Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Cupcake Tote Tutorial


I have the perfect quick Valentine gift to share with you today - a Cupcake Tote complete with a cake mix and a few goodies to decorate them with!  These were made with the boys teachers in mind; I always look for ideas that I think will be useful or can be "used up" instead of just another tchotchke for the shelf.  Pinterest is a wealth of ideas; I found something similar on there and adapted it to meet my needs :)

I have a small tutorial below, but keep in mind that the measurements may require adjustments depending on what kind of cake mix you use.  A standard cake mix box is narrower than the ones I used (probably because this one contains the cake mix and icing) but just keep that in mind before you cut your card stock. 


Stamp Sets: Good Greetings
Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Silver Glimmer Paper, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black
Punches: Build a Cupcake, 1/8" Circle
Accessories: 1"x 8" Cellophane bags, 4" x 6" Cellophane bags, Chalk Talk Framelits, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Ribbon (retired), Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Sticky Strip, Fast Fuse, Velcro Dots, Cake Mix, Various Candy/Chocolates 

Begin by measuring the length and width of the cake mix box.  Cut 2 pieces of card stock to measure the width of the box by the full length of the card stock. In the instance of the boxes I was using this measurement was 5-3/8" x 11-1/2".  To calculate where the score lines should be take the length of the box measurement (in my case 7-5/8") and deduct it from the 11-1/2" measurement.  Once you have that measurement divide it in half; this will calculate the measurement you need to score on the top and bottom of the strip (in my case approximately 1-11/16").  Score both pieces in the same way.

Cut another piece of card stock measuring the same width as the box and the length of the box plus 1/4" plus the depth of the box.  Score at the measurement equal to the box depth.  This will create the front flap of the tote.  **Note: be generous with your measurements so that there is enough room for the flap to reach the top of the tote when closed and full of candies.**

Using Sticky Tape adhere the bottom of the tote together.  Be sure to leave enough room to allow for the depth of the box so it wraps comfortably up the sides of the cake mix box and the top score lines meet the top of the cake mix box.

Using a 12" length of ribbon create a handle adhered with Sticky Tape to one of the top tabs on the tote.  I suggest inserting the cake mix box back into the tote before overlapping and adhering the top tabs closed to ensure a snug fit.

Run a piece of Sticky Strip along the bottom tab on the backside of the front flap.

Adhere the front flap in place.  

Fill a few of the 1" x 8" cellophane bags with candies that can be used to decorate the cupcakes.  Glue into place with either Sticky Strip or Fast Fuse.  Glue small Velcro dots to the top of the tote and tote flap so the candies can be concealed inside.

Decorate the front flap in any way you choose.  In this case I added a simple label my son could write on and a small cellophane bag filled with a few chocolates.  I punched a couple of small holes in the bag, wove and tied a bow in place, then adhered it to the front of the tote with Fast Fuse.

I hope this quick tutorial has been helpful for a last minute idea perhaps!  I'll be back tomorrow with a couple more Valentine treats!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...
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