3 Extra-Credit-Worthy Valentine's Day Packaging Ideas

Heart-Covered Cookie Wrapper

This Valentine's Day, offer loved ones homemade treats wrapped in paper that echoes your heartfelt sentiments. All you need to transform plain waxed paper into lovely gift wrap is some tissue paper, a heart-shaped craft punch, and an iron. Use the paper to wrap cakes, stacks of cookies, and other goodies. Then finish each package with some waxed twine and a colorful gift tag.

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Heart-Covered Waxed Paper How-To

Fold a piece of tissue paper in half three times, forming eight layers. Using a heart-shaped craft punch, cut out hearts. Cover the surface of an ironing board with paper towels; place a sheet of waxed paper on top. Arrange hearts on waxed paper, and cover with another sheet of waxed paper. Cover with more paper towels. Run an iron, set to medium heat, lightly over the layers to set.

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A Modern Twist on Valentine Candy

If a heart-shaped box of chocolates seems a bit old-fashioned, try this.

We stocked the large case with a variety of candies in different-size cutters. The small one at right contains red and white rock candy; the bottom one, pink and white sea salt, for loved ones who favor savory indulgences.

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Pretty packaging is nice, but it's what's on the inside that counts.