If cookies are on your list of gifts to give this holiday, you’re going to need a nice way to package them. Here are three ideas on how to box up your baked goods.
It’s baking season! And while I am the furthest thing from being a baker, I could spend forever dreaming up ways to package cookies.
Like this idea of wrapping cookies in a roll. Typically, it’s a traditional way to package shortbread, but it will work well for any sliced or flat, round cookies. How many you should include in a roll will depend on the size of cookie; you’ll want to experiment to find the optimum number.
MATERIALS + TOOLS
+ Wax or parchment paper + Wrapping paper + Ribbon + Stick-on label + Scissors + Circle punch (I used 1 1/4” round) + Clear tape + Double-sided tape + Marker
1. Cut a piece of wax paper; the size will depend on the size of your cookies and how many you’d like to include in one roll. (Refer to the image above as a guide to how much paper to use in relation to the size of your cookies.) Line up a stack of cookies and place it on its side diagonally atop the waxed paper.
2. Holding the cookies in place, fold the bottom corner of the waxed paper up and over the stack, tucking it underneath as you roll the paper around the cookies. Tape the top corner in place.
Now I should mention that this step sounds a lot easier than it is: First, it took me several attempts to roll the cookies without having them slide everywhere. You have to wrap the waxed paper snug enough to hold the cookies in place, but not so tight as to push them into a slant. The second difficulty was getting the tape to stick to the waxed paper; I tried a few different clear tapes until I found one that held enough to get me through the next few steps.
3. Cut off the excess waxed paper from either end of the roll, then fold in the ends and tape in place.
4. Cut a piece of wrapping paper: It should be as wide as the roll of cookies, plus the height of the roll; and long enough to wrap around the roll with two or three inches of overlap. Fold over the short edge of the paper to get a straight line, attach a piece of double-sided tape, and then wrap the paper around the cookie roll.
5. Using a circle punch, cut two circles of wrapping paper and apply double-sided tape to the back of each. Fold in the wrapping paper ends of the roll, then attach a circle to each end.
You now have your basic wrapped roll of cookies, which you can decorate as you wish.
6. To get the look shown here, fold a length of ribbon in half, wrap it around the roll, and thread the ends through the loop. Fold back the ends and attach a label to hold the ribbon in place.
A beautiful present to start off your week.
Hosting Thanksgiving next week? Bake some cookies ahead of time and send guests home with a delicious party favour packaged beautifully.
+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen
Beautiful presents to start off your week.
Yummm...cookies. If you bake a lot, here are three fast — and pretty! — ways to package treats for giving away.
+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen
Whether for party favours or just sharing some extra cookies with coworkers, these food-safe treat bags make a tiny treat extra sweet. The set comes with grease-resistant liner papers to protect the bag from stains, and printed stickers for sealing. A Tweet for You Treat Bags by Studio Oh, $5.99 per package of 6, Indigo.
Macarons — there's something very luxurious about these meringue-based French confections. And if you'd like to hand them out as favours at a wedding or other special event, you'd better make sure the packaging is as sophisticated as the treat. Try one of these four elegant ways to wrap macarons without hiding the sweetness inside:
1. A frosted gable box gives a hint of what's inside while keeping the sweets protected. A little wood fill or paper shred on the bottom acts as a cushion, while ribbon and a leather rose broach dress up the outside.
2. Show off a pair of macarons in a clear pillow box tied with a ribbon.
3. For a variation of the gable box above, try a frosted Chinese takeout container.
4. This is an idea that I shared in an issue of Food & Drink magazine: wrap each macaron individually in cellophane so they look like candies. Cut a square of cellophane large enough to wrap around the macaron, then twist each end and tie with ribbon. Because the confections are so fragile, you have to be very careful as you wrap them so they don't get smooshed or crack; be sure to have extras to allow for mistakes.+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen
Hey, Ontarians: If you haven't picked up a copy of the LCBO's Food & Drink Holiday issue yet, get on it before there are none left! Why? Because on page 104 you will find four ideas on how to package your homemade shortbread — by yours truly, of course. So march on down to your local liquor store and pick up your free copy, STAT!
And... what better time than to remind all you readers in the Toronto area that I have a cookie packaging workshop
coming up this Tuesday? UPDATE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED Well, actually, it's more than just a packaging workshop — it's a cookie exchange too. So bake up a batch or two of your favourite cookies and bring them down to The Paper Place to learn how to package them really nicely for holiday gift giving. It's going to be so much fun! The class is $45; call or drop by The Paper Place to register.
UPDATE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED
It's time to start thinking about holiday baking! To get yourself ready for the seasonal giving of baked goods, may I suggest that you come to my cookie exchange and packaging workshop next week? It will be Tuesday night at my favourite neighbourhood paper store, The Paper Place, on Queen St. W. in Toronto, and it will be tons of fun! Bring a batch of your favourite cookies and learn lots of fun ways to bag, box and wrap them for gift giving and sharing. Call or drop by The Paper Place to register — sign up while there are still spots!
PS — You'll get a chance to make my popular washi-tape twist ties using some of The Paper Place's fabulous selection of tapes.
PPS — Cookie Week is coming up on the Corinna Wraps Blog too. Watch for it in December!
Time to get your holiday craft on! I'll be presenting two workshops at The Paper Place in Toronto this season.
The first, on Tues., Nov. 13, is my popular Watermark Tissue Wreath class. This is a super easy project that can be a little addictive. At least half the students who attended last year's session went home to make more wreaths — one student made a whole batch of them for wedding decorations.
The second workshop on Tues., Nov. 27, is a cookie exchange (yum!). Inspired by Cookie Week here on the blog, this class is a cookie exchange and packaging workshop in one. Bring a batch or two of your favourite cookies and learn how to package them in lots of fun ways for holiday gifts. Exchange with other people in the class, or take home to share with family and friends.
Both workshops will be held at The Paper Place in Toronto. Visit the store's website for more information. Register in person at The Paper Place (887 Queen St. W.), or call 416-703-0089.
The first, March 21st, is a Cookie Exchange and Packaging Workshop at The Paper Place. Come out for a fun night of sharing baked goods and learning lots of ways to package them up all pretty.
In April, I'll be teaching an all-day workshop at Harbourfront Centre — Spring Wreaths. Come make a beautiful wreath from Japanese watermark tissue. It's a great Mother's day gift or wedding decoration.
Then on May 12, just in time for Mother's Day, is my Paper & Petals workshop, also at Harbourfront Centre. Come learn how to wrap corner-store bouquets to look like they're from a high-end florist and surprise Mom with a budget-friendly arrangement. Or bring her along from some quality time together.
Calling all bakers! Next month I'll be hosting a cookie exchange at The Paper Place in Toronto. It's not just any ol' evening of trading baked goods though — I'll be teaching you how to package up those cookies all purty like for giving to friends and family. Down with plain, plastic resealable bags!
I've shown you lots of ways to wrap baked goods here on the Corinna Wraps blog, but you'll learn even more in this workshop, plus get a chance to play with all the fabulous packaging materials The Paper Place has to offer.
So sign up for the workshop, bake a few batches and come learn how to box, bag and wrap cookies so the packaging looks as great as the treats taste!
$45 (materials included) Wed., March 21, 2012 The Paper Place, 887 Queen St. West, Toronto To register, call 416-703-0089 or visit the store
It seems to be all about paint this week! Here are three DIY projects I pinned that each use paint to create gift containers.
* Spray-painted cookie tins: turn those tacky tins into stylish ones with a bit of paint. By Cynthia Shaffer. I'd be inclined to leave the tins just a plain colour, without adding the extra decorations. Maybe just tie ribbon around them.
* DIY glitter gift bag. This time paint dresses up a plain muslin bag. By Jenny of Hank + Hunt on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Also includes instructions on how to switch out the bag tie if you don't like the colour the bag comes with.
This DIY packet is a great packaging solution for cookies that are so pretty you want to show them off while keeping them from getting damaged. These lemon cookies sprinkled with pearlescent stars, cookies decorated with royal icing, or gingerbread men are all ideal for this type of wrapping. It's also an economical way to share cookies because you don't need a lot to fill the package. Hand them out to coworkers or as party favours.
- Flat cellophane bag
- Cardstock in two colours/patterns
- Cut a piece of cardstock to fit edge-to-edge inside the bag. A bag without gussets works best; look for the type in which single greeting cards come, or use large resealable jewelry bags. Slide the cardstock into the bag.
- Arrange your cookie(s) in the bag, atop the cardstock.
- Decide how tall you would like the decorative cardstock at the top of the packet; about 1 1/4" to 2" is good, depending on the size of your bag. Cut your second piece of cardstock to be twice this height and the same width as the bag. For example, if you want the height to be 1 1/2" and your bag is 4 1/2" wide, cut your cardstock to be 3" tall and 4 1/2" wide.
- Use a bone folder to score the cardstock horizontally, then fold in half.
- Place cardstock at the top of the bag, so the bag is between the two sides. To keep the package stable, staple the back side of the folded cardstock to the bag, with the top of the staples facing out.
- With a hole punch, punch two holes through all layers at the top. Thread ribbon through (I used a double layer of satin and organza ribbons) and tie a bow.
NOTE: For my second piece of decorative cardstock, I used a piece of wallpaper. While you can use paper instead of cardstock, make sure it is heavy enough and not too flimsy to support the weight of the cookie(s).
Like many people, I am totally addicted to Pinterest. Since I've been spending a lot of time on the site, I've found tons of ideas on how to wrap cookies and holiday baking for sharing with friends and family. Here are a few of my favourite ways to package cookies, as found on Pinterest:
- Patterned-paper backings for clear treat bags.From Middle Passages.
- DIY paper envelopes for single cookies.From Martha Stewart.
- Cookie tins made from Pringles cans.From A Thousand Words.
- Cookies in a glass tube.From Whole Foods Market (no instructions; image only).
- Pink paper bag with a message written on it.From The Yvestown Blog.
- As miniature cakes in clear boxes.From Martha Stewart.
- Sewn up in wax paper bags.
- As buttons, stacked and threaded onto ribbon.
- Individually wrapped in cellophane bags and labelled with custom stickers.From Everyday Occasions.
- Paper CD envelopes.From Better Homes and Gardens.
A beautiful present to start off your week.
This week on the Corinna Wraps blog: Cookie Week! After hosting a cookie exchange, I resisted eating all the treats right away so that first I could package them up to share a few gift wrapping ideas for home baked goods. This is the first of several I'll be posting this week.
Bright Idea: Package baked goods on a pretty plate for the recipient to keep.
My sister does a lot of baking, and she makes more than she could ever eat all by herself. So she treats her coworkers, friends and family (lucky me!) to tasty sweets every now and then.
The thing is, standard resealable baggies are pretty dull and boring. My sister was looking for a nice way to transport cookies that looked good but not too fussy – these aren't gifts, after all.
So, Sis, this one's for you: Three pretty-but-easy ways to wrap cookies for sharing. (Thanks for helping me bake these tasty triple chocolate ones, by the way!)
1. Cellophane Bag
Instead of a plastic baggie, use a cellophane bag and tie it with a nice ribbon. I used satin ribbon here, but velvet, grosgrain or organdy would look lovely too – any beautiful ribbon you like would work. You can find packages of cellophane favour bags at dollar stores, usually in the party decorations aisle. If you have trouble holding the bag closed and tying the ribbon tight enough at the same time, cinch the bag with a twist-tie first, then tie the ribbon over it.
2. Paper Bag
Available from the grocery store, brown paper lunch bags are another option for transporting treats. After filling the bag with cookies, fold the top down and seal with a sticker. Use a decorative seal or pretty sticker, or write the type of cookie on an adhesive label. If your cookies are a little greasy, wrap them in wax paper before placing in the bag so they don't leave oil marks on the paper.
3. Gift Box
A decorative, cardboard gift box will protect more delicate cookies. A 4"-square box (as shown here) is a good size in most cases, but you can find boxes in many sizes to suit your needs. Gift and paper stores often carry nicely patterned boxes, online retailers such as Creative Bag have a good selection, or a place like Uline sells plain ones in bulk.
Before putting your cookies in the box, line it with wax paper. You can fold a sheet of wax paper to line the box, or use two cut strips like I did for a tidier package.
For a 4"-square box, each strip should be a smidgen less than 4" wide and approximately 19" long. The strips need to be long enough to line the sides and bottom of the box, with enough to overlap atop the cookies. To determine how long your strips of wax paper should be for any size box, measure around the box, then add a few inches to allow for overlap.
For example, strip 1 should be the same width of the box, and be long enough to line the box from front to back, with overlap. The width of strip 2 should be the same as the depth of the box (from front to back) and be long enough to line the box from side to side, with overlap.
For an extra touch, cut your wax paper with pinking shears, a scallop-edged rotary cutter or other decorative scissors.
Once your wax paper is cut, place one strip so it lines the box from front to back, and the second strip so it runs from side to side. The strips should cross each other on the bottom, like a "+" sign.
Fill the box with cookies and fold the flaps of wax paper over them. Close the box and seal with a sticker or label. You're now ready to impress your friends and coworkers with yummy, beautifully wrapped treats!
A small note about freshness: None of these three solutions will keep the cookies as fresh as a resealable bag. If you are concerned that the cookies might not get eaten right away and you want to ensure they stay fresh, opt for a decorative tin instead.
If you're looking for something cute and sweet in which to wrap your next batch of homemade cookies, look no further than Etsy shop romanticPINK. Featuring supplies from Korea, romanticPINK carries pretty rubber stamps, templates to make your own envelopes, and lots of adorable stickers and decorative tapes. But it is the shop's selection of food wrap that is the real draw. From printed wax paper and cellophane envelopes to patterned twist ties and labels in every shape and colour, you're sure to find something to make your home-baked treats look even more delicious.
My sister is the sweetest. In honour of the red mitten cards from Paper Source that I admired, she made me these red mitten cookies for me. Aren't they wrapped beautifully? (The box is one of those clear-lid ones that cards come in.) I think this is a great idea for party favours or a hostess gift.