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In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we’re introduced to the Hogwarts Express Candy Trolley Witch, who pushes her cart full of treats through the train to sustain our traveling witches and wizards on their way to Hogwarts. And in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you’ll read some interesting, surprising, and shocking background information about the Trolley Witch as well! As part of my Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Halloween Porch, I’m going to set up a Hogwarts Express Candy Trolley from witch Trick-or-Treaters can take candy while we are away Trick-or-Treating ourselves. I’ve included printables for the candy labels, as well as a printable not-home sign plus ideas on how to display your sweets.
My post is part of the 2016 Popcorn Box Blog Hop. Our challenge was to make something with a popcorn box! I have made some of my candy holders (for licorice wands and acid pops) using my popcorn box as a template. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find links to dozens of craft ideas (Halloween and more), plus a great GIVEAWAY: a $50 Gift Card to World Market!
Hogwarts Express Candy Trolley Display and Printables
Supplies to make Popcorn Box Candy Holders
- Popcorn Box (to use as a template)
- Double-sided tape
- Mason jar
- Harry Potter inspired candy label printables (<–click to download)
- Light colored cardstock
- Styrofoam cone
- Hot glue
- “Anything from the Trolley?” speech bubble printable (<–click to download)
- “The Trolley Witch is Unavailable” not-home sign printable (<–click to download)
- Light colored cardstock
- Plastic rat
- Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans box
- Cart or table
Directions to make popcorn box candy holders
Take your popcorn box and open it up completely so it lays flat. Unfortunately, it’s too large to trace in one piece onto a regular piece of 12×12 inch cardstock, so you’ll have to trace it in two separate pieces, adding an extra flap to one edge. So first, I traced one half of the opened up popcorn box onto cardstock, tracing all around, including the side and bottom flaps. Then I added a flap, similar to the one it already has, to the opposite edge. I’ve indicated this added flap to the picture below. Then, trace the other half onto another piece of cardstock. No need to add an additional flap to that piece. You will also want to trace where you’ll fold the box. Trace on the back of the paper.
Fold the box along all of the fold lines. Then, add double-sided tape along the two side flaps on the first piece.
Now take your second traced piece and place it next to your first piece, both back side up. Place the flap from the first piece along the edge of the 2nd traced piece and press to adhere.
Now, bring the other flap around to the other edge to create your box. Press down as best as you can without wrinkling the paper.
Tuck in the bottom flaps to close. You may place some double-sided tape on the flaps to secure.
All done with your popcorn box! Make them in any color or patterned paper!
I made an additional green box and placed a jar inside of it. Then I filled it with pebbles to add weight and stability, and covered the lid. Then I took a styrofoam cone (which I wrapped in twine) and hot glued it to the top of the lid. I poked lollipops into the styrofoam cone.
I made printable candy labels inspired by the books and movies. Because I’m displaying this on my porch and the candy is for Trick-or-Treaters, I have to use pre-wrapped candies. So, I’m going with individually wrapped licorice for my Licorice Wands, lollipops for my Acid Pops, round chocolates wrapped in gold wrapping as my Golden Snitches, and here I do have actual Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans in small boxes. However, I will probably replace them with packs of jelly beans, because Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans are actually really really gross! I had the same experience as Dumbledore – I really did eat a vomit-flavored one and it was the grossest thing I’ve ever eaten. I don’t think my neighbors would appreciate it if their kids got sick from the flavor! So these boxes will be given to friends who actually know us! Click here to download the labels, then cut them out.
Cut them out with scissors, then trace them onto some colored cardstock but leave a 1/4-inch border around so you have a little frame around your printable pieces. Then, add adhesive to the back (I used my Xyron Creative Station). Then just use double-sided tape to adhere them to your containers.
Do the same for the “Anything From The Trolley?” Speech Bubble sign. Click here to download the printable. I taped a wood skewer to the back of the speech bubble sign and stuck it into a jar of my golden snitches.
Inspired by the scene on the train where Ron introduces Harry to Scabbers the Rat, I spray painted a gray plastic rat brown and positioned him so he’s digging inside a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.
And finally, our not-home sign, for when we are out Trick Or Treating. Click here to download.
I just taped it to the front of the cart.
So fun to put together! Can’t wait to show you the whole porch, coming soon.
Here was my Popcorn Box idea from last year, my Ghost Luminaries, one of my all-time favorite Halloween ideas! You’ll also find links to everyone’s ideas from last year.
And this year’s Popcorn Box ideas? Here they are! Just click on each photo to visit the blog posts.
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Author and Crafter at The Silly Pearl
Stephanie Chan is the crafter behind The Silly Pearl. She has been creating since childhood, inspired by her creative parents. Today she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her handy IT Guy husband, sweet twin girls born in 2007 (Year of the Pig), and a fuzzy tabby cat named Sherry. Current obsessions include watercolor, mid century modern design, Harry Potter, and of course, cats and pigs!