‘Tis that time of year, time to pass out Halloween treats! Today I’ve made a DIY Halloween Treat Box, made out of this cool clear paper. I’ve used my Halloween printables from a few years ago, and I’ve filled them with sweets and goodies for my girls and their friends.
- Teresa Collins Signature Essentials Collection 12×12 Clear Paper
- Teresa Collins Wanderlust 12×12 Double-Sided Paper
- Box template (I used a popcorn box)
- Xyron Mega Runner
- Xyron 3-inch Sticker Maker and Xyron 1.5-inch Sticker Maker
- Washable marker
- Halloween Printables (Small and Large) printed on white cardstock
- 1-inch round hole punch
- 2-inch round hole punch
- 2-inch scallop punch
- Regular hole punch
- Ribbon, plain cardstock
Last week, I used a popcorn box as a template to make these ghost luminaries, and today I’m using my box again, but I want to make a shorter box. You can use any type of box you have, such as a square box or a takeout box, that you can carefully open up to lay flat. So first, I traced the bottom 2/3 of the box (including the bottom flaps) onto one of my clear papers using a washable pen. I plan to make my popcorn box about 1/2 inch past the “Popcorn” label. At this point, do not trace the top (plus, the top of your popcorn box might be off the paper). I did not cut the box as I want to make more of my ghosts using the full-sized box! So the next steps will show you how I reduced the size.
I marked a 1/2 inch from the top of the Popcorn label on one side of my popcorn box. Then on the other side, i.e. where they will match up when I adhere the box together, I made another mark, even with the first one.
Then I placed the popcorn box beneath the clear paper, matching up the tracing lines. Then, I took a ruler and starting from one of the little lines I drew 1/2 inch from the Popcorn label, I drew a line parallel to the Popcorn label (I know, it’s curved, so I just tried my best). Then, I repeated the step with all four sides of the box, making sure I ended on the little line I drew on the other end. Then, cut out the box, along the lines you traced around the bottom of the box, and these lines you just drew with the ruler along the top of the box.
To form the creases, place the popcorn box face down, and place the clear paper face down, lining it all up with the popcorn box. Then, fold both at the same time, pressing down and creasing as you go. First start with the little side flap (used to connect the sides together).
Then, do rest of the vertical folds of the box, and the bottom flaps.
Now place the clear paper right side up. Run your Xyron Mega Runner adhesive along the side flap.
Then close up the box on the sides by pressing the flap on the back of the other side of the box.
Fold the bottom flaps in. Two of them should interlock, and you shouldn’t need to add any adhesive because the clear paper is quite stiff (unless you’re placing something super heavy inside). Here are the three different patterns the clear paper comes in (it also comes in pink, I’ve heard!). I further creased the side folds so the sides go in a little bit, forming a fun shape.
Now all that’s left to do is decorate the boxes! You can do whatever you want! The black is great for Halloween. I paired them with some gold patterned paper plus some plain orange paper. I also used my Halloween Printables from a few years ago. I made them in large (for a 2-inch hole punch) and small (for a 1-inch hole punch) so I printed out both. I also adhered some ribbon as well as other papers to decorate the boxes. My 1-inch and 3-inch Xyrons were perfect for the job, as always.
I punched two holes on the sides and threaded through some ribbon for handles. Then I filled my boxes with candy, plus paper straws threaded through the large printable. I also included bubbles (which came with a sticker on them but I replaced them with my small printable), and other little things like eyeball bouncy balls and spider rings. Here are three ways you can decorate them, but again, you can do whatever you like! The clear paper with the black patterns provide a great backdrop.
This one was the simplest design, with the ribbon adhered to the box with one of the Halloween labels adhered to a scallop.
I loved how the clear striped paper looked over the orange cardstock!
And one more variation!
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