One of our family holiday traditions is to go caroling to friends and neighbors and bring them Christmas goodies. I’m always on the lookout for unique, cute, and inexpensive packaging. This year I decided to save some drink mix tubes and fill them with homemade cookies.
I started by trimming my paper to fit the tube (6 ¼” x 10” in this case). Then I wrapped the paper around the tube and hot glued the ends down. I cut 2” x 10” and a 1” x 10” border to fit around the tube and hot glued them down.
I cut apart one of the journaling cards to create a “Merry Christmas” tag and hot glued it over the borders on the front of the tube. Then I cut a 2 ½” circle of paper to cover the lid. Finally, I embellished the tube with some decorative brads, jute twine, stickers and sequins.
Then I filled the decorated tube with some Cake Mix Snickerdoodles. I love to use easy recipes during the holiday season to save time. These cookies are quick and delicious. Here’s the recipe:
Cake Mix Snickerdoodles
1 vanilla or white cake mix
1 stick butter or margarine (1/2 cup)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°. Add cake mix, butter, and egg in bowl and stir until well blended. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl. Shape dough into 1” balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mix. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2” apart. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack to cool.
Upcycling food containers for gifting is not only environmentally friendly, but you can rest assured knowing the containers are food grade. I used a low calorie drink mix container, but you could also use a potato chip canister.
Home For The Holidays Deck The Halls Paper
Home For The Holidays Ornaments Paper
Home For The Holidays Border Strips Paper
Home For The Holidays Journaling Cards Paper
Home For The Holidays Decorative Brads
Home For The Holidays Element Stickers
Season’s Greetings, Echo Park friends! It’s Ashley, and I’m here today to share a fun Gift Wrap idea for all of the presents that will soon be under the Christmas tree! There’s nothing better than receiving a gift, that’s all wrapped up in pretty packaging! You can recreate these two gift wrap ideas, using a mix of the Christmas Cheer collection and the Home for the Holidays collection.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Pillow Box and Gift Bag, using patterned papers from the Christmas Cheer collection. Then it was easy peasy to decorate the outside of my wrapping, using Decorative Brads and the sticker sheets from the Christmas Cheer collection.
My family always gets together on Christmas Eve, to exchange presents and eat lots of yummy food! These gift wrap ideas would work perfectly for packaging Gift Cards and small items for my family members.
And these fun packages could also be adapted for other holidays or events! You could change your papers and embellishments to create packaging for teacher gifts, birthday gifts, and they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts…which will be here before you know it!
Cozy Quilt Patterned Paper
Holiday Plaid Patterned Paper
Snow Globes Patterned Paper
Christmas Cheer Decorative Brads
Christmas Cheer Flair Buttons
Home for the Holidays Decorative Brads
Wood Veneer Star
Sometimes I need the perfect photo for my layout, and my photography skills aren't up to the task. For this layout, I wanted a photo that captured the magic of Christmas, with an emphasis on Christmas lighting. Because the layout did not feature family members or personal mementos, I decided to use a stock photo. Stock photos can be a great way to enhance your story without the pressure of capturing the perfect photo. Some stock photo sites require payment, while other sites provide low-resolution photos for personal use. Just do an image search and see what turns up! After all, your photo is the central point of the layout, and the right photo can do most of your storytelling for you.
Hi everyone! Lisa here with you today to share a cute and easy project — a gable-style box (purchased at Target) altered with Echo Park's Home for the Holidays collection.
During the holiday season, it's always helpful to have a variety of boxes on hand. This one is especially nice because once you add a few cute stickers and chipboard pieces it doesn't require wrapping. It's great for holding holiday treats, a scarf, a pair of snuggly socks, a gift card and other small items. It measures about 4" wide x 2 1/2" deep and 5 1/2" high.
Here's a closer look at the right side of the box:
A look at the left side of the box:
Here's a close-up of the whole front panel:
One of our yearly holiday traditions is making batches and batches of pretzel treats and giving them away to friends and neighbors. Sometimes we make them with Hershey's Kisses and M&M candies, other times we use Rolo candies and pecans. This box holds a good number of these tasty temptations. The box itself is even like a little gift and can be reused by the recipient. One of my neighbors has even been known to ask for a refill! If you're not familiar with pretzel treats, here's a link to the recipe.
I hope you enjoyed this off-the-page project and you're inspired to use your Echo Park holiday collections in different ways. Happy holidays!
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We just added two more projects to our FREE downloadable project collection! Each project download contains a PDF with project photos, complete supply lists, and detailed instructions.
Both projects feature our "Made From Scratch" collection.
Click over to download these free projects (here), and be sure to check out ALL of our free PDF's while you're there!
We couldn't wait to share digital designer Rachael Sheedy's layout featuring on of our newest digital collections! Here's a look at the full digital "Made From Scratch" collection:
And, of course, "Made From Scratch" is available in traditional paper as well!
Whichever medium you prefer, Made From Scratch is a great collection with endless crafting possibilities! If YOU use this collection, we'd sure love to see what you created! Leave a comment here OR link us up through our facebook page (here)!
Hey there Echo Park fans! It’s Aly Dosdall on the blog with you today to share a project I made using the scrumptious new Made From Scratch collection and the coordinating Designer Dies and Stamps. Have I mentioned how much I love using the clear stamps with the matching dies? It saves me so much fussy-cutting time, and I love that I can make my own embellishments in minutes that match the paper collections perfectly.
For this card I used the Made From Scratch 6x6 Paper Pad—I love using 6x6 papers for cards so I can save my 12x12 sheets for layouts and other larger projects. Plus the pattern scale fits better with the smaller size of cards. I created my card sentiment with the lemon from the Free Range Designer Die and Stamp Set. I just love the playful font! Then I die cut some leaves using the Lemon Designer Die Set to embellish the top of my lemon sentiment.
To go along with the sentiment I decided to create a mason jar full of lemonade using the Jar Designer Die. First I die cut a jar shape from yellow paper and trimmed off the top. Next, I die cut a jar shape from vellum, and then a jar lid from metallic silver paper. Then I tightly rolled some striped paper into a small paper straw and inserted it into the lid. I assembled the whole jar with the vellum jar piece on top of the yellow jar piece, adding the lid with the straw over the jar layers with foam squares for extra dimension.
To emphasize the lemonade-in-the-jar theme I created some “ice cubes” by sprinkling clear glass micro beads over the exposed adhesive on some foam squares. Then I lifted the squares off the sheet and placed them inside the jar shape.
Try saving yourself some time on your next project by creating custom embellishments with your favorite Designer Dies and Stamps. Creative cheers!
Made From Scratch 6x6 Paper Pad
Free Range Designer Dies and Stamps
Lemon Designer Die
Jar Designer Die
metallic silver paper
clear glass microbeads
manual die cutting tool