It is that time of year, when the kiddoes will bring in classroom treats for Halloween, or for Fall Harvest Festival, or for whatever they are calling the celebration nowadays. We celebrate All Hallow’s Eve because it is the evening before All Saints Day. With all of the strict rules about bringing in food: it has to be commercially wrapped, it has to be nut-free, it has to be peanut-free, etc., it becomes difficult to send in treats. But, the kids still enjoy getting a special little something to eat. So, I go for the fruit strips. There are many varieties out there, so you have a lot to choose from. The one I used is SunRype, which is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan and no added sugar. (The fruit sugar is 11g) They can be eaten by those who are affected with many food allergies. I bought mine in our local grocery store for 2 for $1.00. But, if you can’t find them, I will leave the link below. You can get 55 strips for under $20. You can probably take care of a couple of classrooms with one box.
These Fruit Strips are 5 1/2″ long, and 1 1/2″ wide. So, if you find other fruit strips that are similar or smaller in size, these dimensions will still work for you. Even if the ones you find are a bit longer, you may be able to fold over the bottom edge before you slide it into the holder. But, without further ado, here’s how to make them.
First of all, I am a big proponent of using what you have. Especially when it comes to classroom treats, where the kids will rip off the amazingly cute packaging to get to treat inside. So, if you have designer series paper, Awesome! If you have other fall or Halloween themed paper, Awesome! If you have construction paper in orange, purple and black, Awesome! It will work in any case, and be totally cute to boot!
Start with a 4″ by 6″ piece of paper. Score in portrait position (4″ side up) at 1 1/4″ and 3″. Fold and burnish the score lines, then put tear-and-tape on one long side and one short side. I like the tear-and-tape because it gives a definite 1/4″ glue line, and is quick to put in the right spot, but you may use your personal favorite. Fold over the long side without the adhesive first, then fold over the side with the adhesive and seal.
Slide your fruit strip in. Use a 1/8″ hole punch, and make a hole in the center of the open end about 1/4″ from the end. You may punch through the end of the fruit strip packaging, but it is OK because that is where the seal is. Thread and tie a bow with any ribbon or baker’s twine that you have around that matches your project. I used the basic black baker’s twine on some, and the 1/8″ old olive sheer ribbon on others, usually the ones with pumpkins because it looked like vines.
For the banners, use card stock that is 1″ by 5″ and flagged at both ends for the base banner. The next banner was used to stamp the sentiment IF my image stamp did not have one, and that was 1/2″ by 4″ in very vanilla. Finally, I placed my image slightly off-center to the left. I like the way that looked. You can use any image, any embellishment, anything that reminds you of Halloween. I used some of the images from Stampin’ Up! for the first two, but pulled out my 1 1/2″, 1 3/8″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches for the spooky eyeball. A real red marker and some not-so-exact lines made the eye look bloodshot. But, again, use what you have or can get easily, the Dollar Tree has Halloween/Autumn stickers that would look great.
While I love creating awesomely cute packaging that no-one wants to tear into, when it comes to classroom treats, I am more of a realist. The kids may stop to glance at the packaging, and may even appreciate it, but they are going for the treat inside. But I do believe, as they are tearing off the wrapper, it will register in their subconscious minds that someone cared enough about them to make the treat just a little more special.
Happy All Hallow’s Eve to you. And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed. ~Darby
- Paper: 4″ x 6″: score with 4″ side up at 1 1/4″ and 3″
- Base banner: 1″ x 5″ flagged both ends
- Sentiment banner: 1/2″ by 4″ flagged both ends, stamp as desired
- Focal image: Pumpkin from Seasonal Chums, the label from Spooky Cat and the eyeball with the 1 1/2″, 1 3/8″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches.