Handmade holiday gifts are the best, especially those that are quick to make, inexpensive and say "Happy Holidays" in a special way. They are great for teachers, neighbors and other special people.
Today I'm going to show you how to embellish clear acrylic pails and turn them into festive holiday gifts for both Christmas and Chanukah (Hanukkah). They can easily be adapted to any other holiday as well.
Clear acrylic pails [I found 4-1/2" pails in different colors]
Small 2" acrylic pails
Shredded, crinkly paper
Holiday Treats [to fill the pails]
Embellishments: Choose ribbons, stickers, buttons, tags, and a rubber stamp with a holiday greeting.
The How-To: Embellish the outside of a large pail. I adhered beaded ribbon around the top of the pail. Line the bottom inside of the pail with shredded paper.
Stamp a festive greeting onto a tag and tie to pail with ribbons.
I recommend decoupaging the paper to the lid to resist tearing.
Add the Christmas items to the large pails. Fill smaller pails with candies such as m&m's or jelly bellies. You can find holiday assortments or mix and match several bags of solid m&m's.
Here is what you'll need to make the Chanukah gift pail:
Fillers: Chocolate gelt, dreidels, candles and matches.
The How-To: Stamp a festive greeting onto a tag and tie to pail with ribbons.
Adhere ribbon around the outside of the pail. For this one, I used two different ribbons, one at the top and one at the bottom. Add shredded paper to inside bottom of pail; top lid with pretty paper or a sparkly bow.
These pails are so versatile. They make great table favors. You can dress them up for many occasions including New Year's, the Super Bowl, Birthdays and Anniversaries. You're just limited by your imagination and occasion!
You may be able to find me sharing these ideas here