Upcycle foil containers into adorable Christmas boxes for cookies or small gifts!
I’m a packrat – a keeper of small bits of treasures. Other people call scraps of wrapping paper and ribbons trash but I keep them. I know that as a teacher, I’m not alone on this. I’ve sent bags of toilet paper rolls, empty cereal boxes, and spare buttons to school with my kids, as requested by their teachers. Teachers are a crafty bunch and we upcycle.
I’m not so much crafty, actually. I have good intentions with my treasures, but too often they sit in the basement, their potential forgotten years later.
I saw a blogger turn foil containers into Christmas cookie containers somewhere – and even thought I pinned it. I couldn’t find a good tutorial or the pin but instead found people selling these! They were cute too, but as I saved containers all year for this project I had to figure it out for myself. It was simple once I figured out a few tricks. Here are my directions, along with a few mistakes I made along the way.
Items: empty parchment paper or foil wrap containers – scraps of wrapping paper (or you can use new paper!) – ribbons – scissors, glue or a hot glue gun (I used both) – a ruler – a clean working surface
I got organized first. I had five boxes and they measured about thirteen inches. I wanted these to be a cute mixture since I was upcycling scraps, so I figured I would use 5- 6 scraps per box.
I organized my scraps of wrapping paper into color mixtures I liked. I didn’t want these too matchy, but I decided to make one box with one piece. It turned out pretty but I like the mix-match the best.
Then I cut them into strips, not worrying too much about the exact measurements.
I decided to try Mod Podge even though it can be tricky to use. I worked slowly, making sure that I lined up the paper with the edge of the container. I snipped off the curved, inside part when it was dry.
The first container I wrapped, I let dry before I folded the lid down. It moved a little and I got lucky that I could straighten it out. I would suggest folding the lid down before it starts to dry.
My other suggestion is not to use cheap wrapping paper. I had some green Santa paper that was very thin. Some of it is still on the boxes, but most of it is covered up. It didn’t look tidy when I finished gluing.
My favorite box was the patterned foil one. I used big chunks of paper on it. The mix-match of other ones was fun too! After gluing them all to the box, I cut the edges off so they would be the same length. For this final one, I tried the hot glue gun. I may like it better but that is probably a personal preference.
When my kindergartner got home from school, she suggested that she color a piece of paper and glue it to a box. I was out of boxes, but that would be a great idea for smaller kids. She helped me tie some ribbons and we were done!
You can upcycle these foil containers into cookie boxes for coworkers or neighbors – or store homemade kid ornaments in them. From start to finish, I took about an hour to make five boxes. They are unique and a pretty way to spread Christmas cheer.