Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogPackaging up some warmth!

Today’s Takeaway Tuesday is mostly about simple packaging.  Sometimes that’s all you need, especially this time of year.  We don’t want to be killing ourselves laboring over something for a holiday get-together when there are already too many other things to do.

Hot Cocoa Favor Packaging

Today’s project uses hot cocoa packages.  I used the Ghirardelli ones but any brand will do.  You could also wrap up the hot cider packages like this as well.

I used regular size coffee filters for this product.  I ironed mine by laying a small stack under a flour sack tea towel and ironing it to make them a little flat.  If you do this, make sure you don’t have your steam on.

Besides the coffee filters, you just need some Baker’s twine or string to tie them up.  I used a leaf to tuck inside mine.  I didn’t have any mint leaves so I just used orange tree leaves because that’s what I had on hand.

I think anything from nature is always the best topping for packaging.  Even “false” fall leaves for a fall get-together would be great.  Real ones have a tendency to make a crumbly mess.

Hot Cocoa Favor Packaging


Supplies Needed:

  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Coffee Filters (ironed if you want)
  • Baker’s twine or string
  • Leaf (mint or whatever you desire)



  • Lay the packet onto the coffee filter and bring up the bottom of the filter just under halfway.  Fold in the sides over the top.
  • Secure with string.
  • Tuck in a leaf.


I just knotted my Baker’s twine because tying it into bows just never does it justice no matter how great at bow tying you are.

Packaging up Hot Cocoa Favors

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Cozy up to fall

I thought I would share with you one of the pillows I made with some of the sweater pieces left over from making my sweater pumpkins.  It actually is a pillow cover.  I made it so it would fit a smaller size pillow that I had.  It’s about 12 by 13 1/2 inches.

Diy Sweater Pillow with rolled flowers

I especially like how the rolled flowers turned out.  I’ve made them out of a lot of different types of materials but never sweater pieces.  I just took some strips and folded them so they would have a smooth edge and rolled them like any other rolled flower.

Rolled Sweater Flowers

I added in some burlap and felt leaves and that was all there was to it.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  See my sweater pumpkins here and here.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogHey Sweet Pineapple!

It’s Takeaway Tuesday again so time for another quick and easy favor idea for women’s ministry.  Today we are making up some sweet pineapples.  Pineapples are that universal sign of hospitality.  The Bible says we should be “…given to hospitality.”  Romans 12:13



I used two gold wrapped Hershey’s Nuggets for each one of these, a little green tissue paper, and a couple drops of low temp hot glue.


You can add a tag and baker’s twine or ribbon to perk them up a little if you want.  My sentiment on my tag is from the Flourishes Strawberries set.



Supplies needed:

  • Gold wrapped Hershey’s Nuggets (2 for each)
  • Green Tissue Paper
  • Low Temp Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors or paper cutter to cut the tissue paper


  • Cut tissue paper to approximately 3 and 1/4 inch square for each pineapple.
  • Pinch the middle of the tissue square and fluff it out.
  • Hot glue a fine line of glue down the center back of one of the Hershey’s Nuggets.
  • Quickly place your tissue paper between the two Nuggets with the point where you have pinched it approximately 1/2 inch down from the top of the Nuggets.  Add the second Hershey’s Nugget flush against it.  Press together gently and hold in place for several seconds.
  • That’s it.  Just add a tag and twine or ribbon if you desire.

Tip:  Be very sparing with the low temp hot glue.  First, you don’t want to melt the chocolate.  Second you don’t want to cause a big gap between the Hershey’s Nuggets.


Above you can see how they look from the side.  I made little easels by putting Hershey’s Nuggets together like this before and tying them with ribbon.  You can find that post here.

Be sure to read one of my newest women’s leader devotionals,  Pineapple Sweet Leaders, on my Creative Ladies Ministry website.  There is a free download that goes along with it.  There is also a Good Old Hospitality devotional on the main website.

Thanks for stopping in.  Please leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you!

Have a creative day,

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Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogWhoooo wants a cookie?

Thought I’d do a little food favor for today’s Takeaway Tuesday.  Owls are always fun for fall.

Fall Owl Treat made with Nuterbutters


I saw a few owl cookies floating around Pinterest that were so cute but they used cookie cutters which I didn’t have.   I decided Nabisco Nutter Butter cookies were the right shape for the face of an owl, so I used those and skipped the baking–no cookie cutter required.


Nutterbutter Owl Cookies Craft


I added icing, candy eyes, and candy corn for the nose and eyebrows for most of them.

On some of the others I tried out some M&Ms and also chocolate chips (upsidedown) for eyes.  You can see some of those in the next photo down.  If you are making a lot of these owls, those premade candy eyes can get expensive.  It’s always good to have other options.


For those concerned with allergies!!

You can use Keebler Vienna Fingers instead of Nabisco Nutter Butters.  The Vienna Fingers are not exactly as idea a shape but they still turn out cute.  I have a daughter who is allergic to peanut butter so I always find an alternative!  You can see the difference in the outcome below.


Easy Owl Diy Cookies



  • White Icing.  I used a Buttercream recipe but used shortening instead of butter to make it pure white.
  • Icing bag with a medium open star tip.  I used Wilton #32.
  • For eyes:  Premade candy eyes, M&M’s, or chocolate chips (upsidedown)
  • Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies  (Keebler Vienna Fingers as an alternative if you are concerned with peanut allergies)
  • Cany Corn



  • Squeeze eye areas with icing bag (open star tip) –  about the size of a penny.
  • Press candy eyes (or whatever candy you’d like to use for eyes.) into icing.  The icing will spread out slightly.
  • Make a “T” with icing between eyes and over eyes.
  • Place in nose with a piece of candy corn on it’s side with point down.
  • Place eyebrows with pieces of candy corn turned on their side (wide edge on the outside).
  • See photo below.


Fall Food Treat: Nutterbutter Owl Cookies

If you want to package these up, the snack size zip bags are a great size.  I took some to our Ladies Bible Study and that is what I put them in.  You could even add a bag topper or tag to doll them up.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out today’s Takeaway Tuesday project.  Leave a comment.  I love hearing from my visitors!

See the Wise Woman Women’s Ministry Theme on my Creative Ladies Ministry website for more owl-related ideas.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!


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