...when all through the house
the crafter was crafting,
ignoring the snores of her spouse.
Just kidding, actually I got everything finished before midnight, and my husband kept me company the whole time. Wanna know how I made them? You probably won't have time to do this in time for Christmas this year, but you can hold onto the idea for other holidays or Christmases to come, right? Thought I should put the instructions and little tutorial together now, while I remember.
Can you guess what the packages are made out of?
Yup. Empty toilet paper roll. So useful, those things! So, collect yourself some paper tubes, and gather your supplies. You'll need the tubes (one tube makes one package), some gift wrap (preferably 24" in length so you won't have any scraps at all - love the way that works out), something to measure with (I used my Omnigrid), something to cut with (I had an Xacto knife), double-stick tape, glue stick, and a paper crimper. Oh, and small little things to put inside, of course. You could use scrapbooking paper, too, but I think the gift wrap is a little thinner (which is good, because the toilet paper tubes are pretty thick), and probably works out to be a *lot* cheaper, especially if you're making quite a few. I had 24 of these done in about an hour.
Cut your wrapping paper into 4.5" x 6", use glue stick or tape to wrap your paper tube with the cute gift wrap, then put a strip of double stick tape on the inside edge of one end. Run it through the paper crimper, turning the handle about three times. You're crimping about an inch. Incidentally, Cindy has a great tutorial for this, too, only she made hers entirely out of cardstock.
Insert your goodies (remembering that you'll lose about another inch again when you close it up), and flatten the other end, making sure it's perpendicular to the first edge (whoa, what's that *math* word doing on my blog?!). I think you'll get it if you just look at the photo. I used a screw punch to make holes in the corners where we attached little "From Rebecca" tags. Turned out cute, but I hope the kids don't care that there's only stickers, mini erasers and peppermints inside.
I even got all the teacher gifts made and wrapped up, but I'll save that for another post. Did you notice the wrapping paper I used? How it says "Randolph" right next to the reindeer? Do you think that's a crazy, glaring typo? Is there a Randolph Reindeer legend I don't know about?