Sweet Little Gifts: Holiday Treat Bags
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They say that we eat with our eyes and I think that applies to gift packaging as well. Things look and taste better when they come in a nice container. I have two quick ideas for you today. The first is a 2-minute treat topper and the second is a 5-minute hand-stamped muslin bag; both are perfect for holiday treats and are economical to put together.

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The front of the treat topper is decorated with a pre-printed card, similar to those used in pocket page scrapbooking. They come in packs of 36 (nine cards each of four different designs) and are intended for use on a card or as a gift tag.

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These are really easy to make and the project lends itself to assembly-style production. Cut a piece of cardstock or paper the width of your cello bag and long enough to fold in half to create a tent-fold card. The card fits over the top of the cello bag. Stapling the top of the cello bag to the inside of the topper makes it extra secure. Use double-sided tape or a tape runner to adhere the top in place.

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The second option I have takes a bit more time—a whole five minutes or so—and involves stamping on the front of a muslin bag. I love these little bags as they remind me of Santa’s sack full of toys. I also love the price; you can find these online at ULine.com for as little as 20 cents each (search for Cloth Mailing Bags). The only catch is that you have to buy a minimum of 200. You can also find these in lower quantities for a higher price at other online stores.

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Since I don’t plan on washing these, I used a regular dye-based stamping ink rather than a specialty fabric or craft ink. I placed a scrap of cardstock inside the bag prior to stamping to keep the ink from bleeding through to the other side.

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The red enamel dots remind me of the cinnamon candies we use to decorate our gingerbread cookies.

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The stamped tag slides right over the drawstring. This one was die-cut from red cardstock but if you were looking to save even more time, shipping or jewelry tags from the office supply store work well, too.

What holiday treats are you making this year? I’m always looking for new recipes to try if you have a family favorite that you’d like to share. 🙂

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Alice

Supplies used: Cello bags from ClearBags; cloth mailing bags from Uline; striped paper and In An Instant pocket inserts (#CEM-02) from me & my BIG ideas; Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers stamp set, Holiday Button Bits stamp set, Rustic Wreath stamp set and fresh snow ink pad from Papertrey Ink; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; brown bag, holiday red and topiary ink pads from Close To My Heart; enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye; red and white diagonal striped ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Tape Runner XL from Therm O Web.

One Response to Sweet Little Gifts: Holiday Treat Bags

  1. Patti J. says:

    Alice, this is such a fun post! Thanks for sharing your projects! Looking forward to getting back into my craft room … Thanks for the inspiration!

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