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.
Nothing says autumn like freshly fallen leaves, making them the perfect decoration for a seasonal table. This paper cone is made from a photocopy of leaves, and is a neat way to serve treats at a fall dinner party or, say, at Thanksgiving. Fill with breadsticks or other treats and put one at each place setting.
MATERIALS + TOOLS + Leaves + Printer paper + Double-sided tape + Colour printer/photocopier + Coloured paper + Spray adhesive (or other glue) + Scissors
1. Arrange several leaves on a piece of bond paper, attaching with double-sided tape. The leaves should be freshly fallen; no crunchy, brittle ones, as they need to have enough moisture left in them so that they won’t crack. When attaching to the paper, keep the leaves inside the edges of the paper and fill all gaps.
2. Photocopy (or scan and print), the sheet of leaves.
3. Glue the printout to the back of the coloured paper. I used spray adhesive but you could also use white glue or glue stick.
4. Once dry, cut out around the leaf arrangement. Cut the bottom straight across, and the bottom half of one side straight (this makes the next step easier).
5. Roll into a cone with the leaf-shaped edge overlapping the straight edge. Secure closed with double-sided tape or glue. Your cone is now ready to fill with goodies.
What's a party without cake? If you're the one tasked with bringing the dessert, wrap it up special so it's recognized as the gift that it is.
If you've made the cake, first put it on a cake board and into a cake box (both available at Bulk Barn, Michael's and other stores that cary cake making supplies). Next, tie with a pretty ribbon and add a topper — I used blue grosgrain ribbon and some origami flowers. For an extra treat, I added a gourmet lavender chocolate bar.
Now you won't need to bring the cake and a gift!
Next time you’re invited to a dinner party, consider taking cheese and crackers as a host gift instead of — or if you’re feeling generous, as well as — a bottle of wine.
Artisanal cheese and gourmet crackers are an ideal host gift, especially when packaged and presented properly. Your goal here is to go for a casual but pretty vibe. The wrapping shouldn’t be overwrought — it’s not a birthday gift, after all, but just a token of your appreciation for the invite. Some butcher paper and some ribbon, plus a plain gift bag is all you need.
Choose your Cheese + Crackers
Start by picking up a selection of artisanal cheeses and gourmet crackers from your local cheese shop — don’t scrimp, this isn’t the time for getting a deal from the grocery store. Small, local cheese shops are staffed with knowledgeable experts who can help you choose something special and are happy to let you taste-test to find your favourites. I usually just tell them that I like the washed-rind varieties and let them lead me to a few options.
Ask for at least 200 grams each of two or three varieties that complement each other. The cheese-store staff can guide you towards what works together.
Quality cheese shops will also stock a variety of gourmet crackers in plenty of interesting flavours, such as cracked pepper, rosemary, chive and much more. Again, ask the staff to help you pick a brand, type and flavour that will work with the cheeses you’ve selected. When making your choice, also consider the packaging design — a nice box makes for a nicer presentation.
Package it Pretty
If the shop has wrapped your cheese in standard butcher paper, you can leave it packaged as is. Otherwise, unwrap and repackage the cheese: use butcher paper, or layer wax paper inside kraft paper (to protect from grease stains).
Using a Sharpie, write the name of each cheese and the country it is from on the wrapper. Get this info before leaving the cheese shop; sometimes it will say on the receipt, but otherwise ask the staff to write it down for you.
Stack/arrange the wrapped cheeses and box of crackers together and tie a ribbon around the group to create one package. At a minimum, you’ll likely need to cross the ribbon in both directions to keep the items from sliding apart, though you may have to cross in several directions for extra security.
To finish, put the package in a small, plain gift bag (not shown) and tie a short length of matching ribbon — about eight to 14 inches, depending on the width of the ribbon — in a knot around the handle. (There’s no need to add tissue paper to the bag.)
Your host will be delighted to receive delicious artisanal cheeses they can set out as appetizers or an after-dinner course.
Sources*: Ribbon, Sussmans (Toronto).+ Photography by Corinna vanGerwen
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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
Last weekend my sister brought by a pumpkin-spice loaf, which I dug into and finished off (yum!) before I could snap a photo of how nicely she had packaged it. First she wrapped the homemade bread in wax paper, using light blue gingham washi tape to secure it closed, then she put the wrapped loaf into this gingham drawstring bag that she had sewn.
After making up a few drawstring bags at my request (I use them to keep shoes and dirty laundry separate from clean clothes when travelling), my sister realized how quick and easy they are to sew; she wanted an excuse to make more, so I suggested she package her baking in them. Besides liking to sew, she's also an avid baker and always looking for nice ways to package what she makes. She wants something nicer than a resealable bags, plastic wrap or tinfoil, but that's not too fancy. A fabric drawstring bag seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
It doesn't take long to sew up one of these bags (find the tutorial on the Purl Bee), and you can have a lot of fun combining fabric patterns and ribbon colours. (My sister used grosgrain ribbon for the drawstring of this bag.) The best part is that whoever you give your baked goods to will have a handy sack to use long after the treats have been devoured.
+ Photography by Corinna vanGerwen
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.
* Folded-paper treat bags. A simple way to make patterned gift bags without a lot of cutting and gluing. A great option for customizing wedding or party favours. By Emily on Not So Idle Hands. Find the full how-to tutorial on Not So Idle Hands. * Valentine gift tag using washi tape and a rolling alphabet stamp. By Heather on WhipperBerry. The tag is just a small part of the packaging for some heart-shaped doughnuts on WhipperBerry.
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.
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When you’ve been invited to dinner or to a party, the expectation is that you bring a bottle of wine. But you can’t leave it in the liquor store bag (not very classy). And you don’t want to go all out and wrap it, either; it’s not so much a gift as a token Thank You for having you over.
For a quick and easy way to make the bottle more festive without going overboard, add a few stickers. Once you have the stickers on hand, it takes all of 90 seconds to decorate a bottle. Here, I spelled out cheers with adhesive letters on one, wrote a message on an office label for another, and went with gold stars on the third.
You can find all sorts of stickers at dollar stores, toy stores and in the scrapbooking section of crafts stores. Choose something appropriate to the occasion and stick away!
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.