Years ago, a friend taught me how to make these--it's one of those projects that seems difficult, until you make one all the way through, and then you realize how simple it really is! These are especially easy to make in quantity, as the assembly line process works well with them. Mine are embellished, but how pretty would these be simply made with a shiny metallic paper?
On each 3 inch square, fold in 1/2 inch at each side, and then use scissors to clip in 1/2 inch on the ends, as in the picture.
Using your favorite adhesive--THESE from CutCardStock all work great for this--glue the 1/2 inch tabs to the inside of the little lids, as shown in the photo. (Okay okay okay, it's fair to interject here and say that if you'd like to stamp or emboss or even collage on the little boxes or lids, you should do that prior to assembling the lids and boxes!
For the boxes, simply fold in each snipped off corner, bringing the pre-creased edge to the adjacent pre-creased edge. There's no glue involved, and you don't need to add ribbon or twine to keep it shut--the lid will keep the box closed.
These are fun to make, and it's easy to construct LOTS of them at once. Mixing and matching the lids adds a little extra touch, too. As you probably already know, ALL the orange, brown (including kraft brown), and gold cardstock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.
What you may not know is this CUTE Halloween ribbon is also on sale--25 YARDS for $1.99!!!!
And PS, the answer to the question posed in the first paragraph: VERY pretty, very elegant.