Gingerbread cookie kits

 

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This past Christmas we decided to make up gifts for some of Munchkin’s teachers at garderie and for a few friends. I wanted to steer clear of mason jars as, honestly, I’m a little over them. I love them as vases etc, but they’re everywhere now. I decided to come up with something a little different.

I selected a recipe (Liberty London Girls fabulous gingerbread cookies – you can find my adapted GF version here) and I got to working out how to package it. Only problem was, this recipe required wet ingredients and a number of steps of different dry ingredients. Logically I probably should have found a different recipe. But I was determined.

 

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So I found some cellophane bags and some little zip lock ones. Weighed out all the ingredients and packaged them up. This was the result. My husband thought it looked hilarious and advised it looked like I was giving out illicit drugs. And the mixed up spice mix looked hideous!

 

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I’d picked up a few other bits and bobs to put into the gift bags. Jars of sugar pearls and some sweet little Christmas decorations. I decided to fill the Christmas ornament with little packets of sugar pearls and sprinkles, you can find the tutorial on how I put them together here.

 

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But overall it still looked a bit boring. So I designed a wrapper and stickers to make it all a bit more cohesive. I’ve included the design for the wrappers and stickers in a PDF for you to download below. One is Christmas themed and the other has a little gingerbread man on the front – so easily used for any reason, not just the festive season!

So to make them up, you need:

  • An A3 print of the pdf template on normal printer weight paper
  • Some adhesive (I use double-sided tape, but you could easily use any form of paper glue)
  • Optional: I printed the numbered stickers onto adhesive labels and cut them out, rather than use glue
  • Two 18×30 cm cellophane bags
  • One 75 x 90 mm zip log bag
  • A jar that holds 100 ml (I purchased mine from the jam making section in my local grocery store)
  • Oh and the ingredients for the cookies!

 

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Weigh out your ingredients. Note: This recipe omits the lemon rind from the original.

For jar number one – weigh out:

  • 1.5 tablespoons of treacle (33 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup (63 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

And don’t stir it up! It looks like delicious smelling mud if you do so. Put the spices on the top, and I suggest adding the treacle to the bottom (as it is heaviest and will settle on the bottom anyway I learned this the hard way)

 

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In packet number two weigh out 115 grams of brown sugar into one of your 18x30cm cellophane bags and seal up with tape. I was unable to find brown sugar without resorting to mail order in Switzerland and so substituted raw sugar.

In packet number three put 3/4 of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into the small ziplock bag.

Into packet number four weigh out 335 grams of flour (use GF flour mix and add the guar gum to this packet if you’re making up the gluten-free version).

 

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To make the packets, cut out the templates provided.

 

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And lightly score along the faint dotted lines. This makes it much easier to fold the packet and to get a neat finish.

Roll and glue down the side seam marked on the template to create a paper ‘tube’.

 

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Fold in the sides of the bottom as shown.

 

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And on the under flap (the one without a logo) fold the top under about 1 centimeter. This makes it much easier to assemble.

 

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Add double-sided tape or glue to the logo flap and stick down as shown above. You’ll need to put your hand into the packet to push down the two inside flaps created.

 

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Then add the numbered stickers to your packets.

 

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Place packets 2, 4 and four into the paper wrapper.

 

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Fold the top of the bag at the light score marks and roll the top of the bag down, glueing it into place. And you’re done!

 

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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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Small paper bag advent calendar.

 

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For Munchkin’s first Advent (we didn’t do one last year) I wanted something she could have a great time opening and, most likely, destroying in the process. So I came up with the concept of making up 24 little paper bags. Each a different design. We then filled them with little toys, Duplo and a couple of chocolates on surprise days.
 

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I modified my Pretty Patterned Paper Bag template and print them out on 30 pieces of A4 printer paper. The larger bags need to be printed over two pieces and glued together. I then cut them out using an x-acto knife and glued them together using a Pritt stick (paper glue stick).
 

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They’re quite easy and only took me a few hours in front of the television to put them together one evening. I’ve made the template available below in PDF form for you to print out and make up yourself! I hope your little ones have as much fun with this as Munchkin is having. She’s just demolished bag number one.
 

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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?
 

Bee Geometric Gift Box

 

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For Munchkin’s first birthday party I made up a suite of items that all fit with the Bee theme we’d set. I wanted them to be modern and sweet, without covering everything with flowers or running with a black and yellow bee theme.

On the day, I incorporated loads of fresh flowers and lots of little modelling chocolate bees into the decorations. But for the invitations, thank you cards and goodie/ gift boxes, we went with something a little more modern.

This was as we had lots of our friends around, not just Munchkin’s playmates. Starting next year, we’ll have much smaller parties with her friends and it’ll all be based around what she decides she loves at that time. So I’m expecting to have to create Totoro, Curious George or Winnie the Pooh themed parties!

The gift boxes were a hit. We filled them with sweets and chocolates. They also perfectly matched the cookies we gave away.
 

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The templates for matching invitations, thank you cards and their respective envelopes will be on the blog next week.

They’re cut out of A4 card stock (as per usual, the thickest you can get through your printer!). I used 200 gsm. And they make up a box 8cm (tall) x 9cm (wide) x 6cm (high)

I cut the goodie boxes out with my Graphtec cutter, but a little research has shown me that the Silhouette system now has all the same functionality. So if you have a Silhouette you can make these exactly as I have. If you want to change them, you can. Load up the file in Illustrator and modify it to your hearts content.
 

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For those of you without a cutting system, I’ve also included PDF files with the entire image printed on the top as shown below. One with the score lines marked and one without. This means it can be cut out by hand excluding all the intricate detail in the top of the box.
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