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cookies for the road

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Back to the wedding!

Here's a little DIY project we did for the tables at the reception. Maggie and James opted for platters of fabulous Italian cookies and pastries in lieu of wedding cake. Dessert arrives at such a busy time at the wedding - lots of dancing, visiting and moving around. In case not everyone had a chance to sit and eat cookies, we made a box for each table with bags and ties for take-away. And yes, they were all gone when it was said and done. Not a single bite left anywhere. (I went to the bakery later to get a taste of what I missed! Fantastic mini- eclairs and napoleons!)

Maggie art-directed this project and I had a fun day making 20 boxes for the tables. Started with a simple penne pasta box (freebies collected from the local deli the day after a big pasta salad project for a catering job). Different sizes would have been okay since the boxes are on different tables, but it was nice that I didn't have to reinvent the method for other sizes. We got the clear, gusseted bags and ties from Michael's. Important note: inside the store, the very same clear bag product is cheaper in the candy/cake decorating department. The ones in the gift bag/wrap department were 2x the price.

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I cut the tops off the boxes and cut down the sides at an angle and then across the front. After the first one with marker lines drawn for cutting, I knew where the box design points were to use as cut lines.

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Then I got out the vintage sheet music stash and started decoupaging with Mod Podge. Each box took about 1 1/2 sheets for outside and inside. I didn't go all the way down the inside walls but didn't want the gray inside to show when empty so the back wall got the most papering.

The biggest challenge was how to store the twist ties without losing them inside the box. Took some thinking and playing around, but I was soooo proud of my little origami folded pocket for the side!

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I folded the paper down for a strong top edge, then pleated the side edges and glued the pleated sides and bottom to the finished box. The decorative ribbon (left over from the invitations) helped hold them in place as well - those twisties are slippery, wild little things!

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For the front label, I used cardstock, a rubber stamp for the plaque and a sharpie to write the message. You have to know how much I loved doing this. Just a little thing really, but one of my favorite wedding details start to finish. Who doesn't love a little bag of cookies to take home?

It's a holiday weekend! Make something just for fun. xoxo

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