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)...
...in addition to our handmade gift tags, I thought this would be another fun way to get the girls involved in the gift-giving process.