DIY Decorative Candy Boxes

I was browsing around on the internet and realized that I could purchase paper mache candy boxes online. I became hooked on the idea of giving homemade chocolates in heart-shaped boxes. Instead of paying $10 a piece for a box online, I decided to use a efficient way to save some money and make it happen.

After looking around, I bought some heart-shaped boxes from the store with flat lids for $1 each and chose to give them a makeover, to avoid paying ten times as much for just the plain ones.

After making over the boxes, I stuffed them with homemade chocolate cereal truffles and for just a few dollars extra, I included handmade gifts for everyone of my guests.

Materials For DIY Candy Boxes:

  • boxes from store
  • decorative paper
  • pencil
  • non-toxic acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • glue stick
  • scissors


First, remove the candy from inside the plastic container. Then, paint the top and bottom of the lid with acrylic paint. You may need a second coat of paint after the first layer has dried if you chose a light color. To style the box you can paint the inside if you prefer.

Outline the lid of the box onto decorative paper after the paint has dried. Then, cut out the ornamental design and glue it onto the top. If you desire a more official look, do this for the back of the box too. After all the glue has dried, add the homemade chocolates and homemade liner made from crepe paper, and you’ll be all set.

Chocolate Cereal Truffles Ingredients:

  • 2 + 1/2 cups of crushed cereal
  • 1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (7oz) container of marshmallow cream
  • 2 (12oz) bags of white chocolate morsels
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles


Use parchment paper to line your pan.

Place one bag of white chocolate in a bowl and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds, periodically mixing until the chocolate has rendered down.

In a big bowl stir the cereal, sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow cream, and melted white chocolate thoroughly. Then, pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and place it in the freezer for 3 hours until its firm.

Once the truffle mixture has firmed up, use a spoon and ladle out a tablespoon and form it into balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet and place it into the refrigerator.

While the chocolate cereal truffles are in the fridge, melt the second bag of white chocolate morsels. Use the food coloring to color the white chocolate any color you choose.

Take the truffles out of the fridge and drop each one into the white chocolate to coat each side thoroughly, then put them back on the cookie sheet and use the sprinkles if you want.

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Cardboard Boxes

It’s not easy to move. Most people consider moving to be a traumatic experience. The process is simplified when you have a plan. That is the only way you can prevent all that trauma and inconvenience. No matter what happens, you will need some help.

1. Organization

The first step is to begin early. You need to know how many cardboard boxes you need and how much the whole move will cost. Time is what helps a move run smoothly. Create a list to help the organization process. It’s imperative that you also have a list. That list should include a plan for everything. Here are a few items that should be on the list.

– What to pack
– How to organize it
– What to buy for the packing process
– Who to hire as needed for the packing and move
– Time schedule for each day as the countdown to the big moving day

That type of organization will allow you to reach your moving day with complete success. Most of your stress will be relieved when you have everything organized and planned out. The beauty of being well organized promotes calm. You know what to do each day. There is no chaos. That sense of organization brings you peace.

2. Decide On Your Movers

There are so many choices for movers. Some companies specialize in various aspects of a move. That is the first step to decide which moving company you should use. Factors about cost and availability should also be considered. The most important part of the process is to get the agreement on a contract. That legally binding contract protects both the movers and yourself.

3. Contact Your Movers

Let your movers know where you are moving to make sure your moving day is set. Make sure to be as detailed as possible when discussing your moving day. Cover all of the things that your move requires. Discuss packing materials and any other issues that could be important.

4. Create a Printout

It is not too extreme to have a list for each day of your countdown until your moving day. That way all you have to do is print out the day’s agenda and accomplish that. This prevents the panic attacks that can happen when moving. The whole process feels organized. It never hurts to have backup plans as well.

5. Celebrate the last week of the countdown. After all, you have remained on course the whole month or so to the big day. Go celebrate with the family and spend some quality time with the people you love. That way you are handling all of the stress from the move.

Everything will be ready on your big moving day. Simply print out the moving day agenda the night before and make certain that everything has been completed. Maybe give a day or two as a safety feature to catch up in case you got behind on your moving day countdown. Then enjoy the ride. Moving day is an exciting time. You’ll get to decorate a brand new home. Enjoy it by planning ahead.

How To Make A Gift For Everyone

Holidays and or special occasions are important days of the year where you want to give something nice to someone. Usually, when you have many gifts to get for many different people, you want something that you can be able to afford and at the same time you want the gift to be personable and something that they would appreciate.

Hand Making gifts are usually something that almost anyone can appreciate because of the effort and creativity that you put into making the gift. Paper made gift boxes that can be filled with anything light, are one of the best handmade gifts that you can give and give to multiple people. Making handmade gift boxes filled with candy is one of the best ways to give everyone a gift because it is affordable, personable and creative.

If you are someone who is looking to provide gifts to everyone around you, then you should consider creating a handmade paper gift box and inserting something fun inside that they can enjoy, like candy. Candy is always something that is appropriate for gifts, since candy is a real treat that they can be able to enjoy it anytime.

In addition, these handmade gift boxes filled with candy are fun activities that both you and the children can all make together, making you time to bond and have fun. In order to begin making the candy boxes, you want to first start off by collecting all of the material you will need. The materials that you are going to need are: color construction papers, scissors, scale, cutter, satin ribbons, tape, pencils and decorative mirrors. Depending on how many handmade boxes you are planning on making, make sure that you have enough materials by first deciding how many people you are going to give these gifts too, that way you have more than enough supplies. Always make sure that you have extra, just to be on the safe side.

The steps to making the handmade gift box starts off with first taking a piece of construction colored paper of you choice, it should be about 21cm wide and 21cm long. Next, grab your pencil and make small markings of about 7 cm each in order to make 2 rows and 3 columns, each having 3 squares. Next, grab your scissors and cut off the remaining strips on the paper to form a perfect square shape. Next, fold the paper diagonally in each corners of the paper. Also, fold the paper horizontally and vertically along the lines you drew earlier, so that you should now have 4 creases. Next, fold the outer squares into a triangle shape in order to form a box shape. Once you have completed making the creases, you want to use glue to paste down the corners to form the box shape.

Lastly, in order to make the lid for the box, you will take another sheet of paper, preferably a lighter color. Measure out 9 cm for both length and width, make your markings, and cut out a perfect square. Make a 1 cm mark on every corner, draw lines down all of the four sides so you should be left with a 1 cm square in every corner. Lastly, cut a small slit in every corner so you could be able to fold them in and glue the sides together, making a box

Once you have made your box lid, you are able to fill it with candies of your choice. Once you have it filled, you can decorate it with decorative mirrors, or whatever decorations you have of your choice. Simply close the box, and tie the ribbon, and your gift is ready to hand out.

Tips To Follow When A Move Includes A Home Gym

Individuals planning a summer home relocation can find that a particular set of problems are added to their task when it becomes necessary to move home gym equipment such as exercise bikes and treadmills. Now that it is summer, which is the time many people decide to change residences, is upon us, it is important to remember the following tips when executing a move that includes home gym equipment.

Cleaning And Preparation

Before packing and moving the home gym it is important to clean and sanitize all equipment. This will prevent the transferral of bacteria from the old residence to the new one while improving the look of the home gym once set up in its new location. Flat surfaces like yoga mats should be wiped down with paper towels and cleaning solutions and rags should be used for handrails and surfaces of large gym equipment like weight machines and stationary bikes.

Moving Yoga Equipment

It is wise to begin with the smaller items when packing a home gym for relocation. Yoga mats and accessories like towels and blankets should be the first things packed. It is also important to secure cardboard boxes that are large enough to contain the yoga equipment without a problem.

Moving Dumbbells And Hand Weights

The pertinent point to remember when transporting heavier weight equipment is to choose boxes and containers that are sturdy enough to handle the weight of their cargo. Smaller boxes tend to work best with weights as larger ones are often easier to break. Plastic bins are also good to use when moving weights.

Moving Larger Home Gym Equipment

Stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and treadmills are often quite heavy and careful planning is needed to execute moves of these items. The following general rules should be helpful when moving these pieces of equipment and owner’s manual for these pieces of equipment may also provide helpful information.


  • Inclines should be reset to zero and the safety key should be removed
  • Machine should be powered off
  • Fold walking deck against console and make sure a click is heard
  • Assure walking deck is secure
  • Using moving blankets or other soft material to cushion equipment


  • Once machine is unplugged unscrew all parts from machine that is possible
  • Parts should be wrapped in moving blankets and labeled before being either placed in original packaging, large cardboard boxes, or plastic bins

Stationary Bikes:

  • Moving bikes should be unplugged if electric and protected when packing with moving blankes
  • Position something beneath the bike when moving to protect floors or carpets from being scratched or damaged

Home gym equipment is an expensive investment and care should be taken to preserve this investment when making a move from one residence to another. For many tasked with making a move that includes a home gym, it may be a good idea to call on professionals to do the heavy lifting. A qualified mover with experience in all aspects of the business can execute the moving of home fitness equipment seamlessly while providing owners of the equipment with the piece of mind that their valuables are safe and sound.

Candy Buffets Have A Sensation Impact For Baby Showers

The candy buffet trend is strong and has become popular for parties, weddings and baby showers. The way to begin is by picking the colors and theme. This way the printable items can be chosen according to the colors. The next step is choosing from the four types of candy available. The first is loose or bulk candy. This is purchased by the pound. Candy that is packaged individually is offered to guests one at a time. Designer candy is also individual. Display candy is a filler or decoration. The candy can me mixed together and displayed in containers. There are even tools online to search for candy in specific colors to match the theme.

The Table should be set up first to determine the available space prior to ordering any candy. If the table is in coordinating colors, use clear containers filled with matching candy. Make certain guests can scoop out the bulk candy by using a container with a large opening. The table is then divided into three horizontal zones. The containers in each zone should be height appropriate. Tall containers, glass jars and photo boxes are for the back zone. If the containers are too tall the guests will tip them over while getting candy. The middle zone is for bulk candy. This can be balanced with apothecary jars filled with chocolate and gum balls. The front zone is for shorter containers, trays, candy boxes, ribbon candy, cotton candy bags, jumbo marshmallows and swirl lollipops.

The general rule is eight ounces of candy should be ordered per guest. For larger parties, less individually wrapped and more bulk candy works best. The individually wrapped candy is ordered one for each guest. The types of bulk candy include M&M’s, gumballs, chocolate balls and jumbo marshmallow twists. Individually wrapped candy includes swirl lollipops, cotton candy and rock candy sticks. Designer candy includes jumbo marshmallows and ribbon candy. Display candy includes jelly beans and sugar candy beads. Most places show the amount of candy required to fill a one gallon glass jar. There are even charts showing the shelf life of the candy so it can be ordered at the appropriate time. This ensures the candy will be fresh for the party and eliminates the extra cost of rush shipping.

The table should have an amazing tablecloth, a centerpiece and a backdrop. The table should be the first thing the guests notice when they enter. The backdrops usually include a top pocket rod so a backdrop stand can be used for the set up. The centerpiece should match the theme of the party and be sensational. Cupcake towers are amazing as a centerpiece. Clear tubes and plates can elevate the centerpiece to make certain it is visually powerful. The cupcakes can display everything from little t-shirts to crystal pacifiers to little bows.

The tower should be in the middle of the table and adds extra sweets to the event. Cupcakes can be purchased at the store and embellished with additional touches such as sprinkles, cupcake toppers and glittery wrappers. The finishing touches are when the details are added. This process is a lot of fun. Once all the candy to match the palette has been added, simply add any finishing touches. This will enhance the table’s theme and the table will be ready for the event.