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Friday, September 16, 2016

Festive Friday

From now until Christmas I am going to have a little fun with this blog each Friday and post easy to do handmade or reformatted gifts either from the kitchen or elsewhere.  Some will be easier and some might require a little more time, but nothing will be difficult or have a ton of cost to them.  Today we are starting with what I consider more of a Christmas party favor, but if you have co-workers or your kids have school mates they want to remember with a little something, this is a perfect little something.  These also make great stocking stuffers and take just a little but of time.  On a 1-10 scale I would rate these a 2 (only because cutting is involved)

Purchase a bag of Hershey's Nuggets and try not to eat any. Ok go ahead and have 1 but no more! Well maybe 2 because you are going to use 5 for each treat and a regular size bag has 32.  Those extra have to go somewhere so it might as well be in your mouth.

Supplies: (enough for at least 10 bags)

  • 6 sheets of Christmas scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.  Make sure they coordinate somewhat.
  • 1 sheet coordinating card stock (plain or print, your choice)
  • Pretzel bags (You can find these wherever candy melts are found. Michael's* and Hobby Lobby both carry them.)
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • stickers (Optional)
  • 1 1/2 bag Hershey's Nuggets                            

Cut a 1 14/16 x 5 1/2 in strip from your card stock.  Cut one for each bag you plan to make. This will be the backbone of the gift bag.
Cut a  1 1/16 x 3 1/8 inch strip from 5 different papers (or the same, it's a personal choice) for each bag you will be making (You will need 5 wrappers per bag)
Cut a 2 1/8 x 3 inch rectangle from your sixth paper. Cut one for each bag you plan to make. This will be the top/closer of the bag.
Cut 2 inches off the top of each pretzel bag you will be using.

Wrap  the wrapper strip around each nugget as shown below.




 I use a glue stick because it is not messy and doesn't spread. An alternative would be to use glue tape, but this is an expense I had rather not incur, when a basic glue stick works just as well. I generally make a crease when I fold the first side around the front of the nugget, then I bring the other side over to meet in the middle back of the wrapper and just glue the paper to itself. You really don't want to glue the paper to the actual Hershey's wrapper. 
























       


(back  of nugget)                                                                                    (front of nugget)

                                         Once they are wrapped it is time to begin bagging,
I find it easiest to place the nuggets directly on the card stock back leaving about a quarter inch at the bottom of the card stock with no nuggets pieces touching it.  Start putting the bottom in the bag then incline it slightly and pull the bag around it , keeping the nuggets right side up and in a relatively straight line.



                                Fold the open end of the plastic bag over once and staple


Fold the last piece of paper in half and slide it over the folded plastic top so half of the design will face the front and half will face the back.  Staple in the middle and add a decorative sticker if you would like. I like to hide the staple so I use them.

                   
           And then you have something very simple that looks quite a bit fancier for Christmas giving!


Hope you enjoyed this and I will be back next Friday with more of the same. Maybe. If I really get
around to it. Possibly. We'll see.

35 comments:

  1. Oh my these are so cute! I pinned them. I can't make them for a long while, or they will end up in my tummy!

    Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of a Christmas post every Friday. I've already been writing Christmas posts. I love fall and Christmas!

    God bless you my friend,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. I just hope I can think of enough things to do. I kinda like to stretch myself and sometimes it works and sometimes I just snap. I will try though!

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  2. Hershey nuggets? Not sold here. For which I am grateful. I taste test too often and too thoroughly.

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    1. Yep, the bag I started with today is half gone and I only made 2 bags of these.

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  3. Super cute! And, like the commenter above, I need to wait to make these, or I will eat them all. Adorable!

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    1. " what do you mean by needing to wait?" she asked, and smiled a chocolate smile.

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  4. Super cute! And great idea for Friday posts. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  5. Such a cute idea! These would be cute to leave out for the mailman and FedEx drivers.

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    1. Thank you, Brandi. They are also cute wrapped in fall papers as trick or treat favors.

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  6. Yeah, sometimes the bags does not even make it into the drive way. I start eating them in the store. But darling idea.

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    1. Thanks! And I so understand about those evil candy bags. I usually make it to the parking lot but rarely get the car started before opening them.

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  7. Love this! I like the idea of using fall papers and giving them away at Thanksgiving. :)

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    1. They also make great favors for a baby reveal party or in place of cigars after the birth of a baby

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  8. Hey! I might be able to master these. No sewing.

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    1. Anything I post will be something I can make and if I can do it anyone can.

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  9. These are cute. Looking forward to seeing your other ideas.

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    1. Thanks, fingers crossed I can think of something.

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  10. Those are so cute! I was baffled until I saw the pictures. These could be made for Valentine's Day, too. I could leave the candy alone if it was processed with alkali. Okay, I just would not eat as many. I never heard of pretzel bags.

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    1. Thanks Linda . I have seen the bags at craft sales before with chocolate coated pretzels in them

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    2. Anne,
      I bought the candy and the pretzel bags at WM. Only, I called them bagel bags! It is a wonder I actually found then. The woman looked very puzzled. Then, I measured with my hands the size. "You mean pretzel bags?" Yeah, sure, you know bagels and pretzels are so similar!

      I came home and opened the candy. Thirty minutes later, I took one out. Ten minutes later, I ate it. Thirty seconds later, it is killing my stomach--chocolate processed with alkali!

      As I was searching for the candy, I wondered it Hershey's Miniatures would fit. Yes, they will.

      I think I have all the paper supplies here at home.

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    3. I am going to use Christmas cards for the pieces that the candy sits on and for the top piece. Well, that is the plan to save money if I don't have card stock.

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    1. Thanks, plus it is easy which my non-crafty hands require.

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  12. You are adorable and so are your gifts!!!!!

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    1. I currently smell of swamp water and am trying to give away tadpoles!

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  13. Such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing! I have scrapbook paper and card stock! Just need the bags and chocolates.

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    1. I found the bags at Michael's but I think anywhere that sells those melting chocolates would have them

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  14. Great idea, I love this week's little project!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania! I guess I need to get my rear in gear for this week. The well is dry and I need some inspiration!

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  15. This is so awesome. What great party favors or just little surprise gifts. I like it. And really, you could use valentines paper for V Day, or birthday paper, etc. How cool is that?? Thanks!

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    1. Anytime! I don't know what is going on with Blogger. Postings seem very erratic!

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    2. I have already covered some Nuggets in Thanksgivingish papers. I am not going to bag them but I will have them out in bowls in random places throughut the house. The entire clan will be here during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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