You've already seen some of the things I packed into this year's Christmas boxes, including the Paul Bunyan Towel-endar . . .
. . . the saved mammoth sunflower seeds . . .
. . . and the woodsy snow globe ornaments.
So let's look at some of the other stuff that went in the boxes with these goodies. Here's some coconut candied peanuts. I packaged them in triangular treat bags and added gold ties and vintage-style labels. (I should have chosen tree nuts to stay on theme, but I had a momentary lapse)
And here are some bar coasters I printed with a log slice pattern (for fun, some also had a bark pattern on the backs).
These little Paul Bunyan books (Paul Bunyan Comes West, originally published 1928) were my favorite, though. I'll talk more about them in a future post, but here's a sneak peek at them after I bound them but before they were wrapped and put into the boxes.
I packed everything into a treat box with a window on the top. You'll notice I also enclosed a box of packaged tea and a little parchment paper package of birch branch paper straws.
Then I added some colorful paper shreds I reused out of a Pijon Box delivery. They use a lot, so I had plenty for twelve boxes.
I tucked the Paul Bunyan towels in on top of everything . . .
. . . then sealed up the boxes (bought during last year's post-Christmas clearance) with the towel wrap showing through the window.
Finally, I used some recycled brown paper to print some wrapping paper using the same block I used for the coasters. I tied the packages shut with baker's twine and added more wood veneer tags on top. These ones say, "Paul Bunyan says, 'Merry X-Mas'" in gold pen.
Positive feedback from family and friends! I had a lot of fun, and some frustration, and a few late nights putting everything together this year, and even got boxes in the mail in time for Christmas for those I wouldn't be visiting. Now to start planning for next year . . .