Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hot Chocolate Gift Pockets



 Not only are these little hot cocoa pockets a cute gift idea, but they're super easy to make using supplies that you probably already have around the house. We'll be tucking a candy cane into each pocket and my son will be giving them to his classmates for Christmas this year.

Supplies Needed:

Patterned or solid color paper
Standard size envelopes
Scissors
Ribbon or string
Oval paper punch
Round paper punch (optional)
Glue
Pen or marker
Decorative scissors
Hot Cocoa Packets

How to Assemble:

  • Seal the envelope and cut in half to make a pocket. Set this aside while you make your mugs :) 
  • For each mug you'll need pieces cut to the following measurements:  for mug body - 2" x 2 1/2", for handle - 1 3/4" x 1", for tag - 1 1/2" x 1/2", for marshmallows - 1/4" strip snipped into squares or circles from a standard paper punch, for "hot cocoa" looking drink - oval 
  • Glue your "hot cocoa" oval to the top of your mug.
  • Round the corners of your mug.
  • Glue your marshmallows on the "hot cocoa" oval.
  • Leaving a 1/4" border, cut the handle out of the appropriate piece of paper. Glue ends of handle to back of mug.
  • Snip the corners of your tag piece. Write, stamp on or decorate the tag. Poke a hole in the hanging end,  put your ribbon or string through, and tie it onto your mug handle. 


  • If you want to have a decorative edge on your pocket, do that with your decorative scissors or glue ribbon around the edge of your pocket.
  • Glue mug to envelope. You can put a dab of glue to hold the tag in place or just let it dangle.
  • Tuck your hot cocoa packet and a candy cane into the top of your pocket and call it done.


Easy, right? 
The mugs would also look great on the front a card or gift tag for your coffee buddy or as a thank you to your favorite barista at the local coffee shop.

This is a great project to involve the kids in. My son is excited to give our little treats to his classmates next week.

Do you give little gifts just to say happy holidays? Is there anyone that would enjoy receiving a little treat like this? Let me know what you think and who you'd share them with in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your holiday season  :)
Merry Christmas,
Terri

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Earrings


Cue the spooky Vincent Price voice......mwahahaha. Nah, how about the Monster Mash? Better yet......just cut to the super cute, really easy Halloween earrings?

Well alrighty then! Can't get much cuter or easier :)

Use your paper punches or draw freehand and let your imagination take over!

Spiders, ghosts and eyeballs. Oh, my!



What You'll Need :

  • Cereal box or other thin cardboard package
  • Cardstock in colors of your choice
  • Paper punches or drawn images
  • Clear drying adhesive (gel medium, school glue, mod podge, etc.)
  • Sharpie or other alcohol markers
  • Glitter, googly eyes, beads (optional, but why not)
  • Hole punch
  • Jump rings
  • Earring wires

How To:

  1. Choose a Halloween paper punch or draw an image.
  2. Establish your base shape and assemble 3 layers. 2 layers of cardstock with your thin cardboard in between.
  3. Embellish as desired. Be sure to color your edges with marker to give it a more finished look.
  4. Seal everything (it's easiest to use a paintbrush for this) with your clear glue, adhesive or glossy accents. 
  5. Punch a hole in the top of your earring, pop in your jump ring and ear wire, and you're done!
Plain and simple....kraft cardstock, ghost outlined in black, eyes and mouth drawn on.

Repurpose old beads and give the ghosts a little wiggly jiggle.

Witch's hats with some more repurposed jewelry to up the witchy grren a notch ;)

These are the ones I'm keeping! My googly eye stash has been growing so I put it to good use with this pair :)

Easy, right? Cute too, right? I told you :)

Now sport those adorable things like they're made of pure gold! Nobody has to know that you're a recycling, papercrafting diva in your spare time unless you want them to ;)

Here's a helpful video for making some eyeball earrings to get you started. Hectanooga1 has a lot of great ideas, so be sure to check out her youtube channel.

Do you dress up for Halloween and join in on the fun? What's your favorite crafted addition to your or your family's costumes?

HAPPY HAUNTING!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Terri

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