Monday, February 14, 2011

How to Recycle and Alter Your Valentine Candy Boxes in 8 Steps

Hi, it's Julie Ann bringing you a tutorial today on How to Recycle and Alter Your Valentine Candy Boxes! It's easy and fun, and good for the environment too!!! These are inspired by Lisa Kettell.

To start, you need a few supplies:
  • heart-shaped candy box
  • liquid adhesive (I used gel matte medium, and I also really love Fabri-Tac by Beacon)
  • pop-dots adhesive
  • digi printables- vintage valentines vignettes: I Heart You by Tangie Baxter (Scrapbookgraphics)
  • pen or pencil (for tracing)
  • scissors (one with fine tip is preferable)
  • vintage music paper or patterned paper of your choice
  • crepe paper aka streamers
  • flowers
  • wing and jewel (Prima Marketing, Inc) *optional
  • glitter
  • silver pipe cleaner or garland
  • ribbon
  • hole puncher or Crop-A-Dile


1. Trace on wrong side of music sheet paper or patterned paper around the heart, and cut out. Adhere to the top of the heart lid.
2. Add adhesive around the edges of  the heart on the paper.

3. Gather and scrunch/pinch the crepe paper together as you adhere it to the edges of the heart. Go all the way around the heart in this manner.

4. Adhere silver pipe cleaner or silver garland in a heart shape over the edges of the crepe paper where it meets the music paper. I find Fabri-Tac adhesive works best.
5. Sprinkle vintage glass glitter over the project and it will adhere to the glue left over from the pipe cleaner.

6. Adhere the three cut-out digi printable hearts, overlapping, as shown above, using pop-dots for dimension.

7. Embellish with flowers, a wing on the angel, and a jewel at the bottom tip of the heart.

8. I punched two holes, one on each side, of the candy box - with my Crop-a-Dile (or you can use a hole puncher). Pull ribbon through and tie a knot. It's now ready for hanging when you put both sides of the candy box together!
And here are a few others I've made this year for additional inspiration..........

Have a blessed and creative Valentine's Day!!!
Julie Ann Shahin Facebook


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [15 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria