Easy To Create Stocking Stuffers And Gifts
Snowman Soup Gifts And Stocking Stuffers
Every Story Has A Beginning
Frustration was oozing out of my pours.
Everyone was making crafts for the boutique. I have fond memories of making crafts or at least thought I did before this adventure started.
It's summer and the thoughts of Christmas are a long way off. Well maybe not.
The manic crush of creative activity was contagious. The first work day they said, "Bring your sewing machine. We will have projects if you don't have one of your own". I didn't have a project. They said the would have some.
I loaded my sewing machine into my bike trailer and went to the preparation for the annual Christmas boutique. The first project was putting a quilt top together. The last time I made a quilt was during a class, when my 26 year old was about 9 months old. I finished quilting it watching him play soccer, when he was five.
The quilt I put together during this work day came out beautifully, but I no thanks to me, I had to miss a day, my friend backed it and did the machine quilting. She sews like a race car driver. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
She machine quilted 3 quilts the day before the boutique. I am nowhere near her league.
Surely there has to be something I can make to contribute to this boutique.
Table Favors Or Stocking Stuffers Your Choice
These days, the only place my fingers work well is the key board. I should have quit after the first work day, but work days have been fun luncheon affairs. Who can pass up lunch?
There were other projects that didn't excite me, as a matter of fact they frustrated me- The delicious lunches have helped with the frustration, but still I really wanted a craft that was nice and I could make.
More frustration! During this time the cabinet doors were being re-finished to add to my frustration . I kept trying to shut the doors that were not there. Without the doors the disarray of the cabinets drove me crazy. The cookbook section was a crazy mess. Sifting through the cookbooks, trying to make them look pleasant, I found the solution to my crafting dilemma. This recipe for Snowman Soup.fell out of a pile. Here was something I could do, my frustration abated and the fun began.
Cleaning my cabinets really paid off.
Step One Shopping For Non Food Items
The first step for mass producing these delightful gifts is a shopping trip for gathering the components. All items can be acquired from Walmart.
Here is your shopping list:
- Loot bag, decorated holiday plastic bag or brown bag.to decorate. This time of year fancy bags for wrapping homemade goodies are everywhere. I found my bags at the Dollar store. (The bag is used whether you are making the gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.)
- Ribbon or raffia
- Card stock for printing recipe.
- Additional craft supplies or stickers for decorating recipe tag
- Box snack size zip lock bags or sandwich bags
Step Two Shopping For Food Items
- Cup for gift. If you are making this for a gift you need a cup. The Dollar Store, Ross, the grocery store even had nice red cups that would work. Michael's and Hobby Lobby carry Christmas cups as well as second hand stores especially upscale resale stores.
- Package of instant Hot Coca mix (Plain)
- Package Hersey's Hugs (Plain)
- Package Hersey's Kisses (Plain)
- Package of Candy canes
- Package of tiny marshmallows
Step Three Creating Gift Tags
Type recipe then print recipe on card stock. Use computer software to decorate the card and be done with the card or print plain recipe and decorate with stickers, or crayons. Doing this craft with children is great fun. Let them do the decorating help them place stickers or drawer pictures with crayons. For this I used a snow flake hole punch for the hole.
Experiment With Tags
Recipe Gift Tag
Fill cup with hot water
Add hot cocoa mix
Add a hug and a kiss
Stir with the candy cane
Top with snowballs. (Mini marshmellows)
Step Four Prepare The Assembly Line
Place all the items on a counter or table. Organize them in the order you want to use them.(There is no right or wrong way). Assemble the snowman soup packages. Tie a ribbon around the bag when all the ingredients are in the bag. Tie ribbon around the neck of the bag and attache the tag and you are done.
Mugs For The Gift
Mugs don't have to be expensive. You can buy reasonably priced mugs at Walmart, the Dollar Store, Ross or upscale retail stores. Once you have your baggie filled with Hot coca mix, hugs, kisses candy cane and marshmallows stuff the whole thing into the mug. Top it off with pretty ribbon. There you have it, a nice gift requiring little work or cost.
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Cup With Soup Mix
Snowmen Work All Winter
As long as it is snowing and cold outside Snowman soup makes a wonderful party favor or inexpensive gift all winter. Let your imagination take you away.
The second payoff. While the cabinet doors were off our small group got moved to our house. Then unexpected, out of town, company stayed for dinner. The clean cabinets made me feel comfortable even though the doors were missing. Finding the recipe for Snowman soup gave me a craft that everyone was was fun, including me. Once you have the ingredients and print the recipe on card stock making these cheery packages is simple and takes little time to put together. Don't forget to make yourself some of the recipe and relax.
Merry Christmas to all.
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