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Make Your Own Chinese Take Out Boxes

Make your own chinese take out boxes for your next party or a romantic picnic. I've designed 2 different chinese take out box style boxes that you can create with your Cricut Explore and Design Space software. Each box comes with 3 pieces, a main box, a decorative wrap and an insert. You don't need the insert to use the finished boxes, but you do need to use the wrap if you'd like 4 folding flaps on top. Each piece can be cut with a different paper color so you can create boxes to match the occasion.

Chinese Take Out Boxes Made with Cricut Explore
Chinese Take Out Boxes Made with Cricut Explore


I've also designed these boxes to cut on either a 12″x12″ paper sheet or an 8.5″x11″ paper sheet. I use a mostly standard paper when I cut with my Cricut Explore, so I wanted to make sure I designed pieces that I didn't need larger paper for. However, you can increase the size of your cutting files in Design Space to use more of the space on a larger sheet.


Chinese Take Out Boxes designed by Jen Goode
Chinese Take Out Boxes designed by Jen Goode

These chinese boxes make great party favor boxes but are also big enough to use for single serving picnic treats. I suggest you don't put wet food items inside the boxes, unless you line them with parchment paper, unless you are using food safe waxed cardstock. For the sushi I created, I added a small sheet of parchment paper inside each box.

Use parchment paper inside each box to add a detailed look
Use parchment paper inside each box to add a detailed look

Each box also includes a closing flap so you can secure the box closed when you finish filling it. I chose to tie the boxes closed with red twine, but you can also use a hole punch to create small holes on each side and then add a wire handle.

Making your own chinese take out boxes

Materials you need:

How to assemble the chinese take out boxes:

  1. Cut out the main box piece and the wrapper. Fold along all score lines, this will allow the box to fold easier as you assemble with the wrapper.
  2. Place the wrapper on the main box panel at the bottom and glue in place.
  3. Add glue only to the top edge of the wrapper and press to adhere in place on the main box side. Repeat for both sides of the wrapper.
  4. Fold the combined box and wrapper and glue flaps in place.
  5. Fill box as desired, fold top flaps and close with flap hook. Finish with a wrap of twine and tie with in place.
Adhere wrapper to main box at bottom
Adhere wrapper to main box at bottom


Add glue to top of wrapper and adhere to main box side
Add glue to top of wrapper and adhere to main box side


Fold flaps on side
Fold flaps on side


Glue flaps in place
Glue flaps in place


Make a whole bunch of boxes
Make a whole bunch of boxes

I hope you have fun making your own pile of chinese take out boxes. I'm excited to see what you do with them!

Get started making your own boxes by checking out my Chinese Take Out Box project in Cricut Design Space.

Looking for more fun Cricut Projects? Check out my Create with Cricut Page, also take a look at all the projects I've designed to use with your Cricut Explore on Cricut Design Space projects by Jen Goode.

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As always, I'd love to hear from you, let me know what creative fun you are up to!

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Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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