Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sweet Treats Candy Holders

Hi everyone, Audrey here, with a fun sweet treats project to share today.

Making up a package of treats is one of my favorite small gift ideas. They are quick and easy, and work for pretty much everyone on my gift-giving list. They make fabulous party favors, too. And best of all, you can adapt them to any size or theme you wish, making this gift idea perfectly customizable.

To get started, cut strips of patterned paper to size. For my project, I used small 3" cello bags, so I cut my strips 3" x 10". If you use a different size cello bag, measure the width of your bag and cut the strips of paper the same width.

Using a scoring board or bone folder, score each paper strip along the long edge at 4 3/4", 5", and 5 1/4".

If you like things a bit shabby, like I do, edge all your paper pieces for this project with brown ink.

die cutting
Die cut an opening in the bottom flap of each strip using the oval tag die from the Thinlits Tags die set.

*Note: to get perfect placement of the opening, place the die with the cutting side down on your paper where desired and secure with a small piece of tape or a post-it note. Then turn the paper back over and run it through your die cutting machine as usual.

Now fold along your score lines, creating a mountain peek along the center line.

Now die cut your accent pieces. For each candy container, I cut one On the Edge Distressed Doily from naturals cardstock, and one Sizzlits Rose 3D Flower from patterned paper.

Insert the cello candy bag inside the container and secure at the top with a staple. My bags were a little taller than my paper, but you can easily trim off the excess before proceeding. Apply adhesive to the back of the Distress Doily, center the front in the die cut opening, and wrap the ends around to the back of the container.

Tie ribbon and string around the top of the containers. Add a sentiment strip and the rolled Rose 3D Flowers. Die cut leaves from green patterned paper using the Leaves die and tuck into the top of each bow.

And last of all, add inked canvas butterflies to the bottom of each candy container.


die cutting supplies

Cardstock: Stampin'Up (Naturals)
Patterned Paper: WeRMemoryKeepers (yellow gingham), October Afternoon (blue dots), My Mind's Eye (green)
Stamp: Stampin'Up
Embellishments: Maya Road Canvas Butterflies
Trim: Stampin'Up (seam binding), Craft Supply (string)
Ink: Clearsnap

Ready for even more ideas for party treat and gift packaging?  Our die cutting project gallery at is packed full of ideas and instructions for projects that will make your next party treats even more unique!
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  1. Wow ! The treat holders look very beautiful !

  2. Very sweet project and a great idea!

  3. Wonderful idea. Love that added touch of the doily.

  4. This is really cute!! I love every single bit!!!

  5. So cute and you make it sound so easy. Thank You !!!

  6. These are gorgeous! And, they look so fun to make!

  7. I love this project idea. I'm always making items to go into gift baskets for fundraisers, as well as items for gifts in general. This is a great way of packaging purchased and homemade treats to make for special gifts. Love it.
    Thank you.


  8. Hello,
    It is such an amazing project-and one of the reasons why I decided to buy the Tim Holtz distressed Doly Die. Now I am so disappointed. I tried so many different cards and papers and not one material was cut properly by the die. I tried baking parchment between die and card/paper. It helped a bit - but no way I could say, it was properly cut.
    Do you have anysuggestions?
    Thanks for your help,

  9. These are the cutest treat gifties! What wonderful little surprises!

  10. Audrey's packaging is so adorable. Love these!


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