Last Minute DIY Gift

 Posted by at 1:27 pm  Crafts&DIY
Dec 222010

Just a few days before from Christmas, and I’m willing to bet you still need a gift for SOMEONE.  My favorite place to run  when I’ve procrastinated gift getting is the kitchen!   To take a homemade food gift to the next level, I try to package it in a beautiful and creative way. Here’s a quick tutorial of one of the containers I made for baked treats this year.

[Be sure to look after the tutorial for a list of 10 treats leaving my kitchen this Christmas!]


Go into pantry.  Locate oatmeal tub, and empty it into a zip lock bag or Tupperware container.  Clean out the inside of the tub with a paper towel or rag, removing oatmeal dust.

[note: I’ve actually been saving empty oatmeal tubs since September. Keep this in mind for future birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Handmade Christmas 2011]

Gather a handful of scrapbook paper in coordinating colors. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, consider printing your own; Living Locurto has compiled a list of free downloadable paper designs.  

Measure the length of your oatmeal container.

Cut paper to same length.


Create strips of paper in various widths, but remaining the same length as the oatmeal container.

Using adhesive of choice, apply strips to oatmeal container.  Start applying each strip at the top of the container, flush to the lip. 

Continue to layer strips until covered.

Trim any excess paper from the bottom of the container to assure the container sits even.

There you have it, a cookie container of fabulousness.

Add More Pizazz By:
- Make a tag in a coordinating color that reads “Dan’s Cookies” or “Treats for the Bartlet Family”.
-Add a thin ribbon around the lid, or decorate it with coordinating paper, stickers, or cut outs.
-Attach bows, buttons, or sparkle gems.

Need ideas of what to put in your container?
Ten Food Gifts Coming Out of My Christmas Kitchen This Year:

Italian Seasoned Chex Mix from Savvy Eats
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls from Peas and Thank You
Pumpkin Ginger Snaps from Peas and Thank You
Soft Ginger Cookies from Oh She Glows
Cake Batter Bark from How Sweet It Is
Savvy Scones from Savvy Eats
Cookie Dough Bark from District Chocoholic
Pancake Mix from (Never)Home Maker
Homemade Pumpkin Butter from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
Sea Salted Caramel Toffee Cookies from Little Bitty Bakes

  6 Responses to “Last Minute DIY Gift”

  1. I love that your tag examples are for my husband and the First Family on West Wing…

    and thanks for the recipe shout-outs :)
    Julie @SavvyEats recently posted..Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

  2. I love the pictures ;-)

    And so funny that you used Dan’s cookies :)

  3. Treats for the Bartlet family made me giggle! Great idea for the last minute gift

  4. Very pretty! I will be saving my oat containers next year ;)
    Val @ Balancing Val recently posted..Unplanned Sick Day

  5. Thanks a bunch for the recipe shout out Ms. Heather!
    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life recently posted..How To Dress Up Your Baked Good Gifts

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