Miss Possum has come home with bright red lips and a candy cane sticking out of her mouth almost every day this week. I decided, if anything else, those children need a change from candy canes, so I didn’t make my candy cane clingers this year.
I’ve loved the reindeer noses gift idea since I saw it here but I couldn’t find one that I really wanted to download, so I made my own.
I prefer to make our gifts more environmentally friendly, so we added the sweets to a little handmade paper bag instead of a plastic one (instructions below). Okay, so the effect isn’t quite as visual but it’s the surprise of opening the bag to peak inside that the children will love.
These tags have Reindeer facts on the back too! While the children are chomping away on reindeer noses, I hope they turn the tag around and learn a little bit about the reindeer, where they live, what they eat and some of their amazing adaptations.
Reindeer noses paper gift bag
Miss Possum’s new school has no tuckshop. True! Since moving from her other school, these paper lunch bags have been sitting in my kitchen drawer for well over four months. I’m glad I still had them because they were easily made into mini paper gift bags.
I only needed six brown paper bags to make the mini gift bags for the whole class.
First, I cut them into quarters.
For any side that wasn’t glued, I cut about .5 cm from the front piece of the mini paper gift bag so that one side was slightly longer than the other. Using non-toxic glue, I flipped the longer piece over and glued it to the front paper. Some of the quarters needed the bottom of the bags glued too.
Viola, beautiful mini brown paper bags.
Reindeer Noses Gift Tag Printout
Next, download these printouts:
You can either cut out the front and back circle printouts and then glue them on top of each other, which would make it really simple or you can make them into a firm cardboard tag (which is how I wanted mine to look). I recycled a few cereal boxes and pasted the front of the tags onto the cardboard. Using a glue stick works best.
Once the glue was dry, I cut the tags out. Then, I cut out the back tags and glued them on to the back of the cardboard circles. Easy!
I used a hole punch to put a hole in the tags and the paper bag and tied the tags on with brown string (which much to my delight resembles antlers). Miss Possum then filled each bag with 8 Maltesers (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen) and one red Jaffa (Rudolph).
I can’t wait for Miss Possum to give these out to her classmates on Tuesday. Before we give them out, we’re checking with the teacher to make sure there aren’t any children with allergies in the class. If there is a child that can’t have Reindeer Noses as a gift well, I still think our Candy Cane Clingers would be a hit for them!
What are you giving out to your child’s classmates this Christmas? I’d love some ideas for next year!