A Special Candy Box Treat for a Special Day

I love creating things. So, I began a search for fun ways to give gifts. While searching through a number of web pages I stumbled upon a great find. Lovely paper candy boxes to hold chocolate delights that would make a wonderful DIY gift project. These boxes can be purchased online.

This fits in with my idea to give friends my fantastic chocolate creations for Valentine. Then I realized these boxes were a little out of my price range. However, I was not daunted by this realization. I decided to search further for a way to make these boxes affordable.

Finally, I found flat boxes at the local discount store for a song, and was able to quickly-transform these paper boxes into exactly what I needed. I took these creative little boxes and placed delicious truffles in them, that I made by the way, and produced gifts for all my friends.

Here are the things you need for the boxes:

A paintbrush
Glue stick
Non-toxic acrylic paint
Small paper boxes found at local discount or grocery stores
Use decorating paper of your choice

Putting your creation together:

Begin the process by removing anything inside the boxes. Now take the acrylic paint and cover the inside top of the boxes and the inside surface of the boxes. You can cover the sides if you are feeling an extreme creative moment. If the boxes are darkly colored, they may require a second layer of paint.

Now that you have, your boxes painted take your decorative paper and cut it to the shape of the boxes. Now, glue the paper along the top lid of the boxes. You will be amazed at the beautiful transformation.

Now, your decorative boxes are ready for your chocolate treasures. In addition, you can place crepe wrapping inside the candy boxes. Pieces of baking sheets will work as well. This gives it that store bought look.

Below I am sharing a wonderful recipe for truffles:

2 ½ cups of your favorite cereal (fruit loops are great)
Marshmallow cream (1-7oz. cup)
Gel food coloring
Condensed milk (1-14oz. can)
White chocolate bits (2-12oz. bags)


Prepare a cooking pan with parchment paper. Take one package of chocolate and melt it down in a bowl. This is done over a Dutch cooker, microwave, or over a pot of boiling water. Whichever is easier, if you use a microwave stir every 30 seconds.

Take a large mixing bowl. Place the cereal, chocolate, condensed milk, and marshmallow cream into a single mixture. After the ingredients are blended, pour the mixture into the pan with the chocolate. Freeze for at least three hours. After the cooling process take a small scooper or spoon, dip the batter, and shape into balls.

Place balls on a cookie sheet and refrigerate. Repeat the process with the rest of the ingredient. The gel is used to color the balls. Before the sprinkles dip the truffles into the remaining white chocolate, then roll the balls in sprinkles.

How To Make An Easter Candy Basket

Making easter baskets is something that every Easter lover looks forward to. Making a cute little basket with Easter goodies to give the kids is one of the most exciting parts of the holiday. If you are wondering what kind of basket to make this Easter, why not give edible baskets a try? Edible baskets mainly use candy boxes as the base, with candy inside of course, and there was nothing wrong with more candy! Your boxes will not only end up looking good but will also make the adults wonder why they can’t get one of these baskets too!

Making candy box easter baskets is incredibly simple that even a child could do it. (You can turn this into a fun easter activity too if you would like)

To start making your Easter candy basket, you will need a few things to start out, mainly:

  1. Six boxes of Candy (Preferably all of them should be the same size)
  2. Rope Candy (Taffy Ropes or Nerd Ropes should do the trick)
  3. Faux Grass
  4. Cardboard or mount board
  5. Scissors
  6. Glue Gun
  7. Ribbons (In whatever color you like)
  8. And of course, the treats that you will be putting into your basket.

The first step to making a candy box is to glue all the boxes together to form a basket. Start with the base and use a glue gun to stick two candy boxes to create the base. After that, stick one candy box on all four sides in a vertical position. You will end up with something akin to a box that is open on the top.

The base of the basket might not be strong enough to hold all the contents of the basket, which is why the next step is to ensure that this is sturdy. Cut out a small piece of mountboard or cardboard and stick it with hot glue on top of the base boxes that you have assembled. Make sure that all your boxes are well stuck together and do not fall or break apart since that will end up in a candy disaster.

The next thing that we need to do is make the handle for the basket. This is where the rope candy is in. For this, you will need to glue the ends of the packets of rope candy on either side of the basket to form a handle. You can use as many rope candy’s as you like, but two should suffice if you are going to a simple basket. You can then tie up the rope candy’s from the middle using a pretty ribbon. Make a bow on the top of even stick one, and your basket will already be on its way to looking cute and delicious.

Leave your basket to dry for a bit and once again make sure that all the parts of the basket are properly glued together. You can then begin filling it up. Take some easter grass and fill the basket up to make a small grass bed inside the basket. If you can’t find any easter grass at the store, take some crepe paper or green paper and cut it up into really fine strips. Place your treats in the basket, and you are ready to go!

Shipping Boxes and Product Security Notes

Businesses that are shipping items to their clients should not dismiss the power of security. Security is not a matter of the delivery service provider, but the shipping boxes that you utilize. This seems odd at first, but truly is an element of shipping that should not be dismissed.

If you own a small business and are shipping on a regular basis, consider a few key elements of your supply chain. Boxes can either make or break security elements, and there’s a few key things to remember.

Preventing Loss and Damage

When making decisions about boxes, you’re going to often look for the lowest price. There’s nothing wrong with that. Price matters as it effects the bottom line of your profit. But before you go with something cheap, take into consideration how it may help or hurt the consumer.

The packaging and shipping of products needs to be rethought. Small items that are put into similarly sized boxes, can be stolen with ease. It also may limit the display, which can help consumers understand some simple benefits that come with their purchase. The size of boxes and product packaging can work hand in hand to deter loss, and even damage. Don’t dismiss this notion.

Protecting Against Damage

Aside from just shipping, consider the design of the package being shipped often. Design should not dismiss the need to protect the item inside. Adding an extra packaging for shipping can help deter breakage, in case of dropping, pressure, or weight. Once you give a package to a shipping source, they are going to treat the package like others, stacking, sorting, and moving it around without care.

Even items labeled “fragile” take a beating. To protecting against damage requires specific thought to the interior package design, as well as extra sleeves for items. Reducing movement and pressure is one of the keys to ensuring a product doesn’t arrive broken or unusable for the consumer.

Tracing Packages Easily

Tracking can make or break your supply chain. Consumers are more demanding today, and if they cannot trace packages easily, they will be very upset. It’s up to your business to ensure that tracking information is easy to utilize, read, and display. Using modern technologies can help with ink-coding, and other elements that help with this process.

New labeling systems, automated labeling, and larger displays for shipping companies to scan and read is critical. Without these in place on your shipping boxes, you can expect consumer complaints mid-way through the shipping process.

Never Overlook Packaging

It is important that small business protects their products from damage, theft, and other elements. It’s easy to overlook packaging due to cost. It’s for that reason that the above elements are so critical. Think about these as you marginalize your supply chain. Saving money by cutting corners on packaging, shipping labels, and technology is never a good idea. Doing so will come with a variety of complaints from consumers. It will also cause theft, damage, and production problems. It’s better to spend a little more to ensure packaging is secure, easy to trace, and safe, then to replace items over and over again due to theft and damage.

Storage Options

People find a need for storing their stuff for lots of reasons. From a temporary spot for shipping boxes to downsizing living space to making extra room for a growing family, there are various options one can choose from, four of which are covered here.

Classic Storage Units
Most people are aware of self-storage units, and these make a great choice for keeping stuff out of the way. It’s a common choice when consumers are in between homes and need a place to centralize their belongings.

On the positive side, self-storage units typically provide users with around-the-clock access. They also frequently have security monitoring as well as coded gates that allow only customers to get in via a personal code that’s been assigned. On the downside, customers have to get their items to and from storage using their own vehicles.

The cost of renting a self-storage unit is dependent upon factors including location, features, and size. Larger units that are suitable for storing the contents of an entire home may cost, on average, $150 to $230 each month.

Another option for storage is what’s known as a “pod”. These offer the convenience of bringing the storage directly to the packing location which makes it easy to fill. Once full, the pod is relocated to a new place. The pod company will haul the pod via truck on behalf of customers. The downside to pods is that they’re not as large as a stationary unit.

Quotes for pod rental can be obtained online. On average, a pod with space for three or four rooms’ worth of stuff runs around $175 per month. In addition, there’s a transporting fee for both delivery and relocation, and that runs approximately $65 for each.

Concierge Storage
Concierge storage is simply a complete service in which the company takes care of both packing and storing. They’ll also bring customers items they may discover are needed after they’ve been stored. This means that customers don’t have to be concerned with transporting items.

This service is very convenient as the concierge company performs a complete inventory of the contents. The finished list that’s given to the customer has numbered labels with a description of what each number represents.

On the downside, items that are needed can only be gotten during company hours. The cost of concierge storage depends on the location’s general cost of living.

This simple storage method is just what it sounds like. People in need of storage can search for someone who’s offering to rent out home space, such as an attic or cellar, for storage.

There are benefits to the peer-to-peer approach because it’s more personalized as far as amount of space and cost. There’s more flexibility than there would be with a firmly-structured company. On the downside, the peer-to-peer storage trend is still new and only available in a limited number of places, so it may not be convenient.

The cost of peer-to-peer storage is determined by a number of factors including location and negotiations agreed upon by the host and the renter. However, the overall cost for this type of storage is about half the cost of commercial storage.

Five Tips for Sending Holiday Packages

We are coming up no the holiday season, and that means lots of packages.  Lots of receiving packages, but also lots of sending them!  That means lots of time dealing with boxes, packaging tape, lines at the post office, and just plain old the cost of it on top of the cost of everything else…  Now is the time to start talking about all of the tips and tricks out there for shipping holiday packages.


Tip #1) Don’t procrastinate!  Sometimes we think we have plenty of time left to send our gifts but then we get to the post office and realize that everything ships slower during the holiday season because everyone is sending stuff.  Be sure to send your packages out extra early.  You should make sure that you already have a nice stack of shipping boxes off to the side so that you can pack your boxes at home, minimizing the amount of time you are going to need to spend in the post office.  By leaving yourself ample time for shipping, you can save a lot of money by choosing the slower routes.

Tip #2) Shop online!  Shopping online is one way to completely avoid post office lines and shipping costs.  Most online retailers off free shipping during the holiday season, and a lot of them even offer gift-wrapping at a small cost.  You could probably save money on the same item by buying it off the internet, too.

Tip #3) Choose well!  The shipping boxes you choose are going to set the tone for your shipping experience.  You want ones that are new and strong.  The USPS offers flat rate shipping boxes that will ship anywhere in the United States for the same amount, and these are a fabulous option during the holiday season.  You can stuff them to the brim and not wonder how much it’s going to cost you in the end.


Tip #4) Pack smart!  Choose packaging supplies that are going to work in your favor, and don’t skimp on them.  Make some investments in bubble wrap or packing peanuts.  There is no point for the gifts you are sending to wind up broken in transit simply because you skipped a step.

Tip #5) Be prepared!  If you are sending perishable items, send them at the beginning of the week so there isn’t a chance of them sitting around over the weekend.  Make sure that whatever they are can handle the extreme temperatures that will come from being shipped.  If you are sending expensive items, spend the extra money by sending them next-day.  Make sure the box is small, and get it insured through your own insurance company.  Obviously, don’t advertise what is inside of the box.