Easy Reindeer Gift Bags
Hi, friends! Today I have a simple project to share with you. I am the “Room Mom” for my daughter’s 3rd grade class. I like to come up with new ideas for each class party. I thought these sweet Rudolph bags would be a great way for them to wrap whatever gift they are making for their parents for Christmas (usually an ornament). It also ended up being a cute way to deliver neighbor gifts. I filled mine with Rudolph noses (a.k.a. rice puff balls). I’ll share the recipe for those at the end of this post.
Let’s get started on our bags.
- Brown lunch sacks
- Cotton balls
- Light and dark brown cardstock
- 1.5″ red pom poms
- Tape or a stapler
Cut out your ears and antlers using this pattern or make your own.
Take a lunch sack and draw a 1-inch line in the middle of the bag about four inches up from the bottom. This will be Rudolph’s mouth. Position your pom pom on the top of the line and draw two dots for eyes above it.
Glue the pom pom in place.
Take your ears and lightly fold them down the middle. Pull a bit of the cotton from your cotton ball and spread it out a bit, making it flat and whispy. Glue it onto the forward side of your ears in the middle for the center of your reindeer’s ears.
Open your lunch sack. Fold the top of your bag down twice. This will help us with positioning the ears. Glue your ears on the inside lip of the front of your bag. Have them stick out a bit. If you push them too far in the start to look like elf ears. (Make elf bags, too!)
Fill your bag with treat or gift of choice. Refold the top and use some tape of a stapler to close it. I used staples but came in from the sides so that you couldn’t see them from the front. You could also use cute Christmas-y sticker gift tags if you want to write “To:” and “From:” names on your bags.
Glue the antlers in place on the back of your bag. That’s it. Super quick and easy.
If you are doing these with a classroom, like I’ll be doing, all you’d need to do is print the pattern out on a dark brown card stock and have the kids cut them out and glue.
The recipe for the Rice Puff Balls comes from my Grandma Clark. She’s no longer with us, but every Valentine’s Day my mom makes them for us (she makes them pink). It’s a special tradition and reminds me of my sweet Grandma at the same time.
Rice Puff Balls
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 5 oz. puffed rice cereal
- Food coloring (I used AmeriColor 120 Super Red)
Cook all ingredients, except the puffed rice cereal, in a large pot on your range top until it comes to a soft ball stage. (Use a cup of cold water and drop some of the mixture into it. If it forms a soft squishy ball, it is ready.) Take off the heat and add the puffed rice. Stir until evenly coated. Form into balls and let cool. Wrap in stretch-tite to store.