I have been looking all over for just the right gift this year for friends and neighbors. It has to be the right mixture of decent gift and not too much gift. I have been searching high and low and nothing struck my fancy until I saw this at the last minute, of course. I have seen similar ideas before, but I was never that excited by them. I think it was the scrapbook paper on a regular old can that made it work for me--easy and practical and it looks good. This year, thanks to all of the blog wandering I do, I combined this with this (that I actually linked to from here) and came up with my gift. Thank you fellow bloggers!
Here's how I made mine:
2 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper
circle cutter (not necessary but really nice)
cardstock and paper scraps for tags
cookie mix in a quart size freezer zip-lock bag
label or tag with directions for making cookies
Cut your scrapbook paper to fit around your can. Mine was 12 x 6 1/4 for one sheet and 6 x 6 1/4 for the other so I could get all of the way around the can. I went with the easiest way and just covered it in one design. I think layering it or using several coordinating sheets would look good, too.
Spray paper with spray adhesive and stick it on. I also used glue stick on the edges so they would stick really well.
Using a circle cutter, cut a circle with a five inch diameter--or a tiny bit less than that--out of one of your leftover pieces of scrapbooking paper. It will just barely fit, so cut carefully. You could also trace around something to get your circle. Use spray adhesive
to attach it to the lid.
I printed "Cookies for Santa KIT" on vellum paper in black and red and then cut around it with my circle cutter. Be sure to cut it out from the wrong side so you don't smear the ink with your circle cutter.
Here are the labels if you want to print the same ones. There are two labels per page and it should be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Use spray adhesive to glue this to the top of the lid right over the scrapbook paper.
Add a bow and your embellishments and you are done with the can part.
Assembling the kit:
I used a mix that I made from a recipe I found here rather than a store bought mix. This site also had a tag so I printed it, cut it out, turned it into a sticker using my Xyron machine and stuck it directly to the outside of the bag with the mix.
I tied 2 or 3 cookie cutters together with a ribbon. I got mine at Michael's as a set and just divided up the set.
I looked all over for small jars of festive sprinkles--a little late to be looking. Luckily, I found frosting with the sprinkles included. Worked for me!
I chose a candy bar cookie that called for chunks of your favorite candy bar. I used miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and put them in a cute bag. And, in case you are wondering, they are still wrapped. My bags were kind of tall, so I closed the top with a fan shape. You can make this by accordian-folding (back and forth) the top in small folds as far down the bag as you would like to go.
Next, fold the whole set of folds in half right in the center and pull together at the top.
Staple the two ends together in the center at the top and you have your fan shape.
Finally, I inserted a note about how the theme of the kits is really for a cut out cookie, but that I had included a mix for a drop cookie. I went for yummy instead of thinking it through. So, I pointed out how I had heard Santa likes a variety and then included a recipe for my current favorite cut out sugar cookie. It is like two kits in one--kind of.
Now, you have to stuff it all in the can and it was a tight fit. I put the frosting in first because it wasn't going to bend at all. The cookie cutters fit next to it and the mix squished in around it. The little bag of candies fit right over the top without too much damage. Next time, I will probably think through what I need to pack before I get to the packing part.
Put on the lid and you are good to go. You could attach a tag or note. I wrote out separate Christmas cards so I didn't think a tag was necessary.
My kits are pretty simple (notice the date I am getting these done??), but you could get pretty fun and fancy with these. File it away for next year.