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Make a Hand Crafted Holiday Food Gift - Edible Gift Idea

Updated on October 14, 2016
Decorated Coffee Tin With Tag
Decorated Coffee Tin With Tag | Source

An Edible Food Gift: A Decorated Tin with Gingerbread Pancake Mix

Handmade, edible gift ideas are ever popular for Christmas or winter holiday gift giving. How about making this attractively decorated coffee tin containing a yummy food item such as a gingerbread pancake mix? Easy-to-make gingerbread pancakes are sure to be a hit with the young ones over the holiday season -- and a hit with the not-so-young as well!

This food gift is easy to make, eco-friendly since you are recycling a tin, gentle on the budget and gives the recipient the happy feeling that comes from receiving a gift that has been hand made with love.

Even better, this gift idea does not require you to be an experienced craft person with a range of crafting skills, nor does it require you to own an array of costly crafting equipment.

All you need is an empty coffee tin (or other tin), paper, ribbon, stickers, buttons, beads or other small items for decoration, and a Ziplock bag to contain the food that you will tuck inside.

You will also need scissors or other cutting tools and a good glue or adhesive.

And lastly, you will need the ingredients for the food item that you'll be giving.

This page includes the instructions for decorating the coffee tin, plus a recipe for the gingerbread pancake mix.

Recommended: Zip Dry Glue - A Recommended Adhesive

Beacon Zip Dry 2 oz
Beacon Zip Dry 2 oz

Zip Dry Scrapbook Glue is an exceptionally good glue for this or other paper crafting projects. It sticks like you wouldn't believe and seldom pulls apart even after wear and tear. Many glues are adequate for scrapbooking, since most scrapbook pages are protected. However, projects like the one shown here are likely to be handled and are in danger of coming to pieces unless the glue provides a very strong hold. This glue can be used successfully on many surfaces. It is fast drying, but not so fast that you can't relocate something if you've accidentally stuck it in the wrong place.

I use Zip Dry regularly and often.


Removing the Coffee Odor from the Tin

I do not mind the coffee odor in the tin. That aside, the gift recipients on my list are big coffee fans so they don't mind it either. Therefore, I did nothing to remove the smell of coffee.

If you do want to remove the odor, I suggest you try this method that I found on the Internet.

Simply fill the container with boiling water, add some baking soda, cover, and let sit overnight. I would suggest adding about 1/4 cup of baking soda and seeing how that works. Next day, rinse and supposedly the odor will be gone.

Instructions for Decorating the Coffee Tin

Here's how to make this decorated tin with its food treasure inside.

1. Clean tin, remove paper and line with a Zip Lock bag

2. Glue strips of paper, fabric or ribbon to cover the sides and top.

3. Decorate with bows, flowers, buttons, stickers, beads or whatever you feel inspired to use.

4. Print your recipe instructions or other sentiments from the computer.

5. Glue the printout to colored paper and shape into a tag.

7. Attach the tag to the top of the can using elasticized gold thread, ribbon, embroidery cotton, wool or any other tie you like.

8. Add your food to the Zip Lock bag and give to the lucky recipient.

If you'd like visual instructions, watch the video below. I show precisely how to decorate the coffee tin.

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Video Demo: How to Make a Ribbon Rose

This ribbon rose that I put on the outside of the tin is extremely easy to make. This video shows you how to do it. You'll need ribbon and a needle and thread. A clamp of some kind is useful to hold the ribbon together while you stitch the ends in place. No great sewing skill is required.

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Recipe

This recipe for Gingerbread Pancake Mix is found on the web at Mr.

Ingredients for the Mix

1 cup cake flour

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup buttermilk powder (or plain dry milk)

1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Cooking Instructions (Print on the Tag)

(6 servings; approximately 18 pancakes)

1 and 3/4 cups water

6 Tablespoons butter - softened

2 large eggs

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the butter and 1/8th of water. Alternately beat in the pancake mix and the rest of the water.

Heat a large frying pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Grease the surface with a thin coating of cooking spray. Dollop the batter in 1/4 cup amounts per pancake. Cook until bubbles appear on surface and the edges are dry (about 2 or 3 minutes). Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!

Snowflake Topper for the Decorated Coffee Tin
Snowflake Topper for the Decorated Coffee Tin | Source

Optional: Making the Snowflake Topper for the Coffee Tin

You certainly do not need to make this topper. You can get a lovely effect by simply adding a big bow of ribbon or lace, or by attaching an attractive picture or other ornament that you might find at the Dollar Stores.

However, if you are into paper crafting and you want to make the ornament, you will need Shapeabilities Fleur de Lis Pendant die and a die cutting machine.

Full instructions, including a video, for making the snowflake are at this link: Holiday Snowflake Ornament.

For the coffee tin, I have used three papers: white cardstock, gold colored paper and the same green scrapbook paper that I used for covering the tin. The center is a button. If desired, you can snip the shank off of a button using wire cutters. I did not snip this shank, as I strung my gold, elasticized thread through the button.

Fleur de Lis Topper -- Optional but Fun for Crafty People

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants Dies, Fleur De Lis
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants Dies, Fleur De Lis

You certainly don't need to make a fancy Fleur de Lis Ornament for the top of your decorated coffee can. A nice bow of ribbon will do beautifully.

However, if you are into crafts in a big way, you might want to add this die cut to your arsenal of tricks. I've used it many times this season and can't speak highly enough for it. You will need a die cutting machine to cut it. I use the Big Shot.

The set of dies have many variations. I've used them for snowflake ornaments, hanging ornaments, topping tin boxes and tins, hand made greeting cards, frames for scrapbooking, frames for rubber stamping and more.


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      6 years ago

      This is a beautiful idea, I like these decorated coffee tin.

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Bellezza-Decor: Yes, it would also make a good fund raising project for charities, I think.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      This is a wonderful gift idea and practical for those wanting to give something special, but not too expensive.

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @WindyWintersHubs: Many thanks! I appreciate your stopping by.

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your 100th Lens. Thank you for sharing you instructions on how to make a decorative coffee tin. Happy Holidays!


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