Sunday, December 22, 2013

100 Milk Cartons for gifts!

What do you give 100 of at an Elementary School?!?!  Milk Cartons, of course!  Cute, Christmas Candy filled, Decorated Mini-Milk Cartons!!  My Holiday schedule is often made a tiny bit crazier when I create gifts for the Holidays and my kid's classmates, the teachers and staff of our amazing school.  So this year I stuck with less than my usual, lol, and 100 was the limit for this Christmas Gift.
 
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For this Cute Christmas Creation you will need:
Whisper White card stock (#100730)
Cherry Cobbler ink (#126966)
Crumb Cake ink (#126975)
Very Merry Tags stamp set (#130402)
Wishing You stamp set (#131751)
Rhinestone Jewels (#119246)
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (#123125)
1-3/4" Circle Punch (#119850)
Mini Milk Carton Bigz L (#117310)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439)
Accent the TOP of this Mini Milk Carton with a Cute Tag!  The Very Merry Tag stamp set has a fun assortment.  Here the Reindeer is elegant but adding our adhesive-backed Rhinestones make it whimsical with the help of my Red Permanent Marker.  My kiddo's signed the back of them.  
 
Tied to the top with Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (also used some cheap baker's twine my kids had in their craft box - it was a wreck and just unraveled... ugh, I'll never do that again!!).  The Twine and Tag helped hold the Mini Milk Carton together!
So myyyy week didn't allow me to tackle these until 8:30 the night BEFORE the last day of school!  So from 8:30pm to 1:30am, then up again at 5:30am 100 of these little babies came to life! 
 
Using Whisper White card stock in the Big Shot and Mini Milk Carton Die these came out cut and scored in just the right places!  Stamping this cute stack of gifts from the Wishing You stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink while it's flat allows for a clean image.  The Cherry Cobbler mimics the writing I remember on the Milk Cartons of my youth while embracing the Christmas Season!
 
The secret to making 100 mini-milk cartons strong enough to stand up to elementary kids??  HOT GLUE!  It's scary using Hot Glue at the wee hours of the morning but with little injury I stuck to it (lol) and they were strong enough for little hands!
Add these tags for an additional cute accent.  It's a great way to wish a Merry Christmas!!
Stamping only two sides is a fun way to accent these gifts.  It says 'gift' literally - lol.
All lined up... 100 cute boxes would be tied together the following morning.  The kids and staff were blessed by these cuties!
How do you gift a gift??  I love seeing the kids eyes light up when they know 'Mrs. Albanese' is coming to visit!  I've watched the kids grow since we were one of the founding families and my son was in Kinder... now as they approach Jr. High in a short bit - they have grown to know and love our little holiday celebrations.  This year I have three kids on campus and the tradition continues.....
 
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Create Personalized Gifts even during the busiest season of the year!  These Mini-Milk Cartons celebrate the Christmas Season, wrap a small gift that is ideal for the kids and staff and honor childhood memories while raising a carton in toast.  With the aide of this great die and Big Shot these pretty presents will secure a smile and won't leave a white mustache.
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