“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs
I came up with these little goodie packs for our Santa Shop at my granddaughter’s school. Our best sellers are mugs and all the kids want one for their mother, father or grandparent. These packs made the best little accompaniment to the mugs. They are very simple to put together and inexpensive. They were about 33₵ to 45₵ each. I also did up some packs as a little token of appreciation for the school’s staff.
Adding a homemade cookie or two would make this a perfect little take-home party favor for your holiday party or a cheap bulk Christmas gift for those you need to just give a “little something” too. Pair it with a holiday snowman mug.
- Cocoa packs
- Candy canes
- Snowmen marshmallows
- Cinnamon sticks
- 3×4 zip lock bags (craft bags)
- Treat bags (clear or snow print)
- Ties: chenille stems, tri-color yarn, ribbon
- White cardstock
- Red cardstock
- Tag punch
- Heart punch
- Small hole punch
- Glue stick
- Bamboo skewer
- Wash hands well and assemble supplies.
- Break the cinnamon sticks in half if they are too long. Then if they are too “fat” insert a knife in the center of the curls and twist to split them in two.
- Put two or three marshmallows in each small zip lock bag. If you can’t find snowmen marshmallows use plain or make a marhmallow snowman for each bag. Search the internet – I found a whole flock (herd? gaggle? troop?) of different marshmallow snowmen crafts on Goggle from the simple to complex.
- On your computer open a document and make a label that will fit your tag punch or that’s at least 2×4 inches. I used a candy cane font in red to type the words “You warm my _ .” leaving a blank space for a heart punch. Print tags.
- Punch the tags and the hearts. If you don’t have a tag punch then handcut the tags.
- Glue the hearts on the tags.
- Punch holes in the ends of each tag.
- Place a cocoa packet, cinnamon stick, candy cane and marshmallow pack in each goodie bag. I used full size canes for the bags I gave the staff.
- Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.
- Tie the trim around the bag and attach the tag to the ends. I cut chenille stems in half to use as the ties. After twisting the chenille stem around the bag insert both ends through the hole in a tag. I then bent the ends of the stem back on itself to eliminate any sharp ends that might poke someone. Lastly I curled the ends around a bamboo skewer.
- I also used tri-color yarn to tie off some of the bags. Tie a bow and then knot a tag on one end of the yarn.
- Place bags in a basket and they are ready to gift!