Hello everyone, it’s Hilary here with a sweet little gift for your hostess this year. Tis the season for parties galore, and while it’s fun to attend all of these fun festivities, you should remember to bring a sweet little gift to the hostess that planned it all. Not all hostess gifts need to be store bought, and truth be told, they are just not as sweet as a handmade gift from the heart, one your hostess will remember and cherish long after the holidays are over. I hope you enjoy what I’ve created.
For my project, I created a fun carry all box, (which will include some homemade cookies), or you can even include a small gift card, (who doesn't love Starbucks), or just tuck inside whatever makes you happy. To accompany the Carry All box, I included a handmade gingerbread ornament, that will be treasured for years to come.
The carry-all box is a small gable box which is extremely easy to put together. With the addition of a few embellishments and some wide checked ribbon, it's not only simple, it's elegant as well.
For the top of the box, I added some poinsettia leaves and a berry sprig, and for the front of the box I added a chipboard sentiment on top of the ribbon securing it with hot glue on each side.
The gingerbread ornament is a favorite of mine. I made these in-edible gingerbread men last year, and they are sprayed with 3 coats of sealer, so they will last for years, and they are the perfect size in which to adhere a felted tree. I added a wire hanger so he can be hung on your Christmas tree.
And the snowflake embellishments was created using white cardstock, with silver glitter paper, and a red button and die cut berries were also added.
I'd love to show you how I created this fun little hostess set.
You will need the following dies and accessories from Sizzix:
- Carry All
- Tree & Snowflake
- Alpine Pattern & Flowers set
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Extended cutting pads
- Extended crease pad
- multipurpose platform
You will also need some additional supplies such as:
- pattern paper, (I used "Believe" by Authentique Paper)
- poly fiberfill
- berry sprig
- DMC floss #321
- sewing needle
- glitter cardstock
- white cardstock
- green & red cardstock, (small scraps)
- chipboard sentiment for front of box, (mine is from an older Crate Paper collection)
- In-edible gingerbread men, either handmade or bought
- small snippet of wire
- hot glue
- red-line tacky tape
The first thing you will want to do is die cut your Carry All box. Pick a fun festive pattern for your box, and use this sandwich to die cut.
Cutting pad, die, (blades facing up), pattern paper, extended crease pad.
Push this sandwich through your Big Shot and die cut your pieces.
Once you have your pieces die cut, gently fold at the creases, and you will see your carry-all begin to take shape.
Next step is to add strong adhesive. I recommend red-line tacky tape, or hot glue.
Adhere your tabs to one another as shown, then just wrap your Carry-All around and glue the final tab in place and tuck the bottom pieces in at the bottom.
Next, step is to work on the felted tree. Might I add....this is the thickest 100% green wool felt I have and this cut cleanly through the first time. I was amazed myself. Anyway, using the Tree & Snowflake die, die cut your wool felt and fabric backing.
Your cutting sandwich is as follows:
Cutting pad, die, (blade side up), your felt, (or fabric), and a cutting pad on top.
Push this sandwich through your Big Shot.
At this point, if you want to add some red buttons to the felted tree, this would be a good time to do so. Simply use 3 strands of red DMC floss #321 and stitch as many buttons on the front as you'd like.
When finished, begin stitching around the outside of the tree, (remember to add your red-backing fabric), using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of red DMC floss #321. A good tip is to stitch half of the tree first...
...then add some poly fiberfill to the middle, then stitch the other side closed. So simple. When finished, adhere the snowman to an in-edible gingerbread man using a bead of hot glue.
If you want to create your own gingerbread, there are many recipes available on line, just be sure your recipient knows that they are in-edible, because even after they are sealed, they do still smell of freshly baked gingerbread.
They are super fun to make, so give em try this season, your home will smell fantastic and your kids will definitely want in on the fun!
I added a snowflake embellishment to the front of the felted tree using Snowflake sizzlet die that accompanies the Tree, and I die cut one of each size, the larger being cut using white cardstock, the smaller using silver glitter paper. To die cut a sizzlet, you will want your cutting sandwich as follows:
Mulipurpose platform Tab #1, cutting pad, sizzlet facing up, cardstock or glitter paper next, then lastly another cutting pad on top. Push this sandwich through your Big Shot.
The Holly & Berries, sizzlet uses the same cutting sandwich as the snowflakes, add the holly with a berry sprig to the the Carry All and the die cut berries to the felted tree.
You are finished! This project was so much fun to create, I hope that I've inspired you to create a handmade hostess gift this year!
I hope you'll stop by again soon!