School may have just started back up for us, but I’m already thinking about fun gift ideas for my son’s teachers. I like to give them something little for each holiday to let them know how much we appreciate them. These hexagon pumpkin DIY treat boxes will not only serve as gift boxes for candies, but they are cute enough to leave out on their desks as Halloween décor too! They would also make perfect gifts for friends and neighbors. And I’m sure once you make one, you’ll be tempted to make a few for yourself too!
- Paper Mache Hexagon Boxes 6″x3″
- 25mm Wooden Beads
- Colored Tissue Paper
- Felties Kelly Green Glitter Felt
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint Brush
- Glue Gun
Now that you’ve gathered all your supplies, it’s time to get painting! I chose three different shades of orange, and once I got started I decided the one was too dark so I mixed a little of each together and came up with a happy blend of the three. Start by painting the hexagon boxes a solid color. It took about three coats to fully cover the box, but thankfully they dried really quickly.
In between coats on the box, you can start painting the wooden beads. These will be your pumpkin stems. I added a bit of the darkest orange to the light tan color to darken it a bit. I like to use a Q-tip to hold them still and keep from getting too much paint on my hands.Once the paint is fully dry on the box, use thin washi tape or painter’s tape and block off varying shapes on each side of the box and lid.
After taping off the sections, go back in with your varying colors and paint every other shape a different color. Pull off the tape while the last color is still a little wet to keep the tape from sticking permanently. Touch up any spots where the paint may have bled under the tape.
Next, cut leaf shapes out of the green felt. I just free form cut without a pattern, in two different sizes; two per pumpkin.
Cut a short snip in the bottom of each leaf, then fold one corner over the other and add a dab of hot glue. This will enable the leaves to stand up a bit and not lay too flat on the lid.
Using hot glue, add the larger leaf to the center of the lid. Then layer the smaller leaf on top.
Once you’ve added the leaves, hot glue the “stem” (wooded bead) to the center of the box, on top of the end of the leaves.
To give the insides of the box a little “fluff”, cut long strips of green tissue paper. Don’t look too closely, because I sure can’t cut a straight line! Thank goodness it won’t matter since you’ll be crumpling them in the next step anyway!
Simply separate the layers of tissue paper, then lightly crumple them so they’re all fluffed up.
Add a bit of your fluffed tissue paper strips to each of your boxes, and then eat a handful of candy! Err…I mean fill the boxes with candy!
My son chose chocolates for his teachers because as he says, who doesn’t like chocolate?! I happen to agree, but the sky’s the limit on what you could add. Homemade cookies, gift cards, small hand lotions, you name it!
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Annaliese is a party stylist and owner of Made of Sugar and Spice, a dress-up party boutique for little girls ages 3 – 10. Her love of color, pretty girly things, glitter, and creative nature help transform every day occasions into the best day ever. She lives by the motto “I can spray paint that,” has a major sweet tooth, and when she’s not crafting or planning parties, you can find her spending time with her husband, son and three dogs.