By Gabrielle. Photos by Amy Christie for Design Mom.
Happy February! Pull out your red construction paper and your pink glitter and your heart stamps, because for the next two weeks it’s all about Valentine’s Day. Are you excited? Neutral on the subject? No interested at all?
Well, wherever you fall on the Valentine’s Day spectrum, you’ll like this project. It’s all about how to print out and fold this handy little wrap-style envelope. Yes, this envelope is perfect for gently wrapping up a Valentine sweet, but it’s also useable any week of the year, and can be printed on any colored or patterned paper you like.
Use these simple envelopes to wrap up a note, the pony bead necklace your son made for his aunt, cookies or chocolates, a set of coasters, friendship bracelets — really, anything that’s small and relatively flat. These are so simple and so useful! You’ll want to make a stack to have at the ready.
Bonus: Amy Christie shot the photos for this project and made awesome initial cookies from font printouts. So you can learn how to do that in this post too!
Before we jump to the how-to, I’m curious. When prepping for Valentine’s Day, do you make valentines for your friends? And have you ever heard of Gal-antines Day gatherings? The idea is to celebrate your gal-friends on February 14th instead of focusing on who does or doesn’t have a love interest at the moment. I’m thinking these little wraps are perfect for cookie deliveries to your circle of friends.
Okay. On to the instructions!
Here’s what Amy says:
Making friends and favorites sweet treats for Valentine’s day is something I look forward to each year. And when I can personalize a treat, say, with a initial, it makes it all the more special. Conclusion: Monogram cookies are the personalized sweet treat you’ve been searching for! Paired with the printable paper wrap, it’s going to be a very happy Valentine’s day indeed.
Let’s get to frosting!
– letter cookie cutters (these are great) or printed letters (see below).
– favorite sugar cookie recipe. (This is our favorite. Cut-outs keep their shape through baking.)
– favorite frosting recipe. (We are buttercream fans and this is our fave.)
– printable paper envelope template
– card stock
– ribbon, twine, tags
There are 2 ways to do the letters:
1. Use letter cookie cutters. Easier, less time consuming. These 3″ letters are perfect.
2. Use a computer document program and print out the desired letters. Our letters were about 3.5″ tall (which fit just perfectly in our envelopes. A sans serif font is best, although we found lower-case scripty fonts look good and aren’t too much trouble.
Cut out the letters. Bake. Cool. Then frost. As a buttercream fan, I should warn you there is a chance the frosting will get smooshed a bit but I’m willing to deal with that.
Print the paper envelope. Cut out and fold on the lines.
Place the cookie inside and gently close the edges. Wrap with ribbon or twine.
Add a tag and it’s ready.
Thank you, Amy! The photos are terrific, and I love the idea of using a favorite font for the cookies. Even better, if I’m not up for baking, these little wraps would work just as well with store bought cookies — and make them feel a whole lot more special. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Credits: Images, styling & text by Amy Christie.