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Hello Wild Olive friends! My name is Isabela, from Ooh Leela. I am so excited to be here today – thank you so much for this opportunity Mollie! And I am so very excited that spring is just around the corner. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the winter time, but I am a bit tired of the cold… To celebrate spring and the happy lemon tree I have in my backyard, I wanted to share a project I worked on last week.
My neighbors appreciated the lemons and the fact that they were delivered in such a cute package! And best of all, if you don’t have a happy lemon tree in your backyard, you can use whatever you have on hand. I hope you (and your neighbors) enjoy it too!
Brown mailing paper or a brown paper bag
Cello wrap or clear vinyl
Ribbon, yarn or raffia ribbon
If you are using brown mailing paper, draw a rectangle and cut it out. To accommodate 10-12 small lemons, I used a 18”x12” rectangle. Otherwise, skip to step #3
Pretend you are wrapping a sheet of paper. For now, just score the paper and open it back up.
Use those lines as a guide to draw a smaller rectangle in the center of the big rectangle. Cut the smaller rectangle out. If you are using a brown paper bag, this can be a bit tricky. Make sure you insert a piece of cardboard inside the bag so that you don’t cut all the way through.
Using the smaller rectangle as a guide, cut a rectangle out of cello wrap that is 1” to 1.5” larger than the smaller rectangle.
Tape the clear rectangle to the underside of the original 18”x12” rectangle or paper bag.
Make an envelope (refer to step #2), leave one of the sides open.
Put the lemons inside this little envelope you made. Close the 4th side.
Embellish your bag with ribbon, raffia ribbon and/or yarn and add a recipe card. Using your eyelet pliers punch a hole and add your favorite recipe. I added a lemon bar recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. Download it here. Voila! A Sweet and thoughtful surprise that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces!
Thank you Isabela! There are so many things that I want to package up like this now!