If you’re a fellow baker, maker, mover and shaker, you probably give a lot of homemade gifts...in homemade boxes. Personalized gift tags add the perfect final touch to those handmade creations. They’re also just super handy to have around. So today I’m teaming up with Tiny Prints to bring you DIY watercolor treat boxes that compliment these custom gift tags. And because you can’t have a treat box without a treat, I’m also including a quick shortbread cookie recipe. You might say, I’ve got the whole package.
Gather materials. Completely unfold gift box. Paint box using watercolors in your desired color scheme. I used blues and greens to contrast with my coral gift tags. Let box dry completely. Build box. Fill with shortbread cookies, recipe below, and close. Finish off by attaching your personalized gift tag to the top of your box. Give to someone special. Enjoy!
This was my first time using Tiny Prints and I couldn’t have had a better experience. The customization process was a total snap. I’d say the only problem I had was choosing from so many pretty designs. Once I made a decision, I rewrote the copy, added my name and BAM they were off to the printers! Did I mention they were proofed by a design professional first? Pretty cool. Now I have a stack of gift tags with my name on ‘em ready to top all handmade presents to come. Hooray!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered (confectioners or icing)sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of your electric mixer beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl combine flour and salt. Gently combine dry and wet mixtures just until incorporated. Roll out dough into a long cylinder. Wrap dough plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Unwrap dough and cut cookies about ¼ inch thick. Decorate with a fork. Place cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely.