f1is002 ~ Cupid Candy Box, Candy & Friendship Card Case
f1is003 ~ Peacock Motif Candy Box & Friendship Card Case
f1is011f ~ Ladies' Gifts Candy Box

The Cupid Motif Candy Box shown in this Tutorial will appear in the Jan/Feb 2006 Valentine issue of N.A.M.E.'s Miniature Gazette. This tutorial will work for the Paper Minis' Peacock Motif Candy Box as well.

Tools for Assembling Paper Mini’s Kit:

  • Metal straight-edge (ruler). Make fold lines by pressing against the edge of the ruler.
  • White craft glue that is a “quick grab” “clear dry” type of glue.
  • X-acto blade tool and fresh blade
  • A true cutting mat
  • Small artist brush with which to paint on glue
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to squeeze work glue onto. This will act as your glue pot
  • Small detailing scissors, a.k.a. as embroidery snips
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton Swab

I have the utmost respect for the food artisans who know how to make luscious mini food and candy out of polymer clay. Alas, my fingers are not nimble enough to pursue that art. For those of you who are in the same boat as I, below is a tutorial for the cheater's way to mini candy. Note: I used Crayola Model Magic for the candy base shape and shiny dimensional fabric paint to create the faux candy look. I bet any self-dry clay will work.
 


 
1. Fold all the pieces before beginning.

If you are unsure of yourself and want a practice piece first, merely trace the unit on plain paper before cutting pieces. Make a practice unit with the plain trace.


 
2. Apply quick-grab glue to for corner tabs of the box lid.

 

 
3. Press tabs to inner surface of box. Use a pair of tweezers to get a good clean bond.

 
4. Apply a thin coat of glue to striped lining panels.

 
5. Press as tightly as possible with tweezers. If there is a lot of bulk to the wall, then your lid may not fit over the box bottom.

  
6. Apply a thin coat of glue to the folded blank side of the lid's decorative panel. Fold in half and press tightly for a clean bond.

 
7. Apply a thin coat of glue to the top of the box lid.

 
8. Center and press securely the decorative panel to the box lid.

 


 
9. Cut to size the inner lining and glue into place.

Repeat steps 2 through 9 for the box bottom.


 
10. Insert the candy tray you wish to use. Tutorial steps for candy appear below after the steps for the Friendship Card Case.

 
11. Place glue to the two tabs. The Friendship Card Case should already have its creases in place.

 
12. Use a pair of tweezers to press the glued tabs to the inner surface of the back panel. Once dried you may place the tiny friendship cards into the case.

 
13. Candy: If you are using the pre-printed candy tray, use a clear dimensional compound (such as Plaid's Dimensional Magic) and place a small (as in tiny) drop to each printed bonbon.

 
14. If you would like to make your own candy, here is a "cheaters" way to make candy. Form tiny bits of Crayola Magic (everything is magic)  into twelve pieces of candy. Mine are too circular, so the finished product looks more like chocolate olives. I should have made a flatter base. I also should have taken care to make them more uniform in size. Once dried, place a dot of shiny brown dimensional fabric paint to a piece of cling plastic or waxed paper and stick the little candies in the dot. This will hold your candy in place while you work.
 

 
15. Use a toothpick to help you coat each candy piece with shiny fabric paint. I used two different colors: hot chocolate brown and dark brown (milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate).
This is another version of the above candies. I found that the candy expanded upward when drying, so I flattened the formed balls. Now these look more like chocolate covered cherries. They are more uniform in size.

 
16. Next I added either a pink or red dollop on each piece of candy. Then let each candy dry thoroughly.

 
17. Since I used cling plastic, I had to detail cut around each candy piece. Below is the finished product from the second set of candy I made. Obviously, I didn't use a colored dollop on these.

On my second set, I uses a piece of clear plastic as my work surface. The candies popped right off of the plastic.

 
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