch the plastic as tightly as you can so there are no wrinkles.
Step 4: Make Slits for the Small Tabs
Now you'll need to make slits for the small tabs to go in to. This is pretty easy and definitely turns out better if you use an x-acto knife.
First you'll hold the small tab against the large tab and make two little lines with a pencil to mark where your slits should start and end. Then simply make your slits between your marks.
Your small tabs should now fit through the slits in your larger tabs.
Step 5: Tape and Close the Bottom
To close the bottom of the box, you'll first need to apply tape as illustrated in the image above. Do this to both sides and tape them to the bottom of the middle flap. Now you should be able to slide the bottom tab into what you've just made, as you see in the images.
Step 6: Tape the Box Closed and Close the Top
You should have one edge of the box that is still open. Apply tape to the tab and tape that edge shut. This will leave you with a finished box with the top open. To close the top, just slide the little tabs into the slits we made in the larger tabs earlier.
Step 7: You're Finished!
And that's it. You have a nice looking Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans box, perfect to use at any Harry Potter party! You can use it for decoration or fill them with jelly beans and give them to your guests!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know what you think and post photos of your Bertie Bott's box in the comments!