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One of my favorite things about Christmas is gifts, specifically wrapping gifts for others. I love shopping for or creating perfect gifts for each person on my list, but bringing those gifts home and creating a unique package with a special person in mind is one of my favorite December activities. I wait until my children go to bed, then sit by the Christmas tree and create pretty packages for my family and friends. With carols in the background and maybe even some eggnog to sip it’s the perfect evening. This year I am creating wood gift tags that double as ornaments. Get the full tutorial below and check out how I am packaging delicious treats this year.
I like to give cookies and treats to friends, teachers and co-workers. I want my baked goods to be wrapped in pretty packages but I also want them to stay fresh in sealed containers. This year I opted for Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in festive red and green. I picked up a few different size containers at Walmart, which also come in pretty holiday prints. These are available now through 12/24/16, pick some up so you will be ready to wrap up your treats. These containers have Quik Clik Seal™ which keeps my baked goods fresh and secure, while still being easy to open. Get more inspiration and take your traditions to-go at ShareTheHoliday.com
To dress up these red and green containers I made wood gift tags that double as ornaments using an image transfer technique that, after trying out, I am hooked on. You can use this technique to transfer any image to wood including photos.
Here is what I used to create these wood gift tags:
- Small wood slices
- Gel Medium (available at a craft stores)
- Printed images
- Foam brush
- Sponge and water
- Mod Podge
I started by rounding up some graphics I wanted to use on these gift tags. I used images from graphic sites that are royalty free. I sized them to fit my wood slices using a word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Because some of my images incude text, I mirrored them to ensure the words would come out the right way on the wood. For this method to work, these images need to be printed on a laser printer. I opted to print mine at home on an ink jet then make a copy on a laser printer.
Next, I cut out an image and spread gel medium on the ink side. I positioned it on the wood slice then smoothed it out. I let it dry for almost 24 hours, if you try the next step any sooner it will not turn out.
Then I wet the paper and rubbed it off with my fingers to reveal the image imprinted on the wood.
I drilled a hole in each slice then spread a layer of mod podge to seal the image.
I added the wood gift tags to my Rubbermaid TakeAlongs full of delicious holiday treats. My friends and family will be able to add this wood gift tag to their tree and keep it for years to come. They can also keep and reuse their festive containers.
I’m looking forward to baking up more treats and using these pretty Rubbermaid TakeAlongs and wood gift tags to create special gifts this Christmas.
Be sure to check out ShareTheHoliday.com and tell me, how will you dress up your holiday treats this year?
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