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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!
Materials list
Materials list:
Brown mailing paper or a brown paper bag
Cello wrap or clear vinyl
Ribbon, yarn or raffia ribbon
Craft knife
Eyelet pliers

Step 1:
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
Step 1.a
Step 1.b
Step 2:
Pretend you are wrapping a sheet of paper. For now, just score the paper and open it back up.
Step 2
Step 3:
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.
Step 3.a
Step 3.b
Step 4:
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.
Step 4
Step 5:
Tape the clear rectangle to the underside of the original 18”x12” rectangle or paper bag.
Step 5
Step 6:
Make an envelope (refer to step #2), leave one of the sides open.
Step 6.a
Step 6.b
Step 7:
Put the lemons inside this little envelope you made. Close the 4th side.
Step 7
Step 8:
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!
Step 8.b

Thank you Isabela! There are so many things that I want to package up like this now!


  1. I love this! I can't wait to try it with tomato's from my garden later this summer.

  2. Oh that is great! Very cute.. I hope my garden turns out wonderfully this summer as I want to share it with my neighbors..and this will make the sharing ever so much cuter!

  3. That's a clever idea. I'll be using it, for sure. :)

  4. so unique- and easy! thanks.

  5. This is a fantastic way to package a sweet gift!

  6. Love it Love it LOVE IT!



  7. What a fabulous idea!!

  8. Brilliant. So brilliant.


  9. Hi there! I love this idea...it's so darling...and I was hoping that you might add it to my Easter and Spring Linking Party to share with my readers. If you are interested, you can go here http://bakedbyjoanna.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-linking-party.html to enter. Thanks!


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