Ravens Popcorn Box: Designer Challenge


Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner?  Before you know it, we’ll be moving on to Thanksgiving and Christmas!  But before we do, I have a fun project to share with you that you can make between now and the 31st.  Each year, my friend Laura Kelly issues a challenge to some of her favorite bloggers and designers where she sends us a plain popcorn box to decorate.  We have free reign to do anything we like to the box, then we all share them on the same day so you can see a huge variety of festive ideas.  Last year was my first year to participate in the challenge, and I wrapped my box with white fabric to turn it into a mummy!  This year, since you know I’m a huge Ravens fan, was to go with an Edgar Allen Poe theme based on his poem, “The Raven.”


{I’ve linked to some of the exact products I used, for your convenience.  Some of them were provided by the manufacturers, but all opinions are my own.}
– popcorn box
Oly-Fun, black
– printed copy of “The Raven”
Lion Brand Martha Stewart Glitter Eyelash Yarn, Charoite
Silhouette Printable Gold Foil
– Scalloped Circle Punch
Sculpey Premo Clay, black
Sculpey basic clay tools
Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
– Hot glue and glue gun
Fiskars Mixed Media scissors
– paper and pencil

Step 1: Cut the scallops off the top of the popcorn box.  Wrap the box with black Oly-Fun and glue to secure.
First, I wrapped it around the sides and glued, then folded the excess at the bottom as if I were wrapping a gift box and glued it.  Finally, I tucked the extra at the top down into the box and glued that too.  Hot glue worked best for this part.


Step 2: Print poem, carefully rip stanzas apart, and glue around the box.
I did a Google search for the poem, copied it and pasted it into Word, and changed it to Script Calligraphy font, size 14 pt.  I only needed two stanzas to cover the box.  The first stanza wrapped from the middle of one side, across the front, and to the middle of the opposite side, then the second stanza covered the rest of the sides and the bag.


Step 3: Wrap box twice with Glitter Eyelash Yarn.
I chose to use purple because black, purple, and gold are the Ravens team colors, plus I think the black/purple combo is an elegant twist on Halloween decor.  If you prefer, though, orange would work just as well.  I wrapped it around the top of the poem twice, then tied it and cut the ends.


Step 4: Cut and attach a scalloped gold circle.
I used a punch but you could also use scissors or an electronic cutting machine…and you can use any shape you like.


Step 5: Create a raven using Sculpey polymer clay.
To do this, I first did a Google image search for “raven silhouette,” then traced the one I liked by holding a piece of white paper up to my screen. I cut the shape out, flattened a piece of black clay, and put the paper shape on top of the clay as a pattern.  Then, I used a blade clay tool to cut around the pattern.  I baked it on a foil-covered tray for 15 min at 275 degrees Farenheit.


Step 6: Apply Clear Gel Tacky Glue to the top surface of the raven and sprinkle it with glitter.  

Step 7: Glue raven to the box on top of gold foil.


That’s all, folks!  Your box is ready to go, whether you want to fill it with popcorn, candy, or anything else you can imagine!


Be sure you stop by Laura Kelly’s blog to see all the other fun ideas in the hop; it’s always amazing to see what a group of designers can do with the same basic material!


Before you go, Laura decided to make this hop extra fun by putting together a great giveaway…one lucky entrant will win a $50 Fandango Movie gift card, a pack of popcorn boxes from World Market and $45 of iLTC/craft supplies to decorate with.  Rafflecopter will walk you through the entry process below.  Good luck, friends!


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  1. Love how you decorated your popcorn box. I did a movie theme last year and had some ravens on mine. They just scream HALLOW’S EVE, don’t they!
    Lots of fun.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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