I use curling ribbon to tie my cookie favor bags. I can't believe that I used to put down a ruler and measure out every single ribbon. That can take a long time when you need 100 or more pieces of ribbon!
One day, I finally got smart about it. It now takes less than a minute to cut that much ribbon.
All you need is . . . .
* two pieces of cardboard - A used shipping box works great. Cut the two pieces to the same size - 10" long and a few inches wide.
* any kind of bin or box
Put one piece of cardboard on top of the other.
Place the spool inside of the box/bin/container....whatever is handy. This keeps the spool from bouncing all over the table and onto the floor.
Wind the ribbon around the cardboard pieces.
Count. Count by twos. Every time you reach the top of the cardboard, you've got two pieces of ribbon.
Once you've wound enough times, cut the ribbon from the spool.
Put your scissors between the two pieces of cardboard at the top. Be sure to be holding onto all of the ribbon - both on the front and on the back of the cardboard! Cut.
Do the same at the bottom of the cardboard.
Did you make yarn pom poms as a child? I sure did! This is the same concept.
Place the cookies into the bags. I put a 1" sticker of my logo on the back of each bag. Tie each one with ribbon and curl. No knot. Just tie the ribbon once to make the cookie easily accessible.
I buy my ribbon from AC Moore. With a coupon of course. Their curling
ribbon spools are large. With the coupon it's a great deal.
I buy the cello bags from Gifts International. The prices are terrific. Shipping is a bit high, so buy a lot at a time!
If the cookies are for local pick up (or if you deliver) , place the favors into a 10" x 10" cake box from BRP Box Shop. Their boxes are really nice and sturdy.
Cut the top off of the box before filling. Usually the bags are too tall for closing the top. And it looks pretty without it!
Place a large logo sticker on the front.
Include an ingredient card for anyone with allergy concerns, and a few business cards.
If the cookies don't quite fill up the box, use some tissue paper to fill in the empty space. This will make sure that the cookies don't move around while traveling to their destination.
If the cookies are to be shipped, I pack them very differently. Stay tuned for a tutorial on that.
Question for you:
How do you cut ribbon and pack cookies for pick up or delivery? What's the same or different from how I do it? Please let us know in the comments.