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December 14, 2011

Gettin' Crafty for Christmas - III

The girls and I have had lots of fun over these past few weeks doing holiday-themed crafts.

One of our projects this week was disguising some gift bags as snowmen.

We bought a pack of medium-size brown bags at the craft store (12 for $3.59 with a coupon).

I cut out a hat from cardstock. We used some scraps of cardstock and construction paper to embellish the hat and make the mouth. We used buttons for eyes, orange felt for a nose, and a bright red rhinestone for the holly berry.

My girls now know the word "rhinestone"...should I be worried???

At not quite three years old, I'm not quite comfortable at turning the girls loose with a bottle of glue. I ran the smaller pieces (like the holly leaves and mouth) through my Xyron to make "stickers" for the girls to apply. I drew lines on the bag to guide their placement.

For the rhinestone, buttons, and felt, I put dots of glue on the bags, and they put the embellishments in place.

We put these together over three sessions, I think, to allow the glue to dry for the various sections. The girls really enjoyed it (and it wasn't too messy for this mama!).

While I'm personally much more of a gift-wrap-kinda-gal...

...I like wrapping gifts with nice crisp corners and pretty ribbons and tags...and then ripping the paper off (not the gifts I wrapped, just to be clear)... addition to our handmade gift tags, I thought this would be another fun way to get the girls involved in the gift-giving process.


Wiley said...

Ok, I may be buying one of these Xyrons now. Any advice on refills or whatever to order with it?

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I bought mine at wal.mart for about $8. They sell refills there for $5. I use this quite a bit for crafting with the girls, and the tape seems to last a long time. It's super easy (and not messy!). :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love love LOVE this idea!

Such a good idea - practical and fun for the kids and quality time :)

Anonymous said...

this post is awesome! the bags are great and super cute....and i'm going to file this away for next year for my kiddos.


the best part is the info on the sticker maker :) i had NO IDEA something like that existed!!

championm2000 said...

I love these bags! And, doesn't every girl need a little rhinestone in her life?? haha

I've seen the Xyron machine at W-M and had wondered if it worked. With all the craft ideas I've been getting off PI, I NEED one! Notice I said NEED, not want :-)

reanbean said...

Those bags are so cute!

And I'm impressed with that little gadget you have to turn things into sticker. I may just need to have one of those for myself...

Barbara Manatee said...

very cute! Love that you're getting braver and more adventurous with the girls. I had my 3 beading "candy canes" the other night. Adam did his all on his own. I was REALLY impressed with his first candy cane - a perfect red/silver pattern. His second started off good but about half way went more like the last it was half red, half silver...but HE made it and he loved it. (I'm all about my students and my kids making it theirs, not 'perfect') :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is so cute! What a wonderful way to present a gift!