How to Make a Triangular Candy (Gift) Box

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, December 23, 1913:  Made some more today. It wasn’t so bad. You see I know more about the making from experience.Triangular box

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Practice makes perfect. The previous day Grandma  tried to make taffy, but it didn’t turn out right.

Since my Black Walnut Taffy turned out perfectly yesterday, I’ve moved on to making gift boxes for my candy. The December, 1912 issue of The School Arts Magazine had directions for making a triangular candy box.

Source: The School Arts Magazine (December, 1912)
Source: The School Arts Magazine (December, 1912)

A square piece of heavy craft paper is used to make the box. To measure a square, take one corner of the paper and fold to the opposite side.  Cut the paper to create the square.


Unfold paper, and fold on the other diagonal. Then, fold one corner of the paper to the crease made by the previous folding. Unfold paper, and cut a slit to the new fold.


Bring a corner to the center of the paper and then fold. Repeat with the opposite corner.


Fold the paper into the triangular shape. Thread a craft needle with yarn. Tie a knot at the end of the double strand,  then pull the yarn through the two layers of paper to fasten them together.  Fill with candy, then sew through the top of the box to close.  Clip the yarn to remove the needle, and tie bow.


These boxes are easy to make, and very attractive. I like them so much that I ended up making several, and used them for small gifts.


20 thoughts on “How to Make a Triangular Candy (Gift) Box

    1. Yes, it’s my tree. I decorate my tree with ornaments that I’ve accumulated over the years. Some of the ornaments originally belonged to my parents and grandparents; others are ones that I got as gifts, and my children made some of them.

    1. It is the perfect size for the candy. I can just picture kids a hundred years ago carrying these little gift boxes home from school on the last day before the Christmas break.

  1. We attempted to make rum balls yesterday. They were too soft and doughy. Melanie doesn’t like eating raw dough. So, she pressed them down with a fork and baked them like a cookie. That did the trick. We now have delicious rum cookies.

    We need baskets to give the neighbors. Perhaps that idea above will do the trick.

  2. I don’t have much time to keep up with blogs 😦 but with a few hours spare in the run up to Christmas I’m trying to catch up – and you have certainly caught me!
    I love the idea of your blog and there is something particularly heartwarming in the way that you are breathing life into your grandmother’s diary – even more so at this time of year where you are bringing family together, both geographically and across time ….

  3. i love your candy box and once again envious of your willingness to try the old ways. You are surely experiencing a real old fashioned Christmas. Although I bake cookies and make peanut brittle, most of the other goodies here are of the “store bought” variety. 🙂

    1. I’ve always wanted to make peanut brittle, but have never done it (and I’m done with my baking and candy making for this year).. . there’s always next year. 🙂

  4. What a great idea! I’m way behind on reading Helena’s diary Sheryl, but wanted to drop by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Will catch up when Christmas is over….why is there so much to do at this time of year? Oh well, it’s all worth the effort when the Big Day arrives and it is being shared with family and friends. 🙂

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