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

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"Snail glue" is the same thing as Tom Bow's Mono Adhesive or any other brand of tape that comes in a plastic dispenser that you roll on. Harbor Freight carries it for $1.47, the lowest price I've ever seen for mono adhesive.
Carol Westover  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 12:34 PM
is the clear container made with vellum paper or vellum card stock. I want to order but I don't know what the difference is. Thanks!
Debra Gaddis  |  Mon May 19, 2008 at 12:32 PM
thsi tutorial just rock ...this is wonderful tutorial that i've ever read
jasmine celion
jasmine celion  |  Sun May 25, 2008 at 5:21 AM
I love this idea!! Can't wait to try it - TFS!
Litabells  |  Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 1:54 AM
This is the best idea i have ever tried!!!
Amy  |  Mon Dec 1, 2008 at 3:02 PM
Boy, have I been out of the loop on paper crafts!
This is as cute as a button. Now I have to add paper and crimper, etc to my already overstuffed craft room! Oh, horrors. I loved your tutorial.
ronnie - in a small town in Georgia
Ronnie Tucker  |  Sat Dec 6, 2008 at 9:40 AM
WOOHOO!!! Now that I have a crimper, can't wait to try this out! Thanks Beate!
Christyne Richardson  |  Thu Mar 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM
I can't wait to make these. I was thinking of doing these for little thank you's for the AWANA leaders at church so I would need about 25. Does anyone have any suggestions for the insides? Hershey Hugs??? That is all I could think of to go inside.
Pamala Smith  |  Tue May 5, 2009 at 1:29 PM
This one stopped me in my tracks! It is SO adorable and cute, and I KNOW I'm going to be making a bunch of these. I think the "box" itself is a gift, but having it full of candy is downright evil! LOL ! I'd hate to take it apart if I received one! I've got a ton of paper scraps - I save them all. So now I've got a project I can work with. To the people who ask about the crimper - they are pretty cheap and you'll enjoy having one, if you can talk yourself into buying one. It is great for so many things. I have trouble with the tape used, but I'll tame it down to make these charmers. Thank you for the tutorial, it made my day! Annie
Annie  |  Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 6:52 AM
Great tutorial!! Now I can try it. Thank you!!
Magician  |  Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 6:41 PM
I love these and I may use them for Halloween treats. Yet I have one question and it may be the dumbness of all.... How does the recipient get the candy out if both sides are sealed?
Cheryl  |  Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 4:13 PM

They will have to open the container to get their candy out. Sorry...that container won't stay intact.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 4:16 PM
Either end of the container can be torn off to open the packet.
Carol Westover  |  Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 4:18 PM
Hello to all ! Greetings From Poland ! Very nice website.
kamilopoland  |  Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 12:40 PM
Love this, quick is not the word. Thanks, going to use it real soon and may use it again at Thanksgiving.

God bless
Sharon Evans  |  Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM
I wonder if scoring would work?
Colleen  |  Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 9:42 PM
I feel so stupid, when I read the article in the Weekly Inking I thought we were altering sour cream containers and for the life of me couldn't figure out where that shaped could be purchased. I knew I had never seen sour cream in those kind of containers in local grocery stores, so I thought it was a regional thing.
Angeles  |  Thu Mar 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM
It is great and it looks so easy. I will definitely try it. Thanks
Despina  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 2:49 PM
I have seen so many cute projects using the sour cream containers. Thank you so much for sharing the instructions... looking forward to making this for different occassions.
nanaof3  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 9:01 AM
Thank you so much for the idea
It is the Chinese New Year on Thurs. and I will make these for my art class.
Nancy  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

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