Repurposed Packaging + Mod Podge for Homemade Treat Gift Giving

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 I enjoy giving homemade baked good to neighbors and friends as gifts this time of year.  I’m always looking for cute ways to gift wrap the treats.  Well, you know me, gift packaging is just an opportunity for an easy upcycled project using repurposed packaging.  This time I decided to use Mod Podge and craft paint to decorate my repurposed food containers.
Repurposed food packaging upcycled into gift wrapping for homemade treats.

If you’ll be putting homemade food treats directly into the container, be sure you start with containers that are food safe.  A good start is using containers that were sold with food products in them.  If you are going to wrap your homemade treats, then you can place them into almost any clean container.
Maxwell House container and The Peanut Shop container.
popcorn container.
I received these Mod Podge and FolkArt products to try.  I wasn’t familiar with the Mod Podge Brush Applicator and was excited to give it a try.
applicator brush, mod podge, and red, blue, and green paint.

My friend, J., came over to spend a craft day with me.  I really enjoyed spending time with her and having fun being creative.

I grabbed some Christmas card fronts I’d been saving and some J. brought some she’d saved with her (you may remember how I like to repurpose Christmas cards).  I also grabbed some snowflake stickers I already had.

Christmas cards and snowflake stickers.

I started by painting several of my containers with the FolkArt Multi-surface paint.

painting a blue Maxwell House container.

The green  FolkArt paint coordinated perfectly with one of the Christmas cards J. brought.  We used the Glitter Mod Podge to add a repurposed Christmas card to the painted can (which formerly held chocolate covered cashews).  I wanted to keep the rustic look of the Christmas card, so I only used the Glitter Mod Podge on the back of the card.  I use rubber bands to hold the card in place while the Mod Podge was drying.

a rubber band wrapped around a Christmas card on a can.

I added a piece of raffia for embellishment.  This cute little can would be perfect for filling with homemade (or store bought) candies.

a Christmas card and ribbon wrapped around a can.

I also used the FolkArt Multi-Surface paint on an empty Velveeta cheese box.

Velveeta cheese box.

After painting the box, I added a Christmas card front using the Glitter Mod Podge to attach the card the box.  Again, rubber bands held the card in place while it was drying.   This time I knew I wanted to use the Mod Podge embellish the box and card, so it was fine that some Mod Podge got on the front of the card and box when we were adhering it.

a blue box with a Christmas card wrapped around it being held with rubber bands.
I wanted to try out the Glitter Mod Podge, so I used it to seal the top of the card and decorate the painted area.  The glitter adds a festive holiday touch.   I did learn to turn the Glitter Mod Podge bottle upside down for several minutes to make sure you have plenty of glitter through out the glue part of the Mod Podge (I think the glitter settles to the bottom of the bottle some).

This box would be perfect for wrapped homemade candies or cookies.

a blue box decorated with a Christmas card.

The FolkArt Multi-surface paint says it’s for “glass, ceramics, wood, metal, rigid plastic, fabric, canvas, paper, terra cotta.” I had some issues with the paint. I followed the directions and let it dry for an hour before the 2nd coat.  When I added the second coat, this peeling happened on both the rigid plastic on the metal. I recommend you test the paint on your surface and be certain that you give it plenty of drying time.

a Maxwell House container with blue paint on it.

I’m not usually a glitter kinda girl, but  I was having so much fun with Glitter Mod Podge that I grabbed the popcorn container and another Christmas card.

a Christmas card next to a clear container.

A quick coat of Mod Podge added on the back of the card and some rubber bands to hold the card in place while it was drying.

a Christmas card being held with rubber bands wrapped around a clear container.

After about 20-25 minutes, the card was dry and I removed the rubber bands.  I then covered the card and the entire jar with a coat of Glitter Mod Podge.  I even added some Glitter Mod Podge to the top of the lid.

the top of a container with glitter mod podge on it.

This jar would be great for holding homemade cookies.

a container decorated with a Christmas card and glitter mod podge.

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So, take a few minutes and look around your house for packaging that you can repurpose with the help of Mod Podge and FolkArt into your own beautiful gift giving containers.  And invite a friend over to help with the crafting fun.  Thanks, J.

Repurposed food packaging upcycled into gift wrapping for homemade treats.


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  1. I love this idea. What a fun way to create unique and interesting packages as well as reduce waste. Not to mention, this would be a fun project to tackle with the kids!

  2. What an ambitious post – a few projects and a round up. Wow. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Darlene

  3. These containers are really great! I have never heard of the glitter Mod Podge, I need to go out and get some! A girl can never have too much glitter!

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