August Senior DT Challenge: Spooky Sweets

Halloween will be here before you know it, and the Senior Design Team & I have whipped up some easy solutions for mass-producing treats this year!  Many of you are probably like me, three kids in school multiplied by 15-20 classmates each= dozens upon dozens of treats!  It is definitely easy to just send in something store bought, but I think we can all say we enjoy the process of making them a bit more special.  And there is also no denying that our kids get excited about having something so unique to give to their friends. Even if you do not have school-age children at home, you may have grandchildren and neighbors that need a little something special.

Whatever your situation, when making multiples of treats like this, the projects need to meet a few guidelines before I'll consider them as a final *prototype*…

  • actual treat item is inexpensive
  • ten steps or less to create the project
  • limited paper crafting  supplies needed
  • as little cutting & adhering as possible

After much *fiddling* I developed this little number…

Finished treats

Isn't it sweet?  It may look a bit complicated at first, but it is actually REALLY easy to assemble!  I put together a step by step tutorial for you today so you can see just how easy it is!

First star punch

First, I used our NEW! 4×4 (Medium) Rustic Cream square envelopes as the base for my project.  Using things like envelopes and bags as the basis for your treats saves you on assembly time.  I punched two stars out of each envelope.  The extra large star punch, inserted at the bottom of the envelope…

Second star punch

…and the large star punch inserted from the left side. 

Stamped envelope  

Next, I used the small star cluster from 2009 Halloween Tags with Summer Sunrise ink to accent around the punch outs.

Glassine bag

Here's a sweet little discovery.  The medium glassine bags that we carry, fit PERFECTLY inside these envelopes!  This is a really neat way to show off the star-shaped openings in your envelope without having to go through the process of adhering anything inside!  I trimmed down the glassing bag to 4-inches so there wouldn't be any overhang to worry about.

Candy corn added

After inserting the glassine bag into the envelope, I filled it with the candy of my choice.  For this particular size project, I used 1/4-cup of candy corn to fill the bag.  You could also use any of your favorite small scaled treats, such a s m&m's, Reese's pieces, chocolate covered raisins or anything else you can dream up. 

Adding ribbon

I moistened the flap and sealed the envelope shut.  I then punched two holes with my Crop-a-dile at the top.  Threaded with Orange Zest stitched ribbon (available September 15th) and tied with a bow.

Tag closeup

For the tag, I stamped the star background image from 2009 Halloween Tags set with Orange Zest ink onto Summer Sunrise cardstock.  I punched it out with our new EK Success Scalloped Circle Punch.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment with True Black ink on the center of the tag.

Attaching tag

To attach the tag in place, I first threaded some Rustic Jute Button Twine under the center of the bow.  I then threaded BOTH ends of the twine through the hole in my tag AND through two holes of a Black Vintage Button.

Finished treats

(click above photo for larger view)

I then tied the ends tightly in a knot, which holds everything in place with no adjusting necessary.  I just love the way this turned out!  If you do the math, this sweet little treat is just as sweet on your wallet!

Now for the amazing creations that the design team developed for this challenge that are not only !


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Didn't everyone do an amazing job this month!  I hope that one of these amazing, easy to execute treat ideas appeals to you and your budget this Halloween!  Thanks for stopping by!


If you are making Halloween preparations and are looking for additional inspiration, here are some archived posts you may want to take a look at too!!!

2008 Halloween Treat Senior DT Challenge

2008 Spooky Sweets Treats

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