Today I'm sharing one of my favorite party tricks. See, I have this problem.... I love a gorgeous party but don't always have the budget to buy everything I think I need. That's when I put my little mind to work to come up with a solution on the cheap.
I'm sure you've seen the adorable polka dot and stripe treat cups and favor bags sold at so many of the party vendors these days. They add so much style to a party table with their vibrant colors and geometric patterns. But sometimes paying $7.95 plus $5.00 in shipping for 20 bags leads me to look elsewhere.
And that's where the Dollar Tree comes in! My, my how we party girls LOVE the Dollar Tree! One day, shopping on the wedding aisle, I spotted some white favor boxes. I think they come in packages of 12 for $1.00. Not loving the handles, I just decided to cut those off and create some small treat boxes with them. Here's how I did it.
- Package of white favor boxes from the Dollar Tree (wedding aisle)
- Scotch Tape
- Heart cut outs (I used the ones from Shindig's Valentines Printables set)
- Hot glue gun
- Scrapbook paper or the printable papers from Amanda's Parties To Go's party collections
STEP 1: First you'll need to chop off those handles with some scissors.
STEP 2: Then you'll need to assemble the boxes... very easy
STEP 3: Using decorative scissors (mine are Fiskars cloud scissors... I LOVE THEM!), cut down the edge of one sheet of paper
STEP 4: Line up the decorative cut edge of your paper just above the top of your box and measure and mark where you'll need to cut the paper to fit at the bottom of the box.
STEP 5: Cut the paper where you placed your mark so that your paper will fit your box
STEP 6: Tape one edge of your paper to your box and then wrap the paper around the box, creasing at each edge
STEP 7: Once your box is covered, cut your paper to fit the last side of the box.
STEP 8: Tape the paper to secure.
If you'd like you can add a heart cut out to the front of the box for Valentines Day. Now you've got a super cute favor box to fill with candies, popcorn, cookies, or snack mix.
I filled mine with popcorn, Valentines candy corn and Valentine M&M's.
M&M's make everything better!
And for my party table, I attached one of the heart cut-outs from the Valentines Collection with some sweet red and white baker's twine. To add a fun element to the heart, I cut down a white coffee stirrer straw (or you could use a lollipop stick or toothpick) and punched the heart with a small hole punch to thread the straw through. Then I hot glued on an arrow point and tail that I cut from red cardstock to complete the look.