Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here is a free printable gift box for you to make up. Or for any reason actually. It’s sweet packaging for birthdays, anniversaries or any reason you need to give a little gift!
To make them up, you need:
Scissors or an x-acto knife and cutting mat.
Adhesive. I’ve used double-sided tape and a normal pritt glue stick and both work well
Two pieces of A4 card stock per box. I used 200 gsm and it worked splendidly. Print out the PDF template attached below onto your card.
Cut out the template and lightly score along the dotted lines to give yourself a nice crisp edge. A blunt butter knife run does a good job if you do not have a Bone Folder
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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?