Start with an inexpensive and appropriately sized paper or cardboard craft box. Take a can of chalkboard spray paint and completely cover all sides. Apply in light, sweeping coats. Let dry for 24 hours. Next, take either chalk or chalk markers and write your holiday message. The best part is that because it is chalk, you can erase and start again if you change your mind on the design. Line the box with wax paper and place your homemade treats inside.
Window Gift Bags
Give your friends and family a sneak peek at the goodies inside their gift bag with a cellophane holiday shaped window. Start with plain gift bags. Punch out the center of your bag with a large holiday-themed punch or trace a stencil or cookie cutter and then cut it out. With a clear tape runner or double sided clear tape, tape around the cut out image on the inside of the bag. Cut out a piece of cellophane large enough to cover the image and carefully slip it inside the bag and place it over the tape and cut out image. Press down to adhere. Fill the bag with homemade cookies or other treats and then fold over the top of the bag a couple times, then punch two holes with a hole punch and tie together with ribbon.
Chinese Take Out Box
Most craft stores carry these cute Chinese food take out box shaped containers. Just fill with colorful tissue paper or colored foil and place your home baked treats on top.
Inexpensive clear canisters can be found at your local craft store, dollar store or even resale shop. Look for jars with wide mouth openings so that you can easily reach in and out. Cut colored wax paper or tissue paper into squares approximately the same size as your cookie and then alternate cookie and paper. Dress the jar with a bow, raffia or ribbon.
Colorful Gift Boxes
This isn’t grandma’s old tin – it’s a modern way to give food. Craft stores have lots of options when it comes to pretty paper and cardboard gift boxes; some with a clear top so you can see through. Just line it with wax paper and place your treats inside for a beautiful gift.
Custom Cookie & Candy Tins
Create a keepsake along with a memory when you customize a plain cookie tin with a child's artwork. Visit our Custom Cookie Tin page for instructions on how to create your own work of art.
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