Thursday, January 22, 2015

candy box mailart

What would you do if your sweet or savory snacks came in small, colorful, artsy paper boxes like these? Would you eat the treats inside and throw out the box? Of course not!

You could display them on your bookshelf, or make practical use of them for collecting loose buttons and paper clips. But I like to turn them into mail art.

Notice the little purple box (6.5 cm x 4.5 cm; 1 3/4" x 2 1/2 "). It once contained a soft chewy sweet made from purple yams, and it has an etegami-style illustration of purple yams on the cover.

I converted it into a pop-up Valentine box card by recycling old Christmas cards to decorate the inside. I used a snowflake hole puncher to make holes in the black backside of one Christmas card, and cut the pink hearts out by hand from the colorful front side of another. It still needs words, which I'll add before I send it.

You've probably done something like this before. Maybe you'd like to do an exchange?


  1. great idea, the only thing I get in wee boxes like that, is cough sweets!

    1. You would have that one thing to cheer you the next time you catch a cold-- a cute box to turn into mail art!