When richly spiced cardamom cookies are pressed with wood-grain and scallop texture mats, cut into the shapes of trees and reindeer, and packaged, they create a charming woodland fantasy in each box.
To keep them fresh, sandwich the cookies between layers of waxed kraft paper. Fine wood shavings protect them from breakage. Embellish the outside of the boxes with one or several of the decorating options below, or create your own adornments.
Resources: Boxes: Small and medium premium gift in White (No. 10038820), The Container Store, 800-786-7315. Waxed kraft paper (WP1830), 18-inch-by-1,500-feet roll, from ReStockIt.com, 800-680-0859. Paper: 31-by-43-inch Japanese metallic Midare Silver and 31 1/2-by-39 3/4-inch Japanese wood grain (No. 6721; No. 6603), New York Central Art Supply, 800-950-6111. Natural fine shredded wood excelsior (FWE14), Nashville Wraps, 800-547-9727. Ribbon: 36-mm-wide double-face satin in Red and Silver (Art.1100; colors #1 and #5), 100-mm-wide double-face satin in Red (Art.1100; color No. 1), and 75-mm-wide velvet in Red (Art.2600; color No. 1), Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900. Similar Bordeaux matte-finish bakers' twine in Red/White (BBT001), $7 for 60 feet, from Raffit Ribbons, 516-333-6778