For some time, manufacturers of your favorite drinks such as gourmet coffee, wine and champaign have taken to selling smaller portions of these drinks, placed in handy cardboard carriers similar to six packs of beer. These are smaller and have lids that can be washed and replaced. For almost as long, I have had a blast thinking of crafty things that I can reuse these for and gives as gifts. Of course, I take care to remove the labels and wash thoroughly in the dish washer.
After racking my brain trying to come up with a crafty gift idea for a girl, I decided to alter the case with paint and patterned papers and fill the bottles with different colors of pony beads. I also wrapped plastic lace around each bottle neck. Well- She loved it! This little girl adored being able to string her own necklaces using the beads and lace.
If you are looking for a winter themed gift for neighbors or co-workers, this Winter Survival Kit has everything you need to beat the winter doldrums. I decorated and filled bottles with Chicken noodle soup, Chai Tea Mix, hot Cocoa, etc. This would also make a great "get well soon" gift. Be sure to include the directions for finishing the mixes somewhere on the packages (ex. mix with 1 cup hot water, etc).
This Jam and Jellies Gift Pack was featured in a Summer edition of Crafts n Things in their spectacular food gift section. I had a blast sewing the little stuffed strawberries, they made a great addition to the distressed, country jars. I also tied on a little larkspur to give the bottles a little country texture.
If the idea of making simple dip mixes appeals to you, consider whipping up this easy gift. I called it "Message in a Bottle" Summer dip mixes since the recipient has to remove the bottle top to pull the mixing instructions out. This idea could be adapted for the holiday season as well by using a "secret santa" recipe theme and using holiday inspired dips instead of summer dips.
For the tea lover, this "Miss Muffets" tea collection will be a welcome gift! Simply flavor loose tea leaves with different spices or fill with individual tea bags. Since I opted for tea leaves, I added a tea ball to my carrier. I traced a tea tag from kraft paper and stamped the individual names of each flavor on the tags which were hung from the bottle necks.
Have you come up with cool creations using these handy little packs? I would love to hear about it! Of the five that I featured here, is there anyone that you like best? I would love to hear from you so leave me a comment...
Live Life Creatively,