Some of the Halloween boxes and bags at Ben Franklin Crafts are so cute and inexpensive that it doesn't make sense to die cut your own if you need multiple ones for your child's class or for party favors. To satisfy your urge to create, why not just add some embellishments to the pre-made box. Here are a few samples that I made. The candy corn take-out box comes in two sizes. I used the smaller one and decorated it with an image (G Studio) stamped on a yellow circle with orange ink rubbed on the edges. Behind the circle is a punched web border topped with a single web punch out. The punches were from the Martha Stewart line. I used Fabri-Tac glue because it dries super fast and clear. Make sure that your embellishments (glued on the handle) still allow the metal handle to move freely or you won't be able to open the box. You don't have to fill this box with candy, rubber stamps and inks or make-up are good no-calorie options. This not-really-Halloween box is a Nicole crafts product which is in the gift wrapping area of Ben Franklin Crafts. The black label is an altered Sizzix Frame Back Ornate #3 die. I cut off the top and bottom so that it would fit in the Sizzix Textured Impressions folder (Halloween set #2). The black label is a white core cardstock that was sanded lightly after impressing to bring out the words. Onto the label I added a CC Designs (Baby Tricks or Treets Princess) stamped (then colored and cut out). The box already had the pink printed ribbon and I embellished the Princess with a Darice rhinestone crown and MS glitter. Because I adhered the label with green sugar coated brads (Doodlebug Design Inc.), the recipient can change the label and regift the box (but hopefully, not the contents). Maybe the box will come back to you for a refill. LOL!
For Halloween this box could be filled with cookies, mini cupcakes or as the label suggests a candy apple. Nicole Crafts also has a lovely box with a ginko leaf design (see photo) which I couldn't resist filling with Whoppie Pies decorated with autumn-colored Wilton sprinkles. This was a thank you gift for our pet watchers. (One of our turtles is fat like a Whoppie Pie!) I think Whoppie Pies will be the cupcake fad of 2011. Yum-Yum get some!