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Posted by  ·  January 18, 2007  ·  Last Updated: January 18, 2007

We made these sour cream container look alikes last year for Valentine’s Day. This simple design allows for lots of creativity. We used white cardstock that we stamped with hearts, but colored papers, paper with your writing and drawings or other decorative papers or materials (wallpaper etc.) could be used.

We started with half of a sheet of cardstock. We then stamped hearts on the paper.


Put double sided tape down the short side of the paper. Then roll the paper up to make a tube.

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Gently squeeze the tube on one end. Place a piece of double sided tape at the end on the inside so when you squeeze the end all the way shut it will stick. Squeeze the end shut. Take a paper crimper (This thing is a HUGE hit with my kids—well worth the bucks!) and crimp the end closed. We crimp enough into the container that we have 4 or 5 crimping lines.

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Fill the container with treats and or some trinkets. Now gently squeeze the other end in the OPPOSITE direction. Put tape along the inside at the end and then crimp shut. The crimping really makes it look just like a sour cream container.

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  1. Pam Shipman
    Monday, February 3rd, 2014
    What a great idea! I have a crimper, so I will be doing this for my grand children this year. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.
  2. karla diaz
    Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
    sooooo i like but you need moreeeee
  3. Bettinator
    Monday, February 13th, 2012
    You can pick up the crimper at virtually any craft store. Michael's, Jo-Ann's, and Hobby Lobby should all have it. I hope to make these for my students tonight! :-)
  4. mitsy
    Thursday, February 9th, 2012
    i cant realy make that because i dont have a paper crimpler thingy-majig
    and i dont know where to buy one but its a realy good idea and it looks preaty cheap too.its adorable and a great treat for little kids that just love the holidays that mean love and sharing!!thanks for the idea!!
  5. Karyn Jones
    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
    Okay thanks! Now a trip to Hobby Lobby is in order to get one of those paper crimpers! I always get in trouble on this site. haha
  6. Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
    Very easy and cute ideas for gifts and more. thanks
  7. Dani
    Friday, July 22nd, 2011
    Genius! This is such a simple yet genius idea that I would have never though of it! I was looking for a DIY countdown calendar that could hold stuff. KF has a cute one, but it's not something I plan on using every year & it's expensive. I have a Cricut & envelope templates, but I just didn't see anything of them being what I wanted & it would take forever to put them together after cutting. These are super quick to make, just cut squares with a paper cutter, tape & crimp. I made an empty one for practice & my toddler is carrying it around the house for the last hour. I may put them on a string or stick them on a decorated foam board, depends on how fast I can get it done & ship it out to my cousin! I am excited to see how it works out. I bought a crimper just for this & just love it, I love to add dimension to my scrapbook pages so it will come in handy - you gave me a reason to buy one! :) Thanks for sharing, I like your website :)
  8. Peggy
    Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
    These are so incredibly great!! Now I just have to wait until the movers deliver our stuff... Maybe it will be arrive quickly instead of the 4 to 6 weeks that is projected! :)
  9. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    A few posts asked what else a paper crimper can be used for, I actually cut some pale yellow paper into some odd shapped circles and then crimped them. They looked GREAT as potato chips on an invitation.
  10. Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
    This is like the cutest idea EVER! Looks pretty simple too! Thanks for the how-to!
  11. Friday, January 16th, 2009
    I had totally forgotten that sour cream used to come in packets like that. lol What a nifty idea!
  12. Mommy2girls2boys
    Thursday, October 30th, 2008
    What size is the piece of paper that you used to make these?
  13. Iris from Germany
    Saturday, June 7th, 2008
    I´ve been looking everywhere for the instructions for this versatile idea,
    thanks for sharing it ! I will have a go as soon as I´ve finished writing these lines...thanks again !!!!
  14. DebbieJ
    Monday, December 3rd, 2007
    What an awesome idea! I think I'll make some more bath salts for Christmas gifts this year and put in this type container. It should hold enough for one tub full. My imagination is going wild with things to put in there. Candies, pastry, You name it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Debbie J ~ East Texas Crafter
  15. Granna on the Go
    Thursday, October 4th, 2007
    Thank you for the instructions...I had read and heard about them but wasn't sure how to go about it. Very clear instructions...I am hoping to make some treats for Halloween. My grandchildren might enjoy doing for their class. I may do some for friends in a quilt group. Could do an autumn/thanksgiving theme place cards, too. Listen to me, I have so many ideas and only hope to complete each one. Granna
  16. Erika
    Saturday, August 11th, 2007
    Those are awesome! They really do look like the sour cream that you get in school.
  17. islaygirl
    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
    hi, i'm here via katie, and really love this idea. i can't wait to try it out with my four-year-old! maybe something for easter ...
  18. Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
    wow, what a great idea!!! thanks for sharing.
  19. Barb
    Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
    This is really neat! I'm anxious to try it out .
    Thanks for the fun idea!
  20. Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
    this is awesome - I need a crimper! what should ii look for when I buy one????
  21. Cath
    Monday, January 22nd, 2007
    I am waiting for my crimper to arrive in the mail and then we will be in business to make our Valentines for the year! I love this idea!
  22. Aunt Jenny
    Sunday, January 21st, 2007
    Amazing! What a good mom! I want to come over for "sick day" next time and make lollipops and use the crimper! Fun!
  23. EH
    Thursday, January 18th, 2007
    i love this idea...for so many things! i always wondered--other than corrugating paper--what you could use the crimping for--