Friday, December 16, 2011

MFAD Crafts~ Reindeer Food Project




Well, it's the time of year when it seems like when making your shopping list, there is another person to buy a gift for!  My daughter this year, has not only her preschool friends and teachers, her swim teacher, gymnastics teacher and her ballet teacher.  She also has a secret santa gift to get for one of her friends at ballet class.

So instead of buying a whole lot of gifts this year, we are making most of them.  For the kids that is.

I decided to do something fun for the kid's in her preschool class, why not Reindeer Food!  You ask why?  Well, I remember being a kid and Rudolph being on my mind, wondering if he will make it to my house with Santa that year.  So here is what I did!

I had some spice jars from a while ago that I never used, so I put them to work.  They were perfect because since they were spice jars, they came with the sprinkle top on them.  I filled each jar with oats and glitter about 3/4 full.

I then made tags, I had made prim tags by coating them with a coffee, cinnamon and pumpkin spice mixture baked in the oven to give the tags that old fashioned, grungy look; not to mention your house smells great when baking them :)  I cut pieces of scrapbook paper along with the paper of instructions and glued them to the tag.  I then used Sparkle Mod Podge and covered each tag to give it that authentic sparkle look.

On the tag read:

"On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this wonderful Reindeer Food on your lawn.  The shiny glitter will sparkle in the moonlight, and the smell of oats will guide Rudolph to your home!"

I then made the reindeer candy canes, brown pipe cleaners, red pom poms, googly eyes, ribbon and bells.  I had everything except the candy canes I bought.  I glued the eyes and nose in place with a glue gun then twisted the pipe cleaners around the head to make antlers.  Then tie a ribbon with a bell attached around the neck.

After the Mod Podge was dry on my tags I took ribbon and attached the tag to the jars.  I then took a rubber band and attached the Reindeer candy cane to the side of the jar.  That was it!

 

They turned out wonderful and my daughter had a blast helping me.  That was the true gratification!

*To use the reindeer food as a present topper, fill bead bags 3"X 4" with oats and glitter instead of jars and attach to your present with tag and reindeer candy cane.


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