Packaging Your Baked Goods

One of the main reasons I bake is to share it with others.   I love to give baked goods as gifts, and find they are almost always very well received.    I bake for holidays, birthdays, special days at school, special events and for no reason at all.

In a time where money is tight for everyone, and we often just can’t afford to give some of the gifts we want, I think something baked with love, and packaged up cute, is a great little way to say “I’m thinking of you”.    One of my favorite places to take treats is to my daughter’s school.  The teachers and staff work SO hard for so little, and if a cookie or some chocolate covered pretzels can brighten a few minutes of their day, than it’s all good.

I do think it’s important to take a few extra minutes and package up your goodies.   While the cookies inside may be the same, they somehow taste a little sweeter with a little bit of cute packaging.

One thing I always have on hand are Clear Cellophane Bags.   They work for almost every baked good, candy or treat, and are simple and classic.   The ways you can dress them are endless.   I had planned to show some really cute decorating ideas, but managed to pinch a nerve in my neck yesterday (um, OUCH) so I’m moving slowly and not getting that much done.  Curse you aging!!!!     But I did put together a few quick and simple things that you can do to dress up your treats, to make them a little bit sweeter.

What I have here is simply cellophane bags, ribbon, an organza bag, a hole punch, a stapler, scissors, a few printed “treat bag toppers” that I found online and printed and  scrapbooking paper (because I once had an addiction to buying scrapbooking supplies, however I did not have an addiction to scrapbooking).    It’s simply a matter of putting your treats into the bags, and than attaching toppers, be it with ribbon or stapling the bags closed.

I’m comforable using Photoshop, so I usually create my own, however there are so many adorable treat bag topper printables available online.   There are many if you want to purchase them at places like Etsy and digital scrapbooking sites. There are also a ton of adorable FREE ones out there (all the ones I used here were free).  It takes a bit more looking, but there are plenty of darling ones that you can download, print and use for free.  Here are just a few of the cute ones I found…

The Celebration Shop:

Daffodil Designs:

Eighteen25 (how cute are these???  so using these for Easter!)

Busy Bees:

This next one is really fun.  You can make your own recipe card printable right on Skip To My Lou’s website and than print it off with your recipe filled in.  Love it!

The options go on and on!    There are certainly many more elaborate ways to package up your treats, but these ideas are quick and simple enough that you can do them in the last twenty minutes before your child heads out to school in the morning if need be (trust me, I speak from procrastinator experience on that one).   One last idea that is super easy is just slipping the treat into a cellophane bag and than into an organza bag.   Totally dresses up the cookie.  You can also easily slip a little note, gift tag or card in the organza bag as well.

Comments

  1. says

    I never thought of this! I love sharing my baked goodies and this presentation is far better than in plain Tupperware containers. :) Though you’ll never hear my step-Dad complain. :)
    I, too, am addicted to buying scrapbooking supplies–but I’m also an avid scrapbooker. This is a great way to use those techniques in a different way. Thanks sooo very much for sharing!!

  2. says

    Jenna… you are very welcome! I agree that the best part of baking is sharing, though I think my husband would prefer that I leave a few more baked goods at home to share here! Everyone always comments how lucky he is that I bake so much, and he’s quick to point out that while I do bake a lot, I give it all away. :)

    Cara – I am so in love with those Peeps toppers! Totally going to have to do that, though I’m thinking the peeps may get a quick bath in some chocolate. :)

    Tiffany – Thank you!

    Tanya – You are very welcome. Happy to share. While I think everyone is plenty happy to have yummy treats from Tupperware, it just adds a little more fun when you have the chance to package them up (and I don’t always package mine, probably 70% of the time, but often VERY simply). Glad to hear you use your scrapbooking supplies. I came to the conclusion that I just liked buying them! I do however put them to use with my baking – I figure it’s a great way to use them, and as you said, apply those techniques and tools in a new area. :)

  3. says

    You took those treats to a whole new level packaging them so nicely! Thanks for sharing all thse links for free printables. I am always looking for elegant ways to package my goodies too :)

  4. says

    Thanks so much for featuring my treat bag toppers… though what’s packaged inside looks twice as scrumptious!

    I’d love to feature your photo and how you used them on my blog… could you drop me a note? Thanks again!

    Sarah
    Daffodil Design

  5. Sala Creations says

    I love the ideas!!!! Great job. btw I am looking for clear plastic box like packaging that can fit a cup cake in. Any idea where i can find this?

    Thanks

  6. Dee says

    Just a thought … save your Greeting cards to use ,, just cut off the fronts to use the pictures … trim as you like … also children’s Valentine Cards are perfect for tagging.

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