Hi everyone, I’m back again with another little project for Christmas. You hear about sprinkling reindeer food out on your lawn on Christmas Eve for Santa’s Reindeer, right? Well, I have a little spin on this. It’s basically the same thing just dubbed, “stable animal food”. In our family we don’t “believe” in Santa, all though my son would love to believe he is real, and who wouldn’t? We choose to focus on the true reason of celebrating Christmas, Jesus’s birth. We take elements of the story of Jesus’s birth and create ways to help our children understand the Christmas story.
So as most of you have heard the story, there was no room in the inn so Mary and Joseph was allowed to stay in the stable where Jesus was born, the Star was bright over Bethlehem, the angel appeared and news rang out that Our Savior had been born. Three Wise Men came to see the Baby and brought him gifts and marveled at the Savior born in a manger.
Like I said we take elements of the story and use them to share the Christmas story with our little ones. So, instead of cookies for Santa we set out snacks for Mary, Joseph, The Wise Men and all who had come to worship the birth and we set out milk for Jesus. It wouldn’t be fair to leave out the stable animals, camels and donkeys that lived in the stable and those that traveled near and far. Before bed on Christmas Eve we will take our packets and sprinkle the “food” on our lawn and leave our porch light on (The Star of Bethlehem) as well as setting out the goodies and milk.
… and back to the project…. stable animal food. Yeah I know, that was pretty long. You can of course make the same thing and call it reindeer food.
- Paper lunch bag (will make 4 out of one bag)
- paper trimmer and/or scissors
- adhesive - you will need score tape for the top and can use atg or tape runner for other sides
- stamps (opt)
- stamp press or stamp block
- Dry Oatmeal
- candy sprinkles
- opt. measuring device ( 1/3 cup is what I used)
1. Take your lunch bag and fold down the bottom of the bag. You will trim this part of the bag off.
2. Trim off the bottom along the fold line shown above. This cuts the very bottom of the bag off.
3. Flip the bag around to the top and trim off the just under the half circle. Your bag should measure around 8.5 inches long at this point.
4. Cut the bag in half, on the 8.5 inch side. You should have 2 pieces at 4.25 inches long and 5 inches wide.
5. Now, take 1 of the halves and pull the bag open from opposite corners and flatten it out. This should make the bag 8 inches by 4.25 inches.
6. Cut the bag in half on the 8 inch side at 4 inches.
7.Do this on both halves of the bag.
8. You have you should have 4 sections measuring 4.25×8. **confused yet?**
9. Take each section and fold them in half and make a crisp crease. You should have a folded crease on the bottom and three open sides.
10. If you are stamping anything on your packet now is the time to do so. I’ve loaded up my Fiskers Stamp Press with a few stamps I purchased at Michael’s last year after Christmas. Line up your images to stamp above the folded crease you made.
11. I used Color Box Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan
12. Stamp all 4. Once the ink is dry flip the paper over and get ready to start assembling.
13. Apply a strip of double – sided adhesive to the very top of the paper. I used score tape. Do not remove the paper backing yet.
14. Apply adhesive to the left and right side of bag all the way to the fold and just past just to make sure you have not gaps.
15. Carefully fold up and press together your sides being careful to line your edges up. Do one side at a time. You should have the fold at the bottom and the left and right sides adhered together. Press well and make sure you do not have gaps.
16. Measure out just shy of 1/3 cup of dry oats. Fill the remainder up with candy sprinkles.
17. Pour the mixture into your pouch.
18. Pull off the double-sided adhesive backing now and press the top closed, carefully lining the edges up. Make sure you have sealed all edges and shake the packet a bit to flatten it out.
20. Do these steps to all 4 pouches and wait till Christmas Eve.
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