Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 355 - Gifts Kids Can Make - S'More Gift Boxes & Snow Globes...

The girls LOVE to make gifts and they LOVE to give gifts :o) I think we will try to make small gifts throughout 2011 so they can experience giving all year, not just at Christmas because they enjoy it so much. I hope they always do!

Today we made a few S'mores Gift boxes to give as gifts to some special people.


I found the idea on Today's Fabulous Finds...click HERE. She has a great tutorial so check it out. I LOVE it!

Of course, we took pictures of our process too because you know, that's what we do :o) Haha! At least that is what the girls think and I am not gonna let them know any difference :o)

For this project you need...
Large marshmallows, miniature Hershey candy bars, wooden skewers, small, clear bags, twine, circle cutter, clear plastic wrap, glue, poster board, card stock, crinkle packaging (not pictured), graham crackers (not pictured) and gift boxes.

{I found the gift boxes at Wal-Mart in their Christmas section. They are 7x8x3.5. Only $3 for a package of 5.}

Step one, cut a large circle from the top of the box lid.
Next, glue around the circle.

Then place clear plastic wrap over the circle...

This creates a cute peep hole on the top of the box...
{I am making a few more of these tomorrow and I think I am gonna use clear cellophane instead of plastic wrap because I it will be easier to work with.}

Next, cut a piece of poster board about the same length as your box and fold into thirds. Also, cut a piece of poster board the same size as one of the folds.

Place those two pieces in your box...
{I have no idea why she was so excited about this step...haha!}

Now it is time to pack your box full of S'more goodies!!! Place one package of graham crackers in the box and surround it with crinkle strips...

Place your marshmallows in a small clear bag...
...and tie.
{I think I was getting some fake smiles during this project...what do you think?}

Place the Hershey bars on the box stand you made earlier...

Add some wooden skewers, bag of marshmallows and cute S'mores instruction tag {download here...thanks Fabulous Finds!}...

And you're done! Quick, easy gift :o)

We made and delivered a few this afternoon along with the gingerbread necklaces Hillary Ashton made for her friends.

She wasn't happy Mommy forgot to take a picture of her a AC in their matching necklaces, but she did remind me to get a picture of her and EM :o)

We are hoping to deliver some more tomorrow :o)

Tonight we made our first (of many, I'm sure) batch of reindeer snacks...YUMMY!!! I saw the great idea of using a large paper sack to shake up the ingredients on my friend Laura's blog...thanks Laura...SO much easier and MUCH less messy!



Yesterday, during nap time, Hillary Ashton made snow globes for her sisters.


For this craft, you need empty baby food jars (larger would be better, but this is what we had), small toy, glitter, paint and glue gun.

To get the sticker residue off, we used dish detergent and a scrubbing pad...

Next we painted the lids...

It took several coats of paint to cover the lid and we were in a hurry to finish before the little girls got up so we sped up the drying process a bit :o)

We weren't fast enough! Little sister came down during the drying process :o) Btw, we added a bit of glitter to our last coat of paint for a little sparkle :o)

Fill up your jars almost to the top with tap water...

And then add GLITTER!! Whoo hoo! I HEART glitter!
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

Pretty :o)

Next, hot glue your toy to the lid...

She thought she was so cool when she blew the tip of her gun :o) Haha!

Screw your lid on...there will probably be water spillage so be prepared :o)

Hot glued around the lid of the jar to prevent linkage.

Next...shake it baby!


Here are a few other "Gifts Kids Can Make."

Bottle Cap Necklaces

Gingerbread Girl Necklaces

Wooden Photo Ornaments

Only 4 more days!!!!!


Janet said...

Your girls did such a good job putting together the s'more kits, they are such good helpers! Thanks for sharing the link. The snow globes look like a lot of fun too, my kids would love to make them. :)

The Garners said...

Seriously, Amy, you're the BEST! How do you have the energy for all this great stuff! L-O-V-E the S'mores idea!!!!!!

Ron Cooper said...

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Abby and Mia's creative journey! said...

I love all your craft ideas! We will defiantly be stealing some of these. Abby is always wanting to do crafts so it's nice to have more ideas.

Jenn at Sweet T Makes Three said...

It looks like they were having a blast! Great ideas.
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RedTedArt said...

Adorable adorable! Love the s'mores goodie bags too. Yummy!

Snowglobes are SO on our to do list, just looking for some nice plastic figurines!

Thank you for linking up with your adorable kids again!


Abramyan Avenue said...

I love this idea!! Snowglobes have always been one of my favorite things.. and you could pretty much glue anything to the lid. I'm thinking maybe some pretty, dangle-ly earrings I've lost one of. And the glitter...oh the more the better! Thanks so much for sharing!

Mormishmom said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I need to make these with my kids.

Thanks for linking up to to TOO Cute Tuesday.


Life with the Lebedas said...

Oh my gosh, I love love love this idea!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing it!

Koco & Viking said...

Thank you for this tutorial and the thoughtful picture story! TOO CUTE!!!

We are following you from the Thirsty Thursday Hop and would for you to follow us if you're diggin' what we're doin'!