Nate and I recently had a carnival-themed party for our friends and family where I made lots of fun fair decorations, including these DIY popcorn boxes. They're really easy to make with just a sheet of 11 x 17″ cardstock, glue, scissors and a red pen.
DIY Popcorn Boxes
11 x 17″ white cardstock
Craft glue or a glue stick
Decorative scissors (optional)
First, measure the following dimensions on the 11 x 17″ piece of cardstock: a 3/8″ tab down the left hand 11″ side; four 4 1/8″ wide boxes along the top of the 17″ side (these will be 6 1/2″ long); and a box just beneath the furthest left-hand side box that is 4 1/8″ long and 4 1/8″ wide, with 3/8″ tabs surrounding it as shown. The area I shaded in grey will be cut out.
Cut out the area that was shaded in grey above and fold the cardstock to form creases around the four 4 1/8″ top boxes, the lower 4 1/8″ box, and each of the tabs.
Flip the popcorn box pattern over and draw red stripes on the top four box sections. I drew mine slightly angling in towards the bottom to give it that tapered look that many popcorn boxes have.
If you have decorative scissors, you can add a nice touch by trimming the top of the four box sections with them.
Apply glue to the outside of all four tabs.
Fold all four of the upper box sections in around the lower box and press each tab against the edge to secure.
These make a cute decoration, pen holder, or can be used in a kitchen to display snacks like nuts or candy. These DIY popcorn boxes are also easy enough to make that you can fold enough of them to use as party favor holders for your next birthday party.