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Dollar Store Candy Box Gift with Martha Stewart

20 December 2013 7,586 views 3 Comments

by heather

Repackage dollar store treats into a gift box - makes them way more special!
Yes, I love the dollar store, but that doesn't mean I want everything to look like it came from the dollar store -- especially when I am giving gifts to teachers, friends, co-workers, etc. (In fact, that's kind of what this site is all about -- taking things from the dollar store and transforming them into something way more fabulous!). Today I want to share a neat little trick I have for making dollar store treats look fancier -- repackaging them into custom candy gift boxes.

Project Materials:

  • Dollar store treat boxes, 4 for $1
  • White cupcake baking liners, $1
  • A variety of dollar store candy or cookies, $1 per package -- we used 5 per box

Total: $7 and up (less than $2 per gift box)

Dollar store treat packaging

I was inspired to do this project for 12 Months of Martha by Martha Stewart's line of holiday treat packaging, available at Michaels, Jo-Ann's, and other craft retailers. You can find treat boxes, bags, and other goodies in the line. You will also find a variety of treat packaging at the dollar store - from treat boxes, to bags, to printed cellophane wrap.

Assembling a custom dollar store treat box

Assembling a custom dollar store treat box

1. Choose a variety of cookies and candy at the dollar store. I chose mine based on looks and appeal. Some of my picks include: peanut brittle, old fashioned peppermint sticks, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate-nut clusters, frosted gingerbread man cookies, and red gummy fish.

2. Assemble a box, and insert white baking liners to hold candies.

Note: I found white baking liners in the cooking pan section of the dollar store, and I bought two sizes: standard cupcake and mini cupcake size. You can also use printed cupcake liners, but I think the white ones look classier and make a good backdrop for the color of the treats.

3. Fill the box with candy, adding a second layer of treats if desired. You will need to put some kind of sturdy divider between the layers of treats (I used a second treat box, collapsed).

Tip: If you will be shipping this gift box, you should stabilize the contents of the box with tissue paper to keep treats from shifting and mixing together.

Dollar Store treats packaged in a Martha Stewart box

The Martha Stewart treat box makes these dollar store candies look high end!

Yes, you can give a classy-looking gift on a dollar store budget! These custom candy boxes make great hostess gifts, or gifts for teachers, friends, neighbors, and others.

Custom candy gift box with treats from the dollar store - why didn't I think of that?

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  • Sherry said:

    Very cute and clever, but as someone who has been on the receiving end of dollar cookies and the like, I will warn you that you need to choose carefully — mine went from warm thank-yous (since they DID bother) directly to the dumpster because I don’t waste my few holiday calories on less than delicious treats — and dollar store treats are seldom delicious. Maybe some of the items like peanut brittle and MAYBE chocolate covered nuts or raisins are satisfying, and candy canes are decorative and all alike, but most things not. (Homemade yummies packaged this way, definitely better!) Just choose on likely quality not merely cuteness…

  • Michelle L said:

    What a great idea! Amazing how much shmancier the candies look when nestled into those baking cup thingies. I can see doing this for lots of occasions.

  • PennyP said:

    I agree with Sherry. I’d rather give a few high quality treats than a box of faux chocolate (no matter how cute the box).