Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #6 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #6 ~  Paper Bag Gift Card Holder

Today’s project is a double pocket gift card holder. This means that there is one pocket for the gift card and another pocket to tuck in a little note, Christmas letter or a photo. Of course, it could be created for any occasion throughout the year.

 

You will need: paper bag {about 4″ x 7″}, decorative scissors or border die {optional}, scoring board/tool, bone folder, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, adhesive, embellishments.

 

#1} Place the bag on the scoring board with the bags bottom in the corner. Score at 3″.

 

 

#2}  Fold on the score line and crease with the bone folder. ∗Please note: this next  step is optional. Using decorative scissors or a border die, create a decorative edge along the top of the bag.

 

 

#3}  Add a strip of adhesive on the front of the folded section.

 

 

#4} Cut a strip of patterned paper 2″ x 10″. Adhere one end in the middle, wrap around and secure the other end on the front adhesive. Using the bone folder, crease both folds of the patterned paper strip. The gift card holder base is complete. Now the fun part of decorating. ∗Please note: I also cut a 2 1/4″ x 10″ piece of card stock to mat the patterned paper strip on.

  

 

 

#5} I tied a length of ribbon around the holder and tied a knot on the right end before adding a stamped/embossed/matted greeting over top of the ribbon. An enamel dot finishes the front. I then cut a piece of card stock to fit in the top pocket and added a stamped/embossed sentiment. This is where the message to the recipient can be written.

 

 

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Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #4 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #4 ~  Hot Chocolate Packet Holder

These hot chocolate packet holders would be great as stocking stuffers, table favors or teacher gifts. Or maybe take one along to give to each person at a Christmas cookie exchange party! *Please note: one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock makes two holders. This project is also great way to use up scraps of patterned paper.

 

 You will need: hot chocolate packet, card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, adhesive, hole punch, ribbon, jingle bells/twine {optional}, embellishments.

 

Cut the card stock cut to 4″ x 11″.

Score at 4 3/4″ and 10″.

Fold and crease with a bone folder.  Round the top two corners, if desired.

 

 

Cut a piece of patterned paper to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Adhere to the center of the front as shown. Add a stamped sentiment or other layers, if desired.

 

 

 

Place the top of the hot chocolate packet at the fold. Fold flap over and punch two holes, as shown. Be sure to only punch through the sealed part of the hot chocolate packet.

  

 

 

Thread the length of ribbon through the back holes, the hot chocolate packet and into the front holes. Tie the ribbon once.

 

 

The jingle bells are optional. If you do use them, tie them together with a piece of string or twine. Then tie them to the partial knot in the ribbon and snip the ends before tying the ribbon into a bow.

 

 

Fiddle with the bow ends until you are happy with how the bow looks and then trim the ends.

 

 

 

If you are interested, you can check out the blog post for last year’s hot chocolate packet holder.

https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/handmade-holiday-2016-day-1/

 

 

 

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See you tomorrow for day #5!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #1 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #1 ~ Christmas Chocolate Favors

Today we are going to create these packaged cello trays of individually wrapped chocolates. They are a fun Christmas treat for a friend, co-worker, your child’s teacher, neighbor or as a table favor for Christmas dinner. Or how about a big basket of these set by the door for guests to take home with them after a holiday get together? These are very quick and simple to make.

 

 

You will need {for the chocolates}: individually wrapped chocolates {such as Hershey Nuggets or Swiss Delice}, Christmas patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, adhesive.

I used Swiss Delice chocolates for mine {you can get a large bag of them at Costco for a decent price}. For these chocolates, the patterned paper was cut to 1″ x 4″. Simply wrap the strip around the chocolate {the long way} and glue the ends together on the back. Make sure to have the overlapping and adhesive on the back.

  

 

 

You will need {for the tray}: card stock, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, cellophane bag, ribbon/twine for tying, tag {optional but a nice touch}. ∗Please note: narrow cello bags can be purchased from Michaels or Stampin’ Up! The size I used were 2″ x 8″ {from SU}.

To fit five of these wrapped chocolates in the tray, card stock is cut to 2″ x 5 1/2″. Score each 5 1/2″ side at 1/4″ and crease with a bone folder so that the sides are standing up. Add the five wrapped chocolates to the tray and slide it into a cello bag. Tie bag closed with ribbon/twine and add the tag, if using one.

     

 

 

 

 

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Erin

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K-Cup Holder

Hi everyone!

Keurig coffee machines have been very popular for some time and many people have one. There are so many varieties of tasty hot drinks to choose from ~ coffees, teas and even hot chocolate. Today I’m sharing how to create a holder that holds two K-Cups. What a great little gift to give to a Keurig fan! Or how about bringing one for each person at a Christmas cookie exchange party?

You will need: one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock, patterned paper, scrap card stock or copy paper, scoring board/tool, bone folder, 1 3/4″ circle punch/die {for the K-Cups}, oval or label punch/die {for the handle}, corner rounder {optional}, adhesive {for strength double sided tape works best for this}, scissors, embellishments and two Keurig K-Cups.

 

Place the card stock on the scoring board with the 8 1/2″ edge at the top. Score at 2″ and 6 1/2″.

 

 

Turn the card stock so the 11″ side is at the top. Score at 4″, 6 1/4″, 8 1/4″ and 10 1/2″.

 

 

Cut off the four corner rectangles. There should be two small rectangles and two larger ones.

 

 

Cut the two score lines on each side to create the flaps. Angle cut the two middle flaps ~ this makes the folding look much neater. It should now look like this.

 

 

Fold the score lines and crease with the bone folder.

Punch or die cut two of the circles from the scrap card stock or copy paper ~ these make it easier to create the holes for the K-Cups. Add a bit of adhesive on the backs and center them on the rectangle right next to the 1/2″ flap. Punch/die cut through the card stock. Add strips of adhesive on the flaps as shown.

 

 

On the large section, round the top two corners. This step is optional but it gives the finished project a bit of a softer look. Cut two pieces of patterned paper. One 4 3/8″ x 2″ and the other 4 3/8″ x 1 7/8″. On the 4 3/8″ x 2″ piece, round two of the ends on one side. Then adhere to the large section {where the corners have been rounded}. Center the oval or label punch/die and cut through both layers to form the carrying handle.

  

 

 

Turn the holder over and attach the other piece of patterned paper to the section right beside the two cut out K-Cup holes.

 

 

Now to assemble! On each end, fold in the flap that was angle cut, then fold up the bottom flap, remove the adhesive backing from the top flap, fold down to adhere. *Please note: be sure to line up the edges nicely before pressing down the adhesive. Remove the backing from the narrow fold, line up the ends and fold down to adhere. You’ve got your K-Cup holder!

All that’s left to do is embellish. I added a strip of ribbon across the front panel and tucked the ends into the folds then tied a small length around the handle. A few tiny rhinestones were added to the stamped/matted greeting before attaching over the ribbon.

Hint: make two identical holders, add strong adhesive to the back of one and join them together back to back to make a 4 K-Cup holder.

 

I plan on making a bunch of these holders packaged in cello bags tied with ribbon and tags for the market and gifts. 🙂

 

 

 

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Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Snowman Soup

This snowman soup recipe is wonderful for cold winter nights curled up by the fire. It also makes a fun stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift or office exchange gift. It’s easy enough for children to make for Grandpa and Grandma or their friends. Or how cute to place one on each persons plate as a table favor for Christmas dinner!

Snowman soup, if you have never heard of it, is packaging together a hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, a candy cane and perhaps some Hershey Kisses with the traditional poem. It can be wrapped up in a mug, jar or clear cello bag but today we are going to make a little box with a belly band to hold everything.

You will need: a 12″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper, 1″ x 11″ strip of coordinating card stock {for the belly band closure}, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, adhesive, copy paper/card stock for poem, package of hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, candy cane, Hershey kisses {optional}.

Score at 1″ on both of the long sides. Turn and score at 1″ and 5 1/2″. Turn and repeat on the other end. This is what it will look like.

 

 

 

Fold on all of the score lines and crease with the bone folder. Cut up to the 1″ score line along each long side and then slightly angle the edge of each tab as shown.

 

 

 

Add adhesive the each tab.

 

 

 

Fold in the sides and one end to adhere. Repeat on the other end.

   

 

 

 

The box is now ready to fold and close, as shown.

  

 

 

 

Now it’s time to make the belly band. Center the box upside down on the card stock strip.

 

 

 

Gently fold up each end against the box sides. This will make a slight crease. Then fold again so that the ends overlap creating another crease. Now remove the belly band and use the bone folder to go over the folds/creases. Add adhesive the one end of the band and stick ends together.

   

 

 

 

Now it’s time to decorate the belly band. I stamped a greeting/images on a die cut piece of card stock then layered it on a gold foil doily before attaching it to the belly band. But you can add a tag, a little sprig of garland, a bow or even a small card. Whatever embellishment you add to the band, be sure that the adhesive only sticks to the band or else the recipient will not be able to slide the band off and back on.

Slide off the belly band, open the box and add the Snowman Soup ingredients. A little tissue or shredded paper can be placed in the bottom of the box if desired. Either hand write or print off the poem/snowballs label below {PDF included} and cut them out. Adhere the poem inside the lid and add the label to the package of marshmallows. Once you’ve got everything in the box just right, close it up. Then slide the belly band back on and it’s all ready!

  

 

 

 

 

Snowman Soup PDF

Snowman Soup

Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tea Pocket Favors

Hi everyone!

Today’s project is very quick and easy ~ tea pocket favors. They are just a pretty way of packaging up some tea bags. Put one at each setting of a garden/tea party or add a few to a nice mug and wrap in cello for a gift . Plus, you get three favors out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper. ∗Please note: I bought individually wrapped Twinings brand tea bags to use for hygienic reasons. There are probably many more brands of individually wrapped tea bags but this is what I found at the local grocery store.

 

You will need: 12″ x 12″ patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board, bone folder, decorative edge scissors, card stock scrap, stamp/ink, die/punch, adhesive, ribbon.

 

Cut a 12″ x 12″ piece of patterned paper to 3 3/4″ x 9 3/4″. Score at 3 1/4″. Turn and score at 3 1/4″ again.

 

 

Fold on the score lines and crease with a bone folder.

 

 

Lay the paper with the inside facing up and fold the far right flap inwards. Draw a light pencil line from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner. Cut along the line. ∗Please note: Don’t worry if you don’t have decorative edge scissors. A straight line works just fine.

 

 

Add adhesive along the bottom of the cut flap, as shown and press it closed. This is what forms the pocket.

 

 

Add the tea bag to the pocket.

 

 

Fold the cover closed, wrap a ribbon around and tie into a pretty bow. Add a tag and any embellishments.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. As always, please feel free to share what you create 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

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EOS Hand Cream Mini Bag

Hi everyone!

The EOS brand products are high quality skin care products that are quite good for your skin. The hand cream comes in assorted scents and the small containers are just the right size for storing in a purse, diaper bag, desk drawer or glove box in the car. So how about tucking one into this cute little bag as a gift ~ for teachers, co-workers or child care provider as a unexpected “thank you for all you do” gift. Or maybe for your favorite gardener at the beginning of this spring season? 🙂 ∗Please note: this little bag measures 4 7/8″ x 3″ x 1″.

 

You will need: patterned paper, cutting tools of choice, scoring board, bone folder, adhesive, ready made tag or supplies to create your own.

 

Cut the patterned paper to 5″ x 10 3/4″. Score on the long side at 4 7/8″ and at 5 7/8″. Score on the short side at 1″ and at 4″.

 

 

 

Fold and crease with a bone folder on the score lines. Cut on the two short score lines on the long side and mitre them just a bit. This makes for neater and easier folding tabs. Do this to both sides.

 

 

 

Add adhesive to the tabs and fold up the back of the bag and press to the tabs.

 

 

 

Add adhesive to the sides of the front of the bag. Press onto the folded sides of the back section making sure to line up the edges to the folds. Use the bone folder from the inside to press the sides to the adhesive.

  

 

 

 

Pinch the top of the bag together while pressing in gently from the sides. Add a tag to the front and tie a ribbon around to keep it shut. ∗Please note: you could also punch holes through the top and add ribbon handles or use a decorative clothespin/binder clip for the closure.

There you go! A quick and easy gift to show someone that you appreciate them or for any occasion.

 

 

 

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Dimensions when finished – 5 x 3 x 1″ (12.5 x 7.5 x 2.5cm)

Paper – 5 x 11″ (12.5 x 27.5cm)

Score on the LONG side at 5, 6″ (12.5, 15cm)

Score on the SHORT side at 1, 4″ (2.5, 10cm)