Thursday, October 21, 2010

Coffin Treat Box (NOT from Happy Hauntings cartridge)

One of the reasons why I was tempted to buy the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge was that it has a few interesting 3-D projects including a coffin-shaped favor box. Of course when I finally decided to order it, it's back-ordered and I'm not hopeful that it'll arrive at my mailbox with enough time left for me to make the boxes. Lucky for me, a search for "coffin favor box" on yielded quite few free downloads of the box. I decided to get the template from Martha's site.

I downloaded the 2 free .pdf files quickly and imported them into MTC. I used "Break" and "Delete" to remove the page title. I also had to remove all the score lines because MTC had imported them as solid cut lines.

 Because I am nice, :-D I will share the cut file with you so that you do not have to do all the boring Break-Delete work. Just click on this link to download the MTC file. You will need to have the MTC program to open the file. (Edit oct 24/11: .studio file added. Just click here to download. Select the 2nd file.)


I used a double-sided 12"x12" sheet of printed cardstock to cut out both the top and bottom of the box.

Even though I had removed all the scorelines, it wasn't hard to figure out where the folds should be. Just align the two ends of the two adjacent cut lines and crease away.

The bottom is quite deep at 2" so I was able to use my ATG tape to stick the cut sides down. The top is more shallow so I used my Zip 2-way glue pen instead. I placed some clips on the glued sides for a short while to hold down the sides while the glue dries. Did you notice that the clips matched the color of the cardstock? :-D

This is how the box looks like when it's done. Creepy, huh? *shudder*

What shall I put in it? Candies? Lollipops? How about a mummy?

A Musketeer mummy. How fast can you say "Mummified Musketeer"? Haha!

Eek! There's a spider on the Mummy!

I printed a label with LD Frightmare and stuck it on the box.Then I took a piece of kitchen twine and colored it with my Memories Dye Inkpad (Chestnut Brown). I wrapped it around the box, tied a knot, and the project is completed.

The top of the box seems a bit larger than it should be but it did not bother me. If you want a tighter fit, you might want to adjust the template for the top in MTC.

Credit for the mummy goes to Julie of the Paper Jewels blog. My kids and I made a whole army of Chocolate Mummies last year. They were so fun to make! The size of the Hershey's chocolate bar is too big to fit into the box so I made one out of the Musketeer bar instead. If you prefer to put in a Hershey's Chocolate Mummy in the box, just make the necessary adjustments in the MTC file. No matter what you prefer to fill the box with, just have fun making them. I really got a kick out of putting this one together. Have a great day creating!


  1. OMGoodness Jin! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!! I have to ask...what did you use for the mummy? Is that actual guaze or is it crepe paper? I already have samples of my treat bags done that I was going to make for my boys classrooms, but I know that my older son (5th) grade is going to love these mummy candy bars!! I'm thinking of heading to Costco and picking up a box of candy bars to start working on some mummies! I wouldn't have time to make 29 coffins to go with them, but I think the kids would get a kick out of just the mummies!

    Thank you so much for this inspiration and I would love for you to stop by my blog and leave me a message on my sidebar chatroll letting me know what you used for the mummies.


  2. Adorable! Love the mummified musketeer!

  3. These are just toooooooo stinkin cute! OMG! The chocolate bar in the middle...oh, you stole my heart! What a great idea! You ROCK! I am already a follower.....hope you can follow me if you aren't already! :-) Have a great day!

  4. Brilliant! Jin, your blog is the first I go to each morning, I really look forward to seeing what you have for us each day! You are great!

    Thanks for the file!

  5. Oh I love it Jin,
    I made a slew of those chocolate mummies from Jules toooo!
    Thanks for sharing and the hard work you do.

    Just a Bye-the-Way, What paper is the coffin made out of. It is to cute!!!


  6. Great idea, Jin! Your mummy and coffin box treats are adorable.

  7. Jin, you are the most creative person that I know! I just love what you do, and your photos are always so fantastic! The coffin boxes are just too cute with that mummy inside. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

  8. These are fabulous! I too am waiting for my Happy Hauntings cart. I had seen Joy at make these and I wanted to as well but I'm starting to give up on the cart arriving on time. Now I don't have to wait! Thank you so much for the file!

  9. Thanks everyone for taking the time to post a comment. It really helps to know that someone's reading my post and that I'm not really talking to myself. LOL!

  10. Linda, the paper is by Basic Grey.

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Halloween post on Oct. 22, 2010. Thanks again.

  12. I had been meaning to make that Martha template into a MTC file and you saved me all the work - thank you!!

  13. Jin, these are just too cute. Thanks for sharing and all the hard work you did to convert these files for us. Just in time to make some cute Halloween treats.

    hugz, xx


  14. just LOVE your candy treat coffin box it's ADORABLE!!! I didn't have time to make these but I did get inspired by you and wanted to share with you what I made...thanks for all your inspiration!

  15. Love this, but I don't have MTC. This would be perfect for the baked good I have to bring in for the kids Halloween party at school. Any chance of getting it in Studio for the Silhoutte SD?


  16. Hi Tammyt, I just added the link to download the .studio format for the same template. Enjoy!

    :-) Jin