Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CRAFTASTIC: Easy DIY Tricks & Treats! {GIVEAWAY}

I've been putting together the tutorials for some of the projects from Gabrielle & Alaina's second birthday party and since it's GET YOUR GHOUL ON! MONTH here on AFOMFT, I thought it would be fun to make some Halloween versions too.  Lucky for me, the lovely ladies at Anders Ruff gave me a set of their Happy Halloween Printables to play with, so here are projects one and two, trick or treat style!

Remember these snack cups?


Not only are they cute but they're also super simple to make.  Here's how:

1.  Gather some double-sided paper.  You can use scrapbook paper or you can print patterned paper designs (like the ones Anders Ruff designed for G&A's party and include in their Halloween collection) onto both sides of card stock.  Here's what the Halloween paper I printed looked like.


2.  Cut the paper into strips that are 3 inches wide by 9 inches long.


3.  Match up the pieces you want to use for each snack cup (you'll need two per cup) and punch holes in the corners at the top and bottom of each strip.


4.  Fold each strip of paper at 3 inches and 6 inches so you have three equally sized squares.  You can do this a few ways - hold a ruler at 3 and 6 inches and fold the paper up; use a paper bone folder to score the paper and then fold; or use the Martha Stewart Scoreboard to crease the paper at your fold points like I did.


Sorry, I have to interrupt this tutorial for just one second to tell you that the Martha Stewart Scoreboard is a lifesaver when I'm doing craft projects.  You can use it to make boxes, pinwheels, envelopes, invitations and so much more.  Best $20 I ever spent!  Okay, now back to our how-to, already in progress....

One you've folded your strips, they'll look like this:


5.  Take two of the strips with contrasting patterns and overlap them into a cross shape.


And use a glue stick or glue dots to attach the center pieces together.  


6.  Next, take some ribbon or string and run it through the holes in the corners to hold the paper together and create the box shape, then tie the ends into a knot.  I used ric rac on these snack cups.


And that's it!  Just fill them with snacks and they're ready to go on display.  Or.....

You can go one step further and pimp them out a little but more.  I used some of the party logos from the Anders Ruff printable package to add a little more ghoulishness to my boxes. I added a skeleton to this one and filled it with animal crackers.


And the boo box got a Jack-o-Lantern logo and some Chex mix.


I wanted to try something different with the last one so I stuck a Happy Halloween logo sticker onto it, added some Reese's Peanut Butter cups and wrapped it cellophane.  Presto- the perfect party favor! 


There are so many more ways you can use these paper boxes so if you make some of your own, be sure to send us pictures so we can feature your handiwork here on AFOMFT!   Now on to project number two.  I've gotten tons of e-mails from people asking where I got or how I made the personalized sippy cups from Gabrielle and Alaina's party.


Here's the scoop.  I bought these Design-Your-Own Cups from Oriental Trading (they're $9.99 per dozen).


I removed the paper that came inside and replaced it with labels I made from the printable package Anders Ruff designed for the girls' party.  So simple and such a huge hit with the kids and parents!  Since I had the Happy Halloween Printable Collection, I decided to craft up some scary sippies too.  I made one set with the bottle wraps that come in the collection.  What was meant for soda and water:

 
Was re-purposed for sippy cups.  Just print the label wraps out, cut them to size, put them in the cups and you're done!


I wanted to do some personalized cups too, so I simply added names to blank party labels and repeated the steps above.


Now really, does it get any easier than that?  I don't think so.  I love projects like these two - they're easy peasy but make a big impact.  Your guests will think you spent a lot more time - and money - than you actually did, and your dessert table or buffet will look fabulous with all of these goodies lined up for the grabbing!


So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to enter our giveaway for the Happy Halloween Printable Collection from Anders Ruff so you can get started on your own frightening fun.  If you can't wait to get yours, you can buy the set in the Anders Ruff store.  For just $15, you get $250 worth of graphics you can use hundreds of ways.  No tricks, just treats!
 

And I've got one more treat for a lucky AFOMFT reader - we're giving away one dozen of the Design-Your-Own Cups from Oriental Trading!  To enter, post a comment here telling me how you'll use them (this is mandatory).  For additional entries:
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post.  Comments on Facebook will not count as entries.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and ends October 12th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected by random.org and announced on AFOMFT on October 13th. If the winners don't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

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95 comments:

  1. ooo..I was reading this post and thinking...I need to get some of those cups, when I realized it was a giveaway. I would love to make personalized cups for all the kids at our family thanksgiving.

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  2. I would use these cups for my son's next birthday party. Either a monster mash or bouncy ball theme. Either way, they would make great party favors!

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  3. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/jennysrushton/status/26484512132

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  4. Too cute! I'd make stocking stuffers for my kids and all their cousins for Christmas. Thanks for the idea!
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  5. I would use these for my granddaughter's Halloween party at daycare. They are so cute!

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  8. I just had my son's 1st birthday party and would have loved to have had them for that, but I think I will use them for halloween treats for our class. I like you on facebook and voted top baby blog. I love ALL of your crafts! Thanks for sharing them!

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  9. What adorable projects! I guess I would use the cups for a Sunday School project. Here from the Panda group.

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  10. I would personalize the cups for all the cousins and my kiddos too! We have Sunday Lunch after Church every Sunday at my MIL's house and have a ton of kids between all the siblings!
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  14. i am going to a kids halloween party- we can design them there with the kids- they will love it.
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  16. I would use the cups for a craft project for the kids at an FRG (Family Readiness Group) meeting or event. This can keep them busy while the parents get information from me!
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  20. I'm hosting a playdate on Halloween and wanted to have a favor for the kids. This is perfect!!!

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  22. I really could use these cups just to keep track of what belongs to who. 2 kids, one on the way, nanny of 1. My pregnant mom mind could use the help!

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  23. these are adorable! we are having a halloween party for my son & his social group(LOL) & I would love to do these with the kids!! :)

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  27. What a great idea Danielle! I am definitely going to be using my Anders Ruff Halloween printable set to make those favor boxes wrapped up in cellophane at the kids' Halloween party we're having!

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  28. Now I am even more excited for the girls 2nd birthday I am starting to plan for December. I would LOVE to win these cups for their party. Since seeing A&G's party pictures, I searched high and low for those sippys and was planning on ordering them. Yay, I love this giveaway!

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  31. Would use it either as a home project with my kids, or maybe for a birthday party.

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  34. I want to copy you and use them for my H'ween party! There will be a ton of toddlers there!

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  39. I would give these to DD's friends at preschool. So cute!

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  47. This is a great giveaway! I'd use them at my granddaughter's birthday party as a craft project. Thanks so much for the chance.
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  51. I would use them for my boys' birthday party!

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  53. My daughter's birthday is coming up in December. I would love to use the cups as party favors.
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  62. i would love to use these for DS and his daycare friends!

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  64. I will use them for halloween party!
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  68. These would be awesome little gifts for my neices & nephews @ Christmas!

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  69. I would love to use these cups for my twins birthday party in November! How cute!!!

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  70. Danielle, thanks for stopping by my blog and linking up this tutorial. What a great idea!

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