Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dreadfully Easy Halloween Favors {for $1}

Plain, white, fold-it-yourself boxes (bags?) from the Dollar Tree wedding section:
 the ultimate blank canvas "pour surprises."


If you've been around for any length of time, this is no surprise at all -
I've expressed my undying devotion for them year round.

Holly and jolly at Christmas time,

cute and cuddly on Valentines Day,

and now? Spookified for Halloween. 

Cut squares of paper slightly smaller than the side, 
and stick 'em on using your favorite wand and an adhesion spell.*

*glue sticks work too.

If you do it before the box is assembled (read: still laying flat), it's 379% easier.


Put in your loot of choice, then top it off with a piece of tissue paper {one sheet, cut into fourths, works swell} OR that shredded paper stuff OR newspaper get the idea.
Stop there, or you can tie the handles together with ribbon/twine/dental floss - preferably unused,
but I won't judge-


take it another step farther, as I am wont to do, and transform metal rimmed tags into black metal rimmed tags but so much awesomer because bam! Someone's got googly eyes.

(a 1 inch circle punch makes an exact fit)
You could also ditch the key tags and have the kiddos cut out some black circles for a just as darling perfectly imperfect "body." A few strands of black yarn are tied into a half knot, where they transform into spine-chilling spidery like legs. 

You know, if spiders only had 6 legs.

Halloween is all about pretending anyways. Just go with it.



  1. Seems to be a lot of arachnid love on blogs this Halloween which freaks me out a bit cause I {details deleted, better judgement kicked in} when I encounter a spider in real life. But your version lets me go with the playfulness of it all, the make believe as you say. Your creature is even cute, and please don't take that as a negative cause I know he's suppose to be spooky skeery. I think its those darn cute googly eyes :) Happy trick or treating!

  2. SUPER CUTE, CUTE, CUTE! Have I mentioned I think they're cute?!!!

    ♥ 'em! :)

  3. i want to live in ur brain and suck out some of ur creative ideas...does that sound creepy?

  4. So adorable! What a perfectly spooky, affordable favor idea!

  5. again with the brilliant ideas...and cheap kind of doins'....and those spiders are spectacular...i would stay and continue to proclaim your brilliance but must make a $$ store run....!

  6. Cheap and easy, just like me. Love it.

  7. Oh my gosh, I love this! I was looking for something cool to put some Halloween treats in for my nieces & nephews - this fits the bill perfectly! It's cute, fun & cheap!! THANK YOU!! Love all your ideas - you're an inspiration - keep it up! : )

  8. Love how you decorate the bags. They're so versatile!


  9. Very cute, I adore your ideas!
    Thank you so much for this
    inspiring blog.
    Happy Halloween from Germany!

  10. Awesome! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

  11. This are so darn cute! I actually have some of these little boxes and I'm using them as little goodie 'bags' for a "Black Friday Crop" that I'm holding. I thought they would make great little shopping bags.

  12. Doing mine as a graduation gown and cap. I'll post pictures later. Working on the demo right now.


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