Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Bright Idea!

I don't want to leave you without a couple of gifts to make for your friends and family.  You know they think you're crafty don't you?  So with a little help from your favorite Elf, you can make these treats in no time at all. 
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Bake and decorate Christmas Lights.
And I'll show you a cute way to package them.
SEE??
I found the photo box at Michael's and thought it would make a great storage box for Christmas lights.  Package the lights individually so they don't break.  Christmas Lights are very fragile.  Do I hear some of you saying, I don't have time to make Christmas Light cookies? 
Have no fear, your favorite Elf is here.  
How about this Bright Idea?
Let them make their own sugar cookies!!
All you need to do is get them started...
You can buy it all!  Who ever said you can't buy happiness?  The clear plastic lights were empty plastic Christmas craft ornaments and I filled them with Christmas cookie decorations!  I just happened to have a few sprinkles on hand...
And I rolled sugar cookie dough in a log.  (My mom used to do this all the time with every kind of cookie dough - we could just slice and bake).  After being reminded from Southern Living to wrap it up with the printed recipe, that's exactly what I did.
 Brown Recollections Photo Box from Michael's
Christmas Lights Printable - HERE
Print on white adhesive paper and cut.
Cookie Decorations.
Plastic Light Bulb Christmas Craft Ornaments
Plastic Light Ornament - Fill the ornament by pouring the decorations on a paper plate.  Fold the plate like a taco and pour sprinkles into the ornament.  Close the top with a small piece of foil.
(This way the sprinkles will not come out the top)
Roll your cookie dough in the shape of a log.
Covered in plastic wrap.
Then covered with wax paper.
Wrap with the Sugar Cookie Recipe Printable - HERE
Tie ends with bow.
 
Be sure to keep dough refrigerated or frozen until giving.
I'll leave it to you to either make or buy the sugar cookie dough.  I won't tell.
 Light Up The Holidays!
 
Always Merry & Bright!
 
 


46 comments:

  1. What an amazing Christmas gift either of the boxes of light bulbs would be for friends and family. I love the idea of putting sprinkles, etc. in the plastic light bulbs. So clever and fun!

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  2. NOW THIS MY DEAR PARTIOLOGIST REALLY IS NOTHING SHORT OF GENIUS. AMAZING. from, twobeautifulgirls

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  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!The label is absolutely perfect - gosh, I just love it!

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  4. The box of decorated light cookies is very sweet but the box of decorating goodies in plastic light together with the ready made dough and recipe is just brilliant!

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  5. This is a "Bright Idea" indeed!! LOVE the lights with the decorations in it! I am so going to do this next year!!! Thank YOU!!!!

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  6. I really like this idea, but the basket has to stay refrigerated until gifting time rolls around or else it will go bad. But this is truly an epic idea!

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    1. Oh yes, the dough must be kept refrigerated before giving. I actually put the cookie log in the freezer and will just pop it in the box before giving. I will go and add that - thanks!

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  7. Happy Holidays! Following from Thee Networking Blog Hop. Please stop by my blog & follow if you haven't already. :)

    Kristina
    http://www.yomichaelmichael.com

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  8. This is such a great gift idea!!!

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  9. What a great idea! So unique and cute, thanks for sharing!

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  10. I checked with JoAnns and they don't have the light bulbs anywhere. Do you have another possible source and can you tell me what I might google?

    Love this idea.

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    1. Try this instead...change the label on the box to "Christmas Ornaments" and use clear ornaments to put the sprinkles in, and if you bake the cookies, make them into ornaments too, instead of light bulbs...just a suggestion if you can't find the light bulb ones.

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    2. I also found a link for the ornament bulbs and listed it above! Thanks for your suggestions - I love them!

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    3. Michaels or AC Moore

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  11. Thanks I will try

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  12. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. What a fantastic idea ....I specially like 2nd one. I was thinking since I'd be sending them to grandkids out of state....wouldn't want the cookie dough to spoil... so maybe just packaging the dry ingredients in the same way....w/ the recipe card telling them which wet ingredients to add? Just my 2 cents worth! Thanks for posting this fun idea!

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    1. That is a great idea! You could also add cookie cutters to the box!

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  14. Does anyone know where to find the ornaments? I'm not having any luck. =(

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    1. There is a link above to order from Amazon if you cannot find them at Joann Fabrics. Check Wal-Mart too if you have one close by!

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  15. so on the dough what is it made of if the printable has what they need to add?? or is that just for looks?

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    1. The link for the Sugar Cookie recipe printable is the entire recipe. They need to add nothing, it's mostly for looks or if they want to make more dough, they have a recipe!

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  16. FABULOUS idea!!!! love love!!

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  17. This is so creative, clever and thoughtful! I know several families with young children that would love this :)

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    1. Thank you Brenda - to make it even more fun, you could add cookie cutters too! :)

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  18. You can also g on line at Hobby Lobby y have them for a dollar + shipping.

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    1. I did see the bulbs online at Hobby Lobby, however, I think they were a bit larger and glass. I'll have to look further, maybe they have some plastic ones too! Thanks for the information! :)

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  19. Awesome, the final gift I just couldn't come up with. Here it is, thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you Kristin - glad you found the gift!

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  20. Thanks for this great idea !! I just went out and bought some bulbs at Wal-Mart but they look kind of big for 10 of them to fit in the box with the cookie dough. I am going to try and put some in the Michael's box... I wonder if anyone sells smaller ones... Also a lot of sprinkles to put in each bulb.....Maybe I got the wrong ones..... I can't wait to make these for friends.

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    1. I do think the bulbs at Wal-Mart are a bit larger then the ones from Joann Fabrics. Maybe don't put as many in the box and fill in with some Christmas cookie cutters?

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  21. Amazon is out of the light bulb ornaments and they don't know if they will get anymore. I have checked various sites but no luck. I ordered the ornaments just to be on the safe side. I love this idea.
    Marilynn

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    1. Maybe you'll be able to find them at the craft stores - fingers crossed!

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  22. I can't make out the name on the brown paper. Also where do I buy this and what kind of box did you use. Thanks!

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    1. I think the brown paper you're referring too is actually the brown photo box. The box came from Michaels.

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  23. It would also be cute to fill the plastic ornaments with single servings of homemade hot cocoa mix.

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  24. sunshinecrafts.com There are several varieties of fillable plastic ornaments. The ones pictured above are $1.29/each. Shipping is quite high though.

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  25. I am having trouble loading the recipe. Any ideas?

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    1. I just checked the link and it looks like the view of the recipe in the thumbnail is partly blacked out, but when I downloaded it to print, it looked fine. Give it a try and let me know if it works!

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