Hello there!
  • From hosting a shrimp boil, celebrating holidays, making homemade scratch art paper, sewing gifts and throwing parties to cooking delicious food, you will find it all here at Skip To My Lou. The site is full of free patterns, downloads and I hope plenty of inspiration. Please hang out with me awhile and check it out!
read more >

Upcycled containers with printable labels {teacher appreciation}

Posted by  ·  April 26, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 26, 2016

Hi Skip to My Lou readers! I am Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Décor. I love reusing materials many people throw away to make fun and unique gifts and décor.

Today I am going to show you a way to upcycle those Crystal Lite containers you’ve been hoarding with a sweet printable for your child’s teacher.


Inside the Crystal Lite containers are Whoopie Cookies…aka Mini Whoopie Pies. So take your Crystal Lite containers and remove the label with an Exacto knife.

IMG_2474 IMG_2476

Print out the Whoopie Cookie printable in the color of your choice. I have pink, yellow, light purple and blue. Each of the printables is customizable so you can type in the name you want and then print it out. Print out the Whoopie Cookie Circle printable as well.

After you print it out trim it to fit and wrap it around the container securing it with double sided adhesive.

The circles are meant to be cut out with a 2” circle punch. If you don’t have one scissors will work just fine. Secure that to the lid with double sided adhesive.


Whoopie Cookie Recipe

1/2 cup Crisco

1 cup sugar

2 egg yolks (save whites for filling)

5 tablespoons cocoa

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup milk

Cream Crisco and sugar together. Add other ingredients. Use a piping bag to squeeze out the batter into about 2” circles.


Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.


1 cup Crisco

4 cups confectioners sugar

4 egg whites

pinch of salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat all ingredients until creamy about 2-3 minutes.

Spoon a dollop of frosting on cooled cookies. Add another cookie to the top.


Refrigerate the cookies. Once the frosting hardens a bit then gently place them into the container. Keep these cookies in the refrigerator until you are ready to give them to your teachers.

IMG_2488 IMG_2491

Thanks for having me Cindy. If you love craft projects, tutorials, DIY projects and knock offs galore come check me out! ICbutton

Leave a Comment


  1. Jackie
    Sunday, April 15th, 2012
    you are one of my favorite blogs. I can't wait until I open my e-mail I go directly to your. My grandchildren will love these for their teacher.
  2. Saturday, May 7th, 2011
    i'm making these today for my anniversary!
  3. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    do you know how much I wish I had some of those drink mix canisters!? I don't drink that stuff though! What a bummer!!
  4. Thursday, April 28th, 2011
    I love Whoopie Pies! This is a wonderful idea, and am excited about the very chic printables! Thank you Cindy and Becky!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17
  5. Thursday, April 28th, 2011
    This is great! Of course you could fill it with another sweet treat as well-teh Whoopie! works as just an exclamation.
  6. Thursday, April 28th, 2011
    what a cute idea! off looking for some containers;-)
  7. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    I love this! I think this is my favorite TA gift I've seen in Blogland this week! Thanks so much for sharing Beckie! And Cindy, thanks so much for sharing so many TA ideas!
  8. Tania
    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    Love, love this teacher appreciation gift. I knew I was saving those containers for a reason. Thanks so much for sharing.
  9. launa
    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    I use these containers for a lot of different things. For example, birthdays. I wrap them with "happy birthday" paper from the craft store (you can also use wrapping paper),fill them with candy, treats, etc. and put a bow on top with a name tag and voila. You can fill them with flowers on Mothers Day, etc. Fast and easy within minutes you have a "cheap" gift, but looks good.
  10. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    I totally didn't even catch you snooping through my cabinets to discover my Crystal Light stash -- you're good. ;) I squealed with delight at this little idea -- whoopie pies are my favorite and, as I mentioned, I have a decent sized collection of those containers that I knew would be good for something someday. My kids are homeschooled, so I'll probably find a different purpose than "teacher appreciation" (my bathroom scale will thank me), but I just love, love, love the idea. Thanks for sharing! :)
  11. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    These are adorable!
    I would have SMILED so BIG if a parent had brought these to me when I was teaching Kindergarten!
    WHOOPIE for you!
    I would LOVE to have you as a PARENT of one of my Kindergarteners! xo
  12. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    Beautiful and delicious! I don't know of a better combination. ;) Great idea, Beckie!!!
  13. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    That is too adorable!!
  14. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    These are great! I have some pretty designer paper that would look so pretty!
  15. JDaniel4's Mom
    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    Teachers will love getting this yummy gift.
  16. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    Thank you so much Aimee that made my day!
  17. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    What a fantastic and gorgeous idea!
  18. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    How cute! Love this idea...and the cookies!
  19. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    This is probably one of my favorites because it looks SO easy to do.