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Making lots of food gifts? Wrap them in bags ¿ paper or plastic ¿ which can be purchased in bulk. Browse our wrapping ideas and try out one of the accompanying recipes this Christmas.
A cone-shape bag gets a merry fix-up with a sheer ribbon tie and a little do-dad accent.
1. Fill a cone-shape plastic bag with 1 cup of the nut recipe. Tie the top of the bag with a sheer ribbon.
2. Finish the package with another sheer ribbon tied through a snowflake or other accent from your local hobby or scrapbooking store.
What You Need:
Sheer ribbon, snowflake accent, cone-shape plastic bag
Tip: A plastic frosting or pastry bag, designed for decorating, is an alternative to the cone-shape plastic bags that are meant for food packaging. Look for them where cake-decorating supplies are sold.
A scallop-cut edge, a polka-dot ribbon, and a glass ball ornament put a little wow factor on a simple paper bag.
1. Using scallop-edge scissors, trim the top off a white paper gift bag to give it a decorative edge.
2. Roll a piece of white parchment paper and place inside the bag as a liner. Then fill inside the parchment layer with the little cookies.
3. Add a colorful ribbon to the center of the bag and tie on a small ball ornament.
A liner of scrapbooking paper inside a resealable plastic bag makes a simple package for showcasing cute-as-can-be cookies.
1. Cut a piece of decorative scrapbooking paper to fit inside a sandwich-size resealable plastic bag.
2. Label the cookies on a name tag sticker and adhere it to the front of the bag.
3. Wait until icing on cookies is dry, then carefully place cookies inside the plastic bag.
What You Need:
Sandwich-size resealable plastic bag, scrapbook paper, sticker label
Tip: If you're in a pinch for a last-minute packaging idea, this is a great one to use. It's perfect for any occasion—just choose a coordinating paper design and sticker label from your stash.
A clothespin clip along with a chalkboard gift tag make a clever closure for a cellophane bag—it locks in freshness while labeling the yummy treats inside.
1. Carefully stack marshmallow pieces in a cellophane bag.
2. Write the recipe name in chalk on a small chalkboard gift tag found at a crafts or hobby store. Using crafts glue, attach an embellishment to the chalkboard.
3. Fold over top of bag and attach the chalkboard tag with a clothespin.
What You Need:
Cellophane bag, clothespin, small chalkboard tag, chalk, snowflake embellishments
Tip: The littlest embellishment can turn a plain package into something extra-special. The decorative accent is what tailors the gift for the occasion, whether it's a birthday gift, teacher gift, or just because.
A brown paper lunch sack gets dressed up for gift giving with a few punches and a decorative paper liner.
1. Fold the top of the sack over to create a 3-inch flap. Using a snowflake-shape scrapbooking paper punch, punch three snowflakes across the flap of the bag.
2. Cut decorative scrapbooking paper into a piece 3-1/2 inches tall and the width of the bag. Using a glue stick, adhere the paper to the inside of the flap, leaving 1/2 inch of the paper sticking out from the bottom of the flap.
What You Need:
Brown paper bag, snowflake-print scrapbook paper, snowflake paper punch
Tip: The snowflake punch is perfect for wintertime gift giving. For other seasons or celebrations, simply choose another shape of punch. Large paper punches can be found where scrapbooking supplies are sold.
A bag of homemade crackers, simply tied to a custom-labeled bottle, takes the gift of wine to another level.
1. Choose your favorite bottle of white wine and remove the label. Create your own holiday label using a computer and printer.
2. Place crackers inside a paper bake cup and set the liner inside a cellophane bag. Tie the bag shut with a ribbon. Tie the ribbon to the top of the bottle.
An ordinary gift bag with handles gets a facelift with a window of cellophane constructed on the front.
1. Cut a square opening on the front of the gift bag. Using a glue stick, glue a piece of clear cellophane to the inside of the bag to cover the opening.
2. Tie a holiday tag to one of the handles of the bag. Fill with scones or dinner rolls.
Cinched closed around the stick with a ribbon, a cellophane bag shows off the goodness inside.
1. Place caramel apples or popcorn balls in paper bake cups. Lower an apple or popcorn ball into a cellophane bag.
2. Using a ribbon, tie bag closed around the stick of the caramel apple or popcorn ball.