Hello! I thought today would be a good day to share some super quick, mass production type of crafts. I actually did most of this for a craft fair, but any of them would make an awesome gift that your kids can have a hand in! Enjoy!
Super cute. Super easy.
Using your favorite brand of hot cocoa, measure a few servings worth into a small 1/2 pint jelly jar. In two other jars put mini-marshmallows and mints (alternately you could put Hershey’s kisses for double chocolate cocoa). Use hot glue to adhere the stack of jars (with lids and bands in place).
When you attach scrap fabric for the hat (by hot glue-ing around), be sure the band is on the jar how you want it. They always stop at the same point, so if you do them separate then try to put them on afterwards you may end up with a seam in the front. Live and learn!
Scrap fabric, ribbon, twine whatever for a scarf, a gift tag giving mixing instructions (mine was 4 Tbsp. Cocoa per 8 oz. of water), and paint on a face then you’re done!
Full Hot Cocoa Snowman tutorial here!
Painted Milk Bottles:
You can check out my full tutorial on grungy painted milk bottles here. I did use some acrylic sealer to finish these off for the show! They still aren’t submersible, but they are at least wipe-able once sealed!
By the way, I know for a fact that most ladies would love a wooden box like they are in as a gift, too. My mom happily inherited that one, and it prompted a request from my aunt the first time she saw it! My first was made for a friend, you can check out that tutorial from when I posted her housewarming gift.
This was super cheap but took a little time. Balancing Home shared this idea, but a smidge different. I used a piece of burlap I already had so that decided the size of my bags. Don’t quote me, but I’m thinking my bags, before stitching were 5″ x 10″ strips. Before I sewed them i painted the tic-tac-toe board with some acrylic paint (be sure to put something under as the paint will go through the holes). Then fold it in half and zigzag stitch the sides. Fold the top down and zigzag stitch a hem in the top. Use a needle to weave some twine around to pull it closed.
I bought a couple of bags of rocks from the Dollar Tree and used five dark and five light-colored rocks in each bag. We actually played during the craft show with people passing…it was a lot of fun!
The glass magnets were super fun to make and well received! I still have a pile of the snowman magnets (in the bowl of the dipper are actually pins) that are headed to my son’s class party Friday as prizes for the Roll A Snowman game (update: I forgot to put them out, so they went back home…then I used them for something else awesome! Keep reading!).
Pinterest is full of great tutorials, but the short of it is buy clear glass gems (like at the dollar tree) and use one to trace onto cool little pictures in old magazines. As you go trim the pics further to fit the specific piece of glass you’re working on, then glue it to the flat side using Modge-Podge (or any clear drying glue). When that’s dry seal the back of paper with Modge-Podge as well. Then use E-6000 glue to glue a round magnet to the back. Don’t be tempted to use the rolled up magnet strips…not going to work here. I got a pack of 50 magnets for $5.00 at Wal-Mart.
The snowman magnets were wooden discs spray painted antique white and the features drawn on. Either a magnet or a pin were glued to the back. Not near as popular as the Lego Star Wars magnets they were up against! (Some looked downright evil and scared me.)
Glitter Flower Pens:
This little lady was the bell of the craft fair ball! Once I sold one and the little girl walked away with it, they started going and I ran out pretty soon after.
To make the pen I bought a pack of different colored pens and some white roses (a bunch with six flowers/$3.00) from Wal-Mart. I used some Elmer’s spray adhesive to lightly spray each flower, then dust some glitter over it. I paired the same color glittered flower with the same color pen. I paired each pen with a notebook from the Dollar Tree, although not all of the pens were the same color as the notebooks. (The leaves are just packaging embellishment). Also, if you plan ahead the Dollar Tree usually has a nice assortment…just not this day! I have a full flower pen tutorial here!
Always a favorite. Find out how to make cinnamon ornaments here.
A classroom mommy suggested this as the activity for our party Friday, and it’s what we’re going to do. Amomsyear.com put out a great tutorial that we’re basically following.
The gist is to shred the soap, then use about a cup of the shreds to a few tablespoons water to pack it back together, hiding a surprise in the middle.
Update: Visit the fifth grade winter party here!
I ended up sending some for a relatives’ grandaughters and thought I would also send some of the leftover snowman pins…Oh my goodness!
That couldn’t have been cuter if I’d planned it!
Just stuck that pin right through the bag. Happy accident! You could just as easily make some faces using card stock. It took it from a kid gift to something super cute for someone even more mature. just make sure those grown up gifts are bound and wrapped well inside so they don’t get wet!
Snowman Wrapped Candy:
My son needed something for each student in his class, so we went with simple five stick Wrigley’s gum wrapped in a square of white paper. My daughter helped me draw snowman features on, some curling ribbon for a scarf and we were done. It took about fifteen minutes for the two of us to make 25…that’s what I call quick! You could do this for any size candy or gum. There are a lot of great printables out there for candy bars!
So, that’s going to be all for now. Hope you found something to lift a bit of the stress right now. Also, stay tuned for our class party re-cap, the twins fifth birthday celebration, and I’m sure there’s something else I forgot to post!
Let me know if you are/have tried any of these! ‘Til next time!