Mar 31, 2012

Duct Tape & Trash

Hmmm!  The title of this post doesn't sound so good.  However, stick with me because out of duct tape and trash I've made a fun little treasure.  I know, weird, right?!

A few weeks ago I picked up a few chicken sandwiches from Wendy's for me and the hubs.  It's been awhile since I've eaten at Wendy's and they've made some changes.  Like, did you know their sandwiches, at least the ones I ordered, now come in little boxes like these...

I'm a little warped in the head but I was so delighted by this packaging.  I thought the over all design of it, the curved sides, the lower front, the higher back, the size ... well, I just saw potential in this little piece of trash. I'm easily pleased.

And, to add to the delight, my kids have been playing with Duct tape lately.  Did you know Duct tape now comes in all sorts of designs, colors and styles.  Umm, ya - it's awesome.

Aren't these polka-dots so cute?

So, I decided to combine the two items and make a quick little craft.  Here's what I did.

Step1:  Take two strips of tape and hook them together, face down.  Then, place the container in the center of the tape.

Step 2: Wrap the tape up around the edges of the box.  (The photos above are in the wrong order - oops!)  I started with the long sides and then I folded up the side edges kind of like I was wrapping a gift.

Step 3:  Next, working on the back, take a piece of tape and attach it to the top of the back of the package.  The tape is not wide enough to cover it all so I just applied a piece to the top.  Then, trim off the excess like shown so you can see the rounded corners.

Step 4:  Take your tape and attach it, wrapping it all the way around the box.  This will completely cover all the outsides of the package.

Step 5:  With scissors, trim off the excess tape following the edge of the box so that the curved sides now show.

Step 6:  Using a hole punch, poke a hole in each side of the container.

Step 7:  Cut a small amount of ribbon and thread it through the holes on each side.  Tie a knot to hold the ribbon in place.

Step 8:  Add some cute little Easter grass

Step 9:  And, finally, add in your treat and give it away!  You could fill the whole thing with jelly beans or chocolate eggs.  Or mix it up and do something like below.

And, just an FYI, don't take your peeps out of their package and leave them out all night.  They actually start to shrivel up.  My poor purple peep chick didn't look so good this morning when I took my photo.  So either he was out partying all night or being out of his package made him age really, really fast.  Poor guy!  My daughter quickly put him out of his misery though.... she said "Yum!"

Also, this isn't the first time I've been inspired by packaging - remember my fascination with the Fry Box?


Cindy said...

These are great! I'm always looking at packaging like that and trying to figure out a use for it but I never come up with clever ideas like this.

Kelly said...

loved this! pinned it.