Make Valentine's Day Gift Tags and Treat Bagscomments (6) January 24th, 2011
They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but I think this old adage applies to everyone! This Valentine's Day, instead of shelling out bucks for a tacky box of waxy chocolates or an overpriced bouquet of roses, tell someone you love him or her with a home-baked treat.
Here's a tutorial for making tags and packaging for wrapping up your sweets! If you don't have maps or wallpaper, use pages from newspapers or magazines or scraps of fabric for the tags. And by the way: I think Valentine's Day should be for everyone you love, so remember to mix up a big batch of cookies, tea breads, or candies and give some to your family, friends, and coworkers, too!
First things first, you are going to want to bake some cookies that are easy to make in large batches and are portable and sturdy. I made these simple jam thumbprint cookies, but a sandwich cookie or even the standard chocolate chip would be nice, too. It would also be very cute to make heart-shaped cookies!
Now, you need a pretty way to pack everything up!
Here's what you need:
- Large manila tags
- X-Acto knife
- Cutting mat
- Maps or wallpaper
- Glue stick
- Rub-on letters (optional)
- Waxed paper
- Sewing machine and contrasting thread
- Hole punch
- Yarn or ribbon
1. Draw heart shapes close to the bottom of the manila tags. Place on a cutting mat, then cut out the shapes with an X-Acto knife.
2. Cut a piece of map or wallpaper to fit the back of the tag; just make sure it doesn't cover the hole in the tag. Use a glue stick to apply glue to the back of the tag, then adhere the map.
3. To add type, I used a bunch of different methods. You can try all of these or just use what you have. I used rub-on letters for one tag, pencil for another, and sewed the words of the last. You can also type out the words or use different pens or ink.
I also sewed around the hearts or around the perimeter of the tags. Make sure to change your sewing machine needle when you are sewing on paper.
4. Cut a piece of waxed paper to measure 8 inches x 16 inches, and fold in half to make a square. Sew along the two open sides 1/2 inch in from the sides with a sewing machine, but leave the top open. Fill with cookies.
5. Fold the top over twice and punch in the middle of the folded-over top with a hole punch.
6. Cut an 18-inch piece of yarn or ribbon, and thread one end through the punched hole and the tag. Wrap the other end around the waxed-paper package and tie at the top.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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