Sour Cream Container

by Beate Johns

Create a unique container perfect for giving away candy or other small treats.


  • 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of lightweight cardstock or patterned paper
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Paper Crimper
  • Embellishments
  • Candy


  1. Step 1

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to one of the short sides of the reverse side of the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of patterned paper.

    Apply another strip from the end of the long side until half way in.

    Apply the last piece in the middle of the other short side of the paper.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the plastic liner from the Sticky Strip™, but make sure to leave the backing on the Sticky Strip™ that is in the middle of one of the long sides.

    Adhere the short ends of the paper together to form a cylinder.

  3. Step 3

    Press the two sides with the Sticky Strip™ exposed together.

  4. Step 4

    To reinforce the adhesive, slide the taped end into your paper crimper and slowly add two or three crimped lines.

  5. Step 5

    Fill container with candy or other small treat.

  6. Step 6

    Remove the liner from the remaining Sticky Strip™, then push the sides together in the opposite direction from the other end.

    When looking at the container from the top, the two ends will form a +.

  7. Step 7

    Crimp this edge of the container.

  8. Step 8

    Decorate the container.



  1. Crystal Clear
    Use Vellum or acetate to make a see through container. When using acetate, reinforce the short ends with brads or eyelets.
    (After 1 1/2 weeks my Sticky Strip™ taped box that is shown here opened up).

    Resize it
    -Try making the container in a different size. If you need a bigger version, try out a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sheet of paper.
    -Is it not quite small enough? Use a 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" piece of paper to make a tiny treat holder.
    -Make it longer! Try taping the long side together first to make your container long and skinny.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Sour Cream Container. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

You don't have to have a paper crimper to make these. When I've made them in the past I didn't use a crimper, but I do like the idea of using one. These are adorable and it's fun to make them.
Paula Rivoli  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 5:46 AM
GREAT tutorial. I love doing these. I did a large order (100) and figured out that I was going broke with the sticky tape. And, a lot of them popped open. The next time I had a large order, I used the glue gun. Way cheaper and none of them cam apart.
Lori  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 7:16 AM
Awesome Beate! Thanks for sharing!
Debbie  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM
What a great idea and thanks for the tutorial! Can't wait to try this for party favors. I, too, couldn't figure out the sour cream container connection. I'm so glad I read all the comments!
Barb  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM
These are so neat, thanks so much for the wonderful instructions. Jennifer smile
Jennifer "Lovetostamp6  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 4:54 PM
When I come across a card or project I want to keep, I open up my Micrografix Draw program, select a blank page and copy and paste the text and photos on it. Then I print out the full document. I save the photos and written instructions to my hard drive, so all I have to do is pull the photos from my hard drive once I've put the text in position on the page.

I keep the printed projects in sheet protectors and filed in 3 ring binders -- "My Work," "Stampin' Up," "Iris Folding," "Templates," etc.

Hope this helps,
Carol Westover  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 8:57 PM
Thank you very much for this great tutorial!
Hélène  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 11:07 PM
I've seen popsicles in containers like this. Can't wait to try it! thanks!
craftyvegan  |  Sat Feb 2, 2008 at 9:00 AM
I love this idea! I'm making them for my office co-workers.
Karen Gray  |  Sun Feb 3, 2008 at 6:39 AM
OMG this is great im getting maried next year and would love to make something special and different for my weddig favours. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.
sherrie  |  Tue Feb 5, 2008 at 1:18 AM
I did the same project a while ago for Hallowe'en treats for my son's class,but used toilet paper rolls that i painted lightly and stamped- turned out very cute and cheap too! Reduce reuse recycle!
houseoffools  |  Tue Feb 5, 2008 at 8:40 PM
What an AWESOME idea!! I haven't had much time to play lately, but this inspires me to get my toys out and have some fun!! I have the opportunity to host a couple of baby showers in the coming months... I think they'd make adorable favors! Thanks for giving me a reason to play!
Annette  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 6:12 AM
Lori, do you mean you used a hot glue gun? If so, did you still crimp the ends?
Lacey  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 8:51 AM
What a cool idea. I just love how quick and easy to make. Your ideas always rock!
Linda  |  Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 6:19 PM
I have made these in the past but forgot the dimensions. Thanks for having this information available.

Donna  |  Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 7:03 PM
This is fabulous...can't wait to try it!
Janet  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 8:22 AM
Wow!! I have never thught about this one... I love it but I was wondering what can I use if I dont have the paper cripper? Maybe a ruler and a ... an empty pen would do? I will try it!

awsome project very easy and simple! I am going to tryit and post it thankssss guys!!!
I am inlove with the site

excellent job
Karla Maynard  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 8:27 AM
When I make these I score 1/4 inch along the long side and use snail adhesive on this 1/4 inch edge and on the short ends I then fold this edge over to adhere and create a tube. Then I crimp one short side, fill and then crimp the other end. I find that the snail holds for about 3 months because it is crimped in the paper. It saves on sticky strip.
Marilyn Kay  |  Sat Mar 1, 2008 at 9:03 AM
Wirklich eine wunderschöne Idee. Habe daraus Tischkarten und Dankeschöngeschenke gebastelt
Catrin  |  Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 8:50 AM
Marily Kay,

Were do you find snail adhesive? Thanks, Mary
mary  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 12:23 PM

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