christmas CANdy {from somewhat simple}

by @according2kelly on September 26, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 30 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the girl i wish lived next door, stephanie, of somewhat simple. stephanie writes…

Hi guys! I’m Stephanie, from Somewhat Simple and I am excited to be back here on Kelly’s fun site.

One of my readers recently left me a comment mentioning a fun activity her family does each year.

I liked this idea so much, I decided it would become a new tradition for my family, and I can’t wait!

Each year take a walk (or drive) around your neighborhood and vote for the house with the best

Christmas decorations- choose a top 3 or 5 or 10 or just your absolute favorite.

Then, leave treats on their doorstep telling them how much you appreciate their decorations!

Simply fun and thoughtful- I love it! This year my family will be dropping off these:

Making them is as easy as 1-2-3:

Purchase a can at your grocery store with a pop-top. Open the BOTTOM of the can with a can opener & empty the contents. Wash the can really good and dry it completely.

Fill the can with treats then seal it up by adding some hot glue to the rim.

Embellish the heck out of it! Cover it with cute paper, add some ribbon, buttons etc. Include a short note of appreciation and a tag telling them to open it.

And that’s it!

I hope you all have been just a bit more inspired to have a handmade holiday! Stop by and visit me anytime on Somewhat Simple– I have even more gift ideas, including:

A Canvas for Dad, Hanging Cupcakes, Exercise Block, 12 Daytz of Christmas, For the Baby Boy

Have a great holiday!

for more great ideas be sure to visit stephanie at her blog somewhat simple, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, stumbleupon & pinterest.

 

about stephanie: Stephanie loves ice cream, autumn, Sunday naps, traveling, game nights and shopping. She is a bit obsessive compulsive and she loves all things organized. She loves reality TV, a new tube of toothpaste, a new jar of peanut butter, the scent of a new car and soft back scratches- not back rubs, back scratches.

 

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

11 comments
Caroline K
Caroline K

I know that I missed the boat for this Christmas, but I am thinking I can modify this for a Valentine's Teacher treat. What a wonderfully original and cute idea!! Thank you for sharing

Lisa
Lisa

This is a GREAT idea!!! I have already thought of what I am going to do...cover cans with pretty poinsettia scrapbook paper. Each year at our church, ladies sign up to host tables for decorating and providing lovely desserts at our annual Advent by Candlelight. I have already decided that I will decorate my table with a poinsettia theme. The cans filled with Christmas chocolates and peppermints will make lovely favors. I am so glad I learned of your post...and of course, have now included your blog in my Favorites! I am a big-time crafter, and am always eager to come across new projects.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

thanks for all the fun compliments! i'm thinking some v-day cans would be fun!

Becka @ Just a Bunch of Momsense
Becka @ Just a Bunch of Momsense

I saw this on Pinterest a while back and saved it to my Christmas board. I'm going to do this with my kids this week for a house in our neighborhood. We don't know the family, but seeing their lovely lights and decorations whenever I drive by always makes me smile. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea! Merry Christmas! :)

Alison
Alison

Wow, really amazing ideas. Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

LeAnna
LeAnna

Oh my goodness!! This is such a cute idea! I've pinned it to pinterest and am so excited to use this idea for more than just Christmas! Little birthday gifts tucked away, scavenger hunt clues in smaller cans, on my... the list can go on and on. THANKS!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

isn't stephanie's idea awesome! I love your idea of the canned scavenger hunt! so fun!

Lisa
Lisa

Oooooo, I really like your idea of using the cans for more than just Christmas! What a cute thought to tuck gifts into them. LOVE IT!!! Even cash would be fun!

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