Thursday, December 06, 2007

Cocoa Anyone?

How about a super simple and super fast project? These little cocoa sleeves fit the bill! I have been looking at patterns and directions to make these and everything seemed a bit complicated with lots of detailed cutting, scoring, and glueing. I thought to myself, why can't it be easier? So I got out my Swiss Miss cocoa packet, a ruler to take some dimensions, some paper, my trimmer and some adhesive. Guess what? It was MUCH MORE SIMPLE!
Take a 12x12 piece of pattern paper. Score the whole sheet at 1 1/2 inches and 6 3/4 inches. Step two is to cut the paper into strips, 4 inches each. The best part it that you have 3 sleeves per sheet and NO EXTRA SCRAPS to deal with. Use a photo split or dot of adhesive on the center section and stick your cocoa packet down. Fold up the larger bottom flap and fold down the short top flap. You can simply use some adhesive at this point or make a seal like I did with my scallop punch and some stamps. VIOLA!
These are for my church's Angel Breakfast on Saturday morning. We have the kids for breakfast of French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, & cereal. We read the Christmas story, and make a Christmas craft. We are also making cards for the shut-ins and nursing home members of our Church. These cocoa packets will go on the table as favors. It was super inexpensive as well, which is always a bonus. The papers are from a Christmas Stack from DCWV, patterns that I likely would not use for anything else. The cocoa packets are Swiss Miss, 30 in a box for less than $3 at Wal-mart.
I think they would be cute to slip into a Christmas card or stocking. The pattern only works for Swiss Miss, Nestle or store brand cocoa packets that are sold 10 or 30 in a box. It would not be hard to make a similar pattern for the Land O Lakes packets that are taller and slimmer.
How are your Christmas preparations coming along? All is well here. I have to tell you that SO FAR the general population has been pretty nice, but it is still early in the season. Three weeks to go and folks are pretty nice. Merry Christmas!
Take Care!