Top 10 Papertrey Christmas Ideas

By December 5, 2007General

If any of you are like me, you haven’t yet begun all of the holiday projects that you anticipated creating this year!  You may be thinking it’s too late to start.  Yet in reality, you still have time! 

Especially if you are able to do a quick one stop shop at Papertrey Ink for all of your supplies!  Almost all of the products used below are in stock and ready to ship!  If you live in the continental US and you order tonight, your order could arrive as early as Monday!  Leaving you plenty of time to express your creativity with homemade holiday gifts!  I thought it would be fun to share my Top 10 Papertrey Christmas Ideas.  Most of them I have plans to re-create for my own friends & family.  Perhaps the projects listed below will inspire you as much as they did me!

PLEASE NOTE: You can click each of the numbered titles to access the original blog posts containing complete instructions & supply lists!!!


#1: Snowman Soup Tin

I just love how quick and easy this project comes together.  This simple little tin (8oz. round clear top) holds hot chocolate mix, light & fluffy marshmallows and a miniature candy cane.  Snowflake Serenade helped to create the perfect patterned paper and focal point for the lid.

I created a FREE download with labels sized perfectly for use with the Mega Scalloped Circle Punch, making this project a breeze!  You can download this FREE file HERE

#2: Window Treat Bags (courtesy of Taylor & Heather)

I think everyone has a "specialty treat" that they are famous for.  Whether it be homemade fudge, chewy cookies or crisp popcorn balls, there are so many yummy things to offer this holiday season.  If you are looking for a creative way to package your special recipe, our Large Window Coffee Bags are the PERFECT solution!  In addition, the popular Holiday Treats stamp set will give your gift a professional flair!

Talors_pretzel_bagTaylor came up with this beautiful design.  Her tradition is to make chocolate dipped pretzels, and share them with the special people in her life!  I love how she stamped the snowflakes to cover the bag front.  It illustrates how easy it is to stamp on these bags since they have no coating, leaving you the option to use whatever ink you prefer.

Heathers_cookie_bagHeather made this pretty version.  I love how she utilized hemp to tie the tag to the front of the bag.  It really helps to carry the vintage homespun feel she was going for.  She put homemade chocolate chip cookies in her bag, which works well with these particular bags because they are lined with wax paper, so any grease from the items they contain will not leak through to the outside.  That way they will be sure to look perfect one they arrive at their final destination!

Debbies_christmas_paint_can#3: Christmas Paint Can Votive Luminary

Debbie made this BEAUTIFUL votive container using our small clear paint cans.  She used our Beautiful Blooms stamp set to create pretty poinsettias to embellish vellum which attached to the can.  The vellum creates such a wonderful warm glow, perfect for the holiday season.  You could even use colors that would compliment the recipients decor.    Perhaps adding a small box of matched wrapped in matching stamped paper and tied with pretty ribbon would be a nice added touch as well!  (Note of caution: Be sure to contain the actual votive in a tall glass votive holder within the paint can for safety)

Taylors_gift_card_tin_stationery#4: Gift Card Tin & Stationery

Some people on our Christmas list are difficult to purchase for, and a Gift Card to their favorite store is the perfect solution.  The dilemma always arises of how to package it?  Taylor found the perfect solution with our large hinged tins, which are similar in size and shape to the classic Altoid Tins.  She simply added some stamped paper & ribbon to customize the tin.  To save time you could use designer paper of your choice. 

Monogram_gift_card_holder_open_2While your at it, why not create some customized stationery too?  To make it quick & easy you can utilize our stationery kit (with everything you need pre-cut!) along with one of our Clearly Creative Card Boxes to package it with class!


#5: Treat Pail

The paint cans can also serve as creative gift wrap to help unify several small gifts in sophisticated style, instead of using a basket or bag.  Here, Amy added some of her favorite designer paper to cover the main body of the paint can.  She then added a handstamped label that uses some of the colors found in the paper.  With packaging like this you could include things like a good-quality coffee mug, sample sized gourmet coffee, elegant cookies or chocolate and even a special note letting the person know how appreciate they are.

Nicholes_gift_tags_tin_2#6: Gift Card Set in Tin

By turning one of our square tins on it’s side, you can create the perfect packaging for small scalloped edge gift card!  The version shown here uses Take a Bough and coordinating page pebbles.  But if you wanted to create something with year round purposes, one of our other sets like Green Thumb would work beautifully.  The small scale of these cards makes them great for gift enclosures of quick notes.The recipient would most likely love the pretty storage more than the actual cards!   


#7: Accordion Album Ornament

I just ADORE using photos to personalize a gift for someone special.  They become something they can treasure forever.   This quick project is a small accordion album created with scalloped punches or dies.  It is all housed in our 2.5 oz. round clear top tin, which allows the project to be added to the Christmas tree, year after year.  It is the perfect way to keep Christmases past on display or keep loved ones that are not near involved with holiday festivities!

Nicholes_hot_chocolate_tin #8: Tin w/ Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I am VERY passionate about homemade hot chocolate!  I love it so much, I drink it year-round!  I love to be able to share my favorite recipe with friends and family, and our tea tins provide the perfect presentation.  They feature an airtight lid so that you can place the mixture directly inside, just like the professionals! You can go HERE to see a copy of my favorite recipe!

Nicholes_clear_frame_ornament#9:  Photo Ornament w/ Clear Frame

Our clear frames provide the perfect solution for the person "who has it all".  Whip up a few of these quick & easy ornaments.  You can place a photo in the center or a meaningful quote or poem that you print from the computer.  You could even string several together to form a garland for a mantel, with each frame holding an individual letter to spell something festive, like "joy" or "noel"!  These frames are available in polka dot, harlequin & snowflake patterns!!!

Amys_treat_tags#10: Quick Treat Tags

If all else fails, Amy has the PERFECT quick & easy gift solution!  TAGS!  Whip up a batch of these, or something of your own design in no time flat.  You can then use them to add to batches of homemade (or store bought!!!) goodies.  The small personal touch will allow you to show your creative side without investing alot of your precious holiday time!

I hope one of the ideas below has inspired you to create some fabulous holiday projects!  Please feel free to share any additional ideas you may have by linking them in the comments section!  Have fun, and happy holidays!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 28 Comments

  • 1
    Amy Young says:

    Wonderful ideas! I need to get busy with all my Papertrey stuff!

  • 2
    Niki says:

    Love all these ideas! It’s great to see them together. The scrapbook ornament is still my favorite. I need to make one for our tree with last year’s photos.

  • 3
    Kathyc says:

    Thanks for gathering all these great projects in one spot as a reminder of the lovely things you and your designers have come up with in the past months; now’s the time to follow thru on all the ones I wanted to try out!!! Thanks to all the PTI designers for the inspiration!

  • 4
    Kelsey Forester says:

    Thanks for your top 10! I haven’t yet started on my holiday gifts or even my Christmas cards, but it’s on my to do list for this weekend! 🙂

  • 5
    Dawn says:

    Brilliant as usual! Thank you for this very helpful list. You are an icon in this field!

  • 6
    Pesc says:

    How nice of you to put all those together for us! Thanks again and have a good production for your friends and family!

  • 7
    Crystal M. says:

    This is GREAT! Thanks Nicole for the inspiration. Just one thing, the link for the hot chocolate isn’t working for me. I LOVE hot chocolate and would love to check out your favorite recipe.
    Thanks again!
    Crystal M.

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    diane mcvey says:

    GREAT IDEAS! Thank you so much for doing this…we need all the help we can get! 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks again for all you do!

  • 10
    denise says:

    Thank You Nichole- you are wonderful- such an inspiration!

    I bought the tea tins a couple months ago and am making homemade Chai tea to put in them, along with my homemade biscotti. I’ll post a link for you to see my creations when i actually get them done and photographed. I {heart} Papertrey Ink so much!!!

  • 11
    Janine says:

    Love everything that you posted. What great ideas. I am just working on a tea tin now for a friend…

  • 12
    CherylQuilts says:

    Nichole, thanks for this wonderful post! So timely and helpful to remind us that it’s still not too late! 🙂

  • 13
    Kathie Tice says:

    Wow, Nichole! Thank you for making it so easy!

  • 14
    Starla (star) says:

    Thanks for the ideas!! I have my “supplies” to make note cards on the table….they’re just waiting for me!! Hmmmmm…..liking the look of the bags for goodies……that means I have to bake, right?!! (groan!)

  • 15
    Granna on the Go says:

    Nichole, thank you again for your wonderful ideas. What a thoughtful gift to all of us to put together a collection of these ideas. It is like flipping through an album and remembering the whole year. Thank you so much for sharing in such a creative way!

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    Yanitza says:

    These are so gorgeous and so inspiring. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  • 17
    Viv (VivLyn) says:

    I’m particularly interested in the hot chocolate, but the link isn’t working! I’ll keep checking back! I love everyone’s ideas, they are great!!

  • 18
    Becky says:

    Rock on girls! These are ALL just lovely 🙂

  • 19
    Cathy Whiteman says:

    What a fabulous post. Thanks for all the ideas and putting it all in one place. They are all gorgeous.

  • 20

    love all the ideas and inspiration 🙂

  • 21
    Sonja says:

    Was not able to get the hot choc link. 🙁 Would love to try it out and make some for gifts as well. Can you try to resubmit the link again? Thanks so much for sharing these ideas.

  • 22
    Carolyn King says:

    I love this recap—great idea for Christmas gifts—haven’t started them YET (yipes!) or my shopping. Have to get on the ball!!!

    This will help!!!

  • 23
    Tessa says:

    Love the top ten! I will be using some of these as well as nugget tins this year!

  • 24
    Bee says:

    Those all look wonderful! Thanks for sharing! ♥

  • 25
    Bee says:

    Those all look wonderful! Thanks for sharing! ♥

  • 26
    Robb_eeie says:

    Nichole, thank you for the perfect 10 Christmas Ideas. It amazes me how you and your creative team, come up with beautiful gift ideas, that would make anyone smile and feel loved. I personally plan on doing some tins for family, decorated and filled with your hot chocolate recipe~~I might have to tweek and alter some of the tins that the Senior individuals in our family would receive; I’d have to include a mini size bottle of Bailey’s or maybe some Peppermint Schnapps. We’d have a really REALLY happy time after that 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the ideas that we all can use, esp. when in need of a last minute gift.

  • 27
    Sonya says:

    WOW!! All of your ideas totally blew me away. Can’t wait to see the stamp release for December. I’ve circled the date.

    Thanks again!

  • 28
    Donna says:

    Why has it taken me so long to find this blog? What wonderful ideas you have here! (I found it through “pine is here.” blog, by the way.)

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