Candy Tin Tutorial

Today's tutorial on creating a decorative nugget tin (plus bunches of photos and other cool tidbits) will offer a lucky reader a way to "enjoy" some blog candy in the truest sense. 

Simply leave me a comment on this post disclosing your favorite candy by 5:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, April 5.  I'll choose a winner at random and pop today's tin of decorated Hershey's Nuggets (with Almonds, yum) in the mail to you (domestic U.S. only, please).  You can click on photos to enlarge.

My weekly calendar of Asian art (featured) inspired the colors for today's post.  Please ignore the Build-A-Brad tin . . . I had it in mind for the "o" in enjoy when I assembled my supplies but switched gears (no surprise here) to the flower punch and Styled Silver brad.  It's a woman's prerogative to . . . . .

I used Avery 8160 mailing labels, which fit neatly around Hershey's nuggets.

I stamped two patterns from the Boho Backgrounds set on the sheet of labels, using Brilliant Blue and Taken with Teal.

  The stamped, adhesive mailing label customizes the nugget easily.

  For a little nugget "personality," I used a Boho Blossom Punch to create the Yo Yo yellow flowers. 
TIP: When you are using only part of a 3 part flower punch, grab your scraps so you don't waste as much.  Those long, skinny pieces sliced off from other projects, get new life.  I used the card stock shown, plus my Yo Yo scraps to create the 13 flowers needed.

TIP: I stamped the small "Enjoy Every Moment" flower on Brilliant Blue and Taken With Teal card stock.  Using a 1/2" Circle Punch, they were popped out for instant flower centers.


  Rub the large end of a Brilliant Blue Stampin' Up! Marker with some Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain, and you have perfectly matched ribbon in a flash.  Mix white grosgrain and with any of Stampin' Up!'s markers and enjoy quick, coordinated ribbon.  It saturates beautifully.  When I flip the dyed ribbon over,  only minimal touch up is needed.  Be sure to let it dry.

The sentiment is one monster stamp of "enjoy" in Taken With Teal on Whisper White paper.  I embellished with a 1/4" circle ("heightened" on a Stampin' Dimensional) for the dot in "j," another yellow boho flower and one of the big beautiful brads from the new Hodgepodge Hardware collection in Styled Silver.  I matted the image on Yo Yo yellow card stock, which I cropped a bit with some decorative scissors.

The distance around the entire width of the tin is greater than the 11" Taken with Teal card stock I own . . . but no worries.  TIP:  I cut an 11" inch teal strip, wrapped it around (including my "Brilliant Blue" ribbon) and terminated it underneath the sentiment (great "coverup" for the short fall).  And, no seam on the bottom either.

So would you like some candy?  Please leave a comment with your favorite!

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

COMING UP:  More "blog candy" (and other edible ideas to giveaway 🙂

Stamp Sets:  Boho Backgrounds, Enjoy Every Moment
Paper:  Avery 8160 Mailing Labels, Whisper White, Yo Yo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Taken with Teal
Ink:  Brilliant Blue Ink Pad and Marker, Taken with Teal
Cool Tools:  Boho Blossom Punch, 1/4" and 1/2" Circle Punches, Provocraft Decorative Scissors
The Perfect Touch:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware Brad (Styled Silver, Occasions Mini), Stampin' Dimensional
Other:  Clear Top Tin (


  1. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I’ve often wondered how all those crafty bloggers have made them. Now I can do one too. My favorite candy is Dove chocolates. They are so rich and when you pop one into your mouth the chocolate is so smooth and yummy! Thanks for the chance at your candy.

  2. My favorite candy is …. cowtails…love them…my next fave is licorice (red) and I love all sorts of chocolate, of course! I don’t think chocolate should count as a candy though…it should be its own food group, don’t you agree?! LOL Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Great job! 🙂

  3. My favorite candy is anything with dark chocolate on it or just plain dark chocolate.

    Terrific looking tin of candy!

  4. Awesome tutorial Mary! you are so clever! My favorite candy is chocolate…I guess my super favorite is Sneakers. Thank you for the chance at yummy blog candy.

  5. Too cute!! I could eat just about anything that’s chocolate…Hershey with almonds is one of my favorites! Snickers is probably my top favorite.

  6. Colleen Moreland

    You are truly amazing!! I love this tin. It is so cheerful looking!! It would put a smile on anyone’s face for sure. Who doesn’t love that chocolate.

    Good job!
    Colleen Moreland

  7. Chocolate,yum!!!!!!

    Great gift idea.

    My favorite candy is KitKat.

    Sheila in Houston

  8. Amanda Currier

    I love M&Ms and hershey kisses. I CANNOT leave them alone! With Cadbury eggs and Reese’s PB cups coming in a close second.
    LOVE the bugget box!

  9. This is such a cheerful gift! Thanks for the tutorial! My favorite candy is anything chocolate…M&M’s with peanuts, Hershey’s kisses with almonds and Hershey’s nuggets with almonds!

  10. Very cute tin. Those avery labels are d’bomb! My fav candy is black licorice. I can see by the posts that I’m in the minority with that choice…but it is true!

  11. what a great idea for a little gift!

    I love skor bars.

  12. Mary I SO love this idea… Perfect gifts for teachers! Thank you for a wonderful and creative iea.
    As for my favorite candy, Dark Chocolate Almond Joy with Almonds…YUUMMMMM! Hershey Almond bar second and ANY Chocolate when available, HA. : )

  13. So cheerful and sunny…esp to those of us STILL waiting for Spring to show up! The silver brad is great and the popped dot on the j are great touches! Now, how would one go about eating the yummy candy w/out destroying such a piece of art??? Hmmm lol
    ~Lana B~
    mamastamps at sbcglobal dot net

  14. Mary, this is really cute!!! I think I will make a bunch of those for Mother’s Day.
    I really love all your creations.
    My favorite candy, uhmm M&M (right now trying to lose weight, ha, pain in the neck, LOL)

    God bless you

  15. So stinkin’ cute!!! My favorite candy is dove chocolate then hershey’s with almonds running a VERY close second!! Really any chocolate is good for me!

  16. Adorable – I love altered tins!

  17. Mary, This is such a cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I recently created a blog and added your site because of all the helpful tips!
    My favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter cups…….wish I had one now.

  18. Great project. I especially like what you did with the BoHo Blossoms punch and background. I love milk chocolate with nuts and caramel best but my standby while crafting is peanut M&M’s. jmniffer

  19. The candy tin is beautiful, as all your creations are!
    My favorite candy? Dark chocolate – dark chocolate with nuts, dark chocolate with mint, dark chocolate with liqueur or brandy filling..
    BUT my current favored dark chocolate is with chili or cayenne pepper. Sweet and hot!

  20. My favorite candy is Milky Way Dark. It’s the DARK part that I love. And, it’s the only treat my husband and I don’t have to fight over because he likes milk chocolate.
    If I don’t have any dark chocolate candy around, I eat chocolate chips right out of the bag. Mmmm. Antioxidants are good for me!

  21. I love the candy tin!!! And the tips – especially tinting white ribbon with markers. Thanks. By the way, my favorite candy is oh-so-hard to find… Cherry Mash! It’s has the most wonderful cherry filling surrounded by lucsious chocolate and nuts. Yum! Yum!

  22. My favorite is what you used Hershey with Almonds or just a plain Hershey bar. I also love milk chocolate caramels….but my dentist doesn’t! Thanks for such sweet blog candy, Mary.


  23. Great project. My fave candies are Reese’s peanut butter cups. Just about anything with chocolate will do, too.

  24. Grace Lange-Way

    My absolute favorite chocolates are Godiva. Once a year my nephew sends me a box……………guess which nephew is in the will! LOLO

    All kidding aside, if you don’t mind Mary, I would like to adapt your idea as Christmas gifts for coworkers and their spouses. Just a little something to let them know I am thinking of them.

    Thanks for the great site.

  25. colleen kramer

    Great tin Mary! Your tutorial was fabulous–so clear and easy to follow. My kids have always loved M&M’s…so no surprise I’ve taken to M&M’s DARK. MMMmmmm. Have a great weekend!

  26. Hi
    I posted a comment and it came up with someone else’s….. ooops!
    I’ll try one more time…..crossing fingers.
    I love every piece of chocolate that is known to mankind!! My daughter is getting married next May and I want to do these nuggets to leave on everyones table for extra munches.

  27. Every piece of Chocolate known to mankind!!!
    I’m so glad your did these nuggets my daughter is getting next May. This will be perfect to have at each table for munches!!!

  28. Hi Mary. I love your tin and the ribbon tip! I subscribed to your blog awhile ago and I look forward to getting the daily emails with your new card or project. They’re always beautiful! As for candy, chocolate! Need I say more? Lately it’s been the Hershey chocolate eggs and the mini Reece’s peanutbutter eggs. Yum! But I like all kinds of chocolate. 🙂

  29. I love Almond Joys as much as I love your cute tin! Great Ideas!

  30. What ayummy treat!! Where did you get your tin? I love the color combo, so bright and cheerful.

  31. your tin is so bright and cheery! favorite candy? can i say ‘chocolate’? okay, i’ll be more specific: Dove dark chocolate… no, wait, mounds bars. or i could say anything with chocolate and nuts… you get the pictures 🙂

  32. Hmmmmm……My favorite candy? That’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say Peanut Roca (although any kind of Roca is good!) 😉

  33. Love how your nugget tin came out. Thanks too for the turorial. I love visiting your blog your so inspirational!
    Favorite candy Resse’s peanut butter cups ..yum yum!~


  34. Not a huge candy eater but I gotta admit a predilection for Heath Bars, particularly in Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream and DQ’s Heath Bar Blizzards.

  35. Wow Mary!Favorite candy? Lately we’ve been eating Trader Joe’s brand of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It’s so much creamier. Thanks for offering the blog candy.

  36. Mary,
    I check your sight daily to see what has inspired you for the day. You always have great ideas and helpful, fun to read instructions. Thanks for ALL the time you put in to making your website my favorite place to be on line! My favorite sweet is any chocolate and I find it hard to pass up red licorace.
    Happy scrappin’~ Debi

  37. Yum, candy!!! I have alot of favorites so I’ll go with the first to pop into my head…Nestle Treasures w/ peanut butter. Mmmmmm.

  38. Great candy tin tutorial! I’m always excited to be able to read a tutorial all the way through one time and know exactly what’s going on. P.S. I love your “Tips” thoughout your site. They are super helpful!

  39. ANYTHING with dark chocolate!!! p.s. this tin is adorable!!

  40. My favorite candy (right now) is Dove milk chocolate! Can’t live without it!

    Great tip on the ribbon!

  41. Thanks for all the effort you put in so that we can enjoy the ideas and inspiration.
    My favourite is Cadbury Cream Eggs (only available at easter!!)

  42. Wow, what could be better for blog candy than candy!!! Also thanks for the ribbon tip!!

  43. Great tin Mary! My favourite candy is any fruit & nut chocolate. Ooh, or a Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate & hazelnuts bar. Ooh, or sour penny candys. Ooh, or jelly bellies.

    Haha, I guess I love my candy!

  44. I love your nugget tin! My favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy.

  45. My favorite candy is Hershey’s Chocolate any way they make it…nuggets, kisses, candy bar plain or with almonds. Yummy!

  46. Awesome!! I just ordered my first nugget tin and want to try this very thing!

    You’re such an inspiration!!

    My favorite candy is Resee’s Peanut Butter Cups- specifically the eggs!! They have the perfect amount of peanut butter. YUM!!

    Thanks so much for posting this- I love your blog!

  47. So excited, I just got that stamp set last month! My favorite candy for the last month has been the 60% cocoa chocolate chips from ghiradelli that I am supposed to use in my baking but I just can’t help myself… It seems I am always replacing them…

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