Now that you've got your trays of make-ahead holiday cookies cooling on the bench, check out these easy, fun and stylish ideas for DIY cookie packaging! In other words: Your edible gifts just got upgraded.
A version of this article appeared in our November 2013 issue with the headline “How to pack your goodies,” pp. 126.
This easy four-step cookie jar craft is infinitely customizable — simply change the sticker and paint you're using and every jar will be unique.
1: Wash and dry a clear glass jar with a screw-on lid.
2: Apply a sticker. (It should be half the height of the jar for full effect.)Photo: Tony Lanz
3. Paint the jar, over the sticker, with two coats of non-toxic acrylic paint. (The jar should be opaque when you're done.)Photo: Tony Lanz
4. Remove the sticker and voila! A fun way to package small treats or party mixes.Photo: Tony Lanz
Accent plain paper wrapping with washi tape by layering cardstock over a wide strip of tape, and then clipping together with a paper clip.Photo: Andrew Grinton
Stitch an envelope out of textured paper. Seal with a mini clothespin covered in washi tape.
Tip: Decorate clothespins with washi tape, paint or markers.
Cover a clean chip tube with pretty paper, then add a bow. This packaging idea will keep your cookies intact en route to their lucky recipient.Photo: Andrew Grinton
Fold cardstock and slip it into a clear bag to provide flat support for stacked treats inside. (Perhaps these Spiced Sugar Cookies?)Photo: Andrew Grinton
Find pretty cups at Goodwill or vintage shops, and pop a package of cookies inside.Photo: Andrew Grinton
Make paper boxes extra special by decorating with seasonal stickers.Photo: Andrew Grinton
Remember the DIY friendship bracelets you used to make? This is the grown-up version, with fancy string and sweet beaded messages tied around a little box.Photo: Andrew Grinton
11 DIY advent calendars>
Countdown to the holidays with these fun, creative takes on an age-old tradition.
Keep up with your baby's development, get the latest parenting content and receive special offers from our partners