Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday night craft: Cookie labels

So next week we're having our cookie exchange at work, which involves making 6 cookies per person, putting them into a bag, labelling them with the recipe, and then in a few months we'll all receive a million cookies in the mail.

Oh wait, that's chain letters.

So after watching Addicted to Plastic early in the year, I decided I would start saving my "disposable" plastic containers and see if I could reuse them for other purposes. I eat a lot of nuts each week which come in, ta-da, plastic containers. I now seem to have a bazillion of the containers. The containers have labels on the lid, the sides of the container, and/or the bottom. These containers would be perfect, I think, for the cookie exchange, and for those who are receiving cookies from me as a gift.

I just adore our wedding fonts, which are Wendy and Century Gothic, and adore the freebie clipart from microsoft.com. (Pete bought the Wendy font this summer and installed it on my computers; Century Gothic comes with Office.) I saved snowflake clipart from microsoft.com. Here's the result of the merge of ideas:

Extra close up cookie tag & lid

I wrote up the text and arranged the snowflake clipart in powerpoint. I drew a circle to help me frame the work and give me a guide for when I cut the tags with scallop scissors.

I had some heavy paper leftover from a project from like 9 years ago. I only had one sheet of forest green but the other colors don't look too bad...
cookie labels at a distance

The idea is I will tape the label to the top of the lid, and will use up the containers that have no labels on their sides first. It doesn't matter if there's a label on the bottom since the cookies will hide that.

Cookie labels close up


These tags turned out even better than I imagined. There's a lot to be said for printing black text on colored paper. It's not color printing, but I think it looks mighty fine! I could imagine making gift tags this way as well.

So that was a nice project for a Thursday night. I'll make the cookies on Sunday.

Good night!

3 comments:

  1. This is a brilliant idea. I will have to download some clipart for my card-making!

    Helen (Pete's friend's wife for whom you purchased some Burts Bees lip balm! - thanks very much!)

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  2. Cookie chain letters -- awesome! I like your label idea, and this is a brilliant way to re-use those pesky plastic containers. There's a giant snowflake idea from Dana at MADE that I want to try... didn't know Microsoft had snowflake clip art. I will have to check those out.

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  3. They look awesome, Kyle! Like you went to the store to buy the containers. I love the labels and what a great re-use of containers. I need to start saving the large round cookie tubs I get from T. Joe's. They would be perfect for holiday cookie gifts I like to give folks at work - and so much better than buying new plastic or other containers every year. I might even "steal" your label idea.

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