I was going to start out by saying that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which would probably confuse a good bit of you because it’s actually not. You would probably be like, “Wait, where did Thanksgiving go?” or “Did I sleep through Christmas?” I just got a little excited because I love putting candy boxes together, and Valentine’s Day is the most obvious time to do so.
However, Valentine’s Day is going to come early this year and I’m going to make my candy boxes for Christmas! Before you write me off as being a little too confused about my timelines and priorities, check out my step-by-step tutorial for making seasonal, assorted candy boxes to give as gifts (for any occasion!):
- As far as the actual boxes go, you can wrap an old candy box in nice paper, or buy smaller ones from your local craft store, like Michael’s. If you want a size that you can’t find, don’t get discouraged, because you can make it! My favorite kind is the lingerie size gift box because it’s super shallow but big enough. Carefully separate the corners and wrap each piece in a wrapping paper of your choice. Try using different kinds of complimentary paper for the top and the bottom, or a solid for the top and design for the bottom, or vice versa. Carefully and tightly reseal the corners.
- Since the inside of the box will be just plain old cardboard, I glue a plain piece of white, printer paper to the bottom. Then I arrange my candy wrappers. You can also buy these at your local craft store. The lingerie size box should hold about two dozen candies, so I evenly disperse them and then glue them to the bottom of the box so they don’t slide around.
- Then, you make your homemade candies! Making your own candy is the whole point of these assorted candy boxes. You can’t just go to the grocery store and by bite-size chocolates and pretend like they are the real deal. Making your own candy is where it’s at, and there are plenty of recipes on the internet for different kinds. I recommend doing at least a dozen kinds, but preferably one for each candy wrapper (yes, I know that is two dozen).
- After you have made all your candy you can make your template, because you can’t have all that amazing candy and no candy template! There are circle templates you can find online, or you can use a simple word document to make your own. Fill in each circle for the respective candy.
- Give the gift and reap the love and praise for all your hard work!