Sugar sprinkle gift packaging

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This is part one of a two blog tutorial series. I had it all in one, but it got over large and convoluted. So I’ve decided to pull this part out. I’ll post the second part over the weekend!

Basically I wanted to give away little sugar sprinkles packets to be included in gift packs I was making up. But do you think I could find them anywhere?! I searched high and low, but everything was either too large, or much too expensive.

So I came up with this idea!

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Made out of transparent plastic sheets (the same as the ones they use on report covers and available in any office supply store), given a bit of a clean, cut to size and taped up; they’re super quick, very easy, and would make a great packaging option for any small gift.

Below is an image with all the materials you need to make up the sugar packets. The cute container is to put the sugar packets into.

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To make them up, follow the step by step tutorial below:

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1. Place a thin strip of double sided tape alone one of the long sides of your plastic square. Roll and stick together so that you’ve made a tube. Then place a piece of clear tape over the seam on the outside of the tube, trimming it neatly. This is to provide additional support as the packets can burst open otherwise.

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2. Aligning the seam on the inside as shown, squeeze one end of the tube flat.

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3. Using the washi tape, seal it closed. Cutting off the excess tape for a clean look.

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4. Using a funnel, fill the tubes with your sugar sprinkles. Making sure to leave room at the top.

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5. Then at 90 degrees to the bottom fold, repeat the steps above to crimp the end of the tube flat and to tape it up!

And voilà! You have a cute clear package, filled with sweet sugary decorations.

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Lounging Munchkin Style

 

Lounging Munchkin Style

 
Whilst out shopping last weekend we stumbled across these little foam chairs for children. Munchkin immediately fell in love with them. It was just her size! And light enough that she can push it around on the floor easily. As we’d been discussing seating options for her for a while (bean bags and big cushions) we decided to get one.

Just after purchasing it, Munchkin decided it would make a fantastic walking aid. And so with her teddy and dolly sitting comfortably, she commenced doing laps of the living, dining and kitchen areas.

There was only one problem. It was a twitch inducing colour, with a dreadful print on the front and was covered in exceedingly poor quality cotton. It needed to be rectified, and as quickly as possible!
 

Lounging Munchkin Style

 
The very next day, as soon as Munchkin went down for her nap, I attacked that thing! Pulling the cover off and using my stitch ripper with glee (I had absolutely no intention of re-using the fabric so very little care was taken).

I then laid out the pieces roughly to make sure I had enough fabric, ironed them all and laid them out to use as a pattern for the new cover. I had some gorgeous fabric by Japanese brand Kokka in my stash that I’d been planning to use for a different project, but this was an emergency!
 

Lounging Munchkin Style

 
I had to work quickly, as Munchkin woke from her nap and was most unhappy to have lost use of her little chair. And so after just a few hours of cutting, pinning and sewing I had this.
 

Lounging Munchkin Style

 
I only had a minute to photograph it though! After just a handful of shots, little Miss M decided I’d had it quite long enough, thank you very much. And over my protestations (and a giggle or two) made off with it!
 

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Lounging Munchkin Style
Lounging Munchkin Style
Lounging Munchkin Style

 
I love the result, and so does Munchkin. It’s getting loads of use daily!

I’ve kept the old pattern pieces, I wonder what cover I should make up next?

 

Lounging Munchkin Style before-and-after

Lupo. A gorgeous crochet project.

 

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We’ve had a splendid Christmas break! It included visits from family, trips to Leukerbad to relax in thermal baths surrounded by snow capped alps and too much good food. My break also included some last minute projects and crochet for gifts! I’ll share them with you in the upcoming weeks.

One of those gifts was for Munchkin.
 

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I’d found this little fellow and decided that Munchkin needed one! Isn’t he just adorable?! His name is Lupo, and he’s crochet from an amigurumi pattern by Lydia Tresselt aka Lalylala. He can be purchased here
 

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The patterns are a little fiddly. But the instructions are exceptionally clear and detailed. And the results are adorable!
 

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So Lupo was finished and popped under the tree just in time for Christmas morning. I half expected Munchkin to play with the wrapping and to forget him. If she didn’t like Lupo, I was more than willing to look after him for her!
 

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But she adores him!

She’s asks for “Baa” when she goes to sleep each night. And has hit that adorable age where she’s starting to hug, cuddle and kiss her toys… and her friends! At garderie she’s got a little friend she plays catch and cuddle with. Thankfully he seems to quite like her cuddle assault.
 

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I think Lupo needs a friend… or two.

Possibly Mici the mermaid and/ or Kira the Kangaroo.

What do you think?
 

Geometric Bee Invitation Suite

 

Geometric Bee Invitation Suite

 

It’s been a couple of months since Munchkin’s first birthday and I’m finally getting around to sharing with you the Invitation Suite I designed for it. I created an Invitation and Thank You Notelet with matching envelopes and a Wrapping Paper/ Envelope Insert. The Geometric Bee Gift Box I created can be found here.

They’d make a really cute invite for many events, not just a first birthday. Or as personalised stationery.

 

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It’s exceedingly easy to do. I’ve included both PDF and JPG files of all of the items. So you can either print off all the PDF files and write your text in by hand, or pull the JPG files into your favourite editing software to add your preferred text. Then print and cut them out, do a little assembly work and your done!

I decorated both the inside of my envelopes and my invitations with faux gold leaf to add a little something special.

I also printed the Wrapping paper/ Envelope Insert print on the reverse of my Thank you Envelope so it had the honeycomb print on the inside.

 

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And whilst I ran out of time to make all of my Invitation Envelopes, I’ve included them in the suite for you. They’re lined with the Wrapping paper/ Envelope Insert print and also decorated with a little faux gold leaf.

 

Geometric Bee Invitation Suite

 

Spending a little time adding the gold leaf really make the invites sparkle! The little bees were the most fiddly and time consuming, but I’m really happy with how they turned out. Read more

Advent Calendar Inspiration

I had intended to put my bee themed invitations and thank you cards up for this weeks blog post, and to have a baking post for you! But this week has been chaotic!

DM has been away at a conference in Dublin so I’ve been looking after Munchkin full-time. This isn’t a problem, but it does mean I don’t sleep as well, so I’m not as on the ball as usual.

I’ve also been busy making cute little modelling chocolate cake decorations for a first birthday party in my spare time. They’re for a cake to match these sweet party decorations from Meri Meri.  I’ve also been trying to make a Christmas/ Birthday present for another little lady who is about to turn one too!

And this morning the lady who gives me a couple of hours help once a week cancelled, meaning I have to clean my house instead of blogging and baking. Again, just a first world problem and not a big one at that! But it does mean I’m going to have to take a rain check and post this weeks post next week.

I’ve also been thinking about advent calendars for this year. These are my previous ones, they’re both now available on my store.
 

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I’d like to make something for Munchkin that is a bit easier to get into. And that doesn’t take endless hours to put together as my daughter appears to have a love of packaging (just like her mother!) but they often don’t survive said loving. It also needs to be big enough to hold something other than lollies as I really don’t want to give her sugar every day.
I’ve been wracking my brain and as yet haven’t come up with anything fabulous. I really like these ideas (click on images to go to photo websites).
 

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What do you think? What kind of Advent calendar are you making this year? I’d love to see them! Post a link in the comments and show me?