handmaking little things

I am in charge of the goodie bags for my 6 year old’s holiday party. I was racking my brain for filler because I didn’t want to just buy some junky little toys that would probably never be played with (those tiny pinball things, plastic tops that do not spin ;) Last year I had included things like playdoh (you could make up a big batch and then send it in ziploc bags, or gumball machine plastic bubbles…homemade goop would be good too) But I wanted to do something different this year since his class has some of the same students.

The first thing I decided to make was these little gnomes. A bag of 5 blank wooden figures was $1.47 and I had everything else at home that I needed. I cut the clothing from felt and just made a quick stitch through each one on my sewing machine, then pulled the stitches to gather the neckline. Then I used my glue gun to attach the clothing to the gnome. The hats were just triangles cut out and glued onto the heads with my trusty glue gun. And all the faces were just drawn on with marker.

Next we made up little hot chocolate kits. My youngest son helped with these and really liked making them. We bought the plastic triangle tubes which are made for frosting. I think would put each tube into a tall glass we have and pull down the top of the plastic bag onto the rim of the glass. This made for easy filling. I then used a measuring cup to put in one serving of cocoa. B then would use a 1/4 measuring cup to add chips (we had chocolate, white chocolate, and mint) and then 1/4 cup of marshmallows. We did it assemble line style and were able to make 35 hot chocolate kits in less then an hour! You could easily change things up to make a vegan style kit too. Using a powdered chocolate and sugar mixture, then vegan chips or crushed candy cane on top. Include a little card with each kit explaining how to make the cocoa (like how much hot water or milk is needed) One of each of these is going into the goodie bags, and then a bunch went into stockings that we make each year for my older son’s friends.

Next up we made bell necklaces. I bought a big bag of over sized silver bells and just strung them onto ribbon we had. Easy, very inexpensive and again maybe something that would last a little longer.

I also want to make little kits so each kid can create their own Crystal Snowflake. We have a big thing of borax from other projects, so I would only need to print instructions, and add the pipe cleaners. We have plans to make some of these ourselves very soon! Then I’ll round out the goodie bags with a little bit of candy, some snowflake foam stickers, and a candy cane reindeer.

Oh and our very first ornament from the Crafty Crow’s Kid Ornament Swap arrived yesterday. it was very exciting!!

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17 Responses to handmaking little things

  1. katie says:

    I promote you to “room mother extraordinaire” :)miss you!

  2. Lisa says:

    OH MY GOSH! SO CUTE! I have a BAG of those little wooden heads I need to make something with them!

  3. Katherine says:

    How wonderful. I wish I was in the holiday class so I could get a goodie bag. The hot chocolate kits are a great present idea too.


  4. adorable little gnomes! i love these ideas. awesome. thanks for sharing!

  5. Sarah says:

    Whauwww! the best Christmas goodie bags ever!!! Any 6 year old would love to get one of these, I know I would. Sadly I don’t think I could pull this off with my sewing machine

  6. coryy says:

    THANK YOU!!!!! thank you! thank you!!! the goodie bags were the last thing on my list to figure out for tomorrow….for my 6 yr old’s party. The bell necklaces are perfect!

  7. venus perez says:

    Okay, you’re killing me with these cute gnomes and necklaces! TOO CUTE! We’re not allowed to have any kind of candy or homemade food in my daughter’s school and I think the gnomes and the necklaces are a fabulous alternative!
    Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Lovely ideas! Your son is lucky to have such a creative mom!

  9. Wendy says:

    Love your ideas. I’ve posted a link to your story here:
    Keep up the awesome work!

  10. holy smoke…

    your ideas are fabu! I need to save you to faves… wow…

    will be posting a bit about you in my website too… http://wisewomanforum.ning.com as you are indeed one of the many who are joining us.

    Tina B. Resourceress@large

  11. geek+nerd says:

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. So cute!

  12. sky says:

    can you tell me where you found the wooden figures

  13. porcupinemamma says:

    I saw your sweet little nomes on Instructables . I had no idea your site existed. Is this a “blog”? (I’m not familiar with a blog except what I saw on Julie and Julia the movie.) Can I be one of your fans? How can I do that? Sorry to be so computer illiterate (and spelling challenged)Your creations are wonderful!!

  14. kat says:

    you have the greatest ideas! so kind of you to share them with us ;)

  15. suee says:

    these were such great goodies! loved the ideas!

  16. So ADORABLE will you come be the room mom at my little girl’s school? I may need to whip up a few of these for our stockings this year! : )

  17. melinda says:

    i wish someone would make ME those!! great projects:) i really love the pretty wrapping of the coco!