My Vintage Style for Crafts and Cocktails Night + DIY Decoupage Christmas Gift Boxes

DIY Decoupage Christmas Cookie Gift Boxes

 Tis the season for fun times with Christmas crafting and cocktails! So I hosted a Girls Craft Night recently to basically give me an excuse to wear a festive vintage outfit,
make some holiday crafts with a few friends and try out my new drink recipe, Sage Infused Vodka Crantinis.

60s red shirtwaist dress and Christmas apron outfit

FYI-cocktails are a key ingredient to a successful crafting session.  It’s the fuel for  firing up your inner artist.
And even if it doesn’t, at least you’ll think it did! And that’s pretty much all that matters, because it’s all about just having fun.

Sage infused vodka crantinis
Sage Infused Vodka Crantinis

I wish I could give you an official recipe with all exact measurements, but I usually wing it when mixing up drinks like this.  It’s pretty much take a few cups (or more) of your favorite vodka, add a handful of (washed)fresh thyme springs. Let sit for a couple of days or more, depending on how thyme-y you want it to taste.  Fill cocktail shaker with ice, thyme vodka, equal parts cran-raspberry and cranberry/pomegrante juice, fresh squeezed lime juice and Cointreau.  Triple Sec would work too. Shake vigorously.  Pour into chilled martini glasses. Thread fresh cranberries and lime wedge on sprig of thyme for garnish. Cheers!

Christmas cookies

 I love to bake cookies in December to give away as gifts.  These are three of my favorites, chocolate chocolate chip and almond biscotti, cranberry, white chocolate chip, pecan oatmeal cookies,  and lime cocoanut shortbread. (This post would be waaaay too long to include all the cookie recipes. But if anyone wants one of them, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to provide!)

But this year I couldn’t find any cookie tins or other containers that I liked to pack my treats in. None of the images on them thrilled me very much. So, for my project,  I decided to make my own cookie gift boxes decoupaged with cutouts from vintage wrapping paper and food ads from a 1969 December Family Circle Magazine.

vintage wrapping paper-vintage magazine

I found some authentic vintage wrapping paper and the Family Circle magazine online.

Christmas craft supplies

All my other necessary supplies. Boxes, Mod Podge and brushes from Michael’s.
Fabric trim from Joann’s and cocktail of choice.

Decoupage Christmas gift box

This is what it looked like initially.
Just cutout random  sections of the print and started slapping them all over the container
for a collage effect, brushing on the Mod Podge as I went along.
I like their Antique Matte finish to give everything an aged look.

Christmas cookies box
I did the same thing with the magazine,. Cutout different images from dessert ads.
Even found words to make a descriptive phrase. My friend said it reminded her of a ransom note!

 Mod Podged a piece of glittery gold striped wrapping paper to the lid of the the larger box.
Then hot glued the decorative braid on both, which I think gives them a nice festive, finishing touch.
Now when I gift the cookies, the recipients get a pretty container they can reuse.

And just so you have an idea of how long this takes, it was definitely a two Crantini project!

Christmas crafts-Decoupage Cookie Boxes
The finished products

Now, back to the outfit.  It had to be  red and definitely had to have the whole a mid-century housewife thing going on. I haven’t done any outfit posts for a while as I broke my foot and had to wear this very unattractive Frankenstein-esque shoe thingie for six weeks.  Here I had tried to spruce it up with some vintage brooches. But that still didn’t cut it.  There was just no way I could style an outfit while wearing this monstrosity. So because I just got the ok from the doc that I’m all healed, I was looking forward to getting a little dolled up!

I had my husband take a few photos before the girls showed up.
Figured it was best to do that before there was glue and Crantinis flying all over the place.

1960s red shirtwaist dress and Christmas apron
1960s Red cotton shirtwaist dress worn with vintage Christmas apron.

Vintage Christmas Apron

Accessorized with vintage reindeer pin, poinsettia earrings and hair clip and gold
laser cut ballet flats.

Do you do holiday crafts? If so, what have you made?

Linking up with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday , Catherine from Not Dressed as a Lamb #IwillwearwhatIlike linkup,

Cherie from Style Nudge/Shoe and Tell Fashion Linkup

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By | 2016-12-22T10:13:09-04:00 December 19th, 2016|Crafts/DIY, My Vintage Style|6 Comments

About the Author:

Theresa
Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.

6 Comments

  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I love my little reindeer brooch and how she’s prancing with a little sprig of holly in her mouth. So cute. And I look forward to donning my rufflely holiday aprons at this time of year. The rest of the year I’m not too domestic!
    Glad you like my biscotti. I saw some of yours and I think we should have a biscotti swap one of these days. The lime and coconut in the shortbread gives it a nice twist. And the white chocolate drizzle really helps.

    Thanks for you concern about my injury. It sure wasn’t easy to only be semi mobile for so many weeks. I’m not the type of person to patiently lounge around eating bon bons waiting for my foot to heal. At least my laptop got a strenuous workout since I had to keep my hoof elevated so many hours a day! But all better now.

    Have a marvelous, merry Christmas. Can’t wait to see what outfits you have in store for the holidays 🙂

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    Suzanne December 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Your outfit is spot on and I love your brooch. Aprons are just so wonderfully feminine.

    The decoupage cookie boxes turned out wonderful and that biscotti looks darn good too. The coconut lime shortbread sounds yummy. I have a weakness for coconut.

    Sorry to hear about the foot. Glad to see it is on the mend. I commend your effort to still remain glamourous in your boot with the vintage brooches.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    bisous
    Suzanne

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks Vix. I do love my biscuits. That’s why it’s better for me to give away as many as I can, so I don’t eat them all myself! The foot is doing nicely. Actually went to a swing dance last night and the foot held up well through dozens of spins. So I’m thinking I’m good as new. Have a lovely, lively holiday yourself 🙂

  4. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you Patti! I really had this Donna Reed fantasy going on!

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    Vix December 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    What brilliant ideas for Xmas pressies! I love those wrapping ideas (a friend has just given us two boxes full of 1950s & 1960s interiors magazines) and the biscuits look gorgeous. Who wouldn’t be thrilled with those?
    Your outfit is fabulous and you’ve blinged up that surgical boot a treat. Hope the foot heals soon and you have a wonderful Xmas. xxx

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    Patti December 19, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Wonderful post, and how fab do you look in your red dress and holiday apron? Very. Thanks for linking, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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