Kawaii Candy Corn Gift Bag

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I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror movies. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve watched a scary film, and I can’t say I enjoyed it… nor the copious nights of disturbed sleep following.

My first scary movie was a B grade film in the early 90’s, when I was not quite a teenager. We watched it at 10am in full daylight. Called Arachnophobia it had me terrified of spiders for weeks! Something that posed a problem considering we were holidaying in the Australian countryside, surrounded by creepy crawlies of all types. The spider in the shower scene resulted in my little sister demanding that I sit in the bathroom whilst she had a shower. I tried to act cool, but really I was just as scared as she was!

Later on, I succumbed to peer pressure at a sleepover and sat through all of the Hannibal Lector films in one setting. I hated it!

So as you can imagine, Halloween has me a bit unsettled. I’ll be staying well away from the Haunted Houses, but will happily join in pumpkin carving and take Munchkin to some of the local events.

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Because some of my American friends have raved about it; I decided to try some of the candy that has hit the local stores. The lady in line behind me told me that they were delicious and that she’d happily sit down and eat an entire large bag of candy corn in one sitting. So I had high hopes.

I think the colours are cute, but wow aren’t they sweet!? I’m not sure I’m a fan. I think it must be a taste acquired in childhood and then loved because it brings up fond memories of Halloween past? Which candy do you like? Maybe I’ve tried the wrong ones?

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This year, I decided to continue with my Kawaii Halloween theme and created a Candy Corn gift bag. They’re easy to put together and look really sweet when finished. You could take them trick or treating or fill them with your favourite candy to give out.

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The finished product is 74 x 140 mm wide (6.85 x 5.51 inches) and only takes one piece of card stock (200 gsm or 110 lb weight) and two pieces of paper.

I’ve created the template in letter format but it should print comfortably at 100% on A4 stock too.

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Print out the template (to get it, click on the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of this post), and cut out the pieces. I used a scalpel but an x-acto knife would work well too. Then fold along all the dotted lines.

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Using a glue stick, stick the tabs together as shown above and below. This makes up the bag sides.

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Then glue the tabs on the bottom to create a secure base. Fold in the two smaller tabs first and glue the two larger ones. You may find it difficult to get your hand into the bag to secure it, I pushed a small book inside to give a little more support.

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After you’ve glued the bottom together you have this!

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You then fold it in half, along the sides first, then the bottom. This gives you a flat surface to glue the front and back card pieces to.

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Using more paper adhesive, glue the paper bag just below the handle cutout.

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And after adding more adhesive to the bag, line the front Candy Corn cut out with the back one and press down. Leave it for a few minutes until the glue dries and you’re done!

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It’s now ready to fill with Halloween candy!

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