Dollar Store Favor Box Makeover

Happy new Year Rebel Crafters! I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays!

If you have a wedding shower, birthday, or bachelorette party coming up then this party favor makeover is a fun and inexpensive project. When I was at the dollar store I noticed a package of wedding dress party favor boxes. 10 for a dollar, what a deal! Good design is all around us, but sometimes the execution is not the greatest. In this case the dress boxes are pretty washed out, but again at 10 cents a piece I knew they had great potential. I took the package home and worked out how to easily make them over into fun, and eye catching party favors. All you need is scrapbook paper, some embellishments, and a spool of inexpensive pliable wire to make the mini hangers. This project is very similar to paper dolls, you get to "dress up" your boxes. Once made they could hold chocolates, almonds, mints, M&M's, little nail polish or a small gift. The dress theme possibilities are endless just by changing the paper style. Add tulle to the front of the dress and it could be a little girls princess dress. Use leopard print and hot pink for a bachelorette party, or shower. I made my boxes in a variety of papers so you could see how different they can look depending on the paper choice. They are fun, and easy to make. My 8 year old Daughter made a bunch!

You will need:

Wedding dress Favor Boxes (I found mine at the Dollar Tree store. They come 10 boxes for $1). I have the link to Dollar Tree at the bottom of the page but they also include the groom boxes online. 

Scrapbook Paper

Spool of pliable inexpensive wire (I used what I had on hand so I am not sure of guage. Just look at the inexpensive wire in the jewelry section at the craft stores and find one that is thick enough to make a small hanger)

Embellishments of Your Choice (I used bling on a roll for the gem sashes, and ribbon flowers).

Taper Runner and Glue Dots

Thin ribbon to tie the box together (optional) you can use the sheer white ribbon that comes with the boxes. 


Wire Snip (optional, you can use scissors)

ColorBox Chalk Inkpad (optional) if you want to distress your box edges.

The "before" box...cute design but pale printing.

Start by opening your package of dress boxes. Take one out and cut off one of the dress sides. 

This is now your "template" to cut the scrapbook paper dresses. (Remember you will need to use just one of the boxes to cut apart for the template when you figure your total favor boxes to buy). 

Use the dress template and cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. I held my template and trimmed around it. You can be more precise and also trace the template onto the back of the paper.

Attach the scrapbook dress pieces with tape runner by matching them up to the dress on the box.

Distress your edges if you prefer. If you aren't totally exact, trim your excess edges.

If you want to get fancy you can also cut a top in a different paper, and attach. (I chose to keep it simple using a full dress).

Now create your wire hanger.

Cut a piece of pliable wire approximately 9" long.

Centering the wire bend the sides into a triangle at 2 1/2" wide.

Wrap the wire around at the top of the triangle. The wire is very soft so you do not need to use pliers.

Snip the extra from the wrapped end off with wire snips or scissors.

Bend the hook at the top and snip to the desired length. I smooth out the hanger to shape it with my fingers.

Put your dress box together and tie it shut with a ribbon of your choice. You can use the ribbon they provide, but I liked a longer piece of ribbon.

Now attach the wire hanger to the "inside" of the front of the dress box by putting some tape runner in the middle and bottom part of the hanger wire. Press onto the inside of the dress. 

Have fun embellishing your dress to match your party theme. I cut little pieces of "Bling on a Roll" and stuck them to the front of the waist ribbon. I also added fabric flowers to some of the dresses using glue dots.

Make a batch of dresses in the same style and fill with candy, jordan almonds, mints, or other little treats.

 Chic Party Favor Boxes!

Check back soon for our next tutorial!


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  1. Anonymous1/04/2012


  2. Wendy Rae Vicary1/04/2012

    OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE. So stealing this for Mischas princess party in April. Thanks for another super fantastic project. Xoxo WRV

  3. ohmygosh!!! This is genius! I'm so using this idea for my next girls night. Thanks for such a great idea

  4. So cute. You are a crafting genius. I am your newest follower! Would love for you to come and visit!

  5. Absolutely adorable Ÿ

  6. Ok how cute is that signature with the bubbly champagne glass! I need the umlaut on my keyboard so I do it too! :)

  7. Anonymous1/05/2012

    LOVE IT! What a great idea. I love taking dollar store stuff and taking it over the top. What a great job you did. Thanks for sharing!

  8. FAB, fun makeover that's now accessible and usable for anyone's girls night! LOVE it!! :)

  9. Completely ADORABLE! LOVE them!

  10. So cute it hurts! LOVE them!

    New Follower!

    Cheers to 2012!

    Mary (

  11. Love, love, love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely following now!

  12. Too cute ! Gotta love the Dollar store!

  13. this is just so cute and creative, love what you did here I am stopping by from the Weekend Wrap Up Party

  14. LOVE this!! I am featuring it on my blog today for "Delights of the Week" where I feature my favorite projects and recipes I saw throughout the week.

    My url is Feel free to grab a button if you'd like (from the ride sidebar).

    I will include a photo and link to your blog-if there is a problem with this, please let me know.

    Sorry I am posting this in the comments, but I couldn't an email.

  15. How Creative!! And you made your own hangers too! I see these all the time at the dollar store, didn't know they could be so cute! Have a great day! Deanna

  16. Perfect! I just can't handle the amazing creativity I see sometimes! The final product is fabulous! I would love for you to consider linking this up at my "Drab to Fab" party every friday over at my blog Sugar and Spice. You can read all about the link party here:

    Really hope to see you on Friday!

  17. Now those are some of the cutest things I've ever seen! I would love for you to link up with my party at

    Happy Monday to you!

  18. Brilliant. I've probably passed by those boxes at the Dollar Store and never thought how cute they'd be jazzed up! My link party - The Inspiration Board is open and I would be so happy if you linked this up. I know my readers would love it.
    carolyn - homework

  19. wow good idea

  20. These are fabulous!! What a makeover!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share, making this a feature in tomorrow's party!

  21. Cutest idea ever. I'm off to the dollar store. I don't need any dress shaped gift boxes at the moment-but this idea is too cute not to steal.

  22. These are so cute!! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

  23. Yay! I am proud to have the thumbnail of this project gracing the presence of my blog today! Thank you so much for linking up with me for Drab to Fab! Come back again, because I KNOW you have more to share!

    Your newest follower! Amy :)

  24. Stopping by from Sugar and Spice linky. LOVE this idea!!

  25. So cute and creative. Wish I had an upcoming event so I could make these!

  26. I've got to get some of these to keep on hand for my 8 yr olds slumber parties!!! Love them!

  27. Girl you are awesome! I love this idea, and anything from the dollar tree is great on my budget. I'm following so I can get more great ideas. Stop by anytime, Lori

  28. Those are adorable!!! I'm going to feature them on FB tomorrow!!!

    I love dollar store transformations!
    @ Creatively Living

  29. Wow, totally chic and adorable!

  30. how cute love them

  31. These are so cute,..right down to the adorable little hanger you made. Great idea - thanks so much for sharing at our LInk It Up Thursday party.

  32. Oh, this is a great idea and a good tutorial!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    I am linking your site to my blog so my readers can enjoy!

  33. Anonymous1/30/2012


  34. Anonymous2/21/2012

    Thank you for a fun idea! They are so easy to make

  35. Anonymous3/06/2012

    Love you site...first time here but will be back...thank you!

  36. I'm actually using this idea for my wedding favors! It's inexpensive, it's quick, and even my fiance likes the idea and the look! Thank you!!!

  37. Wow NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the idea :)



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