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Project

Coffin Treat Box

Surprise your guests with an inventive coffin treat box, a wonderfully ghoulish party favor everyone will want to take home.

Introduction

Martha demonstrates how to craft a coffin treat box, a great idea for a Halloween party favor.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fully adhere decorative paper to black cardstock with a large glue stick or full-sheet double-sided adhesive.

  2. Step 2

    Print top and bottom coffin templates on regular 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper. Place one template on each sheet of lined cardstock and staple around the template to hold in place. Do not staple inside the lines of the template, as this will create holes in your finished box.

  3. Step 3

    Using a bone folder and ruler, score on the dotted lines of each template, pressing through to the paper and cardstock underneath.

  4. Step 4

    Using a craft knife or scissors, cut on solid lines of templates, working from the inside out.

  5. Step 5

    Fold sides and tabs of both top and bottom where scored. Using a glue stick, glue tabs to inside of box bottom and lid as shown in the template. Clamp with paperclips to secure until dry.

  6. Step 6

    Fill bottom of box with candy. Add stickers to top of lid and place lid on top of box. Wrap a 1-yard piece of rough twine around the coffin a few times, and tie to secure.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008

Reviews (20)

  • teacherjay 24 Oct, 2011

    I just made this with manila folder in 10 minutes. Will have students make one and add a sarcophagus drawing on top allowing students to decorate top and sides. I bought mummies at the Dollar Store (my students treat!). Thanks Martha-I love it!

  • BethMoore5 18 Oct, 2011

    I made these for my sons Halloween themed Birthday party and instead of using the designed paper for the inside, (because i live in Germany and supplies are not here or limited) i used orange tissue paper! Also there are no Halloween stickers either, so i used clip are and glued it on the top of the box! Im sure they are going to be a hit!

  • HoneyHound 4 Sep, 2011

    Easter is always a huge holiday at our house because I put clues in the eggs instead of candy, allowing my son to find hidden items and encourage his reading. Making these coffins this year for Halloween and hiding them like I do the eggs, making it a race against the ferryman. In some boxes will be gold coins, some will have plastic eyes, etc.

  • FannyBrite 30 Aug, 2011

    I love this idea! I made one as a prototype and they look great! I will use it for my invites a la 'severed finger' invitations complete with finger, moss and invitations. I love Halloween!

  • natalie624 14 Oct, 2010

    I did this for one of my Halloween Parties a couple of years ago. Everyone love them. I am doing it again this year. I lined them up with halloween tissue paper.

  • leo3375 10 Sep, 2010

    I'm doing this for my party invitations this year. I'm using black cardstock and lining them with red velvet fabric, placing a plastic skeleton in each one. The party details are going to be attached to the inside of the lid.

    After doing the severed fingers last year, this is going to be a close second.

  • geekygrandma 14 Oct, 2009

    We used orange card stock for the top and black for the bottom. We printed the bottom out on a piece of manilla folder which went thru the printer just fine, cut it out and used it as a pattern to trace on to the black. The pencil line was easy to see on the black. This would work for making a black top also. We also found some double-sided scrapbook card stock with Halloween designs and made some of the coffins out of that eliminating having to glue 2 pieces of paper together.

  • Alysyn 30 Oct, 2008

    We actually used spray adhesive to put the two sheets of paper together. It went fast and worked wonderfully as we were trying to mass produce enough for an entire class!

  • tallo 30 Oct, 2008

    These were the hit of the party. Can't wait to hand some out to our favorite
    trick or treaters.

  • ldmonti 30 Oct, 2008

    Love this project. It's simple, easy, fast, economical, practical and cute. My friends loved it and the candies too. Thanks for the idea and template.

  • melissa-henry 21 Oct, 2008

    I've made about a dozen of these as thank yous... My only problem was that the difference in the weight of the paper either caused a mismatch in edges or caused wrinkles/bubbles in the liner of the coffin. I ended up lightly gluing the two papers together allowing slippage when folded. Then I re-glued the papers as I went about constructing the boxes. This left a white line from the mismatch so I used a black marker to match it to the outside. Any one else have this problem or am I nuts?

  • melissa-henry 21 Oct, 2008

    I've made about a dozen of these as thank yous... My only problem was that the difference in the weight of the paper either caused a mismatch in edges or caused wrinkles/bubbles in the liner of the coffin. I ended up lightly gluing the two papers together allowing slippage when folded. Then I re-glued the papers as I went about constructing the boxes. This left a white line from the mismatch so I used a black marker to match it to the outside. Any one else have this problem or am I nuts?

  • rexfluffy 19 Oct, 2008

    These are really adorable! I found it easier to use a spray adhesive to attach the decorative paper to the cardstock.

  • kari714 16 Oct, 2008

    I made these on tuesday for work.
    They came out so cute!
    Kari714

  • kari714 16 Oct, 2008

    I made these on tuesday for work.
    They came out so cute!
    Kari714

  • ksfoster 15 Oct, 2008

    Where do I find the template for the coffin treat box?

  • gre7201 12 Oct, 2008

    got a problem i have dialup where i live and i was gonna take me forever to downlaod the templates to my computer is there anyway someone can either address me a copy of the templates or email me a copy of them it would so be greatly appreciated....thanks

  • TriciaNY 10 Oct, 2008

    My friends were there and my DVR did not tape! Does anyone have it still that they can burn me a copy or tape me a tape for a rak? Thanks in advance!

  • nemommy 10 Oct, 2008

    i really love this idea. My kids playgroup was over this morning and I showed the other moms and they loved it too. To extremely simplify things, I'd print the template onto cardstock in the color I want to use (although black would be tricky, maybe it would work) and then glue at the folds. I think wrapping with twine is optional but does look really cute and adds to the spookiness. I don't have HD so I don't have input on your problem. Sorry!

  • cook4myluvs 10 Oct, 2008

    Hi Martha and Team...I love watching the show but ever since HD is in effect , many things a re hard to see. For example when you held up the cardboard paper. Joey held up his skull he was drawing and that was just a blank piece of paper on my screen. They reflect and show blank on my T. V. Perhaps it is just the colors during this season; however just a suggestion to see what else may work. Thank you !