DIY Gift Wrapping Additions

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Happy New Year!

It has been awhile since I blogged..it’s always a busy time during the holidays!

Over the holidays we also celebrated my sister’s birthday, which gave me the opportunity to try out a few gift wrapping pins that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile!

The first one is courtesy of Martha Stewart….how to wrap gifts to include a pocket that holds the card.

The second is how to make gift bows, using pages from magazines.

I didn’t take step by step photos, but you can see the finished gift below:

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I usually use ribbon when I wrap gifts, but now that I know how to make bows, I’ll be using them more often.

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Mini Gingerbread Houses

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This week my goal was to start & finish my Christmas baking. Thanks to a few vacation days, it was easily accomplished. We have certain baked goods that we make every year…it’s tradition! These include sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, peanut butter balls. Every year I try one or two new recipes and sometimes those are included in the yearly pre-holiday baking days. I’ve even found recipes during the past 2 years on Pinterest that are now a key part of my Christmas baking (I’ll save those for another post).

So, in preparation for my baking days, I looked at my Pinterest boards for something that stood out and would be easy to accomplish among the other recipes on the agenda.

And then I remembered these….mini gingerbread houses! How cute are they!? I love the look of miniature food items (& should probably create a new board dedicated to them!).

Since I was already making gingerbread cookies, I decided to make 3 mini houses with the dough I had leftover at the end. I use Martha Stewart’s gingerbread cookie recipe (available on her website).

The link above provides a template.

Rolled out the dough, place templates and cut. I used a butter knife to cut out the shapes (and therefore likely didn’t cut as precisely as I should have).

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Out of the oven. The cookies expanded and the door openings filled in, so I trimmed them with a knife as soon as they came out of the oven.

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Here they are! The instructions call for putting them together with royal icing. I used buttercream icing as I already had made some for the other cookies I was baking, and it worked fine for what I needed.

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Aren’t they adorable?!

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The original poster of this idea made her houses to fit on the edges of coffee mugs. But here was the tough part…I had a difficult time finding a mug it would fit on! Probably because I wasn’t as precise when I cut out the pieces.

I managed to fit it on this mug, but it was a tight fit.

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I also thought they would be cute on a bowl, for kids to enjoy with ice cream:

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Would I make these again?! Yes! It would be fun to experiment with the size of the pieces and to decorate them with candies.