How’s the Halloween candy stash at your house? If you’d like to put it to good use, here’s an idea for repurposing the candy wrappers. Recycle those colorful wrappers and make a desktop Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube. Fun, isn’t it? Don’t you think this could make a great Christmas gift for a favorite teacher, student or BFF?
To make a Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cube
- Candy bar wrappers (we used miniatures)
- 3/8” grommets, nine
- Yes! Paste (sold at Michaels & Jo-Ann Stores) or thick, white craft glue
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Tools needed: Pencil; ruler; 1” putty knife or 1” stiff paint brush; sharp pointed scissors or Exacto® knife; iron (optional)
To make a Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube:
1. Using ruler and the pencil tip, mark three rows of three across the top of the cube. At each point, push the eraser end of the pencil straight down into the foam cube, about 2” deep. Rotate the pencil slightly to enlarge each hole. Smooth the edges of the holes with your fingertips.
2. Smooth out the candy wrappers and cut off portions of the label that you don’t want to use. If your wrappers are really wrinkled, you can iron them on the back side using a medium iron. Be sure to protect the ironing board with a clean piece of paper.
3. Paste candy wrappers at angles all over the cube. Use a small putty knife or stiff paint brush to apply a thin layer of Yes! Paste onto the back of a candy wrapper, including edges. Place the pasted wrapper onto the cube and smooth on with your fingers. Tip: Use a discarded magazine or phone book for pasting. After spreading paste onto a wrapper, turn the page for an instant clean surface for the next wrapper.
4. Paste wrappers directly over the holes on top, and smooth carefully around each hole so the wrapper doesn’t wrinkle.
5. When the entire cube is covered, set aside to let the paste dry completely.
6. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge, and let dry. If needed, brush on a second coat.
7. Very carefully cut around each hole with small scissors or an Exacto® knife. Gently push a pointed pencil through the hole to open up it up completely.
8. Paste a grommet over the edge of each hole. Fill the cube with pencils.
I have one more fun idea for those candy wrappers, and I’ll share it tomorrow. Stay tuned.
So tell me, are you overrun with Halloween candy? How do you manage the stash? Do you let your kids eat it all at once, or do you dole it out slowly for weeks or even months?