Keep this idea under your hat to pull out when needed: you can make a fun gift package with just two dinner sized paper plates and just a few supplies! I would say that this paper plate gift package is most suited to gifts of food of some kind, but not necessarily! I actually made about ten of these on Purim morning to give as gifts to the neighbors (a Purim custom), and quickly took a photo amidst all the hectic preparations for a packed day of celebrating! While I wouldn't recommend trying to make these last minute as I did, you could at least prepare them ahead and fill with goodies when needed!
- two dinner sized paper plates, with a fun pattern
- coordinating curling ribbon, and metallic ribbon to close package
- a metal hole punch (the plastic ones are usually not heavy duty enough in my experience)
- a hot glue gun
- cellophane, preferably patterned and in a color to compliment your plates!
- metallic stickers or embellishments of some kind if the center of your plates are empty like mine
- Place the two paper plates back to back, flattening the plate in front into the curve of the plate in back.
- Cut off two or more inches from the top, like you would to stuff a pita!
- Holding the two plates together securely, punch holes around the edge, through both plates. If this is too difficult. punch holes in one plate and mark where the corresponding holes need to be on the second plate. Don't worry, you needn't be 100% exact.
- Using curling ribbon, lace your plates together, or get your 9 and 10 year old kids to do it for you, which is what happened at our house, and boy was I happy to have some help! Secure the ends to the inside with hot glue, or a piece of tape may work just fine.
- Embellish plates with stickers if necessary.
- Place a piece of cellophane into the paper plate pocket, insert your goodies, and tie with a coordinating ribbon.
Voila, you've got one very original gift package that will certainly put a smile on the face of the recipient! Oh, and by the way, I didn't have the time to make gift tags, so I actually wrote my message in the middle of the plate on the back......an option to keep in mind!