Learn How to Make a Sour Cream Container

This weekend, my 11-year old and I spent Sunday afternoon learning how to make a sour cream container.

We made a bunch for Halloween.  Check 'em out:


I have to admit - I did not use my Cricut for this project (although I learned about them from the Cricut message board).  These candy holders, which resemble the sour cream containers that you get at restaurants with your baked potato, are very simple to make. 

Here are the "ingredients" for this fun project:

Provo Craft Terrifically Tacky Tape
Paper Trimmer
Paper Crimper
Candy and Embellishments

And now, here are the instructions:

1.  Using your paper trimmer, cut your paper to 4-1/4" to 5-1/2".

2.  Affix the tacky tape to the back side of your paper.  You will need to use your scissors to cut (1) a strip for the entire length of the short side; and (2) two strips that are half the length of the long side.  Below is a diagram of where these three strips will need to be placed on the back side of your sheet of paper.  Try to get the tacky tape as close to the edge of the paper as possible. 

3.  Remove the tacky tape covering from strips #1 and #2 on the diagram.  Do NOT remove the strip from #3.

4.  Roll the paper into a cylinder, so that side A is positioned under tape strip #1, then secure.  It should look like a toilet paper roll.

5.  Now press together tape strip #2 and side B. 

6.  Fill the container with candy or other goodies.

7.  To close the remaining open side, remove the tacky tape covering from tape strip #3 and seal.

8.  Finally, use your paper crimper to crimp two to three lines in each end of the container.

That's all there is to it!

Final Thoughts...

Although we made ours for Halloween, these really could be used for any occasion, from Valentine treats, to wedding shower favors, or even birthday goodies. 

Also, we kept ours simple.  They are cute this way, but you can add ribbons, tags, and other embellishments to make them really special.

My three year old was taking a nap when we made these, but had he been awake, I know he would have wanted to help!  Many of the steps in this project are a bit complicated for toddlers and preschoolers.  However, stuffing the sour cream containers is one part they can participate in.  I would also recommend having stickers on hand, so your little ones can help decorate the finished ones. 

I plan to make more.  However, I am looking for an alternative to the tacky tape, because it is a bit expensive.  I have heard that double-sided tape is not quite strong enough.  I am thinking about trying a quick-drying glue.  Once I do, I will let you know how it goes. 

What Do You Think?

Let me know what you think about these sour cream containers.  If you have any questions regarding how to make these, feel free to post your question here. 

Aslo, if you have made these before (or a similar variation), I would love to hear about it!  Do you have any recommendations or advice, or even alternative instructions?


  1. Just another thought as an alternative to sticky tape. I’ve heard a hot glue gun works…although you may end up with some burns! Good luck!

  2. Hi Becky,

    Hot glue gun – that’s a great idea! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion :-)

  3. Awesome idea! I have a 4-H club that does presentations at a mall event in March. I can’t wait to share this craft with them. I am sure it will be one that they choose to share with the public at the March event. The kids will love it!!!

  4. Hi Gretchen,

    Let us know how the presentation goes! It is a fun project for kids – my 11 year old wanted to make more before Christmas, but we ran out of time. Oh well, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…

  5. I know it’s a year from the last post here, but I thought I’d add that I used my sewing machine and zig-zag stitched my sour cream containers closed. Very quick and secure! I filled them with the new Cadbury Christmas candies – like the bags of Cadbury Easter candy, but in Christmas colors. (Don’t eat the whole bag before you get your containers filled lol.)

  6. I have used a tape runner, that holds well-enough for the short while, then stapled 2 staples at each end with colored staples. They add a cute decoration plus really help to hold.

  7. Hi Tanya,

    That’s a great idea! I now have an ATG gun, and I’m thinking about seeing if that is sticky enough. I will have to get some colored staples just in case!

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