Christmas Gift–North Pole Produce

I have one more really simple Christmas gift idea that I hope you like.  This gift is a bit healthier than some of the other gift ideas I have shared on here…*ahem!  That is a good thing…if you worry about all the sugar that is around during the Holiday Season and the sugar melt downs that can sometimes accompany them.

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I thought it would be fun to give someone some fruit from the exotic “North Pole Greenhouses”.  Oh…you didn’t know there were Greenhouses on the North Pole?  Well, there are…and most Christmas Oranges, poinsettas, holly, mistletoe and Reindeer Feed are grown right there.  Pretty awesome right?!

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Why not give someone the gift of some tasty and healthy North Pole produce.  Each piece of produce grown in the greenhouses comes with an authentic North Pole Greenhouse sticker certifying their “authenticity” (I use this term lightly because…well…you know) and is placed lovingly by one of the elf gardeners.  Simply wrap up the produce in a nice wooden crate like the one we made in this tutorial for the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Gift Set.

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If you don’t want to go to the extra trouble of making a cute little wooden crate (and seeing that Christmas is only 3 days away) you could put some fruit in a simple basket or even a bag and attach the gift tag to it.

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You can also add these North Pole Greenhouses produce stickers to any fruit that may end up in the Christmas Stockings.  I always love the fun little touches and surprises that just add to the Christmas magic.

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The printables I have, can be printed on sticker paper…or simply printed out on your printer on white paper.  I punched them out with a 3/4 inch paper punch, the same that I used on these Reindeer Nuggets, and then glue them onto the outside of the fruit.

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A little dab of Elmer’s White Glue should do the trick.  Just be sure to remove the sticker and wash the produce really well before eating…which you would hopefully do anyways.

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This is perfect for neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, friends and family.  If you are going to a Christmas Dinner…this would also be a fun hostess gift.

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If you would like to download the North Pole Produce Stickers and/or the Gift Tag, click on the link below.

{North Pole Produce Gift Printables}

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I grew up with getting an apple and an orange in our Christmas stockings and have continued the tradition with my own family.  This year they will be from the North Pole Greenhouses.

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What about you?  Does Santa leave you produce in your stocking on Christmas morning?

Christmas Candy Gift

You know my LOVE for these cute bottles (Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles)…so you must have know I would have to come up with another Christmas gift using them.  I wanted to make something that would be fun to give to the kids friends that were cute and pretty inexpensive.

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I came up with a Santa’s Sweets and a Reindeer Nuggets version based loosely off of these Easter Bunny Gift Jars and the Monster Munchies that I shared earlier this year.  I kind of enjoy the challenge of creating something new for each holiday.

I added a mixture of red Sixlets and red Gumballs in the Santa’s Sweets jar to represent Santa’s red nose.  (I figure after riding in the sleigh on a wintry Christmas night his nose has got to be red).  Then I included a little gift tag that reads:

“He “NOSE” if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

You can also substitute the red noses to go in Rudolf’s jar to go along with Rudolph’s red nose.  Whatever one you prefer will work with this I think, don’t you?

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For the Reindeer Nuggets, I took some gold foil Rolo’s and added these festive Rolo Christmas stickers I made, based on my Valentine Kiss Stickers and Father’s Day Kiss Stickers that were also shared earlier this year.

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To make them, you simply print the free download on white paper or white cardstock.  Then take a 3/4 inch punch (found in scrapbook section of craft stores) and punch out the individual circles.  Then simply glue them onto the bottom of the Rolos (or the candy kisses) with a glue stick.  My kids always LOVE to help me with this job and I am happy to let them help!

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Now that you have finished with the candy part…you can make Santa and Rudolph’s heads!  I have provided you with a free downloadable pattern that you can use to make your own out of colored scrapbook paper.

Christmas-candyJust look at these pictures to see how I put the faces together and what color of scrapbook paper to use for each pattern piece.  You can choose to make Santa a different ethnicity too…just pick a different color of scrapbook paper.  You will also need to cut a strip of paper that measures about an inch or so in width and is long enough to wrap around the bottle and be glued together.  This is what you will glue the heads onto.

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If you would like to download Christmas Candy Gift Printables you can click on the link below.

{Christmas Candy Bottle Gifts}

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Creative Christmas Gift Wrap

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

For the Lowes Creator challenge for the month of December we had a few different guidelines challenges to choose from.  I chose to come up with some creative gift wrapping.

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This is another one of those projects that I used a paint drop cloth for.  You can find them at Lowes in the paint aisle.  I have used a drop cloth for several other past Idea Room projects:

Thanksgiving Table Linens

Monogrammed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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I made the bag by cutting out 2 pieces of the canvas drop cloth that measured 8 x 13 inches.  You can really make this any size you wish depending on what you want to use the gift bag for.  This particular gift bag I am using as some Christmas Decorations in my Christmas Vintage Crate.

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Then I simply sewed the two pieces of canvas together starting at the top of one side and down around the bottom and then up the other side with a 1/4 inch seam.  Be sure to backstitch and reinforce each of the top and bottom sides and on the corners of your gift bag.

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Then I turned the bag right side out.  I sewed a hem on the top of the bag folding over the material once and then once again and sewed it with a 1/4 inch seam.  This gives you a nice clean finish to your bag.

Take some painters tape (I used Scotch’s 3M Blue Painters Tape) and tape off some lines for where you want to have your “grain sack lines”.  Stencil your red paint onto the canvas bag.  You can slide a piece of cardboard into the sack to prevent the paint from bleeding through the bag.

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Then I cut out the word JOY in some vinyl to stencil the word onto the bags.  You can use a simple stamp dipped into a little paint if you are unable to cut out the vinyl…or you can make a stencil the old fashioned way using some cardstock, your printer and an exacto knife.

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I also wrapped up some gift boxes using the canvas drop cloth the same way you would wrap a regular present.  Then I simply secured the ends with some safety pins and a few straight pins on the ends of the present and a small straight pin on the back of the present.

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Then wrap up your creative Christmas gift bags and give them away or use them in your Holiday Décor.   Don’t they make a fun and pretty gift to give to friends and family?  Cheaper than your Holiday Gift Wrap!

These Christmas Gift Bags of mine were picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online December 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Simple Word Gifts

I am always on the lookout for great Homemade Christmas Gifts.  I love to give handmade gifts to my friends and family, but don’t want them to be something that they will not actually use.  So I really try to give them something that I would use and display in my own home.  This year I decided to make some really easy but cute believe words to enhance their Christmas decor.

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I made some easy gifts to give to some neighbors, etc. I just bought some pre-made cutouts of the word believe and covered them with some cute Christmas scrapbook papers. I of traced the words onto scrapbook paper and cut it out with my Exacto knife then used Mod Podge on both side of the paper and let them dry. Just the same as I did the BOO and JOY letters from previous posts. I will send them out with a simple card attached. I am still searching for a great phrase that includes the word “believe” in it relating to Christmas. Do you guys have any ideas for me??

I think they make a simple addition to your Christmas decor.