Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Candy "Jar" {Tutorial}

I'm not too sure how many Halloween projects I am going to get to this year...for one reason, it's already October and I have SO many things going on this month, as I do every year. Work is VERY busy and very stressful these next few weeks. It is also my birthday as well as Larry and I's anniversary. So, that puts two weekends out of the picture! I also have a friend from work who wants custom accessories made for her cruise before the end of the month--that means LOTS of time sewing. We are also still working on the plans and finalizing things for the upcoming bachelorette party in the beginning of November. AND I am in charge of decor and department holiday parties, so that's a lot to organize and shop for! Not to mention I have to figure out WHAT to be for Halloween in time for the Halloween parties! Not to mention a few birthday gifts in between...I'm pretty sure I'm setting myself up for an anxiety attack! But, it's ok. I love doing it all!! :) BESIDES all that, my house is fairly small, so the main Halloween projects that I'll most likely focus on are things for the office. :)

So Halloween priority number one..candy! My first Halloween project was a candy jar for my desk. I wanted something fairly small--that way I wouldn't overload MYSELF on candy all month. I wanted nothing glass because I didn't want any accidental drops or slips off my desk--we are VERY safety aware in my company, so I'm being preventative :) And I know it's Halloween, but everything I make still has to be pretty and fun! SO, here is what I came up with.

All I used was:
Mod Podge Paper
Mod Podge Sparkle
Scissors/Paper Cutter
Patterned Paper
Paper Mache Box with lid

Step 1. Cut out your paper for every side of your box that you're going to cover and use a thin coat of Mod Podge to adhere it. I chose to break the main facing of the box into two horizontal pieces using two different patterned paper and a thin orange ribbon as a divider. The top green strips can only be seen when the lid is off...I did this because the lid's rim is covered with the same green paper. I then covered the green paper of the lid rim with a cute plaid ribbon and finished it off with a "Happy Halloween" paper on the top. All in all, I used 3 different patterned paper (but with 4 different looks, since I used the flip side of the paper for two of the four facing sides).   

Step 2. Let the Mod Podge dry!! I then did a thin coat of Mod Podge Sparkle over the entire box and lid! 

(I tried to get a picture of the sparkle, still can't figure out the best setting to do this with my camera!)

Step 3. Let THAT dry! Add any embellishments and you're done! I originally wanted to do a "gift bow" on top with all of my Halloween ribbon, but then I realized that my lid will probably be OFF most of the time so it would just be smushed!

It's so cute and perfect size for my desk!...and holds just the right amount of candy! :)


shoppingaholic said...

Great project!!

Michelle said...

I loveeeee this! I seriously just bought this paper 2 hours ago for a project I am working on! I love it! Im going to have some extra so I might just make a box like yours! Its soo cute! I cant wait to check out the rest of your blog!

- Michelle @ bunch of craft

Blissful & Domestic said...

That turned out so cute. I love it!

Anngela said...

Thanks ya'll!!

@Michelle: I LOVE this paper too! I tend to lean towards the fun, bright Halloween prints, rather than the dark and scary ones...this paper stack is by far my favorite Halloween one to date! You should share your project with this paper, it may give me another reason to use it other than for scrapbooking!! :)

Katie said...

ahhh i love it!!!

malia said...

super fun-- love the paper you chose. i might have to make one of these myself (-:
i'm your newest follower + i'd love for you to consider linking up to "a crafty soiree" the weekly linky party i co-host
thanks! malia

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

What a cute idea! And it does hold just the perfect amount of candy! I'd love for you to come link this up to my Halloween party this weekend. Have a wonderful evening!


Unknown said...

Very cute! I love the paper!

Thanks so much for linking up to SS!

Hannah @

Cassie said...

This is a fantastic project!!!
I would love it if you linked up to my Halloween party!

Crafty Mommy Diva said...

So fun! Love the paper! Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays! Featuring this tomorrow!