Homemade cookies are a wonderful gift, especially when they are packaged in green ways. Containers that can be reused are unique and highly appealing, especially to those who continuously look for ways to recycle and reuse ordinary packaging. Forget about using tins and other ready-made containers. Use these environmentally friendly ways to give gifts of home baked treats, and save money by reusing everyday items that would have otherwise gone into the trash or a recycling bin.
Make a Unique and Decorative Package with Water Bottles and Washi Tape
Clear plastic water bottles do not have to be recycled to avoid the landfill. They can be reused in green, practical and highly creative new ways. They make fantastic containers for gifts of homemade cookies, but they have to be altered a little before they can be repurposed and reused. Cut off the tops of two bottles to create open containers of equal size. Remove the labels, and wash and dry them by hand. Fill both containers with neatly stacked homemade cookies. Join the open ends with a colorful strip of washi tape. If desired, add a coordinating bow to complete the homemade package.
Use Canning Jars for Giving Gifts of Home Baked Treats
Canning jars are a green food storage solution, and they and perfect for giving gifts of homemade cookies. With a few simple additions, they are a decorative and reusable alternative to disposable containers. Fabric can be used to beautifully embellish basic canning jars that have metal rings and lids. Cut out a circular piece of fabric with decorative-edged scissors, and place it over the metal lid before twisting the ring into place. If desired, finish decorating the jar with recycled paper ribbon. Be sure to label the jar with a decorative homemade tag. It is a green gift that can be reused as a treat holder after the cookies are gone.
Decorate Empty Chip Canisters for Packaging Homemade Cookies
Throwing away cardboard potato chip canisters is incredibly wasteful, especially since they are practical and highly versatile. Save them for holding gifts of homemade cookies. They are just the right size, and they can be beautifully decorated with recycled paper and handcrafted designs. The recipients can reuse them for storing cookies, snacks and other edible and non-edible items that happen to fit in the cylindrical cardboard containers.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Green Living Experience