The Perfect and Fun DIY Candy Dish

Candy containers are something that can be used at home, on holidays or for gift giving, since everyone likes candy. This is a unique look that is fun and even possible for the new crafter to make without becoming frustrated. It is also a project the crafter won’t need a lot of different items or expensive to make. It is also a perfect crafting project for the beginner working with clay or the crafter with a lot of experience. What could be more perfect, super easy, cute and colorful than Candy Boxes?

Whether you like the colored licorice or not it is a perfect idea for the handle on a candy dish. It is a fast, fun and easy project to make the colorful handle for the top in pink, yellow, white and black to mimic real licorice.

The Supplies Needed for this Project

  • Sculpey Clay: Transparent, white, pink, yellow and black.
  • Clay rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Knife
  • Clear acrylic boxes with lids
  • E6000 glue
  • How to Make Licorice Pieces

First, preheat the oven at 275 or the temperature called for on other brands of crafting clay.

Since this project is going to appear the same as the real licorice candy there are three types of the candy. One kind is stacked squares, the second is sprinkled jellies and the third is wrapped wheels make these with the following directions:

Stacked Squares

1. The stacked squares begin with making small balls of black, yellow and white. Then use the rolling pin to roll them to 1/8" thick.

2. Stack the squares with the black in the middle between the white and yellow. Press them lightly together and then using the ruler and knife cut the clay into 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" squares.

Jelly Sprinkles

Make a small ball with the transparent clay and roll it into a log that is approximately 3/4" thick and then trim off the ends. Next roll very small pieces of pink clay. These should be small enough balls to sprinkle on the transparent clay to mimic the candy. Then gently press them into the transparent clay so they stick.

Wrapped Wheels

1. Take a small bit of black clay and roll it into a small ball. Then take the ball and roll it out to about 1/8" thick.

2. Next, take a small ball of white clay making a ball and roll it into a log that is approximately 1/2" thick.

When the candies are made put them on a cookie sheet and for Sculpy it will need to bake about 45 minutes. As a rule, the clay needs to bake 15 minutes for each quarter inch. When done let the clay cool before working with it.

Making the Boxes

Making the Candy Boxes use the E6000 glue to glue several pieces of the clay candy together and then glue the stack to the top of the candy box. Give the lids and clay time for the glue to dry before filling the boxes and securing the lid on them.

This will make a unique handle and the boxes can be filled with any candy but will look perfect when filled with the same types of licorice as the handles are made to mimic. This is a nice tabletop piece or a great gift for any occasion.