Saturday, September 18, 2010

M&M Stix Tutorial

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 I saw this on Splitcoast and had to give it a try.  I thought it was such a cute idea that can be used for just about any occasion!

All Supplies are Close to My Heart
D1439 Spook Alley Stamp Set
G1012 Hooligans WOTG Kit -
     1 1/2" x 3 1/4" White CS
     1 5/8" x 3 3/8" Black CS
     1 3/4" x 3 1/2 Pear CS
     2" x 2" Pear CS
3505 Watercolor Pencils
Z1089 Black Waxy Flax
Z2103 Black Ink Pad
Z2197 Pear Ink Pad
3174 Blending Pen
Z1311 Circle Punch
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z697 Sponge
Googly Eyes
1" x 8" Lip & Tape Bags from
3"x9" Piece of text weight paper, rolled up to fit inside bag
Wooden skewer
  • Take the rolled piece of text weight paper and push it into the bag to use as a funnel
  • Push the end up slightly with your finger to create a flatter surface for the first M&M
  • Use the skewer to help make the M&M horizontal
  • Drop the other M&M's down the funnel in a pattern

  • Keep pulling the funnel up as you drop down the M&M's so the candy doesn't get stuck inside the funnel.
  • After all of the M&M's are added to the bag use ribbon, string, or waxy flax to tie the top close to the M&M's so they don't move.
  • Wrap the ends of waxy flax around the skewer to curl them
  • Peel off the backing of the bag and stick it down to seal.
  • Now onto the tag!
  • Stamp your stamp onto the White cardstock using black ink
  • Ink up a wedge of a sponge with Pear ink.  (I like to use DollarTree chip clips to hold my sponge wedges.)
  • Layer and glue/tape together the white, black, and Pear cardstock pieces
  • Use watercolor pencils to color the bat with purple.  I like to add the color to the bottom portions of the image to give the illusion of light and shadows.
  • Use the Blending Pen to blend the purple pencil into the rest of the image
  • Punch a circle using the 1 1/4" circle punch
  • Fold the circle in half and punch through the half moon with a 1/4" hole punch
  • Tape it to the end of the tag and punch through the hole and the tag
  • Tie the tag to the bag
Now for the extra touch - Googly Eyes!  I had to search through my craft supplies to find these, but it was worth it!  Use a tiny dot of Liquid Glass on the eyes of the bat and add the googly eyes.


Other Stix Ideas:
Peanut M&M's will fit end to end
2"x8" bags will fit Peppermint Patties!

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Shari said...

I have 500 of these tubes coming tomorrow, wanting to do something for breast cancer-thanks for the how to....Yours are darling!

Suzanne Rowland said...

These are SO cute that I have already ordered my bags!!! They would be cute for favors for Christmas also!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Suzanne Rowland
ctmh consultant for 4 years

Jamey said...

Oh wow! I love this idea!! Endless possibilities...must go order bags.... :)

Haley D. said...

You had me with the M&Ms! These are adorable!

quiltindiva said...

These are so cute! You did a great job!

Tresa Black said...

Love the tutorial, gotta get me some of those bags! Thanks for joining the Linky party on my blog!

Becky B. said...

I've always wondered how people got treats into those little bags easily...and now I know! Thanks for sharing your tip!

Tresa Black said...

Check it out! I featured your project on the Halloween Hop Linky Party on my blog. Thanks for participating!

Shirley said...

oh that is too cute and so easy, thanks for sharing