holiday crafts with the help of hefty

A big thank you to Hefty for sponsoring today’s post and providing a fun way for my kids and I to create treats for their friends!

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It’s the last weekend before Christmas, which means the malls are full, the wrapping supplies are out, and the menu planning has begun. Most of the gifts have been bought, and now, you just need a few small treats for your kids’ friends, unexpected company and as a favor for the kids at your Christmas celebrations next week. With the help of Hefty, I created these easy DIY treat bags, and I’m sharing the how-to here today!

Supplies Needed:
Hefty Quart Storage Bags
ribbon or twine
treat topper templates (there are THREE different designs!)

Step 1: Print out your template(s) of choice onto cardstock, and cut out. Fold along middle line labeled “fold here” (I told you this was easy!)

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Step 2: Using a hole punch, punch out the two holes directly over the holes printed on the template. Feed a piece of ribbon or twine through.

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Step 3: Fill your Hefty Quart Slider Bag with any treats you choose (I chose popcorn drizzled with dark chocolate, but any yummy treat will do)! Glue or staple treat topper over the top of the bag. Tie your ribbon into a bow.

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Easy, right? You can find other Hefty holiday tips and craft ideas on their site, such as this creative way to store ornaments, this tip for freezing cookie dough, Hefty homemade ornaments, and this adorable snowman project!

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how to make glitter ornaments {a tutorial}

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In the midst of the busy holidays, it’s always nice to take a crafty time-out . . . and if your craft time produces cute ornaments that can be used as gifts or even gift toppers, all the better! These glitter handmade ornaments also do really well at craft fairs and there are so many ways to customize these cuties. Let’s get started!

Materials:

Mod Podge Gloss
Glass Ornaments
Extra Fine Glitter
Foam Brush or Paint Brush

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Step 1: First, you’ll want to take your Mod Podge, pour a little bit onto a piece of parchment paper or foil, and create your design on your ornament. I did simple dots, as well as free-form lines. Just don’t let this step take too long–Mod Podge dries fast!

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Step 2: Gently sprinkle your glitter all over the painted parts of your ornament. Let dry.

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Step 3: Once dry, use a dry foam brush to gently remove the excess glitter. You may have to go back and touch up some spots (I know I did!)

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holiday lights gift wrap {a tutorial}

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This fall, Rachel of Lines Across launched Let’s Wrap Stuff, a website devoted to all things gift wrap related. To celebrate its launch, Rachel challenged me and a select group of talented bloggers to come up with a creative gift wrap idea using plain kraft paper. Who doesn’t love brown paper packages tied up with string? Check out my holiday lights tutorial, then take a peek at all 24 creative kraft paper gift wrap ideas at the end of the post!

I love getting my kids involved in wrapping our holiday gifts. It’s fun for them and adds a personalized touch to our gifts. I shared a tutorial two years ago for my holiday lights gift wrap, and I wanted to update it for this year!

The how-to is fairly simple. Wrap your gifts in plain white or kraft paper…

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…and take a Sharpie or other dark marker to draw a string of lights.

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Using washable finger paints (craft paint is fine, too, just be careful so it doesn’t stain!), have your kids make thumbprints along the light strand.

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Let dry, then take your marker and add any finishing touches to the wrap.

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Cute, huh? I really love how it turned out. LOTS of other kraft gift wrap ideas are below–take a look and check them all out!

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1. Pom Pom Ice Cream Cone Gift Wrap by Let’s Wrap Stuff

2. Embroidered Wrapping Paper by Lines Across

3. Holiday Lights Gift Wrap by Burlap and Blue

4. Printable DIY Watercolor Gift Tags by Dawn Nicole

5. Chalkboard Painted Wrapping Paper by The Winthrop Chronicles

6. Let it Snow Neighbor Gift Printable by Ginger Snap Crafts

7. Upcycled Cardboard Gift Tags 3 Ways by Eat. Sleep. Make.

8. Kraft Paper Gift Card Envelope Printables by Delia Creates

9. Make + Give Christmas Tree Gift Topper by Make and Tell

10. DIY Wrench Wrapping Paper by Maker Mama

11. DIY Stamped Trees Gift Wrap by Shaken Together Life

12. Brown Paper Packages by Delineate Your Dwelling

13. Yarn Tassel Gift Wrap 2 Ways by Hands Occupied

14. Holiday Writing with Washi Tape by Club Chica Circle

15. Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags by The Thinking Closet

16. Coffee Container Christmas Gift Tags by Simply Kelly Designs

17. Gift Wrapping Ideas by C.R.A.F.T.

18. Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by Making Home Base

19. Sewn Brown Paper Gift Card Gift Giving by Dream a Little Bigger

20. Chalkboard Gift Tag & Ornament by Tried and True

21. Easy Holly Ornament Gift Tag by Rae Gun Ramblings

22. Printable Hand-Lettered Christmas Tags by Persia Lou

23. Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas by Eighteen25

24. Washi Tape Christmas Tree Gift Card Box by That’s What Che Said

Super cute, right? Bonus points for saving money on your wrapping paper (kraft paper is so inexpensive!), and for putting a smile on the faces of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone else who receives one of these adorable creations.

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