We all need them, don't we??? Well I know you think those "holiday gift giving times" are far off in the future...I mean, come on, Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, RIGHT?? Right, however, taking the time to start prepping cute little QUICK & EASY handmade gifts NOW will save you so much frustration later!! I thought I would share with one of my "go to, quick & easy" gift ideas. :
As you can see the ingredients are simple and relatively inexpensive. Two packages of cocoa, a baggie filled with chocolate chips, and four starlight mints (or two candy canes but I didn't have any on hand yet - I refuse to buy them until November - atleast!!!!).
So to begin you slip all of your kit ingredients into your clear bag. See how cute my mints look all lined up?? ***TIP: Use a bit of adhesive or a glue dot and STICK THEM TO THE COCOA PACKET!!!! :) Keeps 'em looking all cute and in a line!!!
Once you have placed all your kit ingredients into your bag you seal it up and make a paper topper. To do that simply cut a piece of cute paper 3" x the width plus 1/4" of your clear bag. So my bag was 6 1/4" wide, I cut my paper 3" x 6 1/2". Fold it in half and staple it over the top of the clear bag. Next the fun part - EMBELLISHING!!!
As you can see, I have used two different types of ribbon here. I first wrapped a length of Ivory Grosgrain around the bottom edge of the paper topper and glued it in place. I then layered on a cute red printed ribbon from October's Monthly Ribbon Club Pack and then glued it in place. And then I tied my bow using the Ivory Grosgrain again with the help of the hand dandy Bow Easy Tool.
And you know me and my fetish for embellishments....it was cute with the dual ribbons and the bow but oh why not throw a totally cute Snowman Button from Buttons Galore & More onto the center of the bow for that perfect finishing touch? :) I hope you like this little guy, cause you may be seeing a few more projects with him or his friends over the next few weeks! :)