DIY punch design gift bags

Yesterday I mentioned that I teamed up with All You magazine on a holiday savings article and that we were giving away FREE printable gift tags and recipe cards.

Today I’m sharing my craft for the article. I wanted to share an idea that would be adorable, easy and of course, inexpensive. I personally like to give little “happy” gifts to my sons’ teachers, our neighbors, and a number of others who make an impact in our lives throughout the year, but it can get pricey. So I bake! This year I’m going to make our favorite, no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies (so yummy when warm) and I’ve added a peppermint twist.

For the packaging we’ve designed recipe cards and holiday tags (both can be personalized right in the document before printing) and I got a bit crafty too! I embellished white lunch bags and inserted a gusseted cello to keep my goodies fresh and to keep the bag crisp. 

You’ll need white lunch bags (picked mine up at Target), gusseted cello bags (picked mine up at Target), a hole punch (this one is a Martha Stewart punch that I picked up for 40% off at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, it has three hole sizes to choose from!) and ribbon or twine (this twine is from the Martha Stewart collection too).

Here’s how:

  • Fold the bottom of your bag down on both sides so that you don’t punch through it
  • Punch a simple design (Christmas lights, snowflakes, ornaments, Christmas tree) on a self-healing mat if you have one (if not, grab a piece of wood or other hard surface you don’t mind scarring) ~ I recommend placing it near the bottom of the bag if your treats are short
  • Bag your treats and insert them into the lunch bag
  • Download our free tags and recipe cards
  • Personalize them with your name and your recipe, print, cut and give!

And here are a few other punch ideas: Tall ornament (like the one on our design) and

a Christmas tree. 

And the best part, this adorable Christmas packaging will cost you less than $.40 per gift! Check out this issue of All You magazine for more wonderful savings ideas this holiday season!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY jingle bell bracelet

I love jingle bells at Christmas! When I was in grade school I actually got in trouble for putting them on my shoestrings. Not that I was a fidgety child or anything! {wink} So when I saw these beautiful red jingle bells at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores I had to pick up a bag and make myself a bracelet.

Of course little ones ran off with it after I jingled them into giggles. They eventually gave it back and I plan on wearing it on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. (It’s a great way to make them think Santa’s on the roof! His reindeer always have bells on their reins, right!) 

I thought it also a great idea for kiddos to make as Christmas gifts for moms or moms to make as gifts for their little girls. Here’s how!

You’ll need a few supplies: jingle bells, thin elastic and ribbon.

Measure or estimate wrist size and then thread your bells. I alternated large, medium and small.

Next cut equal lengths of various coordinating ribbon and tie them on to fill in the spaces. It’s that easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY circus crayon favors

Today I’ve asked the talented Bird’s Party to share her super cute and fabulously DIY circus crayon favors with us. 

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Homemade crayons make fun and economical party favors for any age, and it’s a great use for all those broken crayons lying around the house! I made these for my kid’s Big Top Circus birthday party!
 
What you’ll need:
  • Wax crayons
  • Craft knife
  • Clean, empty and dry can
  • Chocolate molds (mine is a Wilton’s)
  • Cello bags
  • Favor bag topper

And here are the easy steps:

  1. If your crayons have paper labels, take them off with a craft knife. Simply score down the length of each crayons and the paper comes off easily (NOT a job for kids!)
  2. Break up the crayons into equal pieces so they melt evenly, and place them into the can. You can use similar shades of one color or mix crayon colors for a groovy effect!
  3. Place the can in the oven on how heat (about 100 degrees) until melted.
  4. Pour the melted wax carefully into the molds until level and let it set in the fridge. (NOTE: Molds cannot be reused for edible items!)
  5. Once cooled, remove the crayons carefully from the mold, place them into a cello bag and add a topper.

Cute, right?

Thanks you so much Kim for having me!
 
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You can visit Bird at Bird’s Party blog for more circus party ideas! And as always, I hope you’re inspired!
 
 

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DIY monster pedestal jars

I shared our new Trick or Treat Halloween party collection weeks ago (blog post, collection in the shoppe) and I mentioned that my monster pedestal candy jars were my favorite craft project. And this morning I’m going to tell you how I made them. It’s super easy!

You’ll need glass glue, sharp scissors (these are Martha Stewart brand), black vinyl (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby),

candle stick holders from the dollar store and you may even get lucky and find your glass jars there. I picked all of mine up at a nearby Dollar Tree with the exception of the Jack-o-Lantern bowl. It’s a bit larger and I picked it up at Target. And last but not least, you’ll need lots of candy! You may recognize my orange gumballs, green and white sixlets and mini marshmallows from my DIY monster cello bag treats in Monday’s post. They were left overs. {grin}

Just attach the candle stick holders, cut out the self-adhesive vinyl in simple shapes, stick them to your bowls/jars,

fill with candy, give them fun names like Frankenstein bolts, ghost mist and pumpkin seeds and serve!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY monster cello bag treats

We always like to give a little something special out on Halloween to the kiddos in the neighborhood that the boys play with. Last week I was browsing around and ran across some adorable ghost cello bags from The Gaines Gang. I immediately thought clever! And then the next thing I thought was how I could make my Trick or Treat collection monster pedestal candy dishes (tutorial coming this week) into cellos and give them out on Halloween.

The fabulous thing is, these aren’t only cute. They’re super simple. All you’ll need are pretzel cello bags from the craft store, I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, and a wide tip Sharpie! Crafting doesn’t get much easier than that.

Jack-o-lantern,

Frankenstein,

and ghost!

I just filled each with candies (orange gumballs for my jack-o-lantern, green and white sixlets for my Frankenstein and mini marshmallows for my ghost), tied them with pretty ribbons and done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! {UPDATE: I made Thanksgiving turkey cello bag treats!}

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DIY mummy costume

We had four little monster’s for this year’s Halloween photo shoot: a witch, a Frankenstein (or better yet, Frankette), a vampire and a mummy. This morning I’m going to share our adorable mummy and how he came together. 

You’ll need: white t-shirt, white pajama pants (if you can’t find them, Sew Jewell on Etsy will make them for you. Just convo her), strips of white fabric (cheap, thin fabric works best to give it a gauze look) cut 2″ in width and about 4′ in length, Tacky Glue.

Start at the waist and rap upwards.

Then finish at the feet. Tacking the strips all along with Tacky Glue. The stuff works wonders and washes out so you can do it again later. I picked up both the fabric and Tacky Glue at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! Come on and see our entire Halloween collection and DIY ideas!

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creepy crawly utensils

We shot our new Halloween and harvest collections several weeks ago and I’ve just been dying to share. I know what you’re thinking… what have I been waiting for?! Well lots of things, none of which I can tell you right now {raising eyebrows up and down with a sneaky grin}. But now it’s finally time to start sharing some fun and frightening ideas.

This is a simple DIY craft, but I just love it. You know those plastic spider rings that you can get at the dollar store in a bag of 50 for a $1? Just cut off the ring part with a pair of your kid’s scissors (not your good crafting scissors!) and hot glue the spider to plastic forks. This was the brilliant brainchild of my assistant Bridget.

By the way, those fun orange and white polka dot plates & napkins and black crepe placemats will all be available with the new collection in the shoppe by the end of the day.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And happy haunting!

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back to school calendars

The other thing I’ve been obsessing about (other than the lunch box) is the calendar! There is so much to keep track of when the little people go back to school.

For us, my boys are at two separate schools (with dropoff/pickup at different times) on different days, plus sports, plus homework reminders, plus special projects due, plus snack day… and on and on. And if you have small kids, you know that all school reminders, like XYZ project due date, are as much your responsibility as it is theirs! What happens if you don’t remind them to get it done?! Yep… it’s your fault.

So these are a few freebies that I found around the web:

  • Week-At-A-Glance from MommyTracked – I love that I can put the whole family on it
  • Goal Making 101 from Jana Laurene – not by person, but pretty and will keep us organized… if I can only get everyone to write smaller. {wink}

And then there are the DIY kind, which might work best for us because then I can make it how I want. Chalkboard is fun! But where would I put it? And would someone accidentally erase something important to draw a picture of their favorite toy? Hmmm…

 I want pretty and functional. Is that too much to ask?

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berrylicious baby shower

I was browsing the web a few weeks ago and stumbled across this beautiful baby shower hosted by Abby Welker of A Feathered Nest. I got in touch with her immediately to see if I could share this adorable strawberry-themed baby shower she created for her sister-in-law. From the super sweet invitations to the delectable dessert table, this fabulous party is just bursting with berries!

I absolutely love the little touches!  The tiered stand of lovely dipped strawberries and the cheery flower arrangement are sweet and simple, yet make such an impact.

But my personal favorite are the flower arrangements Abby used to welcome her guest along the walkway; using a simple tree branch, mason jars and raffia. The result is adorable! Plus, Abby shares a “how to” on her Pinterest-inspired idea!

You must pop on over to A Feathered Nest and see more of Abby’s berrylicious baby shower!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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