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Valentine Containers

Posted by  ·  January 17, 2012  ·  Last Updated: January 17, 2012

I love these sour cream look a like containers.

I have been making them for years, but with all the new printed papers and embellishments it is a new quick an easy craft. I found everything I needed at Michael’s Arts & Crafts. Look for heavyweight paper or cardstock {loving this pad from Martha Stewart} for these containers, cute embellishments, adhesive tape runner and a Fiskars paper crimper.

These containers can be made any size.  I cut paper 8.25″ X 5.5″ (roughly cutting an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper in half).

With a tape runner put two rows of tape on one edge. Glue stick or double sticky tape can also be used. Be generous with the adhesive!

Put  the adhesive tape runner {my favorite} along the end and one side of the paper on the wrong side.

Roll paper into a tube, overlapping the edge about 1 inch.

Pinch the edge with the adhesive closed. Place the closed end in the paper crimper. Turn crimper about three to four times.

Fill container with goodies. Place adhesive on the inside edge  of the other end. Press end together in the opposite direction. Crimp close.

It works best if the seam is off center.

Attach embellishments to the containers.  These make a fun containers to hold yummy goodies for your special Valentine!

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  1. retrac
    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
    Although your link "Fiskars paper crimper" takes us to the Michaels website, it doesn't link to the crimper, and a search at Michaels doesn't find it either. No worries, I'm sure I can find one elsewhere, just thought you may want to update your link :0) Thanks for sharing this (I'm adding it to my Pinterest page!)
  2. Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
    These are ever so cute! I posted a link to your tutorial on my blog today, where I am slowly collecting different ideas for items in a form of a humbug (other names: berlingot, pyramid). Hope you don't mind me using the picture and thank you for your great tutorial!
  3. SusanM
    Friday, February 8th, 2013
    These are so fun and completely adaptable. Since my son is not a baby anymore (sigh) we don't have to do the little valentines for each and every classmate. It would be fun to make up a little box of these for his 8th grade group, and put a variety of treats inside to surprise them. Thank you for sharing this tutorial!
  4. Kenna
    Monday, February 4th, 2013
    Thank you. It didn't cause any trouble. I actually am going to make the small ones. They are perfect!
  5. Laura
    Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
    I printed the instructions today and it still says cut paper 8.25” x 5.5” which I should have known was 'off', but I did it anyway! They're much bigger than the ones I made last year! After I was done making today’s batch, I found my last year's instructions and it says cut 4.25” x 5.5". I guess this should teach me to be more organized ;)
  6. Kenna
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
    Love these! I am totally making them for my daughter's valentines this year. One quick note - I think your measurements are off - cutting a paper in half will make it 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, not 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I am sure everyone else figured out you were just cutting a paper in half, but my containers ended up super small! :) Good thing they are actually really cute small.
    • Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
      So sorry Kenna, I hope it didn't cause you too much trouble! I have corrected the post!
  7. Judy Estrada
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
    These are so cute! You are so crafty!
  8. Thursday, July 19th, 2012
    So cute!
  9. Judy
    Sunday, February 12th, 2012
    So cute! It's too late this year, but I totally want to do this for the next holiday! maybe even Easter (if I feel inclined to), or Halloween! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm pinning on Pinterest!
  10. Shawna
    Sunday, February 12th, 2012
    I'm making these for my daughter's class. Super easy and look so good! My husband thought they were little boxes that I bought! So, I succeeded in making something that looks professional and am so happy about that! Thanks so much for sharing this! I made the wild ones! :-)
  11. Jennifer
    Saturday, February 11th, 2012
    These are so cute! After reading this post, I immediately went out and bought a crimper! Thank you for the idea on the cutest Valentine container! I plan to use this container for all kinds of goodies.
  12. Denise from DFW
    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
    Thanks for sharing your detailed instructions. I made favors for my parents 60th wedding anniversary - they look fabulous and got lots of wonderful comments. I posted pictures on SewForum and linked back to this page.
  13. Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
    I am big into crafting -- and happen to come across your website. LOVE IT!!
  14. Monday, January 30th, 2012
    I love these containers! So cute and now I finally have a another use for my paper crimper! I shared them on my CraftBliss blog and linked back to you. ~Dee
  15. [email protected] Bitsy Paper
    Sunday, January 29th, 2012
    These turned out fantastic!! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party.

  16. Sunday, January 29th, 2012
    Those are adorable! I would love for you to share this at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!
  17. Pinky
    Friday, January 27th, 2012
    These are so very cute--I just made some for my grandkids for Valentine's day--I used half sheets of 8.5 x 11 printed cardstock. Inside I put $5 tokens from Target--their new "gift cards". The kids will love going shopping and won't know what is inside these darling packages. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
  18. Lori
    Thursday, January 26th, 2012
    I'm going to make SO many of these, I can feel it already. This is fantastic. I just cleaned out my craft closet a few months ago and thought, "Why should I keep this crimper? I don't scrapbook anymore!" But, the hoarder I am, I kept it.

    giddy. i'm just giddy.

    (And who doesn't love a chance to use a tape runner?)
  19. JoJo
    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    Thank you so much for sharing this - an awesome idea for my daughter's valentines giveaway this year! It will be a classroom full of "ooo's" and "ahhhs"! Love your site too!
  20. Saturday, January 21st, 2012
    Love these! Such a cute idea.
  21. Saturday, January 21st, 2012
    Went out today and got all the supplies (yay for getting the crimper with a 40% off coupon!). Even with a 3 week old baby, this is a doable, adorable craft! I will definitely be making these for many different occasions- thanks!!!
  22. Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    these are very versatile and I think they can be used for many more occasions as Christmas , kids parties , filling the Easter bunny's basket... lovely idea , thanks for sharing ....
  23. Earnestine
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    I love this! Off to get some paper to give them a try today!
  24. Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    Thanks for sharing this completely adorable tutorial!!!
  25. Joni
    Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    You've done it again, Cindy. You have shown me the cutest
    tool that I must have! Great idea. I can see so many
    possibilities...plans beginning to blossom.
    I am off to Michael's today!
  26. Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    Oh, it's so cute ! I love that ! ❤ What's a great idea !!! xoxo

  27. Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    I love these, great idea! Need to get one of those cool crimper thingies.
  28. Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    What a great idea!!! I can't wait to make these
  29. Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    So cute and so well explained.
    Thank you!
  30. Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    What a cute idea! They really do look like sour cream containers! It looks like I need a crimper! Thanks for the inspiration! :)
  31. Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
    these are so so cute. i love the crimped ends, gives it that extra look!
  32. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    Very cute, Cindy!

    I never thought to use a paper crimper like that! Brilliant!
  33. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    These are so cute but I don't have a crimper! Guess I could just seal them closed and not crimp. Love the Valentine papers!!
  34. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    Are you kidding me? I have seen these before...yes, they are cute. The crimper...TOTALLY MAKES IT! How cute?!? I am running out to get one IMMEDIATELY!

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  35. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    Holy CUTENESS Cindy. What an adorable idea. I need a crimper,.. ASAP.
  36. Jenny
    Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    I love these -- so cute!! Great tutorial -- I want to make some for my co-workers!!
  37. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    Cindy! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to my Valentine Link Party! I appreciate your blog and your amazing creativity!
  38. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    WHO KNEW!?!??!!! I need a crimper now. How have I ever lived without one!?!??!
  39. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    I think these things are so cute! Thanks for sharing how to make them. Would you be willing to link up this post to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have your amazing creativity! Thanks, Michelle
  40. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    I always wondered how these types of containers were made. It looks so simple. Thanks for the great tutorial.
  41. Ashalia
    Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    So cute! These would be perfect to give away at school:)Thanks!
  42. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    These are adorable! I'm so going to make these for my "Grands!"