Today I want to share a really fun project — quick and easy Halloween treat holders. They are sure to be a hit with your favorite trick-or treaters.
I began by selecting some of my favorite circle and oval dies, as well as a some solid and patterned papers. The dies I selected were Spellbinders petite scalloped circles, scalloped circles, picot-edged circles and pumpkin circles. I also selected a set of My Favorite Things oval dies to make the taller pumpkins.
My first two pumpkins were made using Dried Marigold from the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations paper stack. I cut two shapes each from the largest of the petite scalloped circle and oval dies. Then I scored each piece at 1” using my Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal. I love how convenient and easy it is to use. (Note that I use a stylus instead of the bone folder included with the Scor-Buddy. I think the stylus is a little easier to use and gives a more crisp line.) After I scored all 4 pieces, I selected two of the new Darice embossing folders — Flowers and Vines and Diamond Plate. I used Flowers and Vines folder with the round shapes, and the Diamond Plate folder with the oval shapes. To emboss, I placed the round or oval shape in the embossing folder up to the scored line, and ran it through my Cuttlebug. (You do not want to emboss the entire shape – if you do, it likely won’t sit flat on a table.) Sometimes it is easier to see the placement for the embossing folder, if you lightly fold the shape along the scored line.
There are a couple of different methods you can use to add dimension or interest to the embossed shapes. The first is to ink the embossed areas with a marshmallow. I used Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye ink and a Darice Foamies marshmallow to add this dimension – use light pressure and the marshmallow will glide over the embossed area leaving just a touch of ink. I used this technique on the round shapes. The second technique is to sand the embossed area, leaving it slightly distressed. I used this technique on the oval shapes. Here is a close-up of the two treat boxes made with the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations solid papers.
Of course you can also use patterned papers to make the treat box. The patterned papers I used here are all by Authentique, most of them from the Thrilling Collection. The patterned paper could be embossed with an embossing folder if you prefer, but the examples below are not embossed. Here is a close-up photo of two of the treat boxes made with patterned paper.
To assemble the treat boxes, you’ll fold the shapes along the scored line, and then add a piece of Scor-Tape to one of the scored flaps. When you add the second shape from the opposite direction (right sides of both facing out), the two flaps will overlap, and the basic shape of the treat holder is formed. You can see the steps to create the treat holders in this short video.
I used one of the leaves from the Spellbinders fall leaf set and Peeled Paint Core’dinations paper to cut leaves for the pumpkin shapes. I cut the stems from a scrap of Vintage Photo Core’dinations paper. The stems I cut were approximately 1” x ½”, and some of them I trimmed almost to a point (the point end was attached to the pumpkin). I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the leaves and the stems to the pumpkin shape. The leaves and stems can be inked or sanded to add extra dimension or interest.
To finish the treat holders, I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the inside of one of the round or oval shapes. I then removed the liner and pressed the wrong sides together. I attached a small bow to the “front” of the treat holder as a decoration. (As an alternative, you could punch holes in both of the round or oval shapes and use the ribbon to string them together.)
For me, the fun part was decorating. I used some of the fun stickers that came with the Authentique Thrilling Collection, buttons from Dress It Up, and small black gemstones. There are so many possibilities . . . google eyes and a silly mouth would be fun, and you could also add names, etc. Of course don’t forget the important part – place treats inside the treat holders and watch your little trick-or-treaters’ faces light up.
Assorted circle and oval dies. I used Spellbinders Scalloped Circles, Petite Scalloped Circles, Picot Edged Circles and Pumpkin Circles. The oval dies I used were Oval Stax 1 by My Favorite Things.
Leaf die. I used one of the leaves from the Spellbinders Fall Leaf set.
Embossing folders – I used Flowers and Vines and Diamond Plate by Darice.
Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Cuttlebug.
Assorted Halloween papers. The patterned papers I used were by Authentique. Most of them were from the Thrilling Collection. The solid papers were from the Tim Holtz Distress Core’dinations paper pad, including Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.
Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Tea Dye
Fine sanding paper
Assorted embellishments – I used buttons from “Dress It Up”, stickers from the Authentique Thrilling Collection, assorted ribbons, and black rhinestones.
Scoring board – I used the Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal.
Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!