Today’s post is a guest post from the very talented Laura of Paper Eudaimonia. I happen to know Laura personally and have received many beautiful cards from her talented hands. I have had serious crafting issues mostly stemming from the fact that I like to buy pretty paper and stamps but I lack the motivation to use them. So Laura is going to show you this adorable fry box craft. I DID try my hand at one and I am happy to report that I made 2 in under 10 minutes. Not bad at all for the cuteness factor. If you are craft challenged you will still want to stick around to the end of this post because she also has a very fun 31 Gifts giveaway for one lucky reader.

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

Halloween. It used to be that your mom could slap a plastic mask on your face, tie you into a vinyl pajama-version of your favorite tv character, and call it a day. No more, my friends. Now there’s pressure. All kinds of pressure to make sure your house look festive, your kids love their costumes, you have “cool” candy to hand out to other kids, and, of course, have a successful class Halloween party. It’s all…just…too…much. My kids wake up on trick-or-treat day just as excited as they do on Christmas morning.

And all this over candy.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Halloween. It’s why I was so eager to volunteer for my son’s class Halloween party. It’s the best job because you get to delegate all the stuff you hate to do, and save the fun stuff for yourself. My favorite part is always the treat bags. It gives me a chance to be a little creative, have fun, and give kids something they can keep to take home. This year, we have an enthusiastic group of parents. The call went out for treat bag fillers, and this is what I’ve gotten (so far):

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

Holy Toledo! There are only 24 kids in my son’s class. These kids are going to end up with five treat bags a piece! I’m sure they won’t mind…

For my (one) treat box, I went with the ever-popular french fries box template. This specific template required me to trace the pattern and then cut it out by hand. It occurred to me, oh…yesterday…that I probably could have cut this on my Silhouette and saved myself a lot of time.

{Free Printable Fry Box Template here}

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

I used a variety of patterned paper, all Halloween-themed. I especially loved this old-fashioned looking newsprint until I looked closer:

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

Apparently paper designers have no copy-editing budget. Let’s leave the “source” out of sorcery. Isn’t that what magic is all about anyway? …ahem…

This is the assembled box:

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

Cute, right? It’s pretty big, and can hold quite a few treats and favors. Each box will be personalized.

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

Fry Box Treat Bags #tutorial and free #printable @KatrinasKitchen

You notice how I am referring to these boxes in the future tense, right? Because seriously, I only have one done. I figure I’ll wait until about an hour before the party to finish them. I’m kidding. Maybe.

How about a giveaway?! This wouldn’t be In Katrina’s Kitchen without a giveaway, right? In order to stay home with my kiddos and do these sort of crafty, room mom things, I sell Thirty One. Ever hear of it? If you haven’t, you’re in for a true treat. If you have, then you know how awesome it is. Check out my website, and then come back here to enter for a prize package worth $118!

The print may vary and is chosen by the consultant (Laura). The prize pack is as follows (L to R in photo):1. Thermal Tote (shown in Organic Poppy) – It’s great for taking lunch on the go. Great for school or work lunch, or for taking to a ballgame. Also great as a baby bag to keep bottles cold. 2. Market Thermal Tote (shown in Black Pick Me Plaid) – Twice the size of the Picnic Thermal Tote, it’s deep enough to carry a case of soda and wide enough to carry a casserole dish. 3. Picnic Thermal Tote (shown in Organic Poppy) – Holds up to two 2-liter bottles! Insulated to keep food and beverages at the perfect temperature.

As a special addition Laura is also throwing in this casserole dish carrier…mostly because I’m obsessed with it and think it is the most fun thing ever. Or currently, but still. The matching serving pieces? I die. ~ K

4. Perfect Party Set (shown in Black Pick Me Plaid) – Use this Hostess Exclusive in its original size to hold one casserole dish, or expand it and use the second compartment to carry another one! It even comes with two matching serving spoons!

{closed} Please use the Rafflecopter entry form below to be entered into the giveaway All entries must have a continental US mailing address and must be over 18. Contest will end Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:01am EST. Winners will be announced here by Thursday, November 1, 2012. Please check back if you entered. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. Please add inkatrinaskitchen (at) yahoo (dot) com to your address book so my notification doesn’t end up in your spam folder!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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