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Published on September 11th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano

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Cardboard Rolls Transformed into Halloween Favor Boxes

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One of my kitty favor boxesEmpty cardboard toilet paper rolls are one thing that everyone seems to have.

My kids love to play with them to make binoculars and all sorts of fun playthings.

I have found several creative ways to transform toilet paper rolls. Favor boxes for special occasions and parties are one way to put them to good use.

Anyone can easily take empty rolls and turn them into fun party favors, especially for Halloween.

 

I have included two different designs for Halloween fun, a bejeweled black cat and a simple purple and black box.

Materials Needed for Bejeweled Black Cat:

Toilet paper roll

Black acrylic paint

Black craft foam for ears (can also use felt, cardboard painted black or even heavy duty paper, whatever you have on hand)

Paintbrush

Assorted shapes and colors of plastic flat backed jewels (buttons, charms and other little tidbits you may have in your craft box will also work)

Silver pipe cleaners

Scissors

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Pencil

Silver or white paint pen or marker

Directions:

1) Paint the toilet paper rolls black, may need two or three coats for good solid coverage

2) Sort through jewels to find pink triangles for inside of ears, a pink circle or other shape suitable for the nose, and green or yellow diamond or tear drop shapes for eyes (or substitute with something you have on hand)

3) Grab a couple silver pipe cleaners and cut into six pieces around 2 ½ to 3 inches long

4) Twirl the pipe cleaner pieces around a pencil to make them curl, then stretch them out so they are twisted but not completely curled

5) Once the paint is dry plug in the glue gun and let it heat up

6) Cut little triangles out of the craft foam (or cardboard or paper) for the ears

7) Glue the ears to the top of the kitty

8) Glue pink triangles inside ears

9) Glue eyes onto cat’s face

10) Glue the nose on

11) Now glue the whiskers on one by one

13) Draw on a mouth with the pen or marker

Now it’s ready to be filled with tiny goodies and passed out at your party.

For a Simple and Elegant Favor Box:

For this favor you just need black paint, scissors, and black and purple or orange curling ribbon.

1) Paint the roll and let dry.

2) Cut a long piece of curling ribbon and wrap around the box. Instead of tying in a bow leave the excess ribbon hanging after you tie a knot.

3) Cut a shorter piece of same color ribbon and tie around the knot in the opposite (diagonal direction)

4) Do the same thing with a piece of black ribbon in the opposite direction

5) Now use the scissors to make all of the ribbons curl

You end up with a mass of curls that make the box simple yet fun

These are great projects you can amke for parties or trick or treat handouts.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including PlentyMag.com, EthicalWeddings.com, MyEcoChicWedding.com, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and Life123.com.



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