Coffee Filters & Old Book Pages

I tend to avoid doing projects that call for printing because my printer isn’t very nice to me. ;) However, I’ve been loving all the printing on old book pages projects that I’ve come across that I decided to just go for it. Nothing major. Just a small job that I figured that even my not so nice printer can handle.

It really doesn’t take much to print on book pages… just a cooperative printer!

Gift Packaging with recycled tin, coffee filters, and old book page

The plan was to make a simple snowflake gift tag out of a book page for a tin of treats I was gifting. I wanted this gift packaging to be quick and easy… and it was.

Painting Treat Tin

First, I took one of my many thrifted tins…

Sanded it.

Primed it (doesn’t have to be gesso).

Then painted it.

At the time I applied the gesso onto my tin, I also did apply it onto my book page. It’s not necessary to apply gesso, but I wanted the words on the book page to have a faded affect in the background and the image to stand out more.

Book Page Snowflake Gift TagOnce the book page was dry I taped it along the edges onto a 8.5 x 11 scrap paper. It may not be necessary to tape all four sides, but the first book page I ran through did get crinkled so on the second round I made sure the book page stayed put. Like I said, not so nice of a printer.

Also, before printing on the book page, I printed the image on the scrap paper and then positioned the book page over the image.

There was one oops though on my part. My image doesn’t run vertically with the book page. DOH! I initially had another plan for the image, so when I came to print I forgot to correct the direction. Too bad I can’t blame the printer for this one! ;)

After printing, I cut down my image into a square, folded in half twice, rounded the edge, and then cut along the folded edges {being careful to avoid my image} to create a snowflake.

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

I did the same thing with coffee filters to create snowflakes, but folded 3 times instead.

I glued all my snowflakes in a layer on top of my lid, applying glue just in the center to create some dimension.

Treat Tin Packaging with Coffee Filters & Old Book Pages

I lined my tin with coffee filters and filled it with the treats. And my gift was ready to go!

Really there wan’t much to putting this together, but sometimes the simplest of ideas can make a big statement.

Wondering about the treats in the tin? It’s Candy Cane Cookies & Cream Muddy Buddies. You can catch the recipe in this post HERE.



  1. December 4, 2013  9:19 am by ColleenB. Reply

    Your projects look wonderful. I agree; sometimes the simplest of projects do make a big statement. My kind of projects; quick and easy.
    Won't you come and be my neighbor :}

    • December 5, 2013  12:13 am by Maysem Reply

      Thanks Colleen! Oh I certainly would love to be your neighbor!! :D

  2. December 4, 2013  9:20 am by amy of while wearing heels Reply

    You remain, and probably always will be, the queen of all things packaged. This is so lovely. I adore that Tiffany Blue tin you made over, too. And, those tasty treats inside, YUM.

    • December 5, 2013  12:15 am by Maysem Reply

      Thanks Amy!! That's so overly generous of you to say, but since you've offered the crown I guess I'll take it. :P

    • December 8, 2013  10:14 pm by Maysem Reply

      Thanks Shirley! I've been trying to put my coffee filter stash to good use.. still plenty more to go through. :D

  3. December 11, 2013  9:17 am by Karen Reply

    My printer never treats me well either. I would never dare try this except now that I know your cantankerous printer does it gives me hope. I love just about anything done with old book pages. Whenever I get back to crafting again I SO want to try this out. (The smell of gesso takes me back to my days as an art student... Happy times!)

    • December 12, 2013  10:16 am by Maysem Reply

      Good to know that I'm not the only one with a troublemaker of a printer! LOL. I hope when you do get back to crafting you'll be sharing your creations with us!

  4. December 13, 2013  7:16 pm by carolynshomework Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a great weekend.


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