It’s been a while since we did a candy post. To my sweet tooth, that’s practically a criminal act. So, I was just looking for an excuse to eat skittles, when we thought of these candy boxes. All it took was plastic boxes, markers & some rubbing alcohol (Unfortunately, vodka wouldn’t work. Sigh). And, we have a fabulous basket that not only contains candy. But, kind of looks like candy too. Don’t you agree?
This idea actually came up, as a return gift for a birthday. We were going to give candy buckets. But, couldn’t find appropriate buckets. So, we decided to experiment with takeaway boxes that we had lying at home.
The technique is quite simple, & we were going for a rough marble design. Let us know, if we succeeded!
Time: 45 – 60 minutes
- Plastic boxes
- Sharpies/ Permanent markers/ sketch pens
- Acetone (nail polish remover) / Rubbing alcohol /Spirit
- Cotton balls
- Knitting needle/ any long metal pointed stick
This DIY is much easier than it looks! To start with, decide on your colours & which shade needs to stand out overall. It’s better to decide this beforehand, since sharp colours like purple get highlighted a lot more. And, you need to use very little of it.
After choosing the colours, start scribbling blocks on the colours onto the box. Leave a little space between colours, for them to blend in. This doesn’t need to be in a design or super accurate. But, the more colour you add, the deeper your overall colours will be.
You can choose to colour the entire box & then do this next step. Dip a cotton ball in acetone and lightly press it against the ink. Before it has had time to dry. Now, feel free to overlap as much as you like.
You should keep in mind, that once the acetone has been put on the box, it will be difficult to redo the colour immediately. So, it’s best to work in patches & add colours which are becoming to faint.
Make several patches on the box and the lid, blending them as you daub with your cotton ball. You’ll notice that the texture changes depending on how much acetone you add to the cotton ball. The simple rule is, the more the acetone, the more the sharpie will spread. Use too much acetone, and it will wipe off completely.
Once done with the pattern, leave it to dry overnight. On the other hand, if you need them quickly, you can spray them with a light layer of fixative. This way, the boxes should dry out in a few hours.
The next step, is to heat the tip of your knitting needle (it needs to be a bit thick). And pierce one side of the box, near the rim. Push the needle forward through the centre of the box till it comes out, at exactly the opposite side.
Once both holes are made, pull out the needle.
Take a slightly thick ribbon/ raffia and stick one end inside the box, through the hole made. Then, creating a big loop, push the other end of the ribbon through the other hole. We used a glue drop to stick both ends of the ribbon inside. You can use any glue to complete this step. Add the lid, once this step is completed.
To give a little more finish, we added ribbon around the rim of the box. I would recommend, adding the same ribbon used on the handle of the box. We also added, added small circles of paper on top of it, to hide the glue drop. That’s it! The box is ready!
Things to keep in mind:
- Safety first! Wrap a cloth around your face while spraying the fixative & be careful while heating the needle. Metal is a conductor of heat, so you should hold the needle with plastic or cloth.
- You can’t overlap the layers, while the first one is wet. So, add more colour in the first step.
- Carefully put the boxes to dry. Finger prints and smudges, will stand out.
- If you use spirit, remember to wear gloves. I know from experience, that the stains do not come off easily. I have green fingers at the moment!
We think it’s a pretty idea for storage in general, as well. Inexpensive too, since we used takeaway boxes. Would you like to use these candy boxes? Let us know, in the comments!
PS: If you’re interested we made another goody box design, recently. You can check it out here.