My niece turns one in December, and my sister is using me as a "consultant" for her party... what does that mean? I get to listen to all of her ideas and tell her if she should do it or suggest a better idea :) She is having a Winter One-derland party of sorts. For a favour, she thought of making snowman kits for the little party goers. I loved the idea and set about making one myself, that my daughter will give her teacher and her family for Christmas (her teacher is also one of our neighbours!).
We did some research to find the best way to do this, and see if anyone else had made them. We came across this idea from The Fickle Pickle. She made her own hats from felt, but after stitching Stella's Halloween costume, I am still not ready to use my sewing machine yet. Then, one day, while perusing the Dollar Store, I saw they had a great selection of top hats for New Years Eve. They had super cute plastic glittered ones, but since it has to endure the rugged Canadian cold, I went for the stiff fabric velvet ones.
The kit turned out super cute. All of my supplies came from the dollar store - the top hat, the scarf, and river rocks. (Oh, and the carrot came from my fridge.)
I created some cute tags in GIMP, and printed them, they stuck them on with double sided tape and stick pins. Then, I placed it all inside the hat with some cute snowflake tissue paper.
I wrapped it all up with a cute polka dot cellophane. A tip that my mom taught me for wrapping baskets: pull the wrap up on a diagonal (so opposite corners) and then fold the other two corners in. Cut off any extra corners that are sticking out further than the others.
I tied it with a cute ribbon and a double sided tag that I created. One side says "snowman kit - just add snow" and the other side has a cute snowman with a Merry Christmas greeting.
Again, a super quick and easy cute little gift for under $5 that you can easily whip up for a neighbour, teacher, or anyone else who you want to share a little extra Christmas treat with.