Saturday, October 15, 2011

Matchbook Treat Holder 'Tute

Hello Crafty Sprout friends, Jess from My Scrap Diary here today taking over Erika's blog. I'm bringing you a simple tutorial of a simple treat container, the Matchbook Treat Holder. ** Warning, picture heavy** 

I know that sometimes, the goal is to create 50, 60, 80 treat boxes. I believe Erika created somewhere along those numbers last year. Therefore I'm here to give you a few tips on how to make mass production work for you.
  • Cardstock, Designer Paper, Scraps **For my project I used an old DCWV Halloween line**
  • Embellishments (such as: Cricut Cuts, Stamped Images, Stickers, Eyeballs, Twine, Ribbon, etc)
  • Tools (such as: Adhesive, Scissors, Scoreboard, Cutter, etc)
  • And of course Crafty Sprouts stamp sets, TOTALLY WITCHING and MONSTER KISSES, found Here.
Step 1: Cut your cardstock into the amount of strips you will be needing. For example, if you will be making 25 treat matchbooks then you will need 25 strips.
Step 2: Score all your strips. Fold at score lines and assemble them, as seen in picture.  Now at this point you can say "Ok, I'm done". Let me add an embellishment and call it a day. Lol. That is totally fine, considering children just want the goodies. But if you choose to mat it then by pre-folding all of your strips, you move along quicker,
Step 3: Since you are working in bulk I highly suggest this step. This is where you gather your scraps (DP & CS) and DP that you want to use. *** I myself use 3 layers of double mats*** but if you want less or more, that is fine. Ok so I begin by labeling my cutting mat (please no judging my beautiful yet massively destroyed and well lived cutting mat, lol).  I cut several squares of all the measurements you see. And I place them in their section as I go. This may be quick if you use fresh uncut paper and just cut away or it may take a bit longer if you dig through all your scraps.
Step 4: Once I have cut enough squares, I proceed. Now as I said, I use 3 layers of double matting. I begin by gluing down Layer 1(L1) which is the largest (2 &7/8) to the base. When i do this, I have it assembled so I can try to get a nice, clean border. I then glue down L2, L3 and L4.  The bottom 2 are the Inner Layers 1 and 2. IL1 being glued to the base and then IL2.
Step 5: I also like to add a little strip on the bottom (because I just need that extra bit of work, lol). Afterwards, to give it a finishing touch I staple the very edge of the bottom. This helps the larger flap stay in place when being closed.

Now at this point you can say, you are pretty much done. You can add an embellishment to the front and attach your treat to the inside and poof, you are done my friend. :) It is embellish as you wish.
Here are my final products. I created 2 to show you different approaches. The one on the left, I made the sentiment the focal point. I think its uber cute, especially after opening it. lol.  The one on your right (featuring Emo Pumpkin London, Simply Betty Stamps) uses the image as the focal point. In my opinion, this is a great image but ask me if I would use her to mass produce a large quantity...I would say, "Uh no." Lol. I love the look of colored images but they are time consuming and that would defeat the purpose. In this case, you can use already made embellishments or simple cricut cuts. However to make only a few, well then Pumpkin London and the rest of the Halloween Emos would look great!
Here they are open. Isn't that cuuuute!!! Ok Jess, don't be a big head, lol. But I really like the mini monters and this one was perfect for the sentiment. On the right, this pumpkin looks just a bit crazy to me and made me laugh out loud, so the Big Grin sentiment is perfect.  Side note: May I just say that this chocolate is the best of both worlds. OMG!! I came across this one not to long ago and I fell in love. Lol. It is a snickers with a resses pieces cup inside. Yummm!!!! I'm still on the fence if I will be giving these out. They are too delish!! 
Here are a few of my examples that I'm finishing up. To see more examples of my treat holder, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my tips helped and I cant wait to see your matchbooks. Don't forget that our current challenge is Treat Containers and we have Amazing prizes from DCWV and The Twinery. Can you say Awesome?!!??!!!

WOW how about that tutorial from Jess!! I loved her little treat holders and I asked her to show me how to make them lol these are amazing like all her creations and yes I made 62 treat containers last year this tutorial would have come in handy last year! I am def going to make some of these this year. Thanks Jess for the tut!!


jessica said...

what a great tutorial!!

Christine America Real said...

This is a great tutorial for those of us that have to make treats for all of the students! Thanks! I just got the Martha Stuart Scoring Board two weeks ago, I am thrilled with it!

Christine America Real said...

Oh Jess, I just noticed that you keep all your google eyes in a jar! That is a good idea, I keep all of mine sorted and hung on my clip it up, but they might look really cute in a jar like that in my scrapook room, lol!

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Super cute!

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Super cute

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AmyJRockstar said...

Seriously cute! I love these and the mini monsters are perfect. Love that cart!

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Luanne said...

Amazing! great job on that and thanks for the tips! Love them all.

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mamawcindy said...

So Cute! Great Tutorial! Love your Blog! :0)

McVic said...

oh my gosh those are so cute! Love the tutorial! TY!!!

Rosie said...

i love this project!!! thanks for the tutorial!

Zeni said...

These are super cute Jess!!!

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

These are so CUTE!!! tfs :-)

Jessica said...

Love, love, love these...thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

Sherrie K. said...

This is AWESOME!!!! Thanks for the great tutorial. This is such a FUN project and looks rather quick which I like! Thanks for sharing!
Sherrie K

Patti said...

What a wonderful project. I am going to copy this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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