Below is a "blurry" close up of the actual test tube filled with dark chocolate candy dots from out local Sprouts store. These dots are about the same size as MandM's - so I'm sure those would work also, or any other tiny candy or item (maybe a rolled up $10 bill). These test tubes are currently available through my SU! store and there is a link at the bottom of this post.
So here is the actual pattern for the holder. The top layer is 6"x2" - scored as in the picture below at 1", 1 1/2", 4 1/2" and 5". Then two circles are punched as shown in the diagram using the 3/4" punch. For my holders I used the Foil Frenzy DSP because it is a bit heavier cardstock so holds up better for this project - plus it comes in a bunch of sparkling colors - several of which are perfect for Halloween.
You will need to fold as shown - each end fold, folds up to the front, and then each second fold, folds back away to give you the image below. You'll also need a 4 3/4" x 2" piece of coordinating cardstock for the backing. Place a piece of our tear tape on each end - and then attach the two pieces of cardstock together matching the ends.
Below I show before punching and attaching and behind it the one punched, attached, and the test tube fed through.
You could actually make these without the backing, as shown below - but the backing piece gives it a lot more stability.
Finally - after you have filled your test tube, and put your project together - finish it off in any way you desire. Note that I used dimensionals to attach my design to the front, as the holder is curved, and dimensionals held better than snail adhesive. For my design, I used several of our punches, as well as the bat, ghost and "Trick or Treat" from our Sweet Home stamp set.
Ghosts for the boys -
Bats for the girls -
Hope you enjoyed this post and tutorial. Don't be limited by Halloween though - these would make adorable place settings at Thanksgiving filled with sunflower seeds, and decorated with a sunflower on top - or how about Christmas stocking stuffers filled with cocoa mix. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to get the test tubes now though while still available. Would love to hear what you think - so be sure to leave me a comment. See you all soon - Maureen
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