easy paper plate basket for muffins + printable tags

Delivering plates of treats to every street on our house was one of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up, and I’ve continued it with my own kids. But as they get older our family gets busier AND our list of people to deliver gifts to gets longer…so the time has come to simplify. If you’re in the same boat you’ll love these muffin Christmas gift printables and easy packaging ideas.

Make four quick cuts in a paper plate and turn it into a super cute treat basket!

I came up with two versions of a neighbor/teacher gift for today’s post. The ‘easy version’ is to spend an hour or two baking a couple dozen muffins and divvy them up into sets of four for delivery (I’ll show you how to make a cute basket from a paper plate). The ‘easier version’ dispenses with baking altogether–all you have to do is dress up muffin mix packets with a doily and some baker’s twine. Both options are quick and inexpensive, and either one will be appreciated by the recipients. I’ve created a printable tag and circle label that say “You’re gettin’ muffins for Christmas!”

 The easy version (paper plate basket):

Once you’ve cut and folded the paper plate as shown above, just tuck the ends in to form a basket. Tape or tie the basket closed with some twine, ribbon, or washi tape. Tuck four muffins in and tie it up with a little more twine, adding the tag version of the printable:


The easier version (doily wrapped muffin mix):


Place a doily on top of the muffin mix and wrap it with twine, tying twine in a knot right in the center of the doily. Cover with circular label.

I printed my tags and labels on Avery labels using their design and print online software. I haven’t used Avery labels in years (not since my last full time job 12 years ago!) and I was amazed with the variety of labels they now offer. The 2 inch circular labels would be perfect for lots of gift giving–they make it super easy to jazz up the muffin mix and would look really cute on top of a mason jar full of cookie mix or jam. (They have a whole Pinterest board full of examples–check it out here!)

I was even more excited to see that Avery makes tags now–they’re awesome! You just print your design and then pop out each tag. They even come with cute little ties that snap together so you can attach the tags to just about anything. Cool, right?

If you want to make life simpler this Christmas, you can use these printables for your own gift giving. If you want to print on the Avery labels, click one of the files below. You’ll download a .jpg file that has one tag or label which you can then upload to Avery Design & Print Online tool.


If you’d like to print these out on cardstock and just trim around them yourself, download one of the files below. Each one is a PDF that will print 8 tags or 12 circles on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. NOTE: the tags are just rectangles, so you’ll need to trim the edges at a angle and punch your own hole for the “tag” look.

Click here for circle labels!

Click here for Houndstooth tags!

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    Kathy says

    I use labels on my homemade candy that I put in cello bags and give as gifts. I also have a sticker chart up right now for my grandchildren and we use the gold and silver labels as stickers, it looks really pretty.

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    Labeling all of the storage containers filled with my son’s toys and clothing. I’m hoping for a second child and want to keep everything organized so we can easily access the hand-me-downs.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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    Ashley C says

    I think labels would be cute for my SIL’s baby shower, especially the favors


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    D SCHMIDT says

    I use labels in a variety of ways around the home and tend to find them perfect for organizing my children’s craft supplies. I also use them to address gifts over the holiday season! I have never used a template though but I really think I should because they create fantastic designs.

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    Heidi jones says

    This is so cool! I would totally use those round labels for the doily muffin mix. In fact, I think I really will! I just scored 3000 paper doilies at work the other day! I TOLD my husband that I would find lots of cute things to do with them!

  6. 54

    Lisha says

    I use avery labels on all my wrapped gifts (no more buying gift tags) and am excited now to go see their tags and circle labels to use on neighbor treats!

  7. 58

    Susan Isaacson says

    I use large round labels on cardstock to identify stockings. Color coordinating them to their family. We have two new grandchildren so I certainly need more labels!

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    Sandy says


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    Justine rusk says

    Thank you for the cute paper plate carrier idea. This will make it much easier to transport the holiday goodies to Camp Pendleton Marines 🙂

  10. 73

    Melissa Bangle says

    What a cute gift for my co-workers! I use labels in every area of my classroom, from organizing our library books to labeling students’ supplies, they’re great.

  11. 78

    Wild Orchid says

    Labels are useful to me when I am organizing things in my home.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  12. 83

    Kiersten says

    I love Avery labels! I use them all the time. Being a school teacher, my favorite time to use Avery labels is at the beginning of the school year on all my students’ new notebooks and things! 🙂

  13. 92

    Jaime says

    I love to use labels for my Christmas gifts and for my students end of school year gifts. Last year they got water guns, pencils, & beach balls. The label said “I hope you have a BALL this summer!” They loved it!

  14. 94

    meghan says

    I am giving my coworkers homemade apple butter as part of their Christmas gifts, these labels would definitely spruce them up!

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    Donna a. says

    I’d like to use these labels for all my home baked goodies for family gifts and those we send to a local nursing home.

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    I love using labels on my homemade beauty supply and package them for gift-giving. Often I need to write “instructions” on them. These labels would be so handy! No more ugly hand-writings! hahaha….thanks for sharing Avery with me.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    karen medlin says

    One of my favorite ways is for the kids school, scout or birthday parties, I use the larger label to print a message or a face and wrap the label around the kids juice boxes. Make is so much more fun at the parties.

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    Labels are extremely useful to me when it comes to Christmas mailings or for postcards when my husband has a woodturning show!! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  19. 108

    Heather Nelson says

    I love to label the inside of my kids books so we are sure to get them back if we take to school to share or loan to a friend.
    Thanks for the great ideas on your blog!

  20. 109

    Jessica says

    I would use labels to get my house organized!! I also could use them in my work (graduate student –>lots of binders that need organizing!).

  21. 110

    Cathy says

    I usually give pumpkin or some kind of bread loaves for my neighbors. Especially this year as I had both knees replaced and they helped with my yard work, getting trash out, shoveling snow. I have some of the best neighbors and also making the the muffin holder will be fabulous. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  22. 112

    crystal says

    I love this idea and since we are short on money this Christmas i will definitely be using this idea for family. I’m going out tomorrow to get the Avery labels.

  23. 113

    Cathy says

    Really enjoyed the simple idea done so elegantly. I will be using this. Love to use lables all the time especially unusal ones for presents and Christmas most of all.

  24. 121

    NicoleC says

    i use labels for gifts, the pantry, files. anything i need organizing and labeling to find or show what is in it or addressing it to whom

  25. 125

    Erin T says

    I like to use labels on gifts, on meals that I take to people, on freezer meals/food, on storage boxes, on toy boxes…..to name a few! 🙂

  26. 129

    Heidi says

    I love using labels to create fun personalized gift tags. They also make it easier to get the Christmas cards done.

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    Lean Bean says

    I love labels for all sort of things – I even put them on the back of envelopes sometimes just for fun when I am sending surprises to my little nieces & nephews

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    Betty C says

    I keep labels handy all the time. I use them in my home office to identify file folders and organize paperwork. They are great for keeping my crafts and sewing supplies identified. And they are a necessity for identify generically wrapped packages in the freezer.

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    Robertino says

    I use labels when I’m to lazy to write. I’m mean seriously who want to write their name on 20-30 greeting cards. Just PEEL AND STICK ! Done !

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    Tracey Smith says

    My best friend lost three significant women in her life in the space of about six weeks – I used some teacups, filled them with soil, planted a little native plant in each cup and then used labels made to resemble teabag tags with each of the ladies’ names on them. We are big tea drinkers and so were they, so she will remember them each time she has a ‘cuppa’.

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        Maureen says

        They make wonderful “postcards to heaven”. We have a special tree in our backyard that my grandchildren can use to write a note on these printed cards and tie them to a tree branch. They can send “postcards” to their sister anytime they want to. This weekend we will be releasing little notes attached to balloons for her first birthday in heaven.

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    yusra says

    Your crafts are super amazingggg!!!!!!! autumn and yes i like touse labels on everything from my spice jars in the kitchen to my books,shoes and even clothes

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    Hey this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use
    WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  33. 160

    Anne says

    Haven’t used labels since I “retired” from the office. BUT, my new home organization plan includes labeling EVERYTHING that’s hiding in a box, basket or drawer!

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    Love this idea and the fabulous tags … thank you! I use labels every time I mail a card or letter … this practice is especially helpful at the Holidays. Thanks so much for the great inspiration AND the chance to win!

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    Marilyn Anderson says

    We use labels for everything from Christmas gifts to storage containers, to canning jars. Pretty much everything we do needs a label of some sort.


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