These cute dome candy holders are perfect for class parties, party favors, ornaments, stocking stuffers or holiday gifts. And they are so easy to make using your Cricut.
Select Your Design
The first step is to select your design. I am always adding more designs to my shop. If you have any design in particular you would like to add to my shop, leave a comment and let me know. I love suggestions.
Watch for a step by step tutorial. Prefer written instructions, keep reading.
Candy Holder File Types
You will notice two file types in your zip file; SVG and DXF. The SVG file is the one most people will use. This is used with most cutting machines, including Cricut.
Please Note: SVG files default both the logo and file type to your default internet browser. This can be confusing, so I put SVG as the first word in the name of the file to avoid confusion. Ignore the logo and the file type and just look for the file name SVG.
The DXF file is for those that are using the free version of the Silhouette software. All other versions of Silhouette software require an SVG file.
Candy Holder Sizes
Note: Prior to 10/26/23, not all three sizes were included in the file. If you purchased a file prior to that date and would like me to email you all three sizes, please reach out.
The candy holders come with three different sizes in each file; 60mm, 70mm and 80mm. When we refer to these sizes, we are actually talking about the size of the dome that goes in the middle.
These three sizes are provided because anything larger than 80mm often doesn’t fit on a 12×12 piece of cardstock and anything smaller than 60mm is often hard to cut the detailed pieces.
There is a pdf in the zip file that shows the overall size of the candy holder for each dome. This way you can select the size that works best for your project.
The size of the dome is included in the file name. For example:
Resizing Your Candy Holder
You have a dome that you want to put in your candy holder that isn’t 60mm, 70mm or 80mm. No problem! Since the dome is a circle, this is super easy to do. You should upload one of the files, size doesn’t matter. Then, select shapes and select the circle shape (this is free).
Size the circle to the size of the dome you are using. While the candy holder is grouped together and the width and height are locked, resize it so the center cut out circle fits the custom sized circle you just made.
Delete the circle and you now have a custom size candy holder! Want to see this in action? Go to minute 4:52 in the featured video.
Which Cardstock to Use
I usually make my candy holders in bulk (party favors or class gifts), so I try to save money on cardstock. I mostly use Recollections 65 lb 8.5 x 11 cardstock from Michaels. It comes in 50 count (or more) packages. It is often 50% off. Since you are layering the candy holders, the cardstock does not need to be a heavy weight.
For textured cardstock and glitter cardstock, I love to use American Crafts Cardstock. It’s a little more expensive than Recollections, so I use it more for accent pieces.
If you are having a hard time cutting, change your cardstock. That is always my number one problem if I am not getting a good cut. Some cardstocks are made to cut better than others.
I always use a brayer to attach all my materials to my mat. I find it particularly important when using cardstock.
I always use the light grip (blue) mat when cutting my candy holders. If I am cutting glitter cardstock, however, I use the standard grip (green) mat. If your mat is too sticky, the cardstock will not release easily. But if it’s too dirty, the cardstock will slide around and you won’t get a good cut. Make sure you are using a clean mat.
The back is a perforated cut. I selected this style because it’s accessible to the largest amount of people. You do not need a perforation tool or a Maker to do it. It’s just a series of rectangular cuts that your cutting machine can do.
Cutting Cardstock Layers in Cricut
Now that we have our file and our supplies, we are ready to cut! Need help getting the file into Design Space? See here for more information:
Make sure you have the correct sized candy holder for the dome you are using. Next, select the “Make It” button.
Select the Correct Size Mat
Since I like to use the Recollections 8 x 11 cardstock, I have to go in and change the mat size to 8.5 x 11 for each different color mat. Please select the size based on the cardstock you are using.
Moving Pieces Between Mats to Save on Cardstock
You also might want to go in and rearrange, pieces on the mats so you can eliminate some mats and save cardstock. Cricut does not do the best job of optimizing materials.
For example, Cricut took these adorable little bunny paws and gave them their own mat when there is space to squeeze them in on another mat. To fix this, select the three little dots next to the piece you want to move. Select Move Object.
Design Space will ask you where you want to put your piece. Select the mat you would like it to go to.
Design Space will always place it in the top left hand corner. You must move it where you want it. Drag it and use the rotate button to squeeze it in.
You have just saved one piece of cardstock!
Want to see this in action? Go to minute 9:40 in the featured video.
Select the Correct Material Settings
For the first layer that has the perforation cut in them, I always use the setting Cardstock (for intricate cuts).
I sometimes just leave this setting on and use it for all of my pieces, but if the piece isn’t that intricate, you can use the Medium Cardstock – 80 lb cut setting. The medium cardstock setting only makes one pass while the intricate cut setting makes two.
If you are using glitter cardstock you will want to use the Glitter Cardstock setting.
Select Done and send it to your Cricut.
Removing the Material from the Mat
To remove the cardstock from the mat, always flip the mat upside down and peel the mat away from the cardstock. This avoids tearing and curling of the cardstock.
If you have a very delicate piece, like the top portion of the snowman’s scarf, you might want to take a Cricut spatula and carefully work the cardstock off (the mat faces up in this scenario and does not get flipped over).
Once you have your cardstock cut out, gather all of your materials for assembly.
Each design comes with assembly instructions (pdf). These will show you the best way to assemble your candy holders and in which order. This is important when getting ready to put them together. There is also a 1 minute assembly video for each candy holder here.
Attaching the Dome
First, you want to attach your dome to your bottom layer. I’ve tried many different ways of getting that dome on the cardstock. It’s a little tricky, but I finally found the below method which always works well for meperfectly.
I think a key is having the right type of glue for this to work. I recommend Bearly Art.
Identify layer #1 (hint: it always has the perforation in it).
Take layer #2 and line it up exactly over layer #1.
Take a pencil and trace the circle from layer #2.
Using your glue, outline that pencil mark. Be generous with your glue.
Fill your dome with candy. Make sure no pieces of the candy or wrappers are peaking out of the top. It needs to sit flat against the cardstock.
Holding your filled dome, upside down so the candy doesn’t spill out, in one hand take the cardstock with the glue outline in the other hand. Holding the dome steady, flip the cardstock upside down so the glue lines up with the edge of the dome.
With the cardstock and dome pressed together, flip the cardstock over so it’s right side up and the dome is sitting on top. At this point (without lifting the dome) scoot it around so it lines up perfectly with your pencil marked circle.
If you are using the recommended glue, this will dry in a minute or two. If you are attaching it to glitter cardstock, I would give it a solid 5 minutes to dry and make sure you are generous with the glue.
Want to see it in action? Go to minute 14:30 in the featured video.
Attaching the Cardstock Layers
Now that you have the candy filled dome attached, it’s time to add the other layers. The instructions or video will walk you through what order the layers go in. I attach layers using a combination of glue and foam dots / squares.
I always use foam squares on layer #2. Why? Because there is a little bump at the top of the dome. This allows layer two to sit over that bump.
You can always add foam squares elsewhere to add dimension to your candy holder. In the assembly instructions, I recommend places I think they would add value.
Tip: If you are adding foam squares to a glitter layer, add a dab of glue to the foam square so it sticks well. Otherwise, I find it comes apart.
And you are done! You have created the cutest way to give candy. Everyone will fall in love with your candy dome critters.