Forever Searching for Cute Macaron Boxes
I have been searching for years to find a suitable box for my character macarons. It's only in the last little while that macaron boxes for regular round macarons have been easily accessible to the general public while there still seems to be a complete absence of boxes made specially for character macarons. Such a box should ideally be shallow since the best way to show off their sweet faces is when they are shown face up instead of on its side. And, of course, the box needs to have a clear top in order for the gift recipient to take a peek and be absolutely blown away by the cute mac babies inside the box 🙂 Ok, I might be exaggerating a little but you get the point. And if you are thinking of making character macarons, here's a great tutorial to start with. Rikuma Bear Macarons using All-Batter Technique.
This is one of my favorite projects so far and I hope it makes your baking life just a bit easier too.
Supplies for Homemade Gift Boxes
Now back to making these boxes. Take a look at the short video showing you how I did it and you'll also need all the supplies listed below:
- 2 colorful round plates of your choice (Plate size in video is 7inches, purchased at the Dollar Store for $1.50 for 8 pcs)
- Piece of ribbon (Ribbon length in video is 30 inches which allows for tying a small ribbon on the bottom.)
- Food-safe acetate film. Here's a link to a manufacturer who sells it (affiliate link): Baking Acetate Roll - Transparent Membrane ACETATE SHEET. If you can't get access to it, you can also use clear overlay film like this one found at Michaels - direct product link. Just make sure that your box has enough height clearance so that the film doesn't directly touch your macarons.)
- Round object a bit smaller than your plate.
- Flower shaped hole puncher. (The one used in video is Daisy 1 inches/2.54 centimeter from Recollections at Michaels.)
- Foam adhesive mini circles for creating 3D flower effect. These double sided "foam tape" adds dimension to your projects. (Purchased at Michaels - direct product link)
- Reinforcement labels. Take the small center dot and use it as the pistil for the flower.
- Glue gun
- X-acto knife
- Hole punches
- Foam cutting board
Bunny Macaron Templates
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Sindi Valdivia says
Help😭 pleeease. I have made somewhere around 10-15 batches (with 2 toddlers and baby in tow) and each one has failed. Some much harder than others. One batch was pretty close but still hollow, and that batch I was the most relaxed with. I tossed in some baking powder to see what would happen. I added some cocoa powder but did not measure. Adjusted the temp and time during baking. Those were pretty darn close to perfect. My biggest problem with most batches has been hollow which makes the feet too sticky or even crunchy once they dry because the batter just sits there instead of rising inside. How can it possibly be this hard? I’ve read your blog and several others. I bought an oven thermometer and scale. I think my oven temp has been too low according to today’s experiment with the thermometer. Any advice? (Other than give up)
Have you had a chance to implement the tips in this post yet? It's all about hollow macarons:
Sindi Valdivia says
Hi! Yes, and I actually already read through that. So I tried some with more mixing and some with much less compared to what I was already doing. I think my main problem has been oven temp and time. Which has improved the macarons but not perfected them. I’m still trying!
Phay Shing says
Thank you for sharing! This is such a great idea! I never focus on packaging and sometimes it's necessary to have something prettier. I stumbled upon this by accident and am glad that I did!
Thank you for your sweet note, Phay! I hope you get a chance to try it 🙂
Sabrina Stavenjord says
Excuse me girlfriend.. but you are SO creative!! I love it.
Thank you so much for visiting and your note Sabrina!