Tutorial-Grinch Pills and Snowman Poop (Christmas Wrap-up #1)

Grinch Pills and Snowman Poop-Free Tutorial and Printable from Everything Pudding

Wow, Christmas has come and gone super quickly. This year I made lots of handmade gifts. Now that Christmas is past I can share all about my projects without worrying about leaking classified information. I’ve got five or so posts to publish for all the different things I’ve made which you’ll be seeing in the coming week. As part of that I’ve also got some new tutorials for you, so keep watch. For now we’ll start with one of the really easy gifts I made this year, complete with a tutorial and printable.

I first came across the Grinch Pills and Snowman Poop while browsing Pinterest. I pinned them for later thinking I might use them. When it came time to shop and make gifts I pulled the ideas out for two of my family members.

These two are very easy gifts to make. Though this was not my original idea I ended up making my own labels because I couldn’t find what I needed. I also ended up using M&Ms instead of tic-tacs because I knew the gift recipients would like M&Ms better. So here’s a very simple tutorial (so simple I’m not sure I should even call it a tutorial, but I’ll do it anyway) and a printable I made just for you!

What You’ll Need:

 To Make It:

  1. Divide out the M&Ms by color into the Ziploc bags. You won’t be using the red ones so set those aside for another purpose or eat them. I used one bag’s share of green M&Ms for one bag of Grinch Pills and did the same for the Snowman Poop. You could also choose to put less in each bag so you need less M&Ms. Know, though, that depending on the bag, you might not get a lot of M&Ms of one color. The bag I used had twice as much red as it did white.
  2. Cut out your tags along the lines. Using double stick tape attach your tags to the cardstock. I had scraps of cardstock so I used different sizes for the snowman poop tag and the grinch pills tag. Make sure you have enough cardstock to fold over the bag and staple. The red cardstock below turned out to be a good size (approximately 4.5″ x 3.5″).
    Grinch Pills and Snowman Poop-Free Tutorial and Printable from Everything Pudding
  3. Fold the cardstock at the top so that the tag looks like it’s matted with similar margins on top and bottom. Fold the top of the snack bag over. Place the tag over and staple on both sides. (You’ll notice the green one is really wonky. That was my first try. You have to make sure that you hold the fold tight or else everything will move and it will end up wonky.)
    Grinch Pills and Snowman Poop-Free Tutorial and Printable from Everything PuddingGrinch Pills and Snowman Poop-Free Tutorial and Printable from Everything Pudding
  4. You’re done. Go give it to someone!

As always please use this tutorial for your personal use only. You may not copy the printable and post it on your own blog/site so instead please link back to my post.

Note: Inspiration and poem came from Pinterest. The clipart came from Microsoft Office Clipart Collection.

An Advent Calendar

As soon as we get up in the morning we all rush in my sisters room. “Can we see the advent calender now? Please!” My sister reluctantly pulls it up, as she most likely has already seen it today. Sometimes it gets played several times if everyone’s not in the room at the same time. Eventually everyone sees it.

For three years now some good friends have given us a Jacquie Lawson advent calendar. Every year has been better than the last. Each day we wait excitedly to see what will be next. Most days it is a “video” of something happening; the dog chasing the cat, kids sledding down the hill, guests arriving for the dance, etc. Sometimes you might be able to decorate the tree, make your own wreath, or arrange a vase of flowers. Then the real fun is the puzzles.

Each year there have been more things you can do. This year there are 4 or 5 traditional puzzles, plus a snowflake maker, a marble solitaire game, and many other fun things. These things are available all the time. You can always go back and see previous days, but you can’t see future days. It has a built- in clock so it knows when to allow the next day. This makes it all the more fun, the anticipation. The calendar begins on December 1st and ends December 25th. The calendar will not expire though. As long as you don’t remove it, it will stay on your computer, which means you can enjoy those puzzles forever.

I have seen some really cute handmade advent calendars, but if that is not an option this year, try out one of the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendars (this year they are offering two different advent calendars, we have the Edwardian one). At only $4 each (with discounts the more you buy, hint: get some for your friends) it is definitely worth it. Find them here.

I know this is a little late for this year, but keep it in mind for next year. It seems every year they get better and better so be sure and try it out.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. Don’t forget the real reason for the season, Christ’s birth. Even though these advent calendars are great and fun, they don’t convey the true meaning of Christmas. While I would encourage you to try these I would also encourage you to celebrate the Advent of Christ’s birth by reading scripture passages that lead up to his birth. You could select these on your own but there are also many books and other resources out there that have the scripture passages already picked out. Here is an article which has reading laid out for you. Here is a book that my family has and has used before. I hope these two link help as you discover the true meaning of Christmas; the coming of Chirst