Homemade, DIY, Serious-Business Candy Hearts

Before we know it, Valentine’s Day will be upon us.  And what’s the one thing we all love about Valentine’s Day?  The candy!  Oh, wait, definitely our loved ones, too, of course.  That’s obvious!  But we wouldn’t have the candy without our loved ones, so yeah.

Anyway, without further judgment, here is one awesome idea for making some super adorable candy boxes for someone that you care about:

INTRO- The thing is that you can actually make your own candy boxes.  Not just what goes into the candy boxes, but the actual boxes.  What do I mean?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Martha Stewart, for one, wants so badly for you to succeed at this that she actually has templates on her website that you can print out.

SUPPLIES- To make Marthat Stewart’s Valentine’s candy boxes you are going to need to print out the templates (so a printer and some printer ink, for sure), a pencil for tracing, some mat board to trace on, and a craft knife to cut with.  If you are like me and you A) have no idea what a craft knife is, or B) would never trust yourself to use a craft knife, you could just settle for some good old-fashioned scissors.  And a marker.  And colored paper, spray adhesive, and glue.

STEP ONE- Print out the template (one large heart and two smaller hearts).  Trace the larger heart on the mat board two times and cut them out.  Use the marker to color along the edges of the new, cut-out hearts.  Spray with the spray adhesive and attach the colored paper.  Cut along the edges.  Do the same thing to the other sides.

STEP TWO- Trace the medium-sized template onto one of the larger heart cut-outs, and the trace the smallest heart template onto the other one.  Cut the box edges according to the template.  Color all of the exposed edges.

STEP THREE- Use the spray adhesive to cover all of the strips with colored paper.  Squeeze glue along the guidelines that you have traced out and bend the appropriate edge strips along the glue.  Let it dry.  Fill with candy and close.

TIPS- You are going to make two of the large hearts, one of the medium, and one of the small.  The medium and small cutouts are actually going to be the lids because the edge strips are going to form the actual hearts.  Choose a nice, demure pink, like coral or salmon, and then super bright candies.  Use this opportunity to get some gourmet candies!  Don’t just dump some sour gummy worms in and call it a day.