Spellbinders was speaking my love language when they came out with the latest dog die d-lites! I have a soft spot in my heart for Golden Retrievers so when it came time to create a Year of the Dog party favor to celebrate the Chinese New Year, I knew just what I needed to use.

These gift boxes are super easy and the best part about them is you can switch them up every year with the new Chinese animal. I saw 2019 is the year of the pig, so let’s cross our fingers that Spellbinders creates some cute little piggy die cuts in the next year! Let’s go through the materials and get started.

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Spellbinders® Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Red cardstock
  • Glitter gold cardstock
  • Computer/Printer for tags
  • Hot Glue
  • Gold baker’s twine
  • Square adhesives
  • Chinese chocolate coins

Start by cutting out a box in red cardstock using S6-133 Just For You Box Etched Dies. You can also cut out your dog and dog bone using gold glitter cardstock. I chose to use what looked like a golden retriever but there are a few options in the S3-299 Die D-Lites Dog. You can then fold and assemble the box partly using glue or whatever adhesive you’d like.

If you’re going to completely seal your box, you’ll want to fill it before gluing it completely. I chose to fill mine with some Chinese gold coins that I found at World Market.

I saw a sign there that said it’s traditional to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope to friends and family. The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity in many Asian cultures. These aren’t envelopes but we definitely have plenty of red with these boxes. Let’s hope that it still brings good luck!

The final step is to adhere the dog cutouts and new years tag to each box. I also added some gold bakers twine just for fun!

Whether you celebrate the Lunar New Year every year or are just a dog lover, these boxes are sure to be a treat!

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All photos by Partyography.


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