Gift Boxes from Toilet Paper Rolls

In the past few months, I have begun making jewelry. I really enjoy it and have decided to give my friends some for Christmas. I found a photo on Pinterest that showed someone making gift boxes out of toilet paper rolls so I thought I would try my hand at it. The nice part is, you can make them from anything: wrapping paper, tissue, newsprint, etc. and decorate with anything you have on hand and it’s super-simple! Here’s how:

Remove any stray paper from the toilet paper roll so that it is smooth.

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Cut the wrapping paper/tissue so that there is about half an inch to spare on both sides of the roll.

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Tape the paper to the roll and roll it up, ensuring that it stays smooth.

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Apply tape to the end.

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Flatten the roll SLIGHTLY and pinch the cardboard at the ends so that it looks like an open mouth. Push in the excess paper and attach to both sides with tape

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Push each side of the roll in with your fingers (making lips for the mouth:) If this doesn’t work at first, you may not have pinched the corners enough. Do this to both ends of the roll.

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Add ribbons or decorations. Be creative 😀

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Ta-daaaa! Cute little gift boxes for any occasion!

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I imagine you could do this with paper towel rolls or customize a size by making your own roll with cardboard and tape. Hmmm…sounds like a challenge to me 😀

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Homemade Turtles

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Found these today on Facebook…OMG, I am so going to make some of these…maybe for Christmas!?!? AHHH! My waistline is cringing (hopefully, that counts as exercise 🙂 )

homemade turtles

Easy Pecan Caramel Turtles

4 oz. pecan halves
24 unwrapped Kraft Caramels
1 tsp. shortening
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Cover cookies sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side exposed. Lightly grease foil with vegetable oil spray. Place 3 pecan halves in a Y shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel candy in the center of each Y. Bake just until caramel is melted, about 9 to 10 minutes.
Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat just until chocolate is melted. Spread over candies and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Magnificent Mac & Cheese

I made this last night for the family…everyone, including the dogs, absolutely loved it. In fact, the last of it mysteriously disappeared from the fridge over night 😀

Makes about 8 servings.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter (or margarine)
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c. flour
1 1/2  c. milk
1/4 c. cream cheese
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1 c. shredded cheddar (divided)

4 c. elbow macaroni

Optional:
1/4 c. finely diced or dehydrated onion, red or green peppers, green peas, corn niblets, etc.
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cook the elbow macaroni in a large pot of boiling water until tender.
  3. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large fry pan then add the flour gradually, until the flour absorbs all the oil.
  4. Add the milk slowly, blending the flour/oil mixture in to thicken (this is my white sauce recipe:) Add more milk throughout the next steps if the sauce thickens too much.
  5. Add the cream cheese, stirring until it’s blended into the sauce. Once it’s blended, do the same with 3/4 c. of the shredded cheese, the parmesan, the veggies, and the salt and pepper.
  6. Once the macaroni is cooked, strain and pour it into a large sprayed/oiled casserole dish.
  7. Pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir until nicely blended.
  8. Top with remaining 1/4 c. shredded cheese and bake until melted (about 15 mins).
  9. Allow to sit for about 5 mins to allow the casserole to set, then serve. YUMMY!