Because of all the great friends made while living in Kansas City and the wonderful family we have living there also, we head down every December to visit and let all of the kiddos get together and romp around (with our group of friends there are 9 kids 4 & under…It gets a little loud and crazy).
We started out doing Christmas gifts back in the day (ha…probaby 4 yrs. ago) and quickly realized that we all did not need more and more toys to clutter up our houses. So, last year it clicked…instead of bringing gifts, I was going to find ideas that would bring fun and a little more sanity for the moms of the group instead of another toy to have to find a place for and have to pick up every day. So, in a search for all things creative, I came across these three things for this year.
-The Snowman Kit
The idea originated from this book and I took it and ran with it.
-a hat (found at our local Family Dollar store)
-a “carrot” nose (a wooden dowel from our hardware store, cut to size with a hand saw, spray painted orange)
-a scarf (fleece I had on hand that I cut and “fringed” the ends)
-3 buttons for the snowman’s belly (found at Wal-Mart or your local craft store)
-sunglasses &/or bolts that I drew eyes on the head, the ends to be pushed into the snow (not pictured) *one suggestion online was using bottle caps painted black for eyes…I didn’t have any
-a mouth. I just realized that my kits are missing a mouth or pipe, or whatever you’d like in that spot. I’m going to have to think on that. Sorry to those missing a mouth.:)
Draw a little something cute on your container to label it (I used puff paint) and voila!, instant fun for snow days.
Our second gift is…
Thanks to my dear friend Sonia, who gave this gift to me years ago. I kept the cute saying (yes, I really am a packrat) and came across it this year when cleaning out some things. One instance where being a packrat proved useful!;)
I found cute little jars with locking lids at Family Dollar (it was the place to go this time around).
Inside we included:
-white hot chocolate mix packet
-15-20 mini marshmallows in a snack size zip baggie
-2 junior mints (snowman eyes)
-a candy cane for the stir stick
After packaging it all, we tied curling ribbon around the jar and tied this cute little saying to the outside. Perfect to warm up a belly after creating a jolly snowman.
And last, but not least, is…
My sister-in-law, Megan, e-mailed me this recipe with the idea in mind of turning it into a jar gift. Great idea!
*photo by Pamela
We put the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar, & Kool-Aid packets) into a gallon sized zip top baggie, sealed it, then placed it inside a cuter holiday decorated gift bag tied with a tag that tells the recipient what wet ingredients to add along with recipe instructions.
1. Add 2 cups boiling water & 3 T. oil to dry ingredients
2. Knead until smooth (careful– it’s hot!) Extra flour may need added for desired consistency.
3. Grab your cutters and rollers and have FUN!
One big hit of this recipe was the great smell due to the Kool-Aid.
*Sorry about not having pictures for the last two…I was creating in the wee hours of the morning so they were ready to go and just plain skipped that part. Hopefully the fun ideas outweigh the need for visuals (coming from a person who is HIGHLY visual)!;)
Here’s to lots of fun, relaxing creating over the winter months. Hope y’all enjoy!