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{guest post: brown paper packages}

Hello friends!  I'm Kierste, the girl behind Brown Paper Packages, and I'm thrilled to be here!

Fall is my absolutely favorite season, and Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays.  Not the scary parts, but the trick-or-treating, fun costumes, parties, decorating, games, and yummy food.  I'm excited to share one of my favorite Halloween projects--darling trick-or-treat boxes that can be used as decor, or to keep all that delicious Halloween candy in!

Aren't they adorable? They are also SO easy to make, and I'm going to tell you how!

ITEMS YOU NEED:

  •  brown craft boxes (I found the boxes at Hobby Lobby for less than $10 for all three--sized 5, 6, and 7 inches)
  • spray paint
  • 1 1/2 inch wooden knobs (bought these at Home Depot)
  • ribbon
  • sandpaper/power sander
  • Liquid Nails or other strong adhesive
  • vinyl lettering

DIRECTIONS:

1. Spray your boxes and wooden knobs black, and let dry completely.  Take your sandpaper or power sander and gently rough up the edges and fronts of both the boxes and knobs. Using a damp cloth, wipe off all the excess dust.

2. Using double stick tape, adhere the ribbon the edge of the largest box's lid, and tie a knot at one corner.

3.  Add the vinyl (I used the Greer font) to the fronts of your boxes. You could also use foam stamps (I came *this* close to using mine), or print the text on cardstock then mat on cute scrapbook paper.

4. Add the knobs using Liquid Nails or other strong adhesive (i.e. hot glue).

Here's where you have a few options...

a. Add a knob to the top box only, and stack the three boxes. (as shown above)

b.  Add a knob to the biggest box and the smallest box, and stack like this:

c.  Add knobs to all three boxes!

You can also make just one larger box instead of all three...

Now the question is, how long will the candy last?  :)

Thanks so much for having me, Vanessa!  I hope you'll all stop by, say hello, and check out all of my other fun Halloween projects and ideas. I'd love to have you!
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathy C.
    Wednesday September 12th, 2012 at 03:31 PM

    Very cute idea!! Love the dual functionality… I may have to give this a try with the craft boxes I have laying around. :) Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Reply
    Debra
    Thursday September 27th, 2012 at 06:10 PM

    Those turned out great! :)

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