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I love buying fun gift boxes, and I especially can't resist when they are a good price. I usually buy them on sale and then I figure out what to do with them later. That's how my ice cream sundae gift box came to be:)
Michaels Crafts always has beautiful gift boxes. They run a lot of 70% off sales, especially at the end of seasons, making them only a few dollars. I wasn't planning on making any Christmas gift boxes this year; however, they ran their 70% off sale last weekend, so I picked up quite a few boxes and baskets.
I picked up a gingerbread house decorating kit too - also on sale. My niece and nephew love to do these, but we usually don't have enough candy to decorate the house with - so we end up buying more to supplement. Thinking of this sparked an idea...
I was thinking I could unpackage the pre-made gingerbread kit, compile more decorating items, and arrange everything into a pretty gift box. I also added hot cocoa items.
Now what store-bought gingerbread decorating kit also has hot cocoa?! :)
The best part is that I only spent $18 on this gift box! So many times gift boxes are filled with things that really add up. This one is cheap and the items were easy to throw together.
As far as materials, you can really use anything you like - you could even use graham crackers, a container of frosting, and decorating icing, rather than buying a pre-packaged kit. However, I thought $6.99 (plus my 25% off coupon) that I spent on the gingerbread house was worth it for all of the materials it provided
So, here are the materials that I used:
First, I unpackaged everything in the gingerbread kit to see what I had to work with.
Then, I added in more candy that would be fun for decorating - twizzlers, smarties, peppermints, gum balls, starbursts, skittles, and tootsie rolls. I probably bought too much candy, but variety makes for fun decorating.
I also grabbed a few kinds of sprinkles that I already had, and then I simply filled the containers with all of the sweets. Speaking of sweet, my little toddler helped me, and of course, everything is a lesson with me - so we counted, sequenced, and sorted the candy. :)
Then, I put together the non-food items - cups, cocoa, straws, the spatula, and napkins. I tied a few of the things together with some holiday ribbon, as pictured below.
Next, I put together the icing. The kit came with three icing packets along with disposable icing bags and plastic tops. All of them were in boring packaging, so I spruced them up using these little holiday cookie bags that I have had for years! It definitely made a difference :)
Then, I started arranging everything. I love arranging things, whether it be cookie trays, home decor, or gift boxes. It's always my favorite part of projects. It takes me forever, but I love the results :)
The gingerbread house looked a little plain so I adorned it with ribbon (another 70% off Michaels find). If anyone has an easy bow-tying trick, let me know because I am the worst at it!
Also, I found a cute Merry Christmas tag (from a Dollar Store photo prop kit!! Check out our DIY photo booth post).
The tag was simply the perfect touch :)
And, last but not least, my plan was to glue a picture from the original box, along with the instructions (for the icing) to some scrapbook paper, so my recipients had this information. It's always nice to look at an already-made gingerbread house for inspiration.
I love that this gift cost under $20. It turned out so cute, and I love that I used so many items I already had :) That's the great part about doing crafts - your craft bank grows and grows, and then you have so much to work with.
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