With the holidays coming upon us quickly, we’ll be sharing lots of homemade gift ideas here on the We R blog over the next few weeks to give you some inspiration for your holiday crafting. I’ll kick us off today with a few ideas for treat packaging using the new Punch Boards.
Recently I showed you how to make Window Boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board. Today I’ll show you how to use the Pillow Box and Gift Bag Punch Boards together with the Evolution machine, the Holly Punches Die, and the Evergreen Punches Die to create Cut-Out Treat Packaging.
Cut-Out Gift Bag
To create a Cut-Out Gift Bag, trim a piece of 12×12 North Pole patterned paper to 6×12 inches. Punch and score the paper according to the directions for a large gift bag.
Then, place the punched scored paper on your Genius Platform cutting mat as shown below with the patterned paper updside down, then the holly die placed upside down on the front panel of the bag. Use a piece of washi tape to secure the die to the paper, then place the Genius Platform base upside down on the paper and die.
Turn the “sandwich” right side up and run it through the Evolution. Carefully remove the washi tape and your bag will have a lovely cut out on the front. Trim a piece of plastic packaging slightly larger than your cut out and adhere it to the inside of the bag. Then fold and glue the bag together, adding a clear favor bag full of cinnamon roasted almonds, chestnuts, or mixed nuts.
Cut-Out Pillow Box
To create a Cut-Out Pillow Box, start with a 6×6 piece of patterned paper then punch and score according to the directions on the punch board.
Then place the paper upside down on the cutting mat with the two Evergreen Punches Dies on the top of the paper on the front panel (next to the tab) as shown below. Place the Genius Platform base upside down on the paper and die, flip the “sandwich” right side up, and run it through the Evolution.
Then remove it and place the tree die shown on the right in the photo above on the left side of the center tree and run the sandwich through the Evolution once more as described above. Add a piece of clear plastic cut from some packaging to the inside of the pillow box, then fold and glue it. Fill your pillow box with roasted almonds, chestnuts, or mixed nuts and add some baker’s twine and a tag.
This packaging trick is great for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or a little something for your neighbors and friends. You can create packaging for the upcoming holidays, or you can use papers and dies of any theme to create packaging for any occasion you need.