How to Craft Your Own Sweet Box
Sweets are one of the best gifts to give and receive. They’re simple and sweet! Instead of wrapping up single sweet packets to gift to friends or family, have fun putting together your own DIY sweet box! Whether you’re buying a gift to celebrate your friend’s new job, or you’re creating a gift for your dad, you can choose a selection of their favourite sweets and present them all in a special gift box.
Choosing their favourite sweets is an amazing way to personalise a gift and make it even more special. A box of sweets can be a perfect birthday gift, or simply a sweet treat to celebrate any special occasion, from anniversaries to weddings!
Here are some tips on how to craft your own sweet box. From what to include, to how to find a box!
What Box Can I Put Sweets Into?
The most important part! You can find plain flatpack cardboard boxes in a range of sizes from lots of different stationery or postal shops. You can also DIY your own box using leftover cardboard using this easy DIY gift box guide!
Alternatively, if you have any leftover tins or boxes from Christmas shortbread or other sweet treats, they can be a great way to make your gift more eco. You could also line the bottom with some acid-free (food safe) tissue paper! If you’re adding in loose sweets (not in the packet), make sure you use a box that is suitable for this.
What to Include in a Sweet Box
The second most important part! You can never go wrong with retro sweets when crafting a sweet box. Retro sweets from brands like Swizzels and Barratt are always incredibly popular. Here’s a quick taster of some of the UK’s best retro sweets. But you can use any favourite sweets for whoever you’re gifting the sweet box to!
1. Swizzels Chew Bars
As one of the oldest and most-loved sweet brands in the UK, a sweet box would be incomplete without Swizzels chew bars! Choose from classic flavours like Lemon Refresher, Strawberry, Sour Apple, Vimto and Rhubarb & Custard Drumstick!
2. Dip Dabs from Barratt
A retro favourite that has been popular since the 70s! Many of us have happy childhood memories of dipping that delicious strawberry flavoured lolly into fizzy sherbet!
3. Jelly Tots from Rowntree’s
Jelly Tots have been a staple childhood favourite for decades! They’re sure to bring on happy waves of nostalgia.
4. Love Hearts
Another UK favourite from Swizzels! Love Hearts are well known and well-loved sweets that just have to be included!
For more inspiration, check out our list of the UK’s favourite retro sweets or for something more classic, how about some of the UKs favourite old-fashioned sweets? You can easily order these retro sweet packets online from our retro sweets collection!
How Can I Decorate a DIY Sweet Box?
After filling the box or tin with your expertly selected sweets, seal the lid and get ready to decorate! You can simply wrap it up with wrapping paper, or you can get extra fancy with some brown Kraft paper, ribbon and other decorative items! For inspiration, find gift wrapping ideas on Country Living, with ideas like dried flowers and fun polka dot shapes!
Not into crafting? No problem!
Create a Personalised Pick and Mix Sweet Box Instead!
If you’re short on tissue paper and polka dots, or just fancy someone else doing all the hard work! Take a look at our pick and mix sweets boxes! Choose a box size, then easily browse a huge range of vegan pick and mix and sweets, including loads of retro sweets and old fashioned classics! You’ll find favourites like Cola Bottles, Sherbet Lemons, Giant Strawberries and Love Hearts, amongst so many more!
After clicking on all the pick and mix options for the lucky recipient, you can even enter a gift message that will be handwritten by a member of our crafty sweet team. It can then be posted directly to them!