So I'm sure by now you've taken care of the family gifts (if not, it's go time people!) but have you thought about the neighbors yet? We're already into our second week of December (can you believe it?) and there isn't much time left.
I've been busy the last few working on my neighbors gifts...if you get started NOW you may have time to whip up a few of your own!
I found this idea last year a little too late but cataloged it as a definite tO dO...LOVED IT. I thought it was a great alternative to the standard old plate of cookies...and something you can use over and over, year after year.
the SnOWmAn Kit...
just add snow.
First step: whip up a few hats. I used this tutorial to make them. I was seriously scared of screwing these up...but they actually turned out pretty easy and quick to make up...so I made 20!
Next step: the scarfs. Rather than going to the fabric store and buying a yard of fleece for $7.00 a pop (the cheapest I ever found it), I headed to Old Navy and bought 2 fleece blankets for $4.50 each (Black Friday sale...but I went after the crazies had left). I cut them into 6 inch strips and voila...9 scarfs per blanket. And they already had the fringe cut! Can't get easier than that.
Next to fancy up the hats a bit I added ribbon and made a few of these felt flowers to attach.
Then I wrapped them up. I cut a circle of cardboard for the bottom of the hat and stuffed them with a little tissue paper...got them ready for delivery.
Boxed up all of the BiTs aNd piECes.
The BiTs include: A feLt CarrOt Nose stuffed and glued to a chopstick...I'm feeling pretty smart about this one! I had a million Pei Wei chopsticks just sitting in my drawer unused. They turned out to be just the right size and they're already pointed at the end. I originally was going to use dowels and sand the ends to a point...but the chopsticks are free if you like Chinese food!
*A side note...I did try to go get a few more at Panda, but they weren't as good quality. I didn't end up using them because I thought they might break easily when jamming them into the snow.
And for the other bits, 2 BiG GoOgiLy Eyes, 3 BiG buttOns, and 5 black rocks (for the mouth)...the decorative kind you find in the flower dept. I got mine at the $ store...they were nice and BiG, too!
I packaged them up individually. Then put them all in a box for safe keeping.
And last, a tag...
just in case somebody didn't get it.
Sometimes you have to spell these things out.
It feels good to have that one checked off my list...
Now if we can just get our snow back! What good is a Snowman Kit with no snow?!