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Origami Treat Packets

You may recognize this right away as that super-easy folded cup you learned as a kid! I knew there was a way you could fold a cup you could actually drink from but I wasn’t very interested until I found a clipping from an old Martha Stewart Magazine. It featured these packets made from glassine paper with parchment paper liners, filled with colorful melon balls and stacked in a row on a tray. Martha's Fruit Pouches(See the complete photo and article at ) I fell in love with the idea immediately and we used it for my daughter-in-law’s Bridesmaids’ Luncheon in July. They were a big hit!

While the glassine is very pretty we quickly discovered that it is very hard to find these days unless you want to order huge quantities directly from China. (If anyone knows a good source for small sheets of colored glassine in reasonable quantities, please submit a comment and share the info!).

Alternatives to Glassine

Of course you can use any paper to make these cups. For food applications, especially if the food is moist (like melon balls) or has some fat content (like cookies), it makes sense to use something which is water- or moisture-resistant. We ended up using Tyvek “paper”, which is not really paper at all but is used like paper. (You have probably rMelon ball packet used at Bridesmaids' Luncheoneceived Tyvek envelopes at some time through the mail – Tyvek is a synthetic, and a registered trademark of Dupont). I found some at a wholesale/retail paper store (Kelly Paper in Mountain View CA) and was happy to discover that you can use it in ink jet printers (NOT in laser jets!). To save money, I ordered some large sheets of the Tyvek and cut it to our desired size. I created a design that echoed the background design we had used on the wedding “Save the Date” magnets and printed it on to the Tyvek sheets. We then made the packets using squares of parchment paper for the liners.  

Other Uses

Since the wedding I have also found a couple other uses for these clever little cups. I am on a team that is fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association and participating in the Memory Walk on Treasure Island this week. We sponsored a coffee hour at our church a couple weeks ago, and to get attention and create some buzz we made custom packets to hold the cookies we made for the event. I did some experimenting and created a template for our design, using  Alzheimer’s Association logos as well as the “yellow shoe” logo that identifies our team. I printed on both sides of the paper we used so that one of the logos would appear on the triangle that gets folded over the top of the packet, and I’ve shown them below without the parchment paper liners (which we used) so you can see the graphics more clearly:

Packet_SneakerSide copy






Don’t Forget Halloween!

Finally, here’s an array of packets in varied sizes and designs, using papers that I had on hand in appropriate colors:



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