Snowman Gift bags

With Christmas and a baby due at the same time, I’m trying to be as pre-prepared as possible.  I’ve purchased all my gifts, and wrapped about half of them.  I’m a big fan of the gift bag.  I like to wrap, but if I can put something in a bag with some tissue…why not?  But when I went to the store, I had a specific snowman gift bag in my mind(to match the little teacher gifts I’d already bought).  Oh, I could find a plethora of snowman gift bags…but nothing was just right.  Too big, too little, too lime green, too this, too that…and pink and blue for Christmas?  I guess they were maybe reaching out to those who celebrate a non-Santa-and-reindeer-yet-still-nothing-to-do-with-Jesus holiday, or (more likely) people who are just more stylish than myself.  (Oh…and what’s the deal with penguins?  When did they come onto the Christmas scene? But I digress…)

So I decided that it’d be fun to let the kids make gift bags for their teachers(and once I saw how cute and easy it was, we made a whole pack of 10!)  This is what the finished project looks like:


If you’d like to make some, here are the directions. 

Step One 
For starters you’ll need to gather your supplies:


-White gift bags(can be purchased in packs of 10 in most craft stores) 
-Some type of black fabric for the hat, 1 per bag(I had plain cotton fabric in my “scraps” box, but you could easily use felt)
-Black circles for the eyes, 2 per bag(I used “Foamies“, since my kids love them and they already have a sticky back, but you could also use felt or just paper)
-Orange “Foamies” paper(or regular paper or felt) cut into the shape of carrot noses, 1 per bag
-Buttons, 2 per bag(I used actual red buttons for most of them, but Em wanted some pink ones so we cut those out of “Foamies” paper, too)
-Strips of fleece in three different lengths, 1 of each length per bag
-Black paint or black pen
-Glue (and/or “glue dots” for putting on the buttons, if you’d prefer)

Step Two 
Cut out the hat shapes from black felt or fabric.  The size will depend on the size of your bag, so that part is up to you!


Step Three
Cut out the strips of fleece.  The shortest will need to be the same width as the small part of the hat.  The longest strips will need to be about 10-12 inches long.  The medium strips can be made by cutting the long strips in half(5-6 inches long).


Step Four 
Let the gluing begin! Glue on the hat.  Glue on the smallest felt/fleece strip.  Add eyes and a nose.


Step Five 
Mark the bag with little lines(one on each side, as seen below in the yellow circles), and cut the bag on those lines.


Step Six
Thread the longest piece of fleece through the holes in the bag, and then tie the medium piece on to the longest piece to make a cute knot in the scarf.


Step Seven
Add the buttons(with glue or craft dots if you’re using real buttons, or with foamie paper made to look like buttons).  Draw in the smile.  I used black puff paint dots to make it “pop” a little, but you could easily use a sharpie.


Add a little tissue paper, fluff it up, and you’ve got something you(and your kids) can enjoy and share with others!

No Responses to Snowman Gift bags
  1. Kimberly
    November 22, 2008 | 10:58 pm

    LOVE the gift bags, and I totally agree with the confusion over the prevalence of lime green and pink as Christmas colors, and of penguins as a Christmas theme. I mean, I still buy green penguin bags, but I’m not really sure where that concept came from. you know how hot penguins can be though. . . .

  2. Peapodsquadmom
    November 23, 2008 | 8:44 am

    Girl…you rock the craft world! I must admit, though, that I am a big fan of the lime green/pink xmas combo. I’m just a dork like that, though. And penguins? Umm…cute as punch but not Christmasy, in my opinion.

  3. Becky
    April 10, 2009 | 11:10 am

    Before I knew that you were in fact MARTHA, I assumed this most cutest most adorablest gift bag was purchased. But OHMYGOSH you made it?!?! I still have it & decided at Christmas to keep it in the immediate family circle of gift-giving so as to have it returned to me as soon as the gift was removed from the most precious bag. (I am SO not kidding…ask my sister Mendie how long she got to keep the bag…all of 3.25 seconds…I swear) You make me sick with your creativity and I am not going to be speaking to you for a little while.