Make Your Loved Ones Something Sweet for Valentine's Day

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Bake some sweets for your sweetie, then pretty up the package with a personalized tag.
The first tag is sewn, the second is handwritten script, and the third uses rub-on letters.
Dont forget to save a few cookies for yourself!
Bake some sweets for your sweetie, then pretty up the package with a personalized tag.

Bake some sweets for your sweetie, then pretty up the package with a personalized tag.

Photo: Kayte Terry

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
  • Pencil
  • 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

Save the hearts you cut out for another craft project

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.


If you don't have maps or wallpaper, you can use magazines or even fabric.

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.


The first tag is sewn, the second is handwritten script, and the third uses rub-on letters.

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.


Don't forget to save a few cookies for yourself!

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.

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granitatogo writes: I hope I get this for Valentine's Day!
Posted: 2:17 am on January 29th
javadiva writes: I saw on someone's blog to make the wax paper bags into heart shapes. Cut 2 hearts, sew leaving a slot to insert goodies (like candy, redhots, red m&ms) and sew closed. Then you can just rip the heart open to get to the goodies. :)
Posted: 5:01 pm on January 28th
jessajune writes: I agree - the tags are sweet, but it's those bags I really need to make!
Posted: 11:40 am on January 30th
elbowyoyo writes: The bag is simply adorable! I can think of some great uses in addition to the cookies : )
Posted: 7:00 pm on January 29th
marie_makeandtakes writes: I love those wax paper bags!
Posted: 4:43 pm on January 29th
PetitGateau writes: So cute!
Posted: 1:36 pm on January 29th
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