December 17, 2010
Hold on to your hats, because today is overflowing with DIY projects, recipes, and lovely links. Last night, I shared day nine's Countdown to Candy Gift Tin. If you missed that PM post, be sure grab the free printables and make the craft for yourself. Alright, now let's get to even more good stuff.
Today is the last day of the 10 Days of Craftsmas series that Maddy of Somewhere Splendid and I created. This Crafty Cookie Box is easily one of my favorite projects. We have so many beautiful pictures and recipes from this project that I had to split it into two posts. We'll start with how to make the box for your cookies.
deep wood craft box
wood stain and sealant
3" x 3" kraft boxes
fabric and tulle
dipped sandwich cookies
cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies
Rice Krispie treats
Stain a deep wood craft box with your desired color. We used a shade called American Walnut. These craft wood boxes won't stain evenly, which lends them a certain rustic charm. Let dry in a well ventilated area, then seal it, and set aside to dry once more.
Fill 3" x 3" kraft boxes with different types of cookies. Close the boxes, then adorn by layering ribbon, tulle, and ripped fabric strips. To create the rosettes featured, cut 12 to 15" pieces of fabric in various widths. Then, arrange the fabric strips so that the widest piece is at the bottom and the narrowest is on the top. Each length of fabric within a single rosette should be the same length but different widths. Allow the strips to be imperfect – embrace the fraying edges and the different widths of each layer as something that makes each rosette unique and visually interesting. Thread a and knot the end.
Starting from the back of one corner, push the needle through to the front and begin creating stitches about 1" long that are evenly spaced about 1" apart. The stitch line should stay within ¼” of the fabric edge. When you reach the end, pull the thread through the fabric so that it begins to gather. Bring the two ends of the gathered fabric together to form a circle, sew the two edges together, and cut off any excess. Finish the look with a decorative button in the center of the rosette.
Line the bottom of the box with scrapbook paper that matches your overall color palette. Insert the 3" x 3" kraft cookie packages into the wooden box, leaving an empty space in the center of the box to place the doughnut holes. Close the box and gift as soon as possible to ensure the cookies are at their freshest.
Be sure to come back for the second part of this post, where I'll share the recipes for each lovely treat.
If you're joining the Craftsmas fun midstream, be sure to check out all of the projects in this holiday DIY series here.