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Since Thanksgiving, I've had a glass baking dish at my house that belongs to my daughter from another mother. She was coming by last night and since I wasn't sure if I would be seeing her again before Christmas, I wanted to give her a gift. I came up with an idea that would turn her baking dish into the vessel for her gift.
Her baking dish is really cute, with a silicone edged lid, clear in the middle, similar to this one that you can pick up at Walmart for about $10.
I decided to use Christmas cardstock to make divisions in the dish to hold home baked goods and treats neatly in the dish, surrounding her wrapped gift. It came out looking like this:
I put in macarons, Hot Cocoa Bombs, gluten free brownies, chocolate chip cookies with peppermint M&Ms, and her wrapped gift. I filled in with Hershey Kisses and M&Ms. It looks so cute in person, better that the picture for sure, and when you seal it up with the lid, it is a perfect gift.
I made the sections by folding the cardstock in half and then folding it back on itself so that the crease is raised up, making a wall. For the smaller wall, I simply folded some cardstock cut to the right length in half and folded feet at the bottom and taped them in place. The wrapped gift itself makes the divider between the 2 smaller slots, of course.
I was so pleased with the result and so was the recipient. I got to thinking that a 9x13 baking dish makes a wonderful shower gift and you could fill it in a similar way, except not Christmasy! Then I started brain storming other ways this idea could work. Here are a couple of ideas:
Even when simply returning a borrowed dish, this method of filling it can be a great way to say thank you. Dividing the pan into sections keeps everything neat and lets the receiver know that you put some thought and effort into the gift. If you have some last minute gifts that you need to give or if you need something for an office party, this idea could also come in handy, even if you only use a foil pan, just to keep everything contained!
Let me know if you can think of other uses for this technique!
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!