I decided that among my handmade gifts this year there would be plenty of “yum”. That is, I’d be spreading the love with food gifts whenever possible.
The fun part of favor and treat gifts? Figuring out what to package the goodies in!
How about a Yule Log Box?
I got inspired by Martha’s
but made my own funky version that I absolutely adore.
Here’s how I did it:
- Cylinder box–as you can see I used a container that once was an frozen ice cream sandwich box (sidenote: YUM). The lid can be taken on and off, and it’s nice and big. Check the freezer section at your store and see if there’s any products packaged this way. You can also use a toilet paper tube and two wooden discs like Martha did, or find your own cylinder boxes at the craft store.
- Fabric, for covering the box
- Spray adhesive
- Craft glue
- Decorative items (more on this later – feathers, buttons, sequins, felted items, etc)
- Cardstock (will only need a small rectangle 2 x 1 in size)
- Felt, coordinating color (will only need two small rectangles, each 2 x 1 in size)
- Embroidery thread and needle (not pictured)
- Glue gun (not pictured)
- Scissors (not pictured)
- One sheet of newspaper (not pictured)
- Treats to fill (I used homemade turtles)
1. Measure your box and cut fabric to fit. You may need two layers if your box has printing like mine did (press with an iron if needed).
2. Spray the adhesive onto each fabric piece and gently wrap around the box. This adhesive is so forgiving, you can make sure you have everything straight and smooth. In the photo below you can see why I needed two pieces of fabric – you can see the lettering from the box.
3. Now we begin the fun part! The decorations! Look at your stash and see what you can create. Put together unexpected items and kick everything up a notch. This is where we make the “nature scene” on our Yule Log.
4. Use fabric scraps to create rosettes – here I’m wrapping and folding and twisting around and around to create the first small bud.
5. With your embroidery thread that you already have out – put a few stitches into the rosette to hold it. Up and back down the middle center, then back and forth along the bottom to hold.
6. Next fancy up some felt leaves – these are actually felted leaves from the craft store to make my work extra fluffy. Using the embroidery thread again, stitch your own designs into the leaves.
7. Add glitter to any of your items by simply adding craft glue and gently showering with glitter. I glittered this large button as well as the edges of some of my feathers.
8. Once you have all your decorative items done you can begin assembling and decorating the yule log. I laid out what my creation would look like beforehand then slowly glued each piece onto the box.
9. As soon as all your pieces are attached to the box you’ll notice it keeps rolling over. Grab the felt and card stock and create a sturdy “stand” for the yule log by gluing the cardstock between two layers of felt.
I cut mine to about 2 x 1 size.
Glue to the underside (I made mine attach to the seam where the fabric meets) to keep your decorative side exactly where you want it.
10. Your box is almost done! Time to fill.
11. Grab newspaper and your treats. Try not to eat them all.
12. Fold newspaper into a cone shape, fold in half. Insert gently into the box.
13. Fill with the treats!
14. Your box is done! Add your own gift tag and see how pretty it looks under the tree.
15. There’s still time to make a bunch of these, and spend the last days before Christmas keeping little (or big) hands off the goodies.