How to make popcorn boxes

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How to make popcorn boxes
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Popcorn boxes can make great fundraisers. Ready-made popcorn boxes are available at most restaurant and catering supply warehouses. It's often more cost effective to buy them rather than making them when you count the cost of materials and time spent, so check with a local supply warehouse before proceeding. Stamp your homemade popcorn boxes with a logo of your choice and make gift packs, or sell the popcorn already popped. Be sure to check with your local health department regarding any necessary permits if you will be selling ready-popped corn.

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Things you need

  • 2 popcorn box templates per box
  • Black marker or pencil
  • Large poster board sheets
  • Glue stick or craft glue
  • Scissors or matt knife
  • Cutting mat
  • 1 bag unpopped corn per box
  • 1 package cheddar cheese powder per box
  • 1 package powdered butter topping per box
  • 1 jar caramel sauce per box
  • Clear cellophane wrap
  • Curling ribbon

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    Make popcorn holders

  1. 1

    Highlight and save a copy of the popcorn box template at Belle's printables. Print two popcorn box templates. Enlarge the template as needed to make the size box you want. Cut out the templates.

    How to make popcorn boxes
  2. 2

    Lay the templates on poster board and trace around them. Place as many templates on each poster board as you can to get the largest number of boxes from each poster board without overlapping. You will need two templates cut per box.

  3. 3

    Use scissors or a matt knife to cut out each template. Fold along the indicated lines. Use a glue stick along the long flaps on each template. Glue the long flap on the left side of one box half to the right side of the other box half, with the tab tucked inside the box. Fold bottom flaps in and glue them into place. Allow glue on boxes to harden overnight before using.

  4. 4

    Fill each box with 1 bag unpopped corn, 1 package cheddar cheese powder, 1 package powdered butter topping, and 1 jar of caramel sauce. Wrap each box in cellophane, gift bag style, and tie it with curling ribbon. Price your boxes 25 per cent to 50 per cent higher than the cost of the materials and your time.

  5. 5

    Sell your popcorn gift boxes directly, door to door, by mail, online or by taking telephone orders. Be sure to set up a PayPal button on the web page of your business or charity so you can accept payments via PayPal. Get a merchant account so that you can accept credit card orders as well as checks and money orders.

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