Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Halloween Treat Boxes
When we were in China a few years ago, we saw some super tiny individual Skittle and M&M packets just like this. They couldn't have been more than an inch high. They were so cute that I just had to buy some! I've been wanting to recreate a version of them ever since. Halloween seemed the perfect occasion. These would make the cutest party favors or inexpensive gifts! But who needs a party? Just tuck one into a lunch sack or a pocket and -POOF--instant celebration.
Supplies that you will need:
scissors or paper cutter
Purchase and print out the files from my shop. Just use plain old run of the mill printer paper. You do not want to use card stock. It will be too stiff.
Cut out the squares along the black lines.
You will notice that the faces of the characters are slightly off center. There is a reason for that. Place a strip of tape along the front left side of the printed square (as shown below). Fold the strip over about a half inch or the width of the tape strip.
Turn your character square face down, with the folded edge on the right. Place a strip of tape from the middle of the bottom edge to the lower right corner.
Peel off the protective paper from this bottom strip and stick down the folded flap. You will also need to put a small strip of tape centered on the top edge. Do not remove the protective paper on this strip! You will need to wait to remove this until the very last step. Your square should look something like this:
Remove the protective tape from the side of the square (the one that is folded over). Bring the opposite edge of the paper over (this is the edge that doesn't have any tape on it) and stick it to the tape strip. This will in essence form a cylinder. At the same time, seal the bottom of your container with the tape that is already exposed. You want a flat sealed edge. It should look something like this:
Fill your favor box with cute little treats.
M&Ms, mini Reese's pieces, Skittles, and candy corn work best. Anything small will do.
Once your boxes are filled you are ready to seal the open end.
Seal the open end by removing the protective paper and pressing the edges of the paper together. You want this seal to be perpendicular or opposite in direction to the bottom one. In other words, the faces of your characters should be centered. When you look at it head-on, the front surface should be triangular.
If you have a paper crimper you could crimp the sealed ends of the tube. I have a paper crimper. Somewhere. As you can see, this step is optional. If you can find your crimper--go ahead and crimp away. If not--all is well.
Aren't they so much fun? I think the mummy is my favorite. Or maybe Frank. It's so hard to choose. To open your cute little Halloween favor, just gently tear off the top! And enjoy!