The school year is ending and it is time for the kids to share cards and treats to wish each other a merry Christmas. Being a fan of Pinterest, working at KidStyleFile and having only one child who is just about to finish her first year of school this year created the perfect craft storm…. Presenting my effort of sweet filled santa baubles – ta da!
My inspiration was drawn from this post from Punky Princess. It is a very simple yet effective idea using fillable baubles that you can find at most craft stores around this time of year (get organised early enough and Ebay is a great option too). The baubles I used were 80 mm, I would say go smaller if you can as these took a lot of sweets to fill. I have since seen baubles that you can actually open which would be useful for stuffing with larger sweeties as I was limited to lollies that fit through the hole at the top.
For Santa’s belt I used grosgrain ribbon from a $2 shop and buckle slides that are used in scrap-booking that I found at a craft store. This was attached with every crafty girl’s best friend – the hot glue gun. Assembling and stuffing the baubles took a good couple of hours and then I added some more frou frou in the form of a tag and bell. In the end the baubles were quite heavy and needed a dab of glue on the underside of the cap to prevent the top from pulling free when held by the string.
While Kindergarten Lime have this year benefited from my over ambitious plans, after having completed class gifts for all 19 of Miss I’s classmates I anticipate next year’s effort to be … well… much less of an effort! Don’t get me wrong this project was fun and the kids loved their gifts but really it is probably best left for two or three very best friends. Having said that I confess to having already pinned a few ideas for next Christmas.
Don’t fancy going overboard on the sweets? Take a look at Pinterest for some other great filling ideas. Long live Pinterest!