There are two things my kids LOVE. 1. Candy, and 2. Presents! And these tissue paper pumpkin favours fall beautifully into both of those categories! Wrap up your favourite Halloween treats, and then open up the pumpkins like presents to get to the candy inside. Wouldn’t these make adorable favours at a Halloween party? And I’m so tempted to make a bunch of them to send to school as treats on Halloween! As for the ones I made, I gave them to my girls as a special after-dinner treat last night.
Am I a terrible mother for bribing my kids with candy in order to get them to eat their dinners? I feel guilty and a little bit embarrassed for admitting it, but almost every day I use the parenting cliche “If you’re hungry enough to eat candy, then you’re hungry enough to finish your dinner!” Without it, my girls would barely eat anything! So when I pulled these out last night, my girls got SO excited that they immediately gobbled up everything on their plates! (Score for me!) They were like a little present, sitting on the table, silently calling “eat-your-dinner-so-you-can-open-me-up!”
They are amazingly easy to make too! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Orange tissue paper
- Green tape (floral, electrical or painters tape)
- Assorted candy
- 9″ cake pan
Pile 2 pieces of tissue paper together and draw the outline of a circle. I used an upside down 9″ cake pan to draw the circles, but you could use anything round that’s around the same size.
Using sharp scissors, cut out the circle. You need to end up with two tissue paper circles on top of each other. If you want to make more than one pumpkin, you could probably pile as many as 6 to 8 sheets of tissue paper together to speed things up.
Pile your favourite candy into the center of the circle. You’ll have to do a little trial and error to see how much will fit. The more candy you add, the more round and “full” looking the pumpkin will be. The first one I made didn’t have enough candy in it, so it kind of looked a little droopy.
Take the circles and the candies and center them over your hand. Use your fingers to gently bend the paper around the candy. Try to get the folds as neat and tidy as possible.
Gather up the edges of the circle.
And then pinch and twist them closed as best you can. I thought it would be tricky to get the creases to look natural and tidy, but it really wasn’t too bad. Just do your best and I’m sure they’ll be great!
Cut a small piece of green tape. I used dollar store electrical tape, but you could also use floral tape or green painters tape.
Wrap the tape around the twisted end of the pumpkin top.
And twist it around to get the pumpkin stem.
Don’t these make the cutest party favours!? They are like miniature pumpkin pinatas!
And when you open them up, they are filled with a wonderful surprise! Candy? Check! Presents? Check!
I love the way they look for a Halloween party! Or even Thanksgiving? They aren’t spooky, so you could really use them for any autumn occasion.
We went to the bulk store to choose a variety of different candies. I included candy corn, candy pumpkins, Halloween chocolate balls and assorted Hershey’s chocolates.
Choose your favourites! You can use mini chocolate bars, but make sure you include something else that’s small along with it (candy corn is perfect!) so that the little bundles have a round shape.
These tissue paper pumpkin favours are a fantastic treat to send to school on Halloween or they also make super cute party favours! They are non-spooky, so you can use them for any occasion this fall. They take less than 5 minutes each to make (they’ll go even faster if you cut more tissue paper circles at once) and turn into adorable little pumpkin bundles!
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