Have you seen these cool favor containers? They often package individual servings of sour cream in this type of container. 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:
free printable (see below)
scissors or paper cutter
Print out the Halloween character squares from the links at the bottom of this post. Just use plain old run of the mill printer paper. You do not want to use card stock. It will be too stiff. If you would rather have an ink conserving black and white version, click here for the mummy, here for the pumpkin, here for Frankenstein, and here for the vampire. Of course, if you choose this option, you will want to print on colored paper or color your printables with markers.
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!
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